In case you have not heard, the gang over at Working Moms on the Move has been participating in a 30 day challenge. 30 days to get your butt in shape for the new year. I set a personal goal of running 75 miles over 30 days. With 4 days left to go, I am on target and could possibly beat my initial goal.

Working out is something that is important to me. Working out, and running in particular, helps me feel better. When I run, I sleep better, I have more energy, I am in better spirits, I feel better about myself, and I believe that I am setting a good example for my daughters. I told my daughters about the personal goal that I set for myself this past month. They have been cheering me on, encouraging me, and it has provided a good platform for me to discuss goal setting with them.

As a busy mom of three it would have been easy for me to fall off the proverbial wagon. There are many days and nights that I could spend my time doing things other than running. There is laundry, cooking, cleaning, wine drinking and TV to be watched. I have to make running a priority for myself, even if that means getting up at an unreasonable hour before my children do or dragging myself into the basement after everyone in the house (including my husband) is asleep for the night. This past month has been extremely inspiring for me. There are have been long, tiresome days that I am seconds away from throwing in the towel and calling it a night. However, when I log into Working Moms on the Move and read about how my peers have already logged 5 miles on the “mill” at the break of dawn, taken their children for a run around the neighborhood, or hula hooped for 30 minutes before cooking dinner for their family, I am truly motivated! Working out is something that I want to be a part of my life so it is ultimately my responsibility to find the time to fit it in.

This month has helped me get back into a more regular routine. When I returned from a run the other day both of my daughters asked how it went, I explained how much fun I had, even though my toes were freezing. My oldest daughter asked about a bright green running top that I was wearing, which turned into her question, “How do you think Cinderella jogs in her fancy dresses?” This is the number one reason I choose to make working out an important part of my life: I want my daughters to be happy with their bodies and I want them to incorporate healthy habits into their lifestyles…I could have responded to my daughter with a million snarky comments hoping to tear down Cinderella and the entire princess mentality. Instead, I responded that I thought that Cinderella has an awesome wardrobe filled with fun workout clothes, including yoga pants, tank tops, and some cool sparkly ankle sock with pom poms. My daughter’s question lead to a discussion about how even princess work out and that anyone who wants can work out, because working out is healthy for your mind and for your body.

As I sat watching my daughters play, while finishing up my cool down stretches, I thought…with a 2-year-old who is the size of a 4-year-old and a 4-year-old who is the size of large 5-year-old, lets hope they like athletics and working out, cause I have a feeling they could be damn good! Call it mom intuition, but I have a sense they will make better midfielders or shooting guards, than they would princesses.

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