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The Juggling Act: Working, Dieting and Exercising

To follow up on my previous post about the most neglected aspects of being a mom, I want now shift the spotlight to juggling the aspects once the neglect is overcome.

What do I think about the juggling act of activities in a woman’s daily life? Some women may think it’s a work of fiction, but I think otherwise. As human beings, it’s embedded in our nature that we find excuses for the things that we think we don’t have time for; just like diet and exercise. It became particularly hard to excuse after I started breastfeeding. My nipples were sore and the bras I was buying to counter the issue were not working. I ended up attempting to hunt down the best bottles for breastfeeding and this freed me up for more exercise time.


When pregnant, it’s really about finding the right kinds of food to eat and keeping everything that I put in my mouth in moderation, especially since I breastfeed my child. During these days, I get to eat my favourite food guilt-free!

When I get the writer’s block in the middle of work, I often take a break and use the time to work out instead. Did you know that Youtube is a great source to find free workouts? I find myself saving the ones that I want to do next. Oh yes, this can become very addictive especially since it allows me to be the boss of my own time. My favorite ones are the ones that I can do right at the convenience of my very own home. Using weights can really help, too, since they’re inexpensive and help build and tone muscles. I’m not really conscious about the numbers. Just as long as I’m fit and healthy, I’m happy with myself.

The Most Neglected Aspect of Being a Mom

lovehandleBeing a mother for the first time is really exciting. Taking care of another human being can be really challenging at times, but it’s fun! However, you devote so much time to your newborn that you don’t have much time for yourself. Or if you do, you’d rather spend it sleeping to compensate for those early morning wake up calls. As time progresses, you get a little bit of time back for yourself.

One of the things I was guilty of neglecting was my sexy figure. Oh yes, before I became pregnant I led an active lifestyle like yoga and swimming. Now that I have more time on my hands, I need to make a promise this year that I’ll try out new activities or get into a routine that will allow me to exercise all my worries away. Since I gave birth, I still have all this excess weight to shed off. The good thing is my husband is really supportive of me gaining back that active lifestyle and has even offered to join me in the journey of getting back into shape. I want to gain that sense of myself and hold onto what makes me, me.

I do have to admit that it is a little difficult to incorporate exercise into my life since the nearest gym is about an hour away. What I’ve done now is that I’ve bought a couple of weights, a kettlebell and a fitbit. I’ve looked up simple workouts on Youtube and sneak in a few sessions within the day when the baby’s asleep. I’ve heard working with a personal trainer can really do wonders and so I’m thinking of doing that so that I won’t have to go to the gym and leave my son for a period of time.