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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Back in the saddle Again

At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution; I wanted to take time to do things for myself.  Things that I used to enjoy pre-D and pre-kids.  

The last few months have been absolutely hellish around here.  I could feel myself disappearing.  With everything that was going on, sleep was at an all-time low and stress was at an all-time high.  I needed a release.

I don't hate being active, but I hate most of the things you have to do to BE active, if that makes sense.  Working out is a bore. Running is monotonous.  I don't mind yoga, but it wasn't what I was looking for.  I needed a way to get out my frustrations and forget my burdens; even if for a short time.

So I signed up for soccer,  a sport I had played since I was 4, but not in the last 7 years.  Since December 23, 2006; the night before I found out I was pregnant with Elise.  

Last night was my first game. And while my fitness level frustrated me, for almost an hour I was able to let go of my troubles and just enjoy life again.  My body settled into the familiar rhythm of the sport and I remembered how much I love donning my cleats.

Even better, I didn't throw up after the game and I'm not too sore today.  I'm already looking forward to next week.

I want to encourage all you D-Mamas (and non-D Mamas) to not forget that you are a person too.  You are more than a chauffeur.  A chef.  A CFO.  A pancreas.  A nurse. A maid.  A teacher.  You once enjoyed things outside of being a mother.

Don't be like me... don't wait 7 years to reconnect with who you were, and who you still are.

8 comments:

  1. This is such a great reminder of how easy it is to lose ourselves. So glad you found something you enjoy for you! xoxo

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  2. I wonder if 7 yrs is when you just hit the wall as a mother and say no more time for me...that is when i started carving out time for me, too. Glad you decided to do this for you - I love being active and giving oneself a break at the same time! I've taken up kick boxing, sometimes I imagine giving the big D that kept me up all night a one-two and my days goes much smoother :) Take care and enjoy those breaks between it all!

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  3. Good for you! Always good to remember that diabetes does not define the parent either.

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  4. So true! I have made a very serious effort this past month to give myself some much needed alone time. It takes a lot of scheduling due to my husbands work schedule, but I have managed to go on a 2 mile walk at least 6 times this past month. It's been nice to be able to not think of needles, insulin, or hear MOM for 30 glorious minutes! :)

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  5. I'm sorry you've been having such a hard time, but it's so awesome to hear you've found your soccer love again! I'm so proud of you!!

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  6. Congratulations! You are so right ... we, moms, can't lose sight of ourselves

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  7. It's so hard to forget to do things for ourselves! I'm glad you found something for you!

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  8. SO AWESOME! once a soccer girl, always a soccer girl! so happy for you! :D

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