Accentuate the Positive

Ahhhh! Friday again. Love it! So before we get into anything else I want to clear up some of the chatter that was going on yesterday after the Wall Street Journal article. If you missed it, click HERE. First, I want to say that I’ve had nothing but great feedback and supportย  from readers, friends and family. A huge THANK YOU! You all are superstars to me! It was an honor to be included in such a wonderful article that highlights some very awesome fit Mamas that are “happy crazy!” hahaha!

As I looked at the article online early Thursday morning, I saw the stream of negative comments starting already. My first instinct was to chime in and set the record straight. Instead I called Ron at work to let him know that he was the “bread winner” and that we now have a mysterious “housekeeper” that is under our employment since we have discretionary income. For some reason he couldn’t stop laughing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He tried to look at the comments but for some reason the WSJ site wasn’t cooperating for him (as a lot of people have said). Laura and I were tweeting back and forth. She was wondering where her “housekeeper” was too. We both decided not to fuel the fire of negativity. As my friend Pavement Runner said, I am the HAPPY fit mama after all. Don’t let them bring me down.

Since this is my blog I want to set the record straight.

  1. We do NOT have discretionary income. If you know me IRL you must have been laughing your ass off when you read that. Ron and I were really laughing at that one.
  2. In addition to being a part time stay at home Mom (which is the biggest job in the universe) I work part time outside of the home. I have a BS in Exercise Science and am a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist from the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine). So I now a little something about how exercise is a great stress reliever. I’ve seen it in person and in studies. #PROOF
  3. We don’t have a housekeeper or a nanny. If we had a housekeeper, they would need to be fired ASAP because they don’t do a very good job.

I don’t know much about the woman, Drea, who was the main subject of the article. I did see a comment from someone who knows her and set the record straight. She’s not one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She doesn’t have a nanny or a housekeeper. She’s an educated woman who is an athlete that enjoys being fit and helping others. In my opinion, I think she sounds like one kick ass Mama that I’d like to be friends with. ๐Ÿ™‚ Check out her blog HERE.

A big thanks to the commenters for the laughs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alright, on to other things…

Wednesday night I picked up my new Mizuno Alchemy’s at Runner’s Alley.

Yayyy! One side note to all the shoe designers out there – PLEASE start making the flashy colorful shoes for those who need support too! Why do we get stuck with boring colors? I want some flash!

I was almost swayed back to the Brooks Adrenaline. They both felt good but I went with my favs. I tested them out on a short 3 miler yesterday morning. My knee is feeling better. Not 100% – I still get a weird sensation in it after a couple of miles. It feels like it needs to “pop.” I’m taking it easy this week in hopes that I’ll be back on the training plan next week. I am “supposed” to do 20 miles this weekend but I don’t think that’s going to happen. So right now my plan is to run and just go by how I feel. I may do 3, 8, 12 or even 20. I’m going in with an open mind. No pressure. What really stinks besides the knee thing is that I don’t have anyone to run with. All of my usual buddies are out of town. Any locals interested? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m linking up with Jill for another Fitness Friday. Go read some great posts for fitness inspiration this weekend.

See you back here on Monday.

Enjoy! ~

43 comments on “Accentuate the Positive

  1. well honestly they made it sound like all she did was workout all day! I didn’t read the comments but didn’t really like how the article played out – it did seem like she was a privileged mom who didn’t have to get up at 5am to get in her workout, and found a way to workout all day. what were the kids doing? Love that you are quoted in it. I would rather see an article on what the day is like for a full time working mom who runs at 5am!
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    1. What I took from the article was that Drea ran for herself. The pilates, yoga and personal trainer is her job. She was teaching/training. If you are a good teacher/trainer, it’s not about your workout, it’s about the client.

      I applaud any person who makes fitness a priority whether you are rich, poor, SAHM, work outside of the home, etc. It’s all about making YOU a better, healthier, happier person.

      Thanks for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I think it’s better not to engage in the negativity – at all. I’ll never understand why people just can’t applaud one another, even if we have different lives & different circumstances.

