Balancing Responsibilities?

A person walking on a tightropeMy exercise patterns of late have slowed down a lot. Some due to life changes (new job) and others just due to season changes, etc. With that, I’ve felt a lot of pressure on myself to get moving again. I also recently read somewhere that people with type 1 diabetes are at ten times greater risk for heart problems – hell, I thought it was only six times greater risk, and I thought that was bad!!

I’ve got a family at home, a wonderful and beautiful wife, and two great kids. My kids are 5 and 2, and at that age demand a lot of attention and energy. So where the heck do I find time to exercise? If I stay home and be with the family, I feel I’m neglecting my responsibility to exercise. If I go and exercise, I feel like I’m neglecting my family responsibilities. Some activities can be done as a family, but the kids don’t always appreciate being thrown into a stroller and carted around (plus, my 5-year-old is getting BIG for a stroller). However, letting them walk with me usually doesn’t work – they stop and look at every spec of dirt, bug (dead or alive), leaf, or any other piece of debris along the way. It takes 10 minutes to walk 10 feet!

Finding that balance is the key. Why is it so damn elusive?

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, advocate, and Senior Community Manager at Blue Circle Health. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent my employer’s position. Read more…

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