Do We Make Time for Family?

Monday, August 05, 2013

This weekend was a family weekend with activities revolving around family. We are fortunate enough to have two of our daughters and 12 of our grandchildren living in a neighboring city. Saturday was spent with the whole crew going to a baby dedication, a potluck afterwards and an extended visit throughout the afternoon. On Sunday one of our daughters with her children and a friend visiting from Wi came over for the better part of the day. A great way to spend a weekend!

How does this sort of thing affect our fitness and nutrition in our new lifestyle? Well, the one thing that did suffer on Saturday was exercise but then I always use that as my one day of rest from exercise anyway doing only necessary chores. On Sunday I was very busy first with an hours worth of outside work and then at least an hours work of cleaning, preparation, cooking etc so I felt I got in my two hours.

How does this fit in with family? I had the friend and two of the grandaughters in the kitchen with me cooking. We made tow pans of lasagna, one for during the week and a potato casserole. Then I showed the friend who never gets a chance to cook how to make frosted rice krispie bars. I love those things and only make them when family are around so I won't eat too many! While we were doing this my husband was taking the younger kids for four wheeler rides and then later let the older girls do it on their own. We finished the day with a good meal and good company and I didn't hear the little boys fighting once; usually they are fighting continuously. My daughter is a widow and the boys are badly in need of male companionship.

Nothing is more important than our families, both for our pleasure and the duty we have to them. It was a very profitable weekend and one we repeat frequently. Family time really doesn't have to interfere with our lifestyle; it is an important part of it

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    You definitely have to fit the family in with the fitness. There has to be balance!
    2265 days ago
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    I so agree with you. Family gatherings are very important for that balance we need in our lives. They don't have to impact our journey in a negative way. I always take a side dish or two when visiting (one's I know I can have guilt free) and there is always someone to at least take a walk with. Have a great week and keep enjoying life. emoticon
    2265 days ago
    It's all about making it all work together! The more we can marry our priorities with our health with our desires to spend time with family, etc., the more successful we can be with both! emoticon I'm passing the torch on to you! I've had a great week and seen what a difference being back on track can spark is sparked! So, it's time to share it! Hope you had a great Monday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2265 days ago
    Families should always come first. I believe that all the "normal" stuff that comes with family is a natural way to exercise. Even cooking you are walking around a kitchen, stretching to clean off a counter, bending over, etc. Twelve kids running around is sure to help get the exercise in! emoticon

    When my kids were little, I'd play with them for exercise. It was a great workout and they will never forget the times we spent playing. We'd often go to a park and I'd go up the steps, down the slides, and swing right along with them. Now with my oldest leaving for college tomorrow, I wish we could do it all again! (I should mention all my kids, 13-18, still go to parks with their friends. Even my high schoolers!)

    You can always get a little more exercise in other times, but family time should always be a priority!!! I think you made a good choice! Sounds like you had lots of fun and I know those little ones did.
    2266 days ago
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