Confessions of a Professional Mom

Confessions of a Professional Mom

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Help, I Fell Off the Wagon

April 25, 2012 , , , , , , , ,

I pushed snooze and fell off the wagon!I fell off the wagon this month, but I believe I figured out a way to get back on…

Every new year starts off with a bang, doesn’t it—the ball drops in Times Square, the calendar turns over, you wake up the day after January 1 and you start fresh!

You get up early, you work out, you write some positive stuff in your journal, you’re extra sweet to the kids, you get them off to school and end up at the office with an exciting new perspective on life and are eager for all that you are going to accomplish in this new year. You’re driving this bus and everyone better look out!

Fast forward to the end of April… the alarm goes off and you push snooze about 30 times, dammit, no time to work out and get your zen on, roll out of bed, get the kids off to school without anyone losing a limb, arrive at the office and beat yourself up because you didn’t do all the positive crap you promised to do this morning and now you’re motivation and attitude are in need of a caffeine drip. What happened?!

This is me. I fell off the wagon. Not the proverbial AA wagon, but the new year’s commitments wagon. Now what?

After I stop chastising myself and commiserate with several of my “oh so put together friends”, I stop and realize that I’m not the only one. I’m not the only one who committed to these wonderful positive daily rituals to better myself and propel me toward all my dreams and then, after four months, fell off the wagon. Whew! I feel a little better.

So, I have two choices: I can get back on or I can lay on the side of the road behaving like a victim and wait for someone to scoop me up and give me a free full body makeover and motivate my staff and write that book I’ve started seven times and pay my bills and raise my kids and figure out a way for me to live a Prosac-free life with no stress or anxiety or strife.

I’m gonna GET BACK ON! It’s that simple. Think like the Nike® goddess you are and just do it. Enough with the lamenting and storytelling and self criticism. Send your inner mean girl on a vacation and forgive yourself. Why we don’t forgive ourselves faster and just keep moving forward is perplexing to me. I’m guilty, for sure. So, just like they say in AA (I’ve not been yet, but who knows what the future will bring) “one day at a time.” Each morning is a new opportunity. A new day. Whatever happened the day before doesn’t matter today.

I challenge you today to get back on the wagon and yell “Tally Ho!” (now, if you really want to scoop me up for a couple of hours and perform a full body makeover feel free)

Stay sane, my friends.


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I love this, Allison! Forgiving yourself is huge, and continuing on (even if it’s 2 steps forward, one step back) is the way to go!


Rochelle Seltzer

April 25, 2012

What? There is a wagon I’m supposd to be on?! No wonder this is SO hard. And yes, I’m talking today…break down into tears hard. Sephora didn’t lift my spirits, getting my butt kicked at bootycamp didn’t lift my spirits. I’m taking your advice and finding my wagon.

xoxo and Tally Ho my friend!



April 25, 2012

I can’t believe you didn’t know about the wagon!! I am sorry you had a rough day, my friend. I feel for you and relate, big time! I always know that tomorrow will be better. Sometimes a good hard cry clears the channels and after your eyes un-puff, life looks a little brighter.
Tally F-ing Ho!!!!


Allison DeFord

April 26, 2012

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