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Friday, July 13, 2007

The one when I talk about creche

I joined the gym this week. Hurrah! One New Years Resolution I've kept. Well, only half-kept this far, as I haven't started using it yet. But it's still progress!

While I was there I checked out the creche facility. This time last year, there's no way I would have ever even entertained that possibility. Uh-uh. No way. No way I'm leaving my kids with strangers. Someone could sweep along, like an evil angel out of low-lying cloud, and pluck them up and away.

Did I mention how I loathe July? I loathe it. This time last year I'd just begun counselling for my rampant anxiety attacks, which the doctor said belonged under the PND umbrella. Back then, it would've been the hormones, the new baby, the everything blah-blah-blah every new mother would understand. This year? I'm doing better, but still I reckon, like the rest of us who live in the colder climes, I am affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Maybe.

Anyway - cut the the gym. That's why we're there. I need exercise.

The creche leader was very patient with all my questions (just because I keep my anxiety in check doesn't mean I need to know all about the workers, right down to their medicare card numbers, favourite colours and horoscope, and just to get a vibe of the place.)


She set her shoulders, ready to go, "Well, its up to the parent. Some say, come and get me if they don't stop crying in five minutes. Some say, come get me after 10 minutes if they're still upset. Some say come get me right away. Some say, let 'em cry, the doctor said I need a break and I NEED A BREAK!"

I swear to God, that's what she said down to the word. "The doctor said..."

I wonder how many mums are ordered - just as I was - to get out and exercise, just get out, be active. I wonder why it's taken me this long to join.

Just because I don't like leaving my kids at creche for an hour doesn't mean I shouldn't.

It's taken me three+ years of motherhood just to figure that out.

For those of you interested, here are my stats:

Weight: 53kgs (116 pounds)
Height: 161 cms (5 ft 2in - I'm short)
BMI: 20% (please don't hate me)

We'll see if/how they change after a few months.

Update: I want to be at pains to stress, I am not feeling compelled to join the gym to lose weight. Anyone who knows my history would possibly feel worried at such a suggestion, and I emphatically state no, no, no. I do not want to lose weight. I just want to get fit. There is a difference.

Comments on "The one when I talk about creche"


Blogger Molly said ... (7:41 am) : 

Why, why, why and just for good measure, why do you need to lose weight if you are 5'2" and ONLY 116lbs? I am very jealous of you as I am 5'2" but weight 3 ton more than you!


Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said ... (7:53 am) : 

Molly, I'm going to increase my stamina and build muscle tone. So, if anything, I may put on weight if that happens.

I didn't say I was going to lose weight; I probably should have clarified that, huh? Sorry.


Blogger Kin said ... (8:57 am) : 

Firstly, well done on joining, and putting your kids in creche. Just between you and me, an hour is a fantastic start. The carer sounds perfect.

Secondly, your stats? are my goal, well, not exactly. I'm aiming for 53kg. Maybe you will end up there too. LOL.

Exercise is fantastic. I just wish I had more time to do it. I know I know, I have to make the time, but apart from the $90 a month I'd need to find for membership, plus $2 per child per day for creche, which only runs two days a week from 9am-10am limits me somewhat. Plus, you know, the whole "I'm pregnant so I can eat whatever I want".

Good Luck, and keep us posted! Are you planning on doing weights, cardio or classes? Cause if your gym offers it I highly recommend Body Balance as a great start to classes. Gosh I miss it!


Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said ... (9:04 am) : 

God those creche hours aren't really fair are they?! An eye of the needle situation!

Cardio and weights, mostly. To be honest, classes used to KILL ME! I'm used to going at my (leisurely) pace! I haven't done a body balance in years. I should try...see if my heart can handle it.


Blogger Tracey said ... (10:24 am) : 

Gee, I didn't realise you were such a shorty! ;) (*Tracey now delves into the photo archives to suss out K & A's wedding photos* - no wonder I felt like Gigantor when I saw the photo of you and me standing together!)

I'll say one more word about exercising. Endorphins.

Hey, and for those who (like me) are tempted to say 'you don't need to exercise', I'll come back after I find this article I once posted about that pointed out that skinny people can actually be 'fat' on the inside. (Have to drop a kid somewhere - I'll be back!!)


Blogger Tracey said ... (11:27 am) : 

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Blogger Tracey said ... (11:33 am) : 

(sorry, deleted it so I could make a proper hyperlink)

Article: Is Skinny the New Fat?

Re the child care - keep an open mind. It might not work out if your kids are truly miserable, in which case, try again another time or even just another place. These early years can be like that.

You need to weigh up the whether the endorphins you achieve from the workout are outgunning the anxiety and stress you feel if your child is screaming for an hour!


Blogger Scribbit said ... (2:53 pm) : 

You're good. I stopped going to the gym once the kids got out of school for the summer. I've not been back since dang it and it's showing.

I'm so looking forward to fall.


Blogger mcewen said ... (1:14 am) : 

Interesting. I completely relate to this. I joined a gym to 'meet people.'
None of my children would stay in the creche - it was a complete waste of money.
I think it was a message from on high - 'don't exercise, you'll wear yourself out faster.'


Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said ... (4:34 am) : 

Your stats seem perfectly normal to me; cut out the gym.


Anonymous Janine @ Moving Mama said ... (5:35 am) : 

Being a fitness instructor, I'm at gyms all the time. My children come with me and stay in the nursery unless my husband is home. My youngest protests sometimes (just as he does when we go to the grocery store), but the reality is, it is an hour. If the situation does not feel right, I don't bring them to that gym. Trust your instincts and make time for mommy.

You can be skinny and not be fit for everyone who questioned your reasons for being at the gym. I see plenty of people who weigh nothing who can't run a mile.


Blogger Catherine said ... (5:46 am) : 

I just joined the gym too! Which isn't to say that I've attended. And, its because of the nursery. I"m sure it will be fine, I just never want to do it the first time....


Blogger Miscellaneous-Mum said ... (1:27 pm) : 

janine - that is so totally me!

catherine - woo hoo! let me know how you do! I hope its good


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