Monday, July 14, 2014
As a parent, anyway. My 18-month-old twins applaud for strawberries, love brushing their teeth, and their favorite toys are books. Not to mention that they are happy, healthy, and right on track to ahead on their developmental milestones.
But the evidence is pretty clear that I'm better at taking care of them than myself. I still have 15 pounds of baby weight left, another 25 pounds to lose after that, I feed the girls healthier than I feed myself, and I've let my workouts lapse. Typical mom, I guess, but still a problem. Each generation wants to do better for their children than their parents did for them. Healthy living is one area I desperately want to improve on: "Set a better example than my mom" is even on my daily inspiration board on my start page! I watched my mom yo-yo diet and binge for my entire childhood and I think it's a big factor in my disordered eating and weight issues.
So it's time to walk the walk, starting now. This is what brought me back to SparkPeople after a long lull. Yup, I've said it before. But my girls are constantly learning and imitating; they do something new every single day. And this weekend it dawned on me that the longer I wait to set a good example by maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, exercising, and cooking at home the harder it will be and the more potential there is to damage my children. If that doesn't motivate me to do what I know I need to do, nothing else will!