    You’re truly a HAPPY FIT MAMA ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Glad to hear your knee is feeling good and you got some new Mizunos – now you’ll get a free pair, haha
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  3. We were on the same wavelength today- responding to that negativity! It is what it is- like you said, at least we can laugh about it and know it’s not directed at us.

    Glad to hear the knees are improving! I agree that 20 is a stretch when you’re trying to reduce stress on them… hope it’s a good run, and that you find some new running buddies! Marathon training is a bad time to lose them. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. I just found your blog today and am working my way through it when I came across your WSJ “coverage”. First up, congrats to you for setting a great example to your children and mums the world over. It is easy for others to sit back and comment negatively on your spending so much time exercising when if they actually got out and made the effort might make some of them realise why you actually do it! I work in the fitness industry also so am somewhat of a “role model” to clients. However I do still find that there is always some “advantage” that I have over them .. genetics, my job etc. The difference we have is the willingness to make the effort and put in the hard work! You go girl and keep accentuating the positive and setting a fine example for us all! x
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    1. Glad you found me! I hope you enjoy my little corner of the blogisphere. ๐Ÿ™‚ I get that all the time – just because I work in the fitness industry, people think that what they see me doing while I’m at work is what keeps me in shape. Umm, wrong! I’m working, not working out. There’s a difference. I also have to do my own workouts. Thanks for reading!

  5. I didn’t read the comments but in the last 6 years I have noticed that people just like to let off steam(you should see the hateful comments about articles on ivf!). I just think that some women make time for fitness, I haven’t watched tv in days and days, because when my 2 year olds go to bed I would rather go running then sit on my butt!
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    1. For some people the idea of actually loving fitness and activity is just way too foreign. Don’t blame us for not having “time” to workout. If you wanted it, you would make it happen.

  6. Happy Friday indeed! Props to you for taking the high road- I read through the comments last night and it sure seems like a lot of people, even in the 21st century, have no idea what being a SAHM is really like. I have a lot of respect for your light-hearted approach to all of the drama. You rock!
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  7. Wow. I totally missed this WSJ article drama — and am quite honestly sad to read such negatively stemming from the article. Why can’t our society embrace a woman who is strong and fit and still able to be a great mom and great wife too? Why can’t we have it both ways and not be made the subject of criticism? UGH!! I am proud of you for sticking to your guns and also for not fueling the fire…I think I’d have had a hard time not wanting to respond to all the critiques. My husband would have to steal the computer from me ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    1. I’m still tempted but I’ve realized what’s the point? I find it really concerning that in this day and age, people (men and women) jump on the fact that a woman is spending time doing an activity she enjoys. What if it was a man? Would people still feel the need to comment so harshly? The commenters also missed that the main subject, Drea, was running for herself. The yoga, pilates and personal training is her job. If she is a great teacher/trainer, it’s not about how intense of a workout she is getting. It’s about the student/client. Haters, Gah!

  8. I’m glad I clicked over from Fitness Friday. I didn’t hear about the article because I don’t really keep up with the news.

    I don’t think people realize how much work it takes for a mom to figure out how to fit in her workouts with what the rest of the family is doing. I’ve run since high school, though I took a bit of a break while having kids. I started up again 7 months ago, and LOVE IT. Just like the first mom in the article, I get up early to go running, and personally, I have twinges of guilt about leaving the house. I just run faster. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m contemplating training for a half marathon. I love longer distances. I am worried about making it work with 5 kids. Right now, I do my weight work at home with free weights. I don’t do other cardio though I’ve been thinking about biking one day a week. Reading the article got me inspired to make this work, on my terms. I love being strong.

  9. First, so excited you were featured in the article! Second, like I said on Laura’s blog, the judgment needs to stop! Why do these people feel they can weigh in on your life choices? You’re making it happen for yourself and there’s no reason that should bother them. The haters are gonna hate.
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    1. Thank you! I confess that I have been one of the “judges” at certain times in my life. It’s really silly and it stems more from jealousy and envy than anything. If you want something, jealousy and negativity won’t get it. Hard work, dedication and commitment are the key.

