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, ...