Single parent: Worry about taking ‘me’ time?

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GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — These days, 41-year-old Kathie Patterson can flat lift some weights. But not so long ago, she didn’t feel so strong.

“There were days I didn’t want to get up out of bed or shower or eat,” remembers Patterson of her life three years ago. “I lost a significant amount of weight, like unhealthy. I looked sick.”

Patterson had gone through a gut-wrenching divorce and says one day it just hit her, that she’d have to take better care of herself to take better care of her beloved boys. But even then, the full-time working, divorced mom felt guilty about the time it took to go work out.

“What we perceive to be selfish is really about self-esteem and safe care,” said Life Coach Donna Burick. “I see that all the time with single and divorced parents; married parents, too. But it’s like driving a car with no gas. If you don’t take care of yourself, you have nothing to offer your children.”

Patterson’s sister in law and her nephew encouraged her to try Crossfit Training Valley during a free Saturday morning class and she fell in love with it.

“Me coming here, lifting weights, I had never done that before. Now I have so much energy. I am a happier parent,” Patterson said. “My boys and I do all kinds of active things together now. I take zero medicines for my health. I really believe we have to put ourselves first because our kids need us.”

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