Run Away From It All

How is this helpful?

How is this helpful?

Just as I was beginning to enjoy my evening (ie pager turned off, kids in bed and large glass of red wine poured) I stupidly checked a certain newspaper’s online tv and showbiz column and saw this photo.  Ok, well firstly it serves me right for bothering to read the online paper in the first instance, but it’s only 3 days into the new year and already the internet and tv is a wash with weight loss/get fit/new you adverts.  And this really gets on my nerves.  Especially this kind of photo.  It’s 2 years since I had a baby and my stomach doesn’t look like this!  And you know why? Because I don’t have a nanny, a personal trainer, a chef and a contract with a magazine to lose the weight in time for their first edition of 2013.  Any you know what else, what ever you may think I’m not jealous or bitter.  This photo is irresponsible, no one can safely and sensibly lose weight that fast.  And she’s obviously had a boob job.

However I do have a pair of pretty cool new running trainers I got for Christmas and a great park on my door step.  And with the powers of inspirational women like Jenny Scott at Mothers Meeting we have created a running group for South London Mamas.  So ignore slightly irritating and unrealistic photographs of celebs (Patsy Kensit that includes YOU) and come and run with other like minded Mamas, every Saturday at 10am in Brockwell Park.  Meet outside the Lido by the flag.  It’s free, it feels good and all abilities welcome.

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Mothers Meeting- Meet the Midwife

Meeting a midwife at London’s coolest hang outs Shoreditch House with other pregnant Mama’s to-be, for an exclusive antenatal class sounds like something I would have LOVE to have done when I was pregnant.  Hang on a minute I did go, except this time I was the midwife speaking to 18 pregnant eager to know ladies!  I haven’t done antenatal classes since my 3rd year of midwifery training, when I very badly demonstrated how a baby is born using a polar neck jumper and doll to a group of 8 women and their partners in a cold, musky smelling church hall.  It was pretty dreadful, cheap tea and coffee and the worst choice of budget biscuits were awkwardly eaten in silence.

When Jenny Scott founder of Mothers Meeting and uber cool mama of one, asked me if there was a better alternative to antenatal classes, we put our heads together to try and incorporate stylish and informative where no question is a stupid one.  The result, an amazing workshop last Saturday in the cosy Snug room at Shoreditch House, fresh coffee, tea, pastries to die for and not a budget Bourbon in site.  Perfect.  The morning was such a success we’re looking forward to hosting many more!

Check out other amazing events for Mamas and how to attend future Meet the Midwife sessions at www.mothers-meeting.com

Alternatively contact me clemmie_hooper@live.co.uk or leave a comment below.