As long as I can remember I have been on a "diet". I have tried just about all of them, from taking pills, to slim fast shakes, to severely limiting my food intake, etc.
All this started when I was in High School, but it wasn't until I was in college that I figured out why I am so weight conscious. I grew up with a very skinny older sister who never even thought twice about what she ate, and to top it all off my father called me fat all the time. Don't get me wrong, I love my father and we are very close to this day, but I his words will haunt me for the rest of my life. My very own husband, whom I've dated since we are children, can even recall my father telling me that I was fat in front of all my friends. So needless to say, I have a witness!
In college I also began trying to live a healthy life style instead of "dieting". I started doing Body for Life and lost over 30 lbs and I was eating a TON! I LOVE Body for Life and highly recommend it. However I was spending a lot of money on Protein Shakes and Bars.
I'm saying all this because one of my biggest worries is portraying food in a wrong way to my children. My son (3 years) is a VERY picky eater. I usually try to introduce healthier food a few times (something life Broccoli), but he will only try 1 bite and say he's done! He tends to favor veggies, but LOVES meats. While my daughter (18 months) will eat anything and everything, and she LOVES fruit! Even though we eat very healthy in this house, my kiddos still get WAY too many sweets. I know that it completely falls onto my shoulders. After they eat their meals they ask for a cookie, which is their dessert, and I give it willingly. Some other things that they have on occasion are: Cosmic Brownies, Oatmeal cream pies, Ice cream, and donuts. I say that it falls on my shoulders because in my head I say, "They're kids, they burn it off, so why can't they have it." This couldn't be more wrong! Once they get it they want more and more, and it becomes a viscous cycle that is totally hard to break!
I don't want to pass down my issues with eating and dieting to my children. This is why I have to really watch what I say about certain things and foods. These behaviors are learned, and my babies are way too young to learn such a thing. I want them to know "healthy" without thinking that they are being deprived of something.
My husband, Kris, came across an article in New York Times about 6 Food Mistakes Parents Make. It really hit home with me and it well worth the read if you have small children.
Here is the link:
Also, a couple of Fridays ago Sandy at God Speak's Today did a fabulous Fitness Friday Post of kids and obesity. I recommend taking a look!
As for the Gettin' Fine in '09 Challenge! It's week 5 everyone, so how are you all doing? I will be moving the Gettin' Fine post to Thursdays so that I can be consistent with Fitness Friday on God Speak's Today.
As for this week for me. I've been doing the same cycling classes, but I've added more weight training. I lifted on Monday (arms and legs), Wednesday after spinning (upper body), Thursday after spinning (lower body), and will be doing light weights and cardio today.
As of yesterday morning I weighed 131 lbs! YEAH BABY! I haven't seen 131 in months! It means that I lost one pound and I'm hoping that it stays that way!
Be sure and leave a comment telling me how you all did this week!
Next Friday I will be posting on the 5 Heart Zones. Stay tuned!
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