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MY STORY


CONFESSIONS OF A


iar faces. Yes folks, summer vacation is officially over. Time to head back to the gym! Oh, and school is back in session too. But the kids are easy. Their math may have gotten a little rusty while they dawdled the summer away at the cot- tage but at least their young bodies are ready to go. Me? Not so much. Here’s the thing. Everyone says that getting in shape is easiest in the summer.


“There’s so


much fresh fruit available” they say. And “the weather is perfect for all that outdoor exercise.” And it’s not that these things aren’t true, it’s just that all that fresh fruit also goes amazingly well in frozen daiquiris and the great weather is supremely conducive to floating around in the lake while sipping those daiquiris. So, my well intentioned plans for summer tend to get hijacked by the inevitable vacation mindset. There’s also the fact that the kids are out of school and home ALL THE TIME. Sorry, did


SLACKER I


SUMMER < BY ORC’S MYSTERY MOVER > t’s the same thing every September: teacher


lists are checked, squeaky clean shoes pur- chased, fresh supplies are stuffed in back- packs and anxious eyes scan classes for famil-


I yell that out loud? Actually, the kids are great fun and hanging out with them is too. We do stay active on bikes, at the park, swimming and playing but we also have a whole lot of fun just hanging out with each other and going on little adventures in and out of town. I wouldn’t trade these fun times for the world but it definitely cuts in on my gym time (who am I kidding, it actually cuts in on all of MY time). Now I know there are some of you out there who juggle all this really well. You get up at 5 a.m. to fit your workout in before your full day with the kids start. You pack healthy snacks in Ziploc bags when you go to Wonderland. And I admire you, I really, really do. But seriously? When I’m running around Wonderland with 3 maniacal children, knowing I’m going to have a funnel cake before the day is out can be the only thing keeping me sane. So it was with great trepidation that I hauled


myself to the gym. I was seriously nervous – first day of school jitters all over again. But guess what? It was awesome. I realized how much I missed the ORC routine over the summer. The


ORC’s Mystery Mover is an Oakville local and proud mother of three busy kids, which may account for at least some of her sagginess and a large part of her sense of humour! To read more about her journey to health, go to: http://mysterymover.blogspot.ca


new machines in the fitness centre rock, the renovation plans are exciting and best of all, I ran into so many friends who also got a little sidetracked over the summer and were in the ex- act same boat as me. So we sweat a little (okay, a lot) together, we laughed at our lazy habits (at one point while on the inclined bike watching Ellen reruns I complained there wasn’t a remote to change the channel. I had to actually learn forward! Can you imagine?!) and even commis- erated that our out of shape arms needed to take breaks while we dried our hair. My daugh- ter hadn’t been at the play centre much over the summer either and was really happy to get back in there and meet up with some of her old friends. Most of all, I had forgotten how much I value that feeling of accomplishment and pride that comes with working out regularly.


It’s like


coming back from a whirlwind vacation – you unpack, do the laundry and think “it was fun be- ing away but it’s GREAT to be home.” So for all you summer slackers out there like me, welcome home to the ORC. Now, let’s get back to work!


“I realized how much I missed the ORC routine over the summer. The new machines in the fitness centre rock, the renovation plans are exciting and best of all, I ran into so many friends who also got a little sidetracked over the summer and were in the exact same boat as me.”


26 CLUBLIFE FALL 2012


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