I used to really look forward to a good Mom’s Night Out.
And I’d usually get totally hammered at them.
It was fun in the moment, but the next day seriously sucked.
And the older I got, the longer it would take me to recover from them.
Then I decided to stop drinking (26 months and counting!) and the appeal of the Mom’s Night Out sorta disappeared.
By 9 pm on weeknights — okay, and weekends, too — I am ready for bed.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now.
Because I think it’s important for women to connect with each other outside of the house and away from the kids and without any sort of chemical lubrication.
I have never been a night person. Even before kids.
And you know how I feel about exercise.
It’s a vital component of self-care and it’s vital for your brain and it’s vital for managing stress in a way where you don’t feel like total dog shit the next day.
In Not Your Average Fitness Course I encourage women to find other women to work out with.
Whether it’s to take a class together at the gym or to go for a walk or a run or whatever.
I used to have a running buddy I ran with every weekend.
It was so therapeutic.
In fact, after every run I’d say to her, “Thanks for the free therapy!”
I miss my running buddy.
(If you are reading this, Old Running Buddy, you know who you are, and let’s get back on it!!!)
About four or five years ago when I first started coaching women to take better care of themselves, I started a running/walking group in my town.
We met at the high school, and some of us would walk and some would run.
We probably got up to about ten women meeting every Sunday morning.
Here is part of the original crew!
I loved Sunday mornings!
And then we kinda fizzled out for whatever reason.
And you know what?
I’m ready to start that back up again.
Instead of a booze filled MNO I’d inevitably end up regretting the next day and would need a couple weeks or months to build up the stamina and energy to repeat, I’d love to have a weekly, healthy Mom’s Morning Out.
So I’m gonna do it.
Not Your Average Running and/or Walking Club is starting back up this Sunday. September 15th at 8 a.m.
We will meet at the Still River Greenway in Brookfield at the parking lot right next to the police station.
I will be there.
If you live in the area and would like to start taking care of yourself and could use a little support or accountability or just want a crew of moms who get together without booze or you want to train for a 5K and don’t know where to start or for ANY reason, come and meet me.
There is nothing to be afraid of.
There is no running required.
But there are three requirements:
- The willingness to be vulnerable.
- The willingness to move out of your comfort zone (physically, emotionally, or both).
- The desire to take better care of yourself.
Don’t live in the area?
Then your challenge is to make a healthy Mom’s Morning, Day or Night Out with at least one friend.
Ask her if she’d like to go for a walk. Ask her if she’d like to try a free class at a gym. Ask her if she’d like to train for a 5K with you.
One of my Tribe members recently did this.
Instead of going out for dinner and eating and drinking and spending too much, they decided to meet at a gym they had joined but rarely used. And they loved it, and they are doing it again!
This made my day!
So I’m following her lead.
And I’m challenging you to do the same.
Let’s make a new kind of Mom’s Night Out.
Let’s do shit together that isn’t destructive.
Let’s do stuff that sets a good example for our kids.
Let’s do stuff that makes us feel BETTER the next day.
Share what you do! I wanna hear it all!
And if you live in the area, I hope to see you at 8 a.m. on Sunday. It’s gonna be fun. I promise.