Having it all

Friday, December 04, 2009

I used to live an entirely different life. I would wake up each morning by 6:00 a.m. and head to the gym for my hour and a half workout before going to work or school (I'm a morning person! :-) At work I'd have my usual breakfast (an english muffin with peanut butter and orange juice), my usual lunch (sushi and seaweed salad, a veggie delight from subway, or a big salad from au bon pain) and my usual snacks (baked lays, a banana, carrots and hummus). I'd go home and hang out with my roommate and her girls while making baked tofu and salad for dinner. I was in bed by 10:00 p.m. every night to ensure I'd be up again by 6:00 a.m. to hit the gym. Every day was pretty much a repeat of the day before and that was exactly how I liked it. I'd had enough upheaval in my life to last a lifetime. And then one day at my best friend's insistence I decided to try I figured I'd meet a few losers, have a few laughs at their expense and move on with my life. Instead, within two weeks I ended up getting a message from a man who lived 800 miles away in Chicago. Within three months he had flown out to Boston to meet my family for Thanksgiving and the following month I would fly to Chicago for Christmas and meet his. Falling in love and having a baby were the last things I would have expected out of life but that's exactly what happened to me. So now I live in Chicago with my boyfriend and our very active 8 month old. I'm finishing my degree online and trying my best to balance motherhood with school and my relationship. It's not always easy but it's EXTREMELY rewarding. Instead of my 5 day a week workouts I now try to fit in working out when I can. Right now, with finals coming up, I may not be able to workout as often as I like but I CAN make more of an effort to eat healthier foods and that's exactly the gift I'm going to give myself this Christmas. I don't have to be perfect and I don't have to try and have it all. I just want to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. That's the kind of example I want to set for my little girl.
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    Life can change in an instant can't it? You look back and think how did that happen and then here we are. Things sounds great, there isn't anything more wonderful than having a child to love and nurture. It sounds like you are fairly smart with food and exercise, just keep that with you and you will do fine. We are allowed to be human and enjoy things in life, just don't let it rule your life. Good for you. Have a wonderful holiday season with the family and good luck with finals.
    3660 days ago
  • JEN146
    Congrats! Sounds like a wonderful trade-off. :O)
    3660 days ago
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