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This was me walking into the gym today with my kiddos…..but what this cute little picture doesn’t show is that about ten minutes later I got called out of my workout because of a dirty diaper that needed changed.

Whenever I do my workouts at home it never fails….I always have littles crawling on my back when I do planks, pulling on my shorts as I do calf raises, or wanting to be held as I do squats.

I used to get frustrated with my kids because my workouts always would get interrupted by, “mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mommmmmmmm” or at the gym I would have to stop when I would hear on the intercom, “Natalie Hodson to childcare…..Natalie Hodson to childcare”.

But with time, I’ve learned to accept the fact that I probably won’t have ‘perfect’ workouts for a long time until my kids are older. I have stopped wishing for the days when I could workout without interruptions because, simply put, that is just not my life right now. Once I changed my expectations and just accepted that this is a phase in my life where things rarely go as planned, I noticed I get frustrated a lot less. Once I let go of the idea that I had to do everything perfectly, I noticed I was more consistent because I did not feel like a failure as often.

Sometimes my workouts get cut short because of a fussy, teething baby. Sometimes meals get missed because the kids won’t get dressed and move at a snail’s pace in the morning. And that is ok. Letting go of the “all or nothing” mentality and accepting the fact that I am never going to be perfect has probably been the single most important thing that has helped me on this fitness journey of mine.

Just sharing some thoughts that were on my mind today. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

Your friend,
Natalie

ps – I love, love, love these tanks from Bodybuilding.com.Β  They are the perfect length for my long torso and the capris are so comfy I seriously never want to take them off.

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Natalie Hodson is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle. www.nataliehodson.com