The Little Daily: Move

by | Oct 12, 2012 | Little Daily | 7 comments

TLD 12.10

The first thing I want to say about this photo is that despite the fact that there is clearly an excess of pant leg material bunched around my ankles, I did not take this photo while sitting on the toilet. In fact, most of my pants bunch in this unfortunate way on account of I am five foot and a half (don't be forgetting the half).

The other thing I want to say is that those are my runners and by wearing them, I am indicating to the world my intention to exercise.

I joined a new gym. Quit my membership at my other gym that was a 15 minute drive away and joined this gym that I could walk to in less time (disclaimer: I do not plan to ever walk there. Duh! I have a car, see?).

The key to maintaining an exercise routine is to remove all possible obstacles that get in the way of actually doing the exercise. Distance was the big one for me. Distance and time – and the gym that is 15 minutes away eats into this precious commodity of which there is never enough.

Actually, the biggest obstacle to my regular exercise is the kids but it seems society still frowns on leaving a 5-year-old in charge while Mumma is away "feeling the burn."

Enough with excuses. Enough with distance and time. I need this time out. I need to feel better than I currently do.

My head is a mess lately. Not sure if you can tell. But it is. So messy. So I'm starting with my body instead. 

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I’m Angie!  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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  1. Ladybird

    I hear you babe. On all of it.
    Go get tose lovely endorphins flowing.
    Oh and I totes dont go to the gym anymore – but dress the part every day. Because you loose weight just by wearing Lorna Jane and Nikes. Don’t you? 😛

  2. katepickle

    It is so hard to fit in exercise around little kids isn’t it!!

    In the end I gave up trying to figure out a way to get out of the house to exercise and got a treadmill so I can do it at home. Mind you that is packed in the shed right now while we renovate so it’s still no use to me!

    Good luck with getting moving!

  3. Victoria KP

    It’s brutal fitting the time in. When my kids were really little I could go to the Y all the time because they had free babysitting. Now they’re too old or too cool to be babysat.

    BTW–you’re an entire inch taller than me!

  4. Emily

    I have nothing to say on the gym front as my son is coming up for sixteen months, I joined a gym when he was about eight weeks and I have yet to go. Like, even once. I’m now 12 weeks pregnant with number two, so that’s not going to happen. Maybe I’ll use it some time next year, when I’m losing my mind with two kids 22months apart. Maybe.
    Anyway, never mind that. My other point was, my Mum was five foot one and half – “and don’t forget the half”. She would freak if anyone forgot her half. I lost her when I was 18 and it’s funny, the things that you kind of misplace. Not forget, as such – but maybe that only really fully resurface once they are brought to mind. So that line made me smile today. Thank you. xx

  5. Madeleine

    Excellent idea, joining one closer to home! I think if I had to drive 15 mins each way, there’s no way I’d have started going to the gym this year. MIne is walkable too, but I think I’ve walked there once. Ahem.

    I hope the new gym is just what you need to get your head in a better space. xx

  6. Katie

    You could walk to the gym and back again and you will have “found 30” for the day (for free!). I find if I can do exercise from home (even starting from home) then I’m more likely to do it! Motivation is the biggest obstacle!

  7. melbo

    Proximity is everything, as I can attest. You have to make it easy for yourself. I’m actually surprised with how much I enjoy going now that I look at it as a break from the workday. Good luck with the new programme!


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