This week, we are discussing our families, and how being Mamavation Mom impacts them. My family has adjusted well to the demands of the Campaign, and I am continuously amazed by how even the smallest changes I make can affect my household. For example, one of my favorite excuses for not working out daily was my office schedule, and the stress it induced. I realize that many moms do not have the option to work from home, and yet many of them still manage to get to the gym. I somehow could not. Seriously, I couldn’t. Some emergency or deadline ALWAYS came up. Now that I am no longer on lockdown in the cubicle jungle, I not only celebrate my freedom to make my own work schedule, but I also have no excuses for not maintaining workouts during the week. I have a set schedule for my individual exercises, and I also make time to get active with my child. This can range from taking a jog through our subdivision, walking our beast of a dog, playing tag, to breaking out our best moves with our Kinect games. We have great bonding time just by getting up, and moving together.
In addition to making time to exercise, I also concentrate on preparing fresh, rather than boxed or packaged meals. This takes considerably more time, and some would argue more money, but the long-term benefits far outweigh any arguments to take short cuts. I recently heard someone say that buying fresh, organic produce may cost a little more, but it will always be less expensive than medical bills from poor health. Thankfully, I have been able to find several recipes that work for the multiple allergies of the household, as well as make the taste buds happy . There is nothing worse than hearing someone emphasize how healthy a dish is, and it ends up tasting like dirty socks! I don’t know about you, but I have encountered several dishes of the sort, and I vowed to NEVER introduce them into the meal plans for my family. My husband and son have very distinct food preferences, and we have been able to find the healthiest versions of everything that they desire.
Real life didn’t pause just because I became one of the Mamavation Moms. When challenges arose, I had my biological family, as well as my Campaign family, rally around me. I am grateful for their support, as it is not only vital to maintain enthusiasm and commitment for this lifestyle change, but to also be able to accomplish all that is required in the face of adversity. My heart was broken last week due to the death of a loved one, but the love and support of my Campaign Sistas and Mamavation leadership helped pull me through the darkest moments. Previous encounters with trials and tragedies typically led me to abandon exercise plans, and eat whatever brought comfort for the moment. Thanks to all that I have learned, as well as my Sistas Rebecca and Joanna, I didn’t have a desire to undermind my progress. I am eternally grateful for this Campaign because it has given me the opportunity to not only change my life, but to influence the healthy choices of my family.
And now, it is time for the real reason you read these updates. Here are the numbers:
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Total weight loss since applying: -34lbs.
I hope that you will find fun and simple ways to get moving with your family.
Until next week,