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Do you think you’re worth it?

By on Mar 25, 2009 in Moms | 1 comment

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In the April issue of O Magazine, Michelle Obama’s conversation with Oprah included the topic of exercise.  Michelle said:

“After I had Malia, I began to prioritize exercise because I realized that my happiness is tied to how I feel about myself.  I want my girls to see a mother who takes care of herself, even it that means I have to get up at 4:30 so I can do a workout.”

Oprah replied: When you first told me that a few years ago, I was like, “You get up at 4:30 to work out?”

Michelle responded: “Well, I just started thinking, if I had to get up to go to work, I’d get up and go to work.  If I had to get up to take care of my kids, I’d get up to do that.  But when it comes to yourself, then it’s suddenly, Oh, I can’t get up at 4:30.  So I had to change that.  If I don’t exercise, I won’t feel good.”

Michelle Obama’s comments really hit me where I live.  I know exercise helps me feel better physically and mentally, and yet I don’t carve out the time to do it.  But, the strongest point she made to me is about her girls seeing a mom who takes care of herself.  I always thought being a good mom meant putting everyone else ahead of myself, all the time.  Now, I’m learning how much more I have to give when I take better care of myself.  I want my girls to see the same thing!

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1 Comment

  1. Maria Kight

    April 7, 2009

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    This probably struck home with many women. We sacrifice for our families. I know I need to take better care of myself but I rarely make myself a priority. When I do something out of the ordinary for myself, I feel guilty as if I’ve taken something away from my husband or children. I suppose there are two ways of looking when one is at the bottom of the totempole. Look down and see zilch or look up and see everyone that you support with your time, patience and love. This low girl on the totempole is contemplating her rise! 🙂

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