It’s Not About Exercise, It’s About Life.

You could be forgiven for thinking that I am all about exercise and I know many people don’t get my love of exercise, or wish that they did love it and that it was easy for them.  The truth is I don’t always feel like it, that sometimes the chaos of having four young boys and a husband that works away makes me want to sit on the couch, eat chocolate, and survive the days until my husband walks in the door and my world rights itself.  But I have been that person, stuck at home with 4 kids under 3 1/2 years old, treading water, not being able to find the joy in my life.  Don’t get me wrong I find joy in my children, in my husband, and in my family, but I wasn’t able to find joy in myself.  It wasn’t just the extra weight that bothered me it was the fact that when I looked to the future, what sort of mother did I want to be?  I wanted to be able to go camping, ride, walk or swim with the boys, sit in those awful, tiny, plastic chairs at kindy and school without breaking them.  I wanted to go on waterslides with them, swing on swings, jump on trampolines, climb trees, sit on the beach in my swimmers, and hike to the tallest mountain and watch the sun set.  Those are the things that bring me pleasure, that calm me, that make me happy to be alive.  Its the doing, not the having of things that has always driven me.  The only way that I know how to be that mother is to be fit, healthy, and strong.  I think to be strong is to be empowered, especially for a woman.

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As mentioned I often feel that people think that I am this crazy exercise person.  For example, when a couple of girlfriends and I decided to climb the tallest mountain in Queensland, Mt Bartle Frere, another mother friend said to me in passing, “You must really love mountain climbing.”  Of course I nodded and agreed, but it is not about the mountain climbing.  Or the mountain bike race.  Or the adventurethon.  Or a 5km walk if thats where you are at.  It’s about asking the question of yourself, “Can I do it?”.  It’s about putting a plan in place and making it work.  It’s about having confidence in yourself to get things done.  It’s about standing at the top of the damn mountain, feeling like you can touch the clouds and realizing that you can do anything!!

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What’s your dream for the future?  Are you going to be fit and healthy enough to live it??

Linking in again with Essentially Jess for IBOT.