together 15 years still holding hands

This post is brought to you by the We Vibe 4. I’m not even kidding.

Before I start let me just say this is not a product review. I promise. If you came here looking for XXX action you are at the wrong website. Sorry.

But the fact is, there are some less discussed benefits of moving more. And by moving I’m talking about walking and running and going to the gym. We’ll get to the other moving later on.

Because the more you move, the better you feel about yourself generally. Runners high isn’t just the rush you feel at the end of a training session… it can be something that carries over into your entire life. It changes the way you look at your body. It changes the way you FEEL about your body and what it can do. And it isn’t just runners who benefit from increased self esteem, it is most people who make moving regularly a priority.

Another fact is that the better you feel about your body, the more likely you are to feel good about showing it to someone else. But just as training time can be tricky to schedule around family and life commitments, finding uninterrupted alone time with your partner can be just as hard sometimes.

In truth, when I was offered the opportunity to spend a night in the city with my husband the first thing I did was consider when we last spent an entire night alone together. It was nearly a year ago! And because we live in the country and shiftwork is a thing, we’ve not even been out to dinner on our own for just as long. Despite my promises to myself that date nights would become something we schedule in for ourselves, it just hasn’t happened in our crazy busy lives.

Have we suffered for it? I didn’t think so until we DID get to be away from the kids and enjoy an amazing meal and just have some time together. We could talk without someone yelling out for a sandwich. We could watch whatever we wanted on the TV. We could sit in the spa without doing headcounts every minute to account for all the children. We could do grown up things without fear of interruption, if you know what I mean.

I’m back in training now, and that means that when I schedule my week I prioritise getting my runs in. But this weekend has reminded me that without the support of my family it doesn’t mean a whole lot anyway, and that time spent with my husband is even more important. We may not be the world’s most romantic couple, and we may not ‘do’ Valentine’s Day, but the reasons I married him are still there. And every year that passes I find even more reasons to think he is amazing.

kate and the supertrucker

It should not be surprising that an adult toy designed to bring couples closer together has actually worked to bring this couple closer together, but it has and it kind of is. So there you go.

And if you DO do Valentine’s Day and are looking for a gift that might light his/her eyes up, this is a good one. Let’s leave it at that hey?

Is Valentine’s Day a thing at your place? Do you schedule in Date Nights as a priority?

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. Zoey Dowling

    We have never done Valentines, or even a regular date night, but we so need to. Thanks for the push in the right direction.

  2. No we don't do Valentines. But I think like you, we need to get away from it all, we haven't done that in such a long time. I'm liking the sound of this we vibe too ;) *clicks link*

    • Zoey Dowling

      It did the world of good Dee, although kinda hard to come back to real life ;)

  3. We don't do valentines and I don't need that as a gift (if you get what I mean haha) But we do have a weekend routine of putting the kids to bed early on Saturday and having some form of take away food and watch a movie together :)

  4. Sounds like a good idea all together you know ... . Do you drive a Lexus or is it the Kluger Grande? (sorry , insufferable car nerd!)

    • Zoey Dowling

      Lol Jessie :) We got picked up in a chauffeur car (ooh la la) and it was a lexus, so nice! I drive a Captiva which is full of crumbs and carseats and not quite so nice ;)

  5. I clicked. Then I had to read the faq bit to work it out. :-)

  6. Hello Kate, van I say the two of you look gorgeously chilled, and so open to life and love in that photo - gorgeous. My FIFO man and I spent five nights away together in January, down in Tassie, for my 50th birthday doing a big walk, the kind of stuff we did before the kids and ALL THAT STUFF. It was rejuvenating, completely. We've never done anything like that in 17 years - thank you big sis for minding the family. Being just us, as individuals and as a couple was so good and we promised to prioritise the adults a whole lot more.

    • Zoey Dowling

      Such an important thing to do, your escape sounds like some kind of bliss to me Seana!xox