I’m a very average working mum. In my thirties, always tired, overweight, stressed out.
I spend a lot of time being cross with myself for not doing enough. I don’t keep the house tidy enough, I don’t cook healthy enough food, I don’t make enough of an effort with my appearance, I don’t have enough patience with the kids, I don’t pay enough attention to my husband, I don’t have enough energy, I don’t keep in touch with friends enough, I don’t earn enough, I’m not thin enough, I’m not fit enough, I’m just scraping by with things, but not enough.
Then there’s too much. I eat too much. I work too much. I Facebook too much. I sit around in a daze too much. I spend too much time indulging myself in “leisure” things when I should be doing some of the stuff in the not enough list. I spend too much. I nag too much. I worry too much. I yell too much. I rush too much. It’s just too much.
I really want to achieve a few goals (don’t we all?). Those goals used to be: get thin, earn more, be a better mum. But I’m going to try a different tack. My goals are to look after my body, to look after my mind, and to be a good mum.
I intend to do this through the media of cycling, being a bit of a feminist, occasional forays into crochet and generally trying to nurture myself (that sounds like some bad hippy shit, but the thesaurus drew a blank so it stays).
So yeah. Let’s do this.