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Thank you everyone. I feel a little twinkle of motivation after reading these. Thank you again!
There are many stops and starts on this lifelong journey to health. Sometimes the only way is a short detour. Do what you need to to nurture and reenergize yourself.
Suzy so well said.
I would suggest you ask yourself also are you happy with were you are at with your weight. Because even thou life is still happening around you, your weight is what it is. If your happy with it then try and just maintain it. If your not were you want your weight to me then continue on with healthy food choices. Because the truth of the matter is for the rest of our lives we will have the choice to eat healthy live healthy and be healthy. If you chose to make unhealthy choices our weight will reflect that. But only you can make those choices for yourself.
Giving up is not an option, But for the grace of God there go I.
When I am weak he (God) is strong.
So many times our depressed minds can cloud our judgements of ourselves...most likely we berate ourselves for not being perfect. Let me rephrase a few things you said.
My life is full of obligations but in spite of this I am still making some good food choices..not..I am not eating as bad as before.
With a 4 year old my workouts are shorter but more often as I run to keep up with her/him and I am maintaining my strength training each time I lift my 7 month old..not..I have not worked out in 2 weeks
My me time is for making me happy and I enjoy making doll furniture..not...I do do something, I made doll furniture
My momentum is going forward each time I reach out to my Sparkfriends for advice and support!
These are not made-up phrases just to make you feel good, as I see you..and determine my first impression of you...they are absolutely true.
This is my opinion and other members have given you good advice but only YOU can give yourself permission to 'slack off' and reorganize your priorities.
You have made good choices, continue to feel good about them
Listen to your Heart
The Future belongs to those who believe in the Beauty of their Dreams
You are not alone. We all get this. Life gets in the way but:
You do have enough time.
You deserve it.
You don’t have to do it perfectly.
You can go back to your familiar ways tomorrow if it feels safer.
You WILL feel better.
You won’t regret it.
Without having read the replies of others (due to time constraints), may I make a few off the cuff suggestions?
In order to give yourself a few minutes between getting home & preparing dinner, why not do most of the prep work the night before – like use a slow-cooker so the food has been cooking while you are at work & ready when y’all are – make a salad the night before so all you need do is add chopped tomatoes to it. There are ways to preplan & get in a few much-needed ‘self’ minutes. Also, expect hubby to oversee the home front so you get time you desperately need. Do the same for him! You will both benefit from doing so!
Find out what works for you & go with it. I wouldn't slack up on trying to get back into the groove though. Doing that is like giving yourself permission to abuse your health. Plus time has a way of slipping away & before you know it your little ones will be teenagers & you will still be hoping to get back your motivation.
Push yourself to continue on your lifestyle change journey! You will be glad you did, my young Friend!
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." ~ Psalm 33:12 --- IN GOD WE TRUST
I urge you --- Don’t be a part of any system that leaves God out!
“There is a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman, & child. Before I leave this high & noble office, I intend to expose this plot.” ~ John F. Kennedy (seven days before his assassination)
Have you ever wondered about the plot that President Kennedy alluded to?
I think it's amazing that you reached out and wrote this post instead of eating a pint of ice cream! You are amazing.
Sounds to me that you're really really really tired. I agree with the others. Try to sneak 5 minutes for yourself. "Calgon take me away!!!"
You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Seems like you need some me time. Start dinner in a crockpot in the morning. Then when you and hubby get home, let him watch the kids for 30 min and you take a walk. It will clear you head and you will feel better. At least I always do.
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There are two options regarding committment - your either IN or your OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.
A person who wants something will find a way..
A person who doesn't will find an excuse...
I have to laugh because someone wrote "fortunately" they aren't little forever. You see I see it just the opposite - it's a shame they can't stay that way a little longer. I would just focus on getting enough sleep and taking your children out for walks and play. Studies show that too little sleep effects how much you eat. Don't forget to enjoy this special time - I promise you will see this as the best time of your life at some point.
"It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him."
I sure can relate to times when you do not feel motivated, but the good news is these times pass with time.
Sounds like you got a lot on your table right now with the little one's not sleeping and the stress of day to day responsibilities.
At this time try not to beat yourself up.
Perhaps choose small steps for now to work toward.
Every step we take gets us closer toward our goal of living a healthy lifestyle.
I shall take this mountain
Don't beat yourself up to much. When a persons children are young it is a very hard time for their mom. One thing that might help is if you have a children's stroller that holds two children. You could go out jogging or running and take the children with you. Good chance they will like it to.
I have lost 6 pounds. Though I am not trying as hard as I feel I should I am very happy about the weight loss. Good luck to all of you.
Don't be so down on yourself, you have a full plate, and when the time is right for you (Like when you are more rested) you'll do what you need to do. We're not machines.
It is easy to think, it is hard to do, but to do what you think, that is the hardest. .......Goethe
Hope is not expensive to have. It is very costly to be without. .....Anne Wilson Schaef
Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.
YOU'RE UNDER A LOT OF STRESS RAISING YOUR 7 MONTH OLD. YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS. YOU CAN HAVE A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE CHANGE. I BELIEVE IN YOU!
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Don't get discouraged. Look at today only. We can't change yesterday.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. SP quote
I have such a feeling of blah. I haven't worked out in 2 weeks and am eating bad. Not as bad as before, but not as good as I could. (How's that for a sentence?) I am tired...so so tired. 7 month old not sleeping good, 4 year old not sleeping good and guess who they both want...ME! Husband just finished his degree so we are all drained from his all night studies...I don't want to cook, clean, would rather come home from work and go run/do me things. Can't do that cause I have to make dinner. I have a history of depression, but already on meds for it. I just think I'm a tad burned out right now. It's not that I don't want to do anything. I made barbie doll furniture on Wednesday night. What do you think? Is it okay for me to slack a little and then jump back in? I'm a little afraid I have lost my momentum and won't get it back.
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