I am fortunate. I have a whole community of women friends that are incredibly smart, funny, brave and who have my back. Today though, on International Women’s Day, I would like to give a shout out to some very special friends of mine: the mothers, and the mothers to be.
I chose to be childfree a long time ago, but I want to give a special blog “high five” today to the women I know who are pregnant or raising little ones.
The gym that I attend has a demographic that mainly falls in the late 20s to mid-30s. That means that there are a lot of folks attending that are starting families. There is an ever expanding group of ladies who have young children or are pregnant, and today, on International Women’s Day, I raise my LaCroix to them. (Nutrition Challenge = no booze for me.)
I see these women talking to the Coaches, getting advice on what to do. I see them coming in and taking care of themselves. I see them taking care of each other as well, offering to watch each other’s little ones during workouts, for example.
And I love this. I love seeing these strong, healthy, tough women who are redefining what it means to be a mom in 2019. They are setting their own goals, and achieving them. They are raising little ones who are becoming used to the inside of a gym and the sounds of barbells hitting the mats. They are taking something that some people consider indulgent, working out, and making it a part of their everyday lives.
I’m not going to lie. I wish I had had that kind of influence growing up. Personally, I hated Physical Education and everything having to do with it. I hated working out or moving my body. I feel like these kids have the opportunity to find out for themselves if fitness is for them, but they won’t start out feeling alienated from it, like I did.
On this International Women’s Day, I say “Cheers!” to all the strong women out there, and those raising families, Here’s to you!