Fueling the Body

Yesterday, I walked into my local bike shop to have my bike cleaned and tuned up so I can start riding again as the weather is FINALLY getting warmer. It is April, after all.

The owner of the bike shop had a beautiful baby boy (his first child) 5 weeks ago and was telling me that he’d been up since 4 am because of his newborn son. I actually laughed out loud. I told him that I’d been up since 3:30 am when my college aged daughter called me because she had food poisoning and needed me to help her. Being a parent means you’re all in, all the time. The baby and toddler years are hard but the teenage years are hard, too.

I learned a long time ago that I had to take care of myself in order to be the best parent and professional I can be. I eat right. I ride my bike. I run. I take yoga and Pilates classes. My day starts at 5:30 so I can walk and feed the dogs, take care of my morning chores, and return all emails and texts before my younger daughter gets up for school.

I start my day with a cup (or two) of coffee and something quick and nutritious. Sometimes it’s oatmeal with banana, or greek yogurt with flax and berries, or a delicious tera’s whey protein shake. The tera’s is my absolute go-to when I’m running late and need to fuel my body for the day ahead.

Life is hard…and complicated. Fueling your body shouldn’t be.