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Sam Cam, Jools Oliver etc - how do they fit exercise and beauty stuff in

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Luckytohavemybaby Sun 31-May-15 20:37:07

Do they get lots of help? Wondering if they do their running and work outs at 5am as they seem quite hands on mums.

lavenderhoney Sun 31-May-15 20:43:28

It's time and money. Home gym/ pool and children in a playpen, or with a nanny, personal trainer etc. and motivation.

If you've been up all night with a baby I should think waking up your dh so he can take over at 5.00am might not fly with either of you, especially with a day ahead of childcare/ work.

noddyholder Sun 31-May-15 20:45:21

Money, time, priority, help with childcare

Coastingit Sun 31-May-15 20:50:13

Beauty is easy, I spend 5 mins on my makeup every morning, and blowdry every 3 days dry shampoo in between clothes don't have to cost much to look groomed if you have a good eye.

Keeping fit a little harder. I'm a sahm so get my exercise running around after two preschoolers, but I imagine if you work in a sedentary type job it's harder to stay fit.

There's no need to be a martyr mum - if that stuff matters to you, you'll find a way of fitting it into your life, and it doesn't mean the children suffer in any way.

But yes in the cases of the two you mention, money def helps - childcare, gym membership, hairdressers who come to your house regularly.

SirChenjin Sun 31-May-15 20:55:29

Paid help I should imagine

Nightboattocairo Sun 31-May-15 20:55:50

One word: HELP!

They have love in nannies, of course they can just swan off when they feel like it, what you see in the press is what you want them to see.

Nightboattocairo Sun 31-May-15 20:56:51

Live & what THEY want you to see.

Luckytohavemybaby Sun 31-May-15 20:57:36

I needed to hear that! coastinh I've been beating myself up today. I do manage to exercise but my regime is slipping - I do have 2 DD - 6 and 2. I manage to go running but the rest of my regime is slipping....

Sansarya Sun 31-May-15 21:00:30

They seem quite hands-on mums

I think the key word there is "seems". They might be very hands-on when there's a camera around but who knows what they're like behind the scenes? No doubt they have a nanny, housekeeper, personal trainer and dietician to help them out!

JohnFarleysRuskin Sun 31-May-15 21:02:19

Money. Money buys time.
Rich people thinner- poor people fatter.

NorbertDentressangle Sun 31-May-15 21:06:16

What Sansarya said.

Also, if you've got the world's press covering your every move (OK maybe not in Jools Oliver's case but true with Sam Cam to some extent) then I guess that probably helps you lay off the 10.30pm rummage through the kid's treats box desperately looking for chocolate and stops you from cancelling your personal trainer because you can't be arsed.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Sun 31-May-15 21:13:22


They all claim in I interviews to get up at 5 before the kids.

The only two people I have truly believed when they say that are Michelle Obama (kids older) and Condoleezza Rice (not a mother I don't think, so not totally relevant, but pretty full on job grin grin )

stilllovingmysleep Sun 31-May-15 21:24:35

Of course they both have live in help (probably nannies AND cleaners / housekeepers) and I would also very much doubt what 'hands on' means.

Generally whenever I hear someone referring to themselves (or their partner) as 'hands on' I can tell they're anything but, because saying one is or isn't 'hands on' means they have a choice (and are thus choosing to be hands on--some of the time--as opposed to hands off). Most of us don't have that choice.

chanie44 Sun 31-May-15 21:24:48

Money gives choices:

You can outsource your cleaning, laundry, gardening and household maintenance.

Can have a home gym/pool, giving total flexibility or expensive personal trainers and beauty therapists who work to the demands of wealthy clients. Plus they can afford expensive clothes, which helps.

Both these things will keep your stress levels down and allow you to focus on grooming.

In saying that though, Jools Oliver used to be a model, so has a head start in the beauty dept and Sam Cam, as the PMs wife has to maintain a certain level standard in her appearance, so you could say it's her job.

stilllovingmysleep Sun 31-May-15 21:28:00

Chanie44: you can also outsource your childcare.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 31-May-15 21:28:10

Agree money equals help!!
I exercise a lot both outdoors and in gym and attend classes four days in a week sometimes twice a day, but I work only one day a week and youngest child is 9.
When I had toddlers and babies I wasn't as fit.
Sam looked good in her black bikini I must admit.
I think she runs,obviously with a detective in towgrin

AgentCooper Sun 31-May-15 21:29:11

Not wishing to sound mean, but neither of them exactly have 'real' jobs in the way that we do, do they? As in having to be in a certain place during certain hours and that's that. I'm not saying they don't do anything, but I'd imagine their time is more flexible than most of ours.

When I was doing my PhD, I didn't have to be anywhere most of the time. I made my own hours and went to the gym for an hour during the day, but I can't do that now.

Luckytohavemybaby Sun 31-May-15 21:48:38

That is what my hubby said agentcooper I'm still a bit inspired by the Sam Cam pics. I'm slim but still feeling a bit bleurgh - I've just given up b/feeding x

WipsGlitter Sun 31-May-15 21:57:03

I though those photos of SamCam were really intrusive. It looked like a fellow holiday maker took sneaky shots of her.

I agree with pp. Money gives you choices - personal chef, food delivery, personal trainer, flexible schedule.

GeorginaWorsley Sun 31-May-15 22:03:53

Agree wisps.

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Sun 31-May-15 22:07:51

I think they both have the benefit of good genes too envy

pinkfrocks Sun 31-May-15 22:12:55

I know plenty of women of all ages who look as good as SC and without her money.

It doesn't take that much time or money to eat sensibly and fit in some exercise. Her eldest child is 4- so anyone with kids that age will have some time to themselves.

It's about hard work, discipline and commitment. Not help or money.

AgentCooper Sun 31-May-15 22:24:44

I bet you look lovely, Lucky, go easy on yourself smile

noviceoftheday Sun 31-May-15 22:45:44

God some of the responses on this thread are so bloody insulting.hmm I have a nanny/housekeeper and a cleaner. I get up at 6am and do 30 mins of exercise before the dcs wake up. My nanny gets downstairs for 7am and has breakfast ready, so that when the dcs are up we eat breakfast together as a family, then have a short play time. She gets them ready for school, while I shower (where every morning I do something different in the bathroom between face mask, body scrubs, nails, defuzzing etc so that I multi task because I don't have any other time), then I take them to school. Yes money buys me help and that makes me fortunate but anyone who thinks that because I have a nanny, that she must be raising my kids can just sod right off. Still getting up at 6am to exercise even when dc2 was up 3 times a night for almost 3 years (for the record, nanny was fast asleep as far as I know!) takes discipline.

Sootgremlin Sun 31-May-15 23:10:16

Yes, but easy to be disciplined about waking up for exercise if you don't have to get your own breakfast, never mind the kids, or get anyone else dressed, and the luxury of a shower without having to supervise a toddler at the same time, and not gave to worry about when you're going to clean the bloody shower.

The point is that the daily grind of having to manage all those little mundane but a cumulatively knackering things without help day in and day out by yourself rather wears thin your motivation and discipline for such things as exercise.

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