This is one of those posts that I cringed to write, and deleted about 6 times before I decided that I would just take the plunge and talk about it. I have been on both sides of the fence. I have been a single mother with no money and no access to the gym and I am now a mother that has a partner and while my child is older, I can now make time for the gym access I need. However, this does not discredit any of the points I am about to make. Matter of fact, it only reinforces them.
Getting to the gym or making time to do any physical activity that aids in losing weight is tough. I get it, I have been there. I always would make excuse after excuse as to why I couldn’t until those excuses started turning into things I could make a case with. Being a mom is one of the most rewarding, exhausting and liberating experiences a woman could ever have. But, I say this with love: Being a mother does not make up the entire person that is you. Being a mother is only a sliver of who you are, it is not entirely who you are.
Now, I will also get the moms who will say to me “you only have one child; you have no idea what it is like.” You are right, I don’t know what multiple children in my household looks like BUT there are plenty of moms on social media that also have multiple children that make it work. The other things I hear are “between housework, taking care of the kids, and working, I don’t have time” or, “I can’t just pick up the kids and drag them to the gym, I don’t have access like that.” Trust me when I say, I hear all of those things you say. I do but I still am not buying it and this is why: