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No Sweat by Michelle Segar

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CHAPTER

8

What Sustains Us, We Sustain

An old client of mine, char, had firm intentions to be physically active. She cemented them by signing up for Zumba classes at the community center and planning regular walks with a friend. But she rarely made it to either one because her family responsibilities always came first—and between the needs of her three children and her husband, she had a lot of responsibilities. “I understand that it’s in my best interests to give priority to exercise,” she explained, “but I’m not going to tell my five-year-old that I can’t take him to the park with his friends because I’m going for a walk in the park with my friend. That’s just selfish.”

“Being a good wife and mother is a wonderful purpose, Char,” I told her, ...

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