Home and Lost

Amanda - posted on 08/12/2015 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello,
I am a stay at home mom of three wonderful little ones and at first being at home seemed more of a privilege, because not many people have the support needed to be home with their kids. Fast forward a year and 70lbs later, I'm feeling not only trapped at home but in a body that makes me not even want to get up in the mornings. I know its time for a chance but am unsure of where to begin. Two of my little ones I'm home with daily and going to a gym would include them and knowing my kids a real distraction lol. Not only that with my husband being the primary provider the expense of a gym or trainer is almost out of the question. If anyone has any suggestions for me on how to get back to a healthy, motivated and energetic life I'm all ears. I don't want to give up and putting on a persona of happy mommy happy wife is beginning to weigh heavy and start to reveal how I really feel. Help and thanks

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Theresa - posted on 08/14/2015

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Good for you for wanting change. It's a tough road but choose to put on your calendar each day to workout 30 min. If money is tight and the gym is not in your cards Get a treadmill for cheap on Craig's list or watch exercise videos. Kids can do it with you too. Or go for a speed walk in the evening after kids are off to bed. Eat small portions 5x a day...the size of your fist.
Motivation is key. Don't slack one day as you must set your mind to dedication.
As for feelings of being trapped... that comes with the territory for stay at home moms. but you chose that because you feel it's best....so just know that you are doing awesome and even though its smothering at times you will get thru this. One day at a time! Say that this is the day that the Lord has made and know He can help you thru each day! Congrats to your new start in life!

Lindsey - posted on 08/12/2015

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Thank you for praying for me. I'm a praying woman too :) It means a lot. So, I will return the gesture and say a prayer for you. I will pray for you to find peace as well as fulfillment in your life. Don't worry either, you're doing your job during this season of life by raising those little ones! They will benefit hugely from being at home with you!

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Amanda - posted on 08/14/2015

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Hi Theresa,

Thank you so much for your kind words and advice. I will definitely try this as well.

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2015

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Praise God!!! Congrats Lindsey. I pray you prosper and flourish in your new position hun!!!
This morning I signed up for school. Hopefully this time next year I will be a nurse and working on my bachelors degree to become a PA. Continue to pray for my family as I pray for your. Seeing your message made my day!!!!

Lindsey - posted on 08/13/2015

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Thank you ever so much for your prayers. I talked to the company this morning, and I got the job! HALLELUJAH!

Amanda - posted on 08/12/2015

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Hi Lindsey,
I can totally relate to everything. Its almost like being out of work and at home has made me bitter because im use to contributing and before my husband, taking care of myself. At this point in our life it benifits our finances to be at home, because daycare will wipe you out. I dont have to many friends but i have sisters who on occasion we go out and do things as a get away for some adult time. I feel like I'm missing something though like a void. I agree with Sarah about getting out and cleaning out. I guess I'll start there. In the mean time I will pray if (its ok with you) your job will come through. Ill shout with you lol keep me posted!! Happy to know im not out here alone.

Lindsey - posted on 08/12/2015

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Hi Amanda. I don't know about your personal life, but I get where you're coming from in a way. This past May, I was laid off from my job. I had worked full-time since I was 19. It was nice at first, and I was routinely applying for jobs while spending time with my stepdaughter while she was out of school. I spent some days shopping, at the library, or seeing friends. However being on just one income has placed a huge financial strain on my family. Also I got bored being at home, and my attitude turned sour most of the time. My husband and I had a big argument and a deep discussion this past weekend. That was my turning point. I NEED to work. I NEED to be around adults everyday and working to be productive. I NEED to contribute monetarily to my household and help take the burden off of my husband's shoulders.

So, I have been working harder than ever the past few days to find employment. I even went to an interview yesterday. If they hire me, I will be jumping for joy! I WANT to go to work.

Can you relate to any of this? I am not trying to intrude. I just thought I'd put it out there for you to think about. Best wishes.

Amanda - posted on 08/12/2015

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Hi Lindsey!

Yes I did. I've held a job since age 16. Prior to having my last and before my daughter I worked in retirement/rehab centers and homes. This allowed me to stay busy and on my feet.

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