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4/1/10 11:43 P

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I work full time and until February, I was also a full time student. Needless to say, I did most of my homework at night after the kids went to bed. I am taking the summer off and will be starting grad school in August. My hubby was been very supportive of my school and has taken on a lot of the housework. He will even start dinner before I get home.

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3/31/10 6:12 A

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I work full time - and have also had part times jobs on top of it. I love my job and luckily my Son is 9 now - but it was so hard when he was a baby and I was a nursing mom.

Last weeks defeat is a gateway to many victories.

Lord - grant me the Serenity to accept the things I can not change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.

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3/30/10 8:06 P

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Count me in!

I took a year maternity leave when I was pregnant. I am a teacher. I want back to work when my son was 13 months old, only to quit in four months due to his recurrent ear infections.

I returned to teaching this past fall and am working full-time. It is hard.

I have done the "stay-at-home" Mom thing and now the "working Mom" thing and both are equally as hard in different ways.

Hats off to us all!

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EVETROY's Photo EVETROY SparkPoints: (69,365)
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3/29/10 3:35 P

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I work one job full time and another part time totalling about 50-55 hours per week. I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old. I help coach soccer and volunteer for the PTA.

If I don't plan - I'm in trouble. I plan all menus a week ahead so I can do shopping once in the week. My husband does his share of stuff around the house - took some coaching but he gets that he needs to help. I shoot to exercise 3-4 times per week. And incorporate the kids as much as possible. We go for walks, ride bikes, do yoga (it's really funny to watch my 4 year old trying to do yoga moves with me) and wii together.

It is hard!!!! But the benefits of being healthier?

1. Living longer to enjoy your kids and grandkids one day.
2. Having the energy to be active and really play with your kids.
3. Feeling better makes us all more patient moms.

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3/27/10 8:23 P

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I work full time, although I will probably be laid off sometime this year. I have a 5 year old that goes to day care and will start kindergarten this year. I also have 4 bunnies. There never seems to be enough time to give everyone the attention they need. I get up at 5:00 to exercise, do laundry, etc... Hubby is not exactly helpful, but he tries.




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3/26/10 3:35 P

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I work 25-30 hours a week and still have the same workload at home that I did before I went back to work.

My DH is supportive of my exercise goals and takes care of the girls on Saturday mornings so that I can do my long runs.

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3/26/10 10:53 A

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I am a working mom. I work in the HRIS department of a Telecommunications company. My hubby works construction, mostly welding jobs.

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2/23/10 12:42 A

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I am a kindergarten teacher, like Olga, my DH is a "displaced" engineer for the last 3 years. He is back in school trying to get into the bio/medical field.

We have 3 kids ages almost 14, 11.5 and 9. Since DH's classes are days and evenings this semester... I am busy. I seem to be unable to get my body up any earlier than 6am (unless the prospect of a vacation to somewhere warm is in the offing) so I exercise in the evening. Sometimes after 9 or 10pm. Sometimes it just doesn't happen. But, I have come to the conclusion that that old saying I used to hate (If mama isn't happy, nobody's happy.) has a grain of truth to it. Once it is light later than 6pm outside, I know some of my kids will ride while I walk, or walk with me.

It does get easier to find the time as they get older, if you can work around "their" schedules. Just remember somewhere in your busy mind that you need to do this, for yourself, and them. It really is true that
1. you'll be healthier
2. you'll be setting a great example
3. you'll be mentally stronger
4. you'll love the endorphins
5. you'll get used to letting somethings go



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"There's no such thing as coincidence." Fr. Leo Sabourin

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2/22/10 6:37 P

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I currently work from home as a medical transcriptionist; working as many hours as possible 7 days a week. With 2 little boys it gets difficult finding the time to work, exercise, take them to mother's morning out (my youngest) and to K-4 (my oldest). To make matter's worse my husband seems to have forgotten how to do things like laundry since I stopped working in an office. He is great on the weekends and when on vacation about helping with the boys but I would love more help with the house work.



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2/19/10 4:35 P

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I have a job that goes between part and full time.....

I also have 2 small kids and still have to do all the house stuff that I did when I stayed at home. Trying to find time to exercise has been tricky, but I'm making it a priority. My DH is supportive of my running because he knows that "if Mom is happy, everyone is happy".

Now only if he'd clean up a bit more, life would be sweet.

Live long and prosper



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2/18/10 5:29 P

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My husband has his own business... and I work for him at home. I can get a few things done here and there throughout the day. But my three yr. old is right there undoing any progress. I drop my girls off at school in the morning and hurry home to get in my excercise and to his work. I do understand the frustration!

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2/18/10 10:21 A

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I work full time, but I make sure that I find time to exercise. I got the Wii Fit+ for Christmas and I make sure that I do that at least 6 times per week for at least 45 minutes. That's my time and it may sound selfish, but I have to be a little bit selfish to be here for my son!

