A New Enemy In Looking After Yourself

Armed with information in the form of certificates, diplomas and a degree, and with many, many years of experience and educating others and helping them to fit exercise into their lifestyles, I thought I had this exercise thing under control.

In fact, I did for those many, many years, because it was my job.

Then I had a child, and it all went a little off track. A second, then third child into the mix and my plans for regular physical activity went to all kinds of shit.

Knowing full well how much of a positive effect physical activity has on your mental health and (overall) wellbeing, however, I set about overcoming all those general, well used excuses hurdles to not being able to do some form of exercise.

I don’t have time.

I can’t afford a gym membership.

I’m too busy.

Then there are the Bonus Hurdles when you have kids. You see, taking some time out for yourself and putting them into some form of care, or having some form of care come to them even in the form of a father, grandparent or kindly neighbour, is considered “selfish”. Also, why would you have kids if you’re just going to dump them on someone else so you can faff about in lycra? Hmmmm???

They’re sick, or they didn’t sleep, or they’re teething, or I can’t find a sitter …

All surmountable of course. But not easily surmountable in many cases.

When they’re babies it’s easier to exercise, as you can leave them sleeping in the pram, or even use them as weights. When they hit toddlerdom and beyond, well, that’s an entirely different story.

However, overcome all these hurdles I did, as have many other women.

What I didn’t know was that there was another hurdle – an enemy in the exercise department. Something far worse than Mother Guilt that I should be ashamed of.

I know –

4 Replies to “A New Enemy In Looking After Yourself”

  1. Sweat it, baby!

    That said, I bought new black compression workout pants (for a ridiculous amount of money!) that don’t seem to actually show the crotch sweat – no more soggy whale tail 😀

  2. Crotch sweat?! What about boob sweat?! What are we to do about that? Those of us with large boobs have double trouble too because it’s not just in between but underneath. How will we cope?! Seriously – it’s 6am when I go do my exercise so its either too dark for anyone to see anything or everyone is still asleep.

  3. Hmm, I think you’re onto something there, Kim! I see a multimillion dollar, useless idea coming up … wanna go halvies with me in designing Boob Sweat Pads?

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