Monday, June 06, 2011
I gave my sister (and myself, since I hadn't had the necessary transportation to get to the gym in so long) a few days to recover before we headed back. Today I got a lot less resistance and far fewer excuses. She says that she is actually enjoying the time that we spend there. I think it is in part the company and instruction, and mostly that she is getting more variety. When she goes with the family, she says they all stick to the treadmill and the pool. I have forbidden her to kill her knees on the treadmill, insisting that she use the elliptical. Going all the way to the gym just to walk for an hour is a waste of time and gas.
So far I have only gotten excuses for not doing her crunches and for not walking the dog. I think I have her convinced to do it now that I told her that if she is consistent with her home exercises then I will stop by the library on the way home.
After the gym today, we stopped at my favorite store for produce (their prices are SO much better than the regular grocer's) and I showed her how to pick a few things and how to look at the prices and determine what is a better sale. I don't think she has ever been involved in picking out produce before, so it's going to take more than just today's shopping trip to teach her. I really want to teach her how to plan out meals and then how to shop smart and cook large amounts in hopes of leftovers. I was so proud of her when she was looking at the bulk foods section at a snack item that was on sale. Looking at the price she said it looked good, but then she saw the serving size and the calories in it and she said, "Oh, that's a lot!"
One thing that I love about my sister is that she is swayed by logic. I told her that I needed to get some bananas, and she said she didn't like them very much. Then I told her that they were excellent for you. Hm, they are good for health, she is trying to get healthy, and they are relatively inexpensive. It made perfect sense to her, and suddenly she loved bananas. Funny kid!