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!