Wednesday – exercise (or lack thereof)

Exercise – even if you don’t have a chronic illness, it’s tough to fit exercise in.

The kids need to be picked up, a work project rears its head, it’s raining – there are a million excuses right?

But sometimes excuses are legitimate, they really are. Life happens and there are times (especially when you are a parent) when other people’s needs come before yours. Or you just may not have the time or energy. Chronic illness can be very wearing.

What can you do? The answer is really quite simple.

You do the best you can. You recognize that it’s not a sprint back to feeling bulletproof but a marathon.

If you couldn’t do what you wanted to today, then you acknowledge that and aim anew for tomorrow.

No beating up. No self-punishment. It’s just – today I tried, tomorrow I will try harder.

This is one case where you earn a participation ribbon just for showing up.

participation ribbon

I know that this flies in the face of my very first blog post here – “No excuses” and on some level, I do realize that I can always try harder (I can say no to obligations, I can get up earlier to exercise, I can schedule in more classes, etc.)

But I also know that as a mother, a writer, and someone with a chronic illness balance is something that is always needed, but sometimes very difficult to achieve.


Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). ( She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.


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