Guest FITmama: Kim finds her FIT

Finding time to FIT it in! 

I’d love to introduce the FITcommunity to an amazing friend, mama, and entrepreneur– Kim Keating!  We always discuss how hard it can be to juggle motherhood, careers, family, friends, and your health.  Sometimes when life gets crazy, we put everything (and everyone else) first, but we have to remember to take time for our own FITlifestyle.  Read more about how Kim’s challenges put exercise off the to-do list, but she still found a way to fall back into her FIT routine. 

Kim Keating, founder and managing director of Keating Advisors. Kim earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School in Business Administration, served as the CFO at Teach for America, and worked at The Advisory Board and Mercer Human Resource Consulting prior to launching her own firm. She’s a board member of the Lean In Foundation and an advocate for closing the gender pay gap. She is a mom of three, a son and twin daughters and lives in Washington, DC.

Kim Keating, founder and managing director of Keating Advisors. Kim earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School in Business Administration, served as the CFO at Teach for America, and worked at The Advisory Board and Mercer Human Resource Consulting prior to launching her own firm. She’s a board member of the Lean In Foundation and an advocate for closing the gender pay gap. She is a mom of three, a son and twin daughters and lives in Washington, DC.

I have been an active person all my life. But sometimes life gets in the way. This past summer I fell off my exercise regimen. Things eventually settled down and I recently resumed exercising. In less than 90 days, I managed to lose the strength and flexibility I’d spent months building. Now I know that even when you have no time, you have to make time for exercise. In fact, it is during times of stress and working around the clock that exercise becomes even more important. I dropped exercising to the bottom of my list of priorities. I didn’t realize that by not exercising, I would have less energy, stamina, and feel more stressed out. For me and for most of us, inactivity has a direct impact on your physical and mental state.

I now realize that if I want to bring my “A” game, working out has to be at the top of the list.

From July to September, I moved my home and business to new locations, launched a new website, and shuttled my children to multiple camps and weekend soccer tournaments. There just weren’t enough hours in a day to fit in exercise. I definitely missed yoga class and working out but it just wasn’t a priority. I didn’t beat myself up too much. I knew this was a busy time and that once things settled down, I would get back to my exercise routine. What I didn’t know is that three months of not exercising can really take a toll on your body and mind.

For the first four weeks, I didn’t feel much difference. I continued to eat balanced and healthy meals and my weight pretty much stayed the same. After the first month, I started to noticed that I had a much harder time springing out of bed in the morning. My flexibility declined steadily. My hips, hamstrings, and shoulders were all tighter and I noticed it more and more as I would climb stairs or move boxes. Then my strength started to go. At one point, I could easily do multiple push-ups. 6 weeks in – I couldn’t even do half as many. I managed my stress by drinking one too many glasses of wine or eating mindlessly while working late at night.

Now that I am getting back on track, I have made a promise to myself to never stop exercising again. The road back is just too hard. On the one hand I am beating myself up for not being more disciplined. But on the other hand, I give myself credit for managing a stressful transition phase.

I know that getting back to exercise will reverse these effects, but it will take time and effort. I am not going to focus on the length of time it will take me to get back to my previous fitness level, rather my focus will be on staying consistent. And next time life gets crazy, I will rise to the challenge, always remembering that exercising is the best tool I have to make sure I am ready to meet whatever might come my way.

Follow Kim’s blog on the Huffington Post.

 

What tips can you share about finding time to FIT in exercise??

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