Fitness Minutes: (83,576)
1,814 2/10/14 6:43 P
No, not anymore. I learned the hard way. I'm an empty nester now. Things are much more hectic when you have children in the home and all of their activities and social networking comes first. I have lowered demands made on me through church, social; and community obligations.
I used to give everyone else's needs for my time priority - I always came last behind family, clients, employer, you name it, until I had a major health issue out of the blue and realized that I needed to rearrange my priorities. Surprisingly enough, the sky did NOT fall, the work still gets done, and I make time for workouts, eating well and getting some down time. Funny how that works... :)
Being healthier has made it easier to deal with my aging parents, job, help friends, etc. Sometimes, like when I've been stuck at the hospital, I may not be able to make the best food choices, but I do my best with what I have. I also plan, plan, plan as much as possible for snacks, etc.
Exercise has sometimes had to be bumped a day or so, but I rarely go more than a day without formal exercise and still try to be active (standing vs. sitting, walking as much as possible, etc.) as I can.
Not at all. My health (physical, spiritual, and emotional) is my number one priority. It's got to be that way so that I can take care of those I love. SparkPeople has helped me improve my health SO MUCH. Now I can be a better wife and mother.
I have put my child first many times when it comes to food. When we did not have a lot, I gave her the better healthier food because she was still growing and developing and I was not. I would absolutely make that choice again as a parent.
Other than that situation, I choose to eat healthier than many people. I am not going to eat something unhealthy just because someone else prefers unhealthy foods. I don't have to eat whatever they want to eat.
My NEEDS have to be first ... if I'm going to be of any good to others. My WANTS are a different story. the needs of those I love come first.
It may sound contradictory ... but it's not
Fitness Minutes: (62,692)
1,583 5/17/13 10:56 A
I used to be like that. Then a health scare made me realize that if I didn't start making it a priority to make healthy choices (food-wise and in other areas), then I probably wouldn't be around to take care of anyone else on the list. Suddenly it didn't seem so selfish to make it a priority.
Fitness Minutes: (48,790)
4,896 5/17/13 10:45 A
Her dad said they got lots of calls around the 1 year anniversary of her accident earlier this month, requesting interviews and wanting to make a movie. When he told Aimee, she said, "Dad, I haven't done anything! There is no story to tell. Wait until I actually DO something, then maybe we can talk."
I used to be last, but now I take time for myself in the morning before anyone gets up. I feel much more positive since I have done this and enjoy time with my kids even more. It helps that the weather is nice too.
Fitness Minutes: (48,790)
4,896 5/17/13 9:33 A
why would thinking about somebody else cause you to make bad food choices for YOU? I cook healthy. DH will eat what I eat, or fix something for himself. Or sometimes I will add a little something to his plate (if I eat a meatless meal, I'll cook a piece chicken or something as part of his meal). He likes those frozen healthy meals, so I buy them for him. I can't remember the last time I ate one.
I don't have kids, but do they really NEED junk food? Granted my experience is through family or friends, but I know several whose kids eat good food. My nephew's favorite after school snack has been raw veggies and ranch dip since kindergarten (and he's 14 now). He does like Krispy Kremes, but that's a treat. Not a daily thing.
as far as where I fall on my priority list - I set aside my exercise time for ME, just about every day. There aren't many things that I do JUST FOR ME, but that hour or two is MINE. Yes, I will change things around for emergencies or very special occasions (and Friday is NOT a 'special occasion'). But when it's a pre-scheduled event, I just move my planned exercise time. Usually that means making sure I get in a morning workout.
it IS all about what is REALLY important to you. If you really want it, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse. aimeecopeland.com/ Aimee is a prime example of somebody who will not let ANYTHING keep her from doing what she wants.
My children come first, even if it means that I have to make bad food choices for myself. My spouse comes next even if it means I have to make bad food choices for myself. My parents/siblings are next even if it means I have to make bad food choices for myself. My close friends are next on the list even if means I have to make bad food choices for myself. My Job is more of a priority than myself even if it means I have to make bad food choices for myself.
Does this "list" sound/look familiar!?
For me, all of the above are true except the second part of each sentence, I make good food choices and NEVER use family & friends as an excuse to make bad food choices for myself. Time & again I'll read or hear people talk about how they'll lose weight but got too much going on right now for that non-sense weightloss stuff.
IDK, maybe I got it all wrong and nobody thinks this way....
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