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Moms Working Out…Bravest People Ever

Right now we have three moms who have started working out at our Taekwondo school. It’s awe inspiring. It’s also the hardest thing imaginable. And these beautiful moms in their tee-shirts and sweat pants, have no idea what great things they are doing and saying to their kids.

When an adult starts trying to learn taekwondo the thought process goes something like this.

Oh my Lord, I’m a spaz. Why did I agree to do this? I look like an idiot. I’ll never be able to do this. Hey, I was kind of awesome tonight. This is impossible. Holy Cow everyone here is so good and I suck. Why can’t I do this? It’s so simple. Hey, I got it. No, I really am a super spaz.

But most nights you leave class smiling because you’ve worked out really had and you had fun…And you don’t quite.

Here’s the great part. Your kids are watching you struggle and they see you dig down and try even harder. It’s not easy, but you don’t quite! Your children watch their mom persevere even though it’s not easy.  Is there any greater lesson you can teach them or example you can set.

Most parents watch from the sideline. If your kid isn’t an all-star athlete you spend years encouraging and cajoling. We say over and over, “hang in there buddy! You’re doing great. Don’t give up.”  We lie, we bribe and we pray. But we don’t actually remember how it feels to be awkward, uncoordinated and not really good at something. It’s been so long since we put ourselves out there and tried to learn something completely new.

New moms working out know exactly how that feels…and their kids watch…as they refuse to give up.

Also, I think “new moms working out” are turning their sons into better fathers and husbands. Being a mom, especially a single mom, can be staggering, overwhelming, all consuming. It it’s your life and world. By spending one hour a night, three nights a week, you are standing up and saying, “I deserve this. I deserve three hours a week to be a better healthier person.”

And your daughters will know they deserve time of their own, things and activities that are fun and good. You are telling your daughters to be strong.

“New moms working out” are also sending the message that health and exercise, taking care of our bodies is really, really important.

I wonder if the “new moms working out” know they are cutting their rise of alzheimers because they are learning something new?

And finally, here’s some good news.  We were all exactly like you just a few years ago, thinking the same thoughts and struggling with the exact same insecurities and fears.

 In martial arts white belts line up on the last row and there’s a really good reason for that. Nobody can see you back there so you don’t have to feel as though the whole class is watching! We’re not, we’re all watching ourselves, in the mirror, hoping nobody, especially the instructor, notices how messed up our form, technique or  jump spin side kick is.

So train on and be proud! Everybody else is.

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7 Responses to “Moms Working Out…Bravest People Ever”

  1. May 23rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for the words of encouragement Diana. You have no idea how much they mean. I have come to love this class and plan on continuing with it. Thank you.

  2. May 23rd, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    diana hampo says:

    your the one doing all the hard work!. And over the years I’ve made some of my very best friends in TKD, friends I never would have found. Your doing so well.

  3. May 24th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Robyn Martin says:

    Thank you so much. How did you know I needed that?!

  4. May 24th, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Traci Hebert says:

    Wonderful blog and so true! Jacob & I started together 2 & 1/2 years ago. As a single mom its been so wonderful for us! I can’t believe we are almost to black belt. The most amazing part is how much stronger our bond is. I have to tell you when you compete in a tournament and your 6 year old says “mom you did good I’m proud of you.” It makes all the hard work and awkward moments worth it!

  5. May 24th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    diana hampo says:

    Thanks Traci, that almost made me cry. You are so right. When you train with your child you almost join a magical family with a secret language. And when your kid tells you your form looked good or brags to his friends, nothing could be better.

  6. May 24th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Michelle Ray says:

    Love this one Diana! You are so right. I always said the hardest things for an adult to do was to take the first step out on the mats. Keep encouraging those ladies because the experience they are embracing will change their life…for the better.

  7. May 24th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    diana hampo says:

    I just remember being so frustrated but it all pays off. You of all folks know about this stuff.