Active Moms

Active Moms – How to Boost Your Physical Energy and Spiritual Focus, with Nicole Zeola RFL025

Active Moms – How to Boost Your Energy and Spirit – Episode Overview

Parenting can wear us out. The constant demands to help our kids show up WELL to their lives frequently has us missing out on the things WE SHOULD do to stay well in ours. Many moms feel guilty if they do anything for themselves – go to the gym, learn and develop, or even meditate. Their minds race with judgments about themselves, their kids, their bodies and their relationships.

Attention and Intention

This week, my attention is on moms. And my intention is to offer some practical ways to help ALL moms focus on staying balanced – their bodies and minds – to boost their energy and spirit. And, in the process share this same value and balance message with their kids, particularly their daughters.

Meet our guest Nicole Zeola

Nicole Zeola - one of the most active momsNicole Zeola is a nutrition, fitness and spiritual coach and founder of WowMoms.com, a site committed to sharing the WowMoms method which helps women develop sustainable habits to create healthy, holistic and happy lives. She inspires, encourages and appreciates – to help all moms become the highest and best versions of themselves. More about this amazing person at the following links:

Episode’s Key TakeAways

Focus on your inside (spiritual and emotional health):

  1. Be authentic. Discover who you are – from the inside out – and be it. This helps you start from your greatest strength, feel authentic and share the value of being who you are with you kids.
  2. Most moms are so busy they don’t know how to build in self-care. Self-care includes physical health and emotional/spiritual health.
  3. You can’t be at your best for your self or for your role as a mom if you don’t make time to be well from the inside out – your physical, mental and spiritual health.
  4. You decide what a “great mom” means. Don’t let the world define who you are and how you want to be a mom. You choose. You decide.
  5. Taking good care of yourself is not selfish. Do what you need to be the highest and best version of yourself – this is how to be in service to your families.
  6. To Do: Notice the constant messages your receive from your self-talk. Take control of those that are limiting or self-sabotaging. These are stopping you from becoming your best self. Guard your mind – because what you think you become. Stop and notice what you do then chose what you want instead of defaulting into what you always do.
  7. To Do: Practice the attitude of gratitude as a way to slow life down, appreciate and keep things in context. Doing this brings us back to a place of peace – to be more connected, aware and connected.
  8. To Do: take 5 – 10 minutes to focus, center and become intentional. Make this part of your daily process.

Focus on your outside (physical health):

  1. With regard to food, learn how to read labels. Don’t read the calories – read the ingredients – what is in the food? If it includes chemicals and other things you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it.
  2. To Do: Enroll, don’t control. Enroll your kids into reading labels and helping them understand how to eat right. Don’t control them stopping them from eating specific things. This trains them to be wise about food for their entire life.
  3. Get quality organic protein including vitamins and minerals. We get depleted in our daily running around. Know what you need and build it into your daily eating.
  4. To Do: Make time to eat wisely and to eat regularly. Fuel yourself wisely. Go for organic or farm fresh. Click here to learn about the dirty dozen (foods with high degree of pesticides).
  5. To Do: One of the best ways to stay active is walking.
  6. To Do: Make your fitness a priority. Schedule it as an appointment and have it at a time that makes sense for your energy and time.

Some question for parents:

  1. In what areas of your life are you inauthentic? How is this challenging your physical and emotional energy?
  2. In what ways have you lost your identity when you became a mother?
  3. How can you build in time to stay physically well – to eat right, exercise and stay active in a meaningful way?
  4. How can you build time for you to stay emotionally and spiritually well – to take time to connect to your inner greatness, appreciate life and be present to and for your kids?
  5. How are dads supporting moms to be their best and greatest version of themselves?
  6. How are you tuning in to you to notice your self-talk? What will make it positive, supportive and loving instead of judgmental, critical and demeaning?

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Stop and Notice Challenge

Each week we ask you to stop and notice – to develop your skill of tuning in to you and your world. This week’s stop and notice challenge is:

  1. Stop and Notice what is great about you? How do you start from this place of greatness in your daily role as a mom? How are you modeling for your kids that being authentic is how to go through life?
  2. Stop and Notice your self-talk. How supportive is it in helping you become your greatest and best self? Does it value you our just critique and criticize you?
  3. Stop and Notice what is in what you eat – read the ingredients. Don’t eat foods with dyes, food coloring or chemicals. Train your kids to read the ingredients more than the nutritional listing.
  4. Stop and Notice how active you are. Schedule your fitness the way you schedule any other important appointment in your life.
  5. Stop and Notice how moms and dads support each other to be their best selves. What do you do daily to help your spouse have time to do what is needed to be their best self? How do you make this important?

To be great as a mom (and as a dad) we have to watch both our inside and our outside. We have to make time to become our greatest self. We do this through learning to be present, mindful and aware. We have to manage our health by learning what to eat and how to stay active. To be of great service to your family, you must first be well – both inside and out.

Suggested Resource

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - Movie PosterSick, Fat and Nearly Dead – a film by Joe Cross

A landmark film that shares the story of Joe Cross and how he changed d his life through learning to eat right and to stay active in a meaningful way. A universal message for all of us and for our kids that we must own our health and our lives.