Saturday, March 01, 2014
I am 56 years old and am learning to live a new way of life.
I have a changed mindset about food and fitness over the past 10 years or so after gaining weight for the first time in my life and developing high BP and cholesterol.
When I was in my 20's and newly married I cooked the way my Mom had taught me.
I fixed big meals every day and almost always had fried chicken or fried pork chops . Then we'd have to have mashed potatoes and gravy to go with every thing. We always had some sort of desert, cake, pie , homemade cookies... My husband gained 50 lbs the first year we were married. He loved my cooking.
I never even dreamed about exercising. I'd stay at home and watch the soaps during the day when my husband was at work.
When my kids were growing up I'd give them donuts or sugary cereal for breakfast and fill their lunch boxes with twinkies , potato chips and a sandwich. When they came home from school I'd let them eat junk food and drink pop.
Oh how I wish I could turn back the clock and start over feeding my family good healthy food and teaching them the importance of regular exercise.
My children are grown now and 2 have developed high BP and they are only in their 30's. If only I had taught them a better way of eating when they were younger.
I am trying to be a good example to my grand children and try and have healthy snacks when they are at the house like fruit .
To all you younger people please stop and think about what your feeding your family and how it can effect them in years to come.
The older you get the faster the years go by. Since I can't turn the clock back I can at least make a healthier future for myself and my family.
I am so thankful for Sparkpeople and all my Spark friends that have helped me along my journey to a healthier life.