Thursday, June 20, 2013

I know I'm not the only one #mamavation

It's 12:50 am in Indiana.  I'm awake.  I have a VERY full time job and 3 VERY full time children.  I want a sweet, yummy snack but I have mostly health food in my house.  I'm a little irritated about my lack of junk.

I know I'm not alone.  Thank you to the ladies who are part of Mamavation and remind me I'm "normal".

More than my midnight snack desires, I really appreciate knowing that I am not alone in my struggle to improve my health and the health of my family.  You may know that we've been on a LONG journey to healing for things like diabetes, arthritis, and allergies.  We are still working on it and some times the process seems so very slow.  We're not good at making fast changes in behavior at our house - but we continue to make steps in the right direction.

I would love some feedback, advice, encouragement, etc from others who have been there, made it through, and are living healthier, stronger lives.

Here's my story:
I have been a type 2 diabetic for AT LEAST 8 years (longer than that, but not diagnosed earlier).  I am overweight.  I struggle to find time in my schedule to really exercise.  Here's why:  as I said, I work VERY full time in the summer as a camp program director - in fact, I live at work.  I work from sun up to well, it's after midnight and I've still been doing some work.  I am also a "stay at home" mom to my boys who are 1, 3, and 4.  We eat simple foods, mostly vegetarian, mostly plant based - but not entirely either of those.. sometimes we cheat on that and I'm pretty much okay with it.  I mean - my kids have been asking me for salad at breakfast this week, I think we're doing pretty well on the diet thing.

I have had 2 miscarriage in the last 8 months or so, after miscarriage number 1 I gained 20 pounds - in a month!  I didn't change my diet at all, just had crazy hormones or something ridiculous like that - also had a switch in meds.

I want to be healthy, I want to kick diabetes in the butt.  I want to be able to run and play with my boys for the next 30 years - my grandchildren too by then.

HELP!  How can I get my crazy schedule in order and find a way that I can get good exercise and nutrition when I am insanely ridiculously busy most of the time?/??

Is anyone else in my shoes?  What do you do?  What have you done?


  1. I'm in your shoes b/c I have an 8 year old, 2 year old, and 8 week old. Finding time for me to exercise is like finding the Holy Grail. I expressed my great desire to get to exercise to my husband (who always gets a chance to work out, btw), and so we went on Craig's List to get me a treadmill so I can do it rain or shine, day or night. :)

    Good luck. I soooooo hear you.

  2. I so get where you are coming from. As a mom it is so hard to fit in me time for exercise, especially when you throw in work schedules, kids schedules, etc. It is HARD!!!! I am right there with you. A couple weeks ago I decided enough was enough. I have to get in better shape for my kids and for my husband. I HAVE to. I CANNOT make any more excuses. So I have been getting up super early and walking for 20-30 minutes. I am aiming for 5 days a week. It is hard, but I feel so much better about the day when I get my walking in. Is that something that you could do?? If you can't get out and walk, could you do an exercise dvd or something for 15-20 minutes each morning??