I am not trying to sound like a princess...
after living overseas for 7 years now, and spending my first summer in our own house, here is what I can't figure out:
How do Mom's continue to exercise when the kids are out of school?
I am going a little stir crazy without exercising. I feel the need for the adrenaline to kick in and the endorphins to get stirring. I want to feel the sweat and burn that comes with rigorous exercise.
But how can I do it? My kids are at that stage where I can't take them to the gym with me, but they aren't quite old enough to stay at home by themselves for a few hours.
Am I truly sounding like an expat princess? Well, maybe I am, and that is why I enjoy living overseas. It makes life just a little easier when you can take your kids to your club and know that they are safe and can run around, or swim or play tennis, while you do what it is you need to do.
I have never been one to let a nanny, mujer de servicio, or baba...whatever you like to call it in other languages...raise my children. Where it does come in handy though, is when you want to go and play tennis, or go for a walk, or even out for a quick lunch with friends, and leave the kids for an hour or two.
I think this is where other cultures thrive. They realize that women also need their alone time even when the kids are out of school. Now, a lot of women take that for granted and are never there for the children....and I have seen a few expats fall into this category over the years. They get so comfortable with their maids, that they leave their kids all the time.
I was not one of them! I never would be one of them...
but I am feeling the need for crunches, free weights, aerobics, swim laps...
I know I could get a pair of weights at a store, and get down on my floor and crunch away...
but I enjoy the class atmosphere. I like having someone over me telling me how many, what order and playing some trendy music to count to!
Oh and the Chunky Monkey from Ben and Jerry's ice cream....doesn't help!