Tuesday, August 23, 2011
One of the main reasons I finally reached my weight loss goal and am constantly working on my "stay fit" goal is my children. I have 3 girls (10, 13, 15) and I want to be fit for them and also be a good role model. My husband comes from a family of "large" women. His mother was quite tall (and overweight) and his 2 sisters are both 6 feet + (one overweight, one very skinny). I'm not exactly petite and have always struggled with my weight. My 2 older girls are both 5'9"+. According to the charts, the 15 year old is borderline overweight and the other 2 are o.k. The 13 year old (just turned) already wears a size 11 shoe. Needless to say, they're big girls. It's funny to see my 10 year old taller than my Mom and the other 2 just tower over her!
Anyway, the reason for my rambling above is last night I found myself resenting my 10 year old interfering with "MY" exercise. Now I'm sure a lot of you face the same challenges I do - full time job, 3 children, husband that works odd (& a lot) of hours, etc. This makes it hard to find time to exercise. Running has been my choice of exercise since I finished a program in June. There's only so much "prime" running time because of the heat, working, etc. I usually try to get my girls to come with me to either run, walk or ride bikes (while I run). Most of the time they complain & whine (but end up coming) and then glad they did. Some times I just leave them! Last night my 10 year old really wanted to come with me and was very excited about riding bikes (she's just recently become confident on her bike). I decided I would ride bikes instead of run. After getting the bikes loaded, etc. and getting to the trail, we ended up riding only about 30-35 min. She stopped to chit chatted and got a little nervous because there were a lot of people out, so she slowed down. Anyway, I started getting frustrated with her and then resented that she was prohibiting me from getting in a "work out". I broke a sweat, my legs were feeling it, why couldn't I just enjoy an evening out with my daughter. Last thing I want to do is make her not want to exercise.
Sorry for the rant, but it bothered me that I couldn't keep this in perspective. I'll have to keep this in mind next time and lighten up and enjoy the moment!!
Monday, August 22, 2011
I blogged last week about recognition (or being recognized while running on the trail and being complimented) being a motivator for me.
Well I decided to get up Saturday morning to run (I'll spare you further whining about the heat & humidity) and my husband said he would go too. He decided to wake up DD #2 (13 year old) and make her run with us (she was not happy about it!). He also told her to bring her basketball (really nice & new courts @ the park). She'll be starting a BB camp today and trying out for the 8th Grade team in October (she was on the 7th Grade team). The 8th Grade coach is tough! She said by now the girls should "love" basketball and not just play for a jersey (kind of a "popular" thing here in MS to be on a team - even girls).
Anyway, I digress. The coach is big on conditioning and defense. So I'm jogging along and I pass her on the trail walking her dog, so I say hello and go on by. I meet up with DD and asked if she saw Coach and she says yes, and guess what, "I was running!", and then when we saw her leaving we were playing basketball. DD made a comment that she was glad she came because the coach saw her. So I guess recognition can be a motivator for her too! Hey, whatever works!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We got Netflix back in June and since we don't have cable, I've been "catching up" on some shows that are on cable. I seem to have an obsession with weight loss shows. I watched the first season of Heavy & Ruby and last night I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Short synopsis - this Australian guy who is (was) overweight and has a disease (can't remember the name) because of it and has to take mega medications, comes to America and makes a documentary on "juicing" or "rebooting". The film guy (Joe) lost a lot of weight and is off all his meds, as is another guy featured in the documentary (from Iowa).
It was very interesting and informative. I don't think juicing would be for me, but one thing that did stick in my mind was a lot of the statistics on American's eating and the obesity rate. One couple from Arkansas stuck in mind (btw, I live in Georgia and this film did not make Southerners look good!). This couple owned a gun shop and both the man & wife were obese. When Joe asked the husband (while he was cleaning his gun) what he thought was the biggest threat to Americans and could kill a lot of people, the guy said our "border security". Joe said, no, it was a health issue and then the guy said "smoking" and he said he and his wife quit, and Joe said no, it was obesity. The guy kind of closed off then (looked kinda mad), but he did admit that he and his wife mostly ate out, etc. I found it interesting that he was ready to defend our borders, but wasn't willing to change his eating habits and was insulted by it (that was my take).
I would recommend watching this. While none of this should be surprising, some of the statistics were pretty astonishing. I certainly don't claim to eat "clean" and I struggle daily to motivate myself to exercise, it certainly made me glad to know that I've made a conscious effort for me and my family to not be one of these statistics. We could do better, but we're aware and working on it! We're a work in progress!!
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