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    RACHELCHADDOCK   16,477
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Monday, January 20, 2014

I'm on my fourth week of the January Jumpstart Challenge, and actually, I've been on this fitness journey since November 16. It's pretty gratifying that I have really stuck with daily exercise, and tracking my food (even on embarrassing days - "yes, I just ate eight peanut butter fudge cookies. Holy crow, that was almost 800 calories!!!"). I have been fitting more fruits and veggies into my diet (apples and berries, yum! Green juices - blech! But I drink them anyhow). I've even been posting here on SparkPeople, and as a confirmed introvert that is really, really tough for me.

But the coolest thing is that my five-year-old loves to do jumping jacks with me. And my three-year-old can go through a whole series of floor exercises (bridges! leg lifts! pike crunches!) and her form is just amazing. ;) I used to be kind of sorry that I can't afford a gym membership, but doing this at home has really gotten my children involved and that has been awesome.

I want to keep on with what I've been doing, and add on this: I need to cook more healthy food from scratch. I can cook, oh yes, I can - I can whip up a chicken pot pie to make you weep or a set of key lime cupcakes or a chocolate mandarin pie - and I know HOW to make more healthy food. I just don't do it. I totally drag my feet, saying that I don't want to cook with low fat such and such, that I only want to eat whole foods, blah blah blah. The result being, of course, is that I am relying on sandwiches a LOT of the time, or salads, or protein bars, and I really miss hot food. So that's where I'm headed next.

Well, after today. Because today I have the day off with Thing One and Thing Two and we've got big plans to go to the park and run ourselves silly and then go home and do art projects. Sounds fabulous to me!
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ARMYFIREGIRL 3/5/2014 9:54AM

    Keep up the work for yourself and your family. I agree that the January Jumpstart helped a lot. That's why I restarted it! Take care.

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FOR_THE_DUDES 1/21/2014 10:55AM

    I'm glad you've worked around your introversion to post your thoughts online, because I really enjoy what you write. And I'm completely with you on cooking real food. It can be a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it. It just tastes so much better (and obviously it's healthier too). When I have the time, I really love to cook. I've found that my 3 year old son is able to "help" now a little with things like mixing and pouring. It seems like you are a really involved mom, so I imagine it can be tough to find time to cook the good stuff. Maybe you can see if your kids want to help. I'd imagine that could free up time to cook like you want to.

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