Do you know that mom, the one with all the energy?  She’s the one chasing her kids at the park.  She does crafts with her kids, bakes with them, and doesn’t dread reading bedtime stories because she is exhausted.  Her house can be ready for visitors in less than 15 minutes.

I’m that mom.  Well, sometimes I’m that mom (except for the clean house part).

I have three sons.  Alex is 5, Kellan is 3 1/2, and Bennett is 6 months.  I taught kindergarten for 7 years and decided to take this year off to be “just a mommy.” Ha!  Being a full time mom is hard work.  Very hard work.

I made the decision to be with the boys for a year so that I could enjoy them everyday.  While teaching (and being pregnant) I felt like a used up all of my patience before I got home and struggled to be a great mommy in the evenings.  I knew that adding a third to the mix would make me even more tired and less patient.

When Bennett was about 4 months old I took the boys to the park.  It was a Friday, I was exhausted, and I everyone was driving me crazy.

I chose a park close to our house that has lots of slides and things to climb on, but no swings.  I couldn’t bring myself to go to the park and push kids on swings.  So, the big boys played, but baby slept, and I read a magazine in the shade.

As we left I asked the boys if they had fun.  Alex replied, “Yeah, but I wish there were swings at this park.”  And that was when it hit me.

This wasn’t why I decided to take time off from my job.  It wasn’t the kind of mommy I wanted to be.

Why was I so tired and grumpy?  I was getting plenty of sleep.

I realized I had eaten three cinnamon rolls, a coffee, and a bowl of ice cream.

No wonder I was exhausted physically and mentally.  I wasn’t taking care of ME. I was 30 pounds over weight and filling my body with crap.  How could I take care of these fabulous little people if I wasn’t taking care of their mommy?

I decided it was time to make some changes.  I signed up with My Fitness Pal, a free online calorie tracker I had heard about from a friend.  I knew that it would take more than just counting calories to become the mommy I wanted to be.  I started the Couch to 5k running program.  I started reading labels of foods, and shopping the perimeter of the grocery.  Within weeks I lost 11 pounds, ran a 5k and felt SO MUCH BETTER!

Soon Halloween hit.  I’m a self-proclaimed sugar addict.  I fell of the wagon for about two weeks.  I felt awful.  I was lethargic and bloated and even my complexion suffered.

Coincidence?  I doubt it!  And now I’m back on the boat and feeling better already!

I hope you’ll join me in my journey to become “The Energetic Mommy.”

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