giving in, giving up, and giving back

I’ve been struggling for what seems like forever with finding the time to get “me” straight again after having the baby.  She is 6 MONTHS OLD! this week and it’s amazing how time gets away from you.  I think as a new mom, it is VERY hard to find balance. Let me rephrase that, as a new mom and as a working mom.  Before I went back to work, I could figure out where I could find time to do my Bible study during the morning or where I could go for a walk in the afternoon (or vice versa) and still get dinner on the table, the baby fed and clothed, and have the energy to have a grown up conversation with Robbie in the evenings.  But when I went back to work, forget it. I’m exhausted from the work day, much less finding time for extracurricular things, especially work-outs.  Someone told me one day, “Well, the gym has childcare.”  Well, that’s all well and fine, but I have enough working mom guilt as it is.  I’m away from her all day while I work and then you want me to spend another hour of her awake time away from her so I can work out at the gym?  Um, no. I think not.  So, I’ve been contemplating what I can do to get it back together again.  No, I’ve never been “skinny” but I’ve been healthier than I am now.

While at Henry’s fundraiser this weekend, I had a blast. Yes, it was fun to see my family and Henry, but it was even more fun to feel like I was giving back–to Henry, to the community, to the cause.  So, here’s my proposal… I propose that I should give in to finding a little time for myself now and then, give up some of my pounds and give back to my community all at the same time. Here’s how: by attempting to participate in 12 physical fundraisers in the next 12 months, starting with the Good Samaritan 5K/Family Walk here in Greenville 10/9/2010 (a 1 mile walk) and ending with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Charlotte, NC 10/2011 (a 39.3 mile walk over 2 days). If I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna need your help! I will need your thoughts, your prayers, your support (sometimes monetary for the causes, sometimes just advice on where to find an event in the wintertime), and your accountability!

Feel free to join me!!!! I would love to hear about your journeys as well or walk with you in an event!  Any other mom’s feel that working guilt thing?

4 Responses to giving in, giving up, and giving back

  1. By Sarah, October 2, 2010 at 6:30 am

    If come on the 8th, and I think I am going to be able to, I will walk with you in the 5K (if you want me to). I love this idea, Kim. You’ve always been good about participating in charitable causes. I think this will help you get back to your old self in more ways than one. Also, I think I am going to start doing Weight Watchers again (not paying to go to meetings, but doing it on my own). Do you want to do that with me? Maybe Mama will do it too…

  2. By Kim, October 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    YES! I will definitely attempt to do WW with you (on our own). You don’t have to rush to come down on the 8th, but if you want that’s fine. The 21st also works really well. Either way, we’re here! If you do come for the 8th, we’ll be doing the family walk (1 mile) as we’ll have Emme with us in the stroller. ;)

  3. By Samantha, October 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Kim, I have to agree with you on this one. Ry is now 13 months old, and I still don’t have it together. Like you, I have working mom syndrome and my evenings are spent with Ry. I understand completely how it feels to be away from you child all day, then coming home to be with them and being exhausted after a full day at work. I had to do work from home a few weeks ago, after working all day. i would start right after dinner and for a week it was hubby putting Ry to bed (that’s my snuggle time with him). I felt so guilty for having to work and I felt like the worlds worst mom. I missed so much during that week, and I can’t get that back. If you find a way to balance everything, please share your secret! I’m still trying to figure it all out and still not miss anything with him!

    ps–i love seeing pics of Emily! she is such a cutie…..we were going to come to the speedway to support Henry, but cranky kid + loud noise = very very unhappy kiddo (and a worn out momma!).

  4. By Kim, October 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Sam! I don’t think i’ll ever get it all figured out… but, i hope to try! Sorry we didn’t see you guys there, but I completely understand! Talk to you soon!

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