  10. That’s awesome that you were featured in the WSJ!!! I actually thought the article was great. It’s hard to find time to work out, with or without a “bread winner” or “discretionary income”. People are just haters.
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  11. Angela – you and Laura are great examples of happy fit mamas. I was off-line all day yesterday so haven’t seen the article yet but it amazes me all the stereotypes and assumptions that people have about others. I think it’s better not to engage the negativity either because in the end, they don’t know *you* and your family and your reality. It’s a likely due to some insecurity or something on their end that makes them lash out. I never will understand the negativity of some people but then again, I’m not sure that I want to. Totally agree with Pavement Runner – don’t let them take the happy away.
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    1. Thanks, Christine! It’s funny how the majority of the people didn’t even get that the article was about how brands are targeting active fit women. It was the WSJ after all.

  12. Haha! Discretionary income? Nanny and housekeeper? Oh I wish! I am a stay-at-home mom, but we sacrifice. Any extra money at the end of the month goes toward paying off our debts.
    I get my time at the local YMCA. It is a really nice one, only a five years old with equipment replaced at least that often. They have child watch for free during the mornings and evenings, which is the only way I can get my workouts. How ridiculous to perpetuate the myth that one must be rich to be healthy and fit!
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    1. Wow, thank you so much! I’ve never thought of myself as being inspiring. I just do what I love. If that gets someone to move more and be fit then I’m so very glad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Funny, I wonder if people react badly in the comments because they feel bad about their activity level after reading the article? Seems like standard excuses – these moms must have help/rich husbands/no work, and if I had that advantage, I’d be fit too. Too bad it misses the point. It’s almost always possible to do something. I finally got myself into exercise after years of doing little to nothing at all because I found the Jillian Michaels 20 minute workout videos. And if it really only took 20 minutes (at home no less) to get healthier each day, what was my excuse not to do it? I did them at night after the kids went to bed religiously for a long time. Now I have more free time, so I am able to vary my routine more. But I am grateful to Jillian, because without her I never would have gotten started.

    Anyway, I think people get angry when you tear down their excuses…

  14. Wow, what a post!! Congrats on the article. I have to say that having a husband, four children and working everyday, I have to make the time to get in a run. At 45, I may not be the fastest runner but I run and try to eat well. It is important to me to feel good and look my best. Some of my biggest critics are family members!!!! Some of those comments made me laugh out loud!!! Keep up the great blog that I enjoy and continues to inspire me to run!!!
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  15. Congrats on the article!!! YaY! That’s so awesome! There’s always going to be negativity out there…for me, it’s turning the negatives into positives ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love flashy shoes too! The flashier the better!
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  16. I just found your blog (from you comment on MealsandMiles) and love it! Such an inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚ And totally random, but I think you look like Kate Walsh!

  17. Congrats on being featured in the WSJ! That’s such an awesome achievement. Also I’m so glad to see y’all taking such a positive stance against all the “haters.” It just further proves how great exercise is for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And I totally agree on the fun colors for shoes! Why shouldn’t supported people get to have a little fun too haha
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  18. Kudos to ALL moms who work hard to make parenting a priority AND manage to find the time and energy for health and fitness. It’s not an easy task.

    I agree. Please! More color for those of us that need support!

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Loved that article. So Awesome they featured you too! You are an Awesome Happy Fit Mama!
    I can only imagine reading those comments, my blood boiled and my hands shook on the first commet. Its always so easy to say nasty things behind your computer screen but who cares what those jealous not happy unfit mama’s and papas have to say. Your life works for you and apparently a ton of people love hearing about it!
    I’m starting Sweaty Saturdays on the blog today and WOULD LOVE it if you wanted to link up a workout ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lets get these readers Sweatin with us!
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  20. I saw the article!!! Congrats!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought it was awesome! (I was actually THRILLED when I opened the paper on Friday. And yes, I get the actual, physical paper, haha)

    And I’m glad you’re staying positive!

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