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12/13/09 12:57 P

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Hi everyone, this looks like an old thread, but what the heck? Here goes my answer...

I'm a stay-at-home mother of three little ones, aged 5, 3 and 1-1/2. Yes, it is a busy, boisterous and loud household--and yes, I do get bored occasionally! I mean, how interesting is a mountain of laundry? emoticon

I married in my late twenties, and before my husband and I had kids, i had a very fulfilling career. After a year of maternity leave, however, I could not fathom working the hours I used to work, so I started working from home part-time. It was great, but with the birth of each subsequent child, I cut my own hours back to non-existent!

I love being home with the kids but do find it a challenge to get in a regular workout. I have some home workouts, and do a very intense martial arts class a couple times a week. Also, I am quite active with the kids and generally eat healthy. But I still have about 15 lbs of extra weight I should lose. For me, the biggest challenge has always been planning. I'm learning that the only way i'm going to succeed in slimming down is to plan my meals and workouts, and stick to the plan.

Go to the edge of a cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.

-Ray Bradbury
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10/14/09 1:58 P

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Hi there!
I have a 2 year old, and a 6 month old as well. I am having a hard time finding time to get in exercise, and eating well just seems to take too long. I need to just do it, but having a hard time seeing the forest for the trees! Any tips on how to get down to business, instead of feeling overwhelmed?

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DVMILLAR96 Posts: 1
6/5/09 11:57 A

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Hi everyone. I am new at this so please bear with me. I have two little one. One is 2 and a half and the other just turned one. 17 months apart. I gained 45 with my first one and before I could lose it got pregnant again. Gained another 50 lbs. Trying really hard to lose the weight and it is so hard.

KATHERINEODOM Posts: 41
2/16/09 10:20 A

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Hi, I am a stay at home mom also. We have three children, ranging from 15 years all the way down to almost 3. It has been an adventure!!
I normally gain from 50 to 80 pounds with each child, so it takes a long time to take it off. I had just gotten down to my pre-first baby weight for the first time in 11 years when we got pregnant with the baby! Now I am starting all over on the weight loss thing again.
Good luck everyone, and I can't wait to be a part of this team.

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CRB51504 Posts: 71
2/10/09 5:35 P

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I am a stay at home mom. My daughter made 3 today and my son is 15 months. Boredom??? I don't think so. Who has time to be bored with two toddlers? I have worked before I had kids while attending college and this by far is much harder. There is no such thing as procrastination with children. Everything is now and needs to be done now.

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1/28/09 12:15 P

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Hello! I'm a stay at home mom. I have one beautiful and active 18 month old daughter that thinks she is about 13 years old! We hit our terrible twos the day she turned one, haha.
My husband was the first person I met at college. We became friends and then started dating a year after that. We got married after college and waited one year to start our family. One of the first things he said when I met him was that he wanted his wife to be a stay at home mother. I loved that thought. I got my degree in political science and worked as a paralegal and then at Limitedbrands until I left for maternity leave.
I always thought I would have all this time to learn to cook, scrapbook, workout, play constantly with my child etc. It was such a wake up call for me after she came along and all the grandparents went back home. Suddenly I was overwhelmed and left alone with this new little person and house that just wouldn't run itself. I had a big adjustment period learning to fit everything into my day. Sometimes I don't think my husband was very patient. It was hard to cook and do laundry and run errands and learn about your new little person all at the same time. Taking care of myself fell low on priority list. I gained more weight after my daughter was born than I did while pregnant.
Now I think I'm getting the hang of things. I'm taking care of me and trying to get this weight off. We'd like to try and get pregnant next year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that when baby two comes along it won't be as much of a transition shock for me.
I wouldn't give up staying at home with my daughter for anything. I'm just constantly figuring out how to do my job better and fit in my "take care of me time".

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1/19/09 9:19 A

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Many of us may have to say that it is a very difficult job! Although I actually go to work, I did stay at home with my son for a whole year.
What is you opinion on this topic? You like staying at home? Or would you like to go to work? If there such a thing as boredom when you're a stay @ home mom?????? I don't think so!!!! When I stayed home for that whole year people actually asked me if I ever got bored. My answer? I wish I had the time to be bored....there is just so much to do.
Let's talk about all this....


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