Temptations of a Stay-At-Home Mom

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This smile just cracked me up! She knows how to brighten my day!

I feel like being a stay-at-home carries many temptations. For me, these include temptations to not exercise. ‘I can do it later this afternoon’ or ‘I’ll just double my workout tomorrow’ frequent the minds of many stay-at-homers. Then, the afternoon fills up with too many things to do and the workout doesn’t happen. Tomorrow’s pile of ‘To-Do’s’ create a time pinch and that intended doubled workout never becomes reality. Then there are the temptations to eat the leftover food of my littles. ‘I’ll just finish that crust of the sandwich’ or ‘Well, he didn’t finish those crackers and we don’t want to be wasteful’ are often thoughts that can tempt a mom to consume food she doesn’t even need. Trust me, this has gone down at my house.

Everyone has different temptations, which require ways to avoid them. I make myself exercise every morning regardless of what needs to be done. We simply don’t do the gym in the afternoon, ever. I don’t schedule activities or errands during my designated “Gym Time” and even turn down invitations or reschedule appointments that fall within those two hours. I know myself, and if I fall into a pattern of not making my workout happen during that window, then my workout doesn’t happen. ¬†At all.

My other temptation of eating my littles’ leftovers stopped a few months ago. I will confess, most of the time, okay maybe all the time, it was the crust on his sandwich at lunch. I absolutely love crust. It’s hands down the best part of the sandwich. And what crazy doesn’t eat their crust?? That was my kid! What I had to do was after he has finished, I immediately tossed it out without thinking. I’m definitely not one to eat out of the trash can. Over the past month, his appetite increased and he started eating it all. There has been no wasting of precious, delicious crust. And no more of me eating food I didn’t need.

I have never had the temptation of eating junk food that enters my house. If my husband ends up going to the grocery store, inevitably he comes home with chips. Some form of BBQ potato chips. It isn’t that I dislike chips. I just know how unhealthy and over-processed they are and so I’m never tempted to eat them. It’s the same with most sweets with maybe a few exceptions that I can’t think of the top of my mind. For the most part, I really don’t struggle with that. I know others do though.

SO, what are your biggest health temptations- whether you are a stay-at-home mom or not- and how do you deal with them?

3 Comments on Temptations of a Stay-At-Home Mom

  1. Natalie@foodforlittlesouls
    June 9, 2013 at 11:48 am (4 years ago)

    Just discovered your blog and loving it! I too struggle with the temptation of crusts (with peanut butter on them). I also have a thing for pancakes, so if the kids ask for them i can never so no!! Love your recipes and stories.

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  2. Jordan | Berlin By the Bay
    June 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m so impressed by your determination. I’m usually exactly the same as you, however I have to admit after having my daughter I use those exact excuses; I’ll work out later, harder tomorrow…exactly what you said! I think the main reason is exhaustion-would help if my little one would sleep at night! Keep up the good work, I’ll keep reading to be inspired. :)

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    • Amy
      June 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm (4 years ago)

      How often has she been waking up? Have you read “Solving Your Child’s Sleep Problems”? It helped me so much with sleep training my kids and sleep makes all the difference! I feel like a brand new person when I get adequate sleep!

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