My husband puts our son to bed and that's when I get on the Wii. I work out almost an hour every night. Last night I didn't get to do it and I feel it today. I will be doing it tonight, even if it's only for a 1/2 hour.

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2/18/10 10:10 A

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I'm all for that. At least dh is getting beter about doing some stuff around the house.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

I am my best friend.


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2/18/10 9:48 A

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FLYINGTOFREEDOM, Let's go to the beach. (at least in our heads)

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2/18/10 9:41 A

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yes, I am very grateful for having my job, and they are good to me. I just get stressed when I get home because dh doesn't do much around the house and I have to come home to another full time job on top of working. It gets frustrating, when you are tired and I get up with the baby all night and then go to work the next day and do the same thing over and over and the last thing I get to do is have time for myself.

1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

I am my best friend.


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2/18/10 9:34 A

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For those of you working Moms like me that have to work, we really should be grateful that we have jobs. DH has a masters degree in engineering and has not been able to find a job for a over a year now. So, it's hard out there. Keep on smiling.
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2/18/10 8:47 A

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I work full time, I come home and have to help with homework, get dinner, baths, etc. I have a 7 year old, a 2 year old and a 7 week old so it is hard. DH stays home with them all day and he is so ready for me to take over. I've been really bad about getting back into the swing of things of exercise again. It is hard. We do have a WII now so we all do that at night. It gets the family active and boy does it make you sore. I plan on geting a wii fit and start to do this as well. I can hold my baby at the same time as we are playing.

I don't get much me time right now. it is so hard with me after getting home from work and try to get it in. sometimes i have to do it a little at a time at night. I can't wake up early to do it, because I'm still waking up at night as it is, and when the baby goes to bed, I try to get to bed as well just to get some sleep.


1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

Co-Leader of "Emotional Eaters"

Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

I am my best friend.


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HULTHEN Posts: 1,419
2/17/10 10:43 P

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I agree that at least I need some grown up time. But I am finding that Sparks is giving more of that to me.

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2/17/10 8:55 P

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For me, the ideal situation would be to work part-time: you get out of the house for a while and interact with adults but you're not gone so long to where you feel like your missing your little ones' childhood. It still hurts that I'm missing moments but I try to be grateful that I have a good job.

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2/17/10 8:53 P

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I've found that I need to make sparktime and it's usually at lunch. Walk for 1/2 hour and spend time on sparkpeople for a bit. I also have taken to getting up earlier to exercise at home before work, and listen to The Spark (the book) on the 30 min commute to & from work which helps keep me motivated.

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2/17/10 8:25 P

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Hope this doesn't sound too "Polly Anna" but I have a degree in Economics and worked in investment banking for many years but gave it up to home-school my special needs son. My husband asked the other day if I have ever thought of doing it professionally - No way! I have the best job on the planet!

Ada


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2/17/10 5:49 P

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I left my career when we decided to adopt our last 4 boys. I couldn't work and meet their special needs. I no longer get "paid" to work. Raising 7 boys, 6 of them still at home is enough to make me GRRRR most days.


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2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
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2/17/10 5:31 P

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Working, yes, like a dog. Paid, no.

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2/17/10 5:28 P

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Not me anymore, unfortunately. I had a part-time job at a country store but they cut my hours back to the point where it wasn't really worth the commute. This was before I found SparkPeople, so I wasn't doing much for exercise before other than standing for 8 hours at a stretch.

I did like getting out the house, though, and some of the locals are real characters.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

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2/17/10 5:21 P

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I definitely second that "Arghhh!". I've always worked full-time outside the home and yes, the days are just too short to fit everything in.

Over the years, I've learned to let some things go... my house doesn't have to be spotless (although I still wish it was!); it's ok to eat peanut butter sandwiches for dinner sometimes, etc. It's still very hard to fit in exercise when you're just happy to make it to bed by 11pm!!

When you work full-time and still have to do all the stay-at-home Mom stuff too, it can be very frustrating.

Candace

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2/17/10 5:20 P

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Oh, do I know what you are going through!!!

I work full time and it's really, really hard to find time to exercise. I am OK with eating since I plan meals ahead of time and TV dinners for lunch really help me to watch calories, but exercise is another thing.

When I first started with SP and was a lot more motivated than now, I used to walk at the mall during my lunch hour. I walked for 30 minutes and it was really great. Then DH gave me a treadmill for my birthday and I did that for about 30 minutes every other day. I would eat very little at dinner and so I was able to walk right after dinner.I told them it was "me" time.

There have been many days where I would get on a treadmill, walk for a 10-15 minutes and then have to get off for something and get back on. I also checked homework while walking on my treadmill and helped my kids study for tests.

I really need to get back into walking again.

Olga
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I was wondering how many of the LIL mommies work outside the home? Not an exact number, of course, but would the team leaders have an idea of percentage? The reason I'm asking is because I find it really hard to participate in SparkPeople activities when I'm still doing the dishes at 10:00 and haven't had time to excerise, make lunch for the next day, etc. Anyone else get as frustrated as I? Arghhh!

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