When I became a mom fourteen years ago, I had very clear ideas of what I thought life would look like. Some were realistic; some, not so much. I imagined that I would be a mom just like my own mother and that balancing my life with motherhood would just come to me naturally. And while some instincts did kick in immediately, I quickly discovered that juggling it all is not at all what I expected. It’s busy. It’s chaotic. Sometimes it’s even messy. I learned that looking at life as a mom from an overhead view wasn’t logical. Instead, I had to set daily goals, break down each task and begin to see my days as an active mom as a series of Little Wins™ that deserve to be rewarded.
Now, why do I say that life as an active mom is all about the Little Wins? Well, as a mom of a kindergartner and a teenager, life is unexpected. There are days where I feel like I deserve a medal just for getting the kids out the door with clean underwear and matching socks on (go on mamas, nod along). And while for so long I looked at these little accomplishments and thought that they were just part of my balancing act, I’ve discovered that just as I reward my kiddos for cleaning their room or doing their homework, mama need rewards too when she gets this “life thing” right. As I thought through that theory, I found myself feeling more and more convinced that I DESERVE to give myself a little pat on the back when it comes to living well….and if that pat on the back involves the deliciously chocolate taste of ZonePerfect bars? Well, that’s all the better!
So, what are some of the Little Wins that I reward myself for? I’m so glad you asked!
Little Win 1: Getting Dressed Before Leaving Home
I know this sounds so simple but I’ll fully admit that I fight the temptation to take the kiddos to school in my PJs daily. It seems easy and convenient but honestly, I’ve found that when I make time in the morning to get up, get going and GET DRESSED, I’m much more likely to be productive during the day. I just FEEL better when I head to the car and yeah, it kinda helps that I am confident as I take the boys in school instead of ducking into classrooms every time I see another mom.
But before you start thinking I’m going full on pearls and heels just to see the boys to their classrooms, let me clarify. For me, getting dressed may mean putting on jeans and a t-shirt. It may mean choosing a cute workout outfit. It may mean leggings and a tunic. Whatever my attire ends up being each day, it means making MYSELF a priority in the craziness of the morning rush and for me, that’s a little (or sometimes big) win!
Little Win 2: Allowing Myself “Me” Time BEFORE the Craziness
Once the boys are in their classrooms, it’s easy for me to feel the need to get back home and rush into the daily chores of working, maintaining my home and cleaning up after the chaos that is our morning routine. But have you ever heard the saying that the first fifteen minutes of your day sets the tone for the rest of it? Well, I believe it and since I don’t count the early morning rush as part of my actual day, I try to make sure that once I get back home, I give myself the gift of fifteen minutes for ME!
It may mean a cup of coffee on the porch. It may mean a phone call to catch up with my bestie. It may mean just taking deep breaths and centering myself for the remainder of the day. But by allowing myself those fifteen minutes, I’m giving myself a little win that sets me up for more little wins throughout the day.
Little Win 3: Making Time to Walk Every Day
You all know I’m a STRONG believer in exercise. In my mind, it’s what a mama (and woman in general) needs to stay sane. So for me, finding time to walk each and every day is a Little Win. Some days I may only have twenty minutes to walk to the bottom of my road and back up. Other days I can explore on a longer hike.
But regardless of how long I’m able to go, just getting out there and making time to add exercise to my daily routine is always a little win for me!
Little Win 4: Choosing Snacking Options That Fuel My Afternoon
Remember when I was talking about rewarding Little Wins with help from a delicious chocolaty snack? Well, in my world, choosing a snack that feels like a reward while still fitting in with my active lifestyle is a total win! And thankfully it’s easy to do each and every day with ZonePerfect bars from Walmart!
With a variety of flavors that allow every active mom to find the perfect reward for winning at her day, these protein packed bars are a sweet reward that keep me going and fuel all the Little Wins in my day in a way I can feel great about.
Take my favorite ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar in the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor for example. This little taste of heaven that boasts 10 grams of protein and 18 vitamins and minerals allows me to celebrate all my little wins in a way that feels like a total treat but actually keeps me going and pushing my way through my daily goals.
Whether after a walk, during my morning “me” time or simply as a snack while waiting to pick the kids up for school, celebrating my little wins with the delicious taste of ZonePerfect bars is a win in itself that I can feel great about each and every day!
When I look at my active life as series of Little Wins each and every day, it’s easy to make smart choices and overcome the craziness that is motherhood to live life as the woman and mom that I want to be. It’s easy to put myself back in the picture and remember that for every mom, there are daily moments worth rewarding!
Are you ready to celebrate your little wins as an active mom? Start by picking up ZonePerfect bars from Walmart. Available in the health and wellness area near the pharmacy at Walmart. These protein packed snacks are the perfect way to celebrate every little win! And since they come in a variety of rewarding flavors, I think they should be part of every mom’s busy days! I like to keep them on hand so that in those moments when I feel like I’m killing it at life, I have the perfect way to celebrate and in those moments when I need a little extra energy, I can snack and rally in an amazingly delicious way!
Now, it’s your turn. Join other women and moms like me as we celebrate our Little Wins that are fueled by these delicious bars! Check out the variety of amazing ZonePerfect bar flavors available at Walmart’s everyday low prices. Pick up your favorite. Then share your Little Wins on social media using the #LittleWins hashtag to help inspire moms everywhere to make the most of those small but meaningful moments that us busy mamas simply call life!
Now tell me, which of the flavors of ZonePerfect bars from Walmart will you use to reward your Little Wins?