Finish This! — Week #13

Finish This!

This game is called “Finish This,” and all you have to do is finish the following prompts and link up your post below! You can also visit the other hosts of this party on their fun blogs: Nicole {Three 31} Lisa {Coastlined}, and Becky {The Java Mama}.


1. I don’t get enough… TIME in the day.  I am a full-time working mom with a long commute each day into the city.  I try to make it to the gym after work and home in time for cuddles and time with my boys.  I always wish for more hours in the day šŸ™‚

2. My favorite indulgence… by far, hands down, Mountain Dew.  Since having George I have had to cut WAY back but this is the one thing I simply love love love to savor when I get one! (And I can never seem to get enough Peanut M&Ms either!)

3. I made a major change in my life when… I became a mom.  Prior to George I had an awesome job that I got to travel all over the country for extended periods of time.  I loved what I did because it involved helping people with computer issues, teaching classes, and data analytics (that’s the nerdy side of me!).  But, becoming a mom has slowed me down and now I have a great job and get to come home to my wonderful family each night.

4. You should read… Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.  Hands down one of the best reads ever!  She does an excellent job creating empathy for a character who committed a horrific crime.  As a mother, this book speaks to me and what I would do if my child were involved.  The ending also is a complete shock. I loved this book!!

5.  Parmesan is my secret ingredient in… My lasagna… I add a thick layer of this on top of the sauce in each level of the dish.  It melds the sauce with the cheese and creates an incredible flavor. YUM! 
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Going back to the gym…

Post-partum has had a list of challenges for me and most recently has been the gym.  I have never had the perfect body and even when I was 25 pounds lighter I was never quite happy with myself.  However, looking in the mirror post-baby has me wanting that imperfect self I had before.  That self that fit into ALL of the amazing clothes in my closet and that didn’t jiggle in places I knew could actually jiggle.  

I was at the gym earlier this week running.  Running next to a tall, thin beautiful woman, and all I could think of is wishing I had a t-shirt that screamed “I just had a baby!”  I watched my belly, my boobs, and my double chin all moving as I pounded the belt on the treadmill just wishing I wasn’t so insecure. The truth is, I just wanted to run and hide.  Some women are simply blessed with having their bodies bounce back quick, mine?  Not even close.  

Right now I’m 8 weeks postpartum and have a long way (25 pounds) to get back to that old self.  I find myself reading article after article about what to wear, how to lose weight, how to feel good and I simply am starting to realize what I need more than anything is patience.  

Because of the jiggle, I have the most amazing little boy.  One whose rosy cheeks and baby blues just make my heart melt when I look at him.  One who sleeps with arms stretched out like he’s superman or catching some rays in his sleep.  I must remind myself that these things take time and I will get there.  One jiggle at a time šŸ™‚

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