I'm bringin' healthy back....
I know, I know...I have some friends who are rolling their eyes right now because they remember what a health freak I used to be!...and I'll admit that I used to fill my cabinets with very boring, tasteless grub - which is most likely one of the reasons I went to the extreme opposite over the past few years. Because of our busy lifestyle with Chad's business picking up speed, Shep and Rauly becoming EXTREMELY active, and my own new career in education - I practically threw up my hands in defeat waving the white flag to fast food and anything microwavable. And let me tell ya'...I have personally reaped the consequences. The past 3 times I tried to donate blood to the Red Cross, I was unable to due to low iron. My energy level has been low...I haven't slept well in who knows how long, and my body has started to feel the effects of not exercising...ya' know, sore back, aches and pains. I FINALLY went to the doctor a few weeks ago and it felt really good to put myself back on the priority list!...it's funny...I used to feel pampered by pedicures and shopping...now I get my kicks out of 30 minutes of peace and quiet while a doctor checks my blood pressure!
Oops...sorry, getting off track here. Anyways, about 2 months ago, while I was preparing b-fast for the kids, I turned on the news (which is rare - normally it's cartoons),...and lo and behold, Amy Hendel was on Good Morning America talking about her new book "Fat Families Thin Families"....I heard her talking in the background and thought "Wow - that's a crude name for a title"...but the more I listened, the slower I moved until I finally found myself standing in my kitchen staring at the television, nodding my head in agreement and saying "YES - I HAVE GOT TO GET THIS BOOK"! Long story short, Chad and I read this book together and sat down and made some plans that we began implementing about 3 weeks ago. We're eating b-fast AND dinner together as a family EVERY day, we are working out at the YMCA 5 days a week and so far have stuck to our plan perfectly. But here's the kicker...I'm learning that you can eat healthy and actually enjoy your food - whoo-hoo! We're eating yogurt, fresh blueberries/strawberries and grapenuts for snacks (like a parfait), kashi cereal with fresh fruit on top for breakfast, and healthy fresh prepared food for dinner - AND GUYS - it's not taking me hardly ANY time to prepare!!!!
Let me say this too...this is not about being thin or losing weight...this is about feeling good again. It's about taking control back of an area that I was beginning to feel pretty helpless and hopeless. I feel empowered to know that my kids are still young enough to train their taste buds to enjoy foods like salad, fresh veggies and fresh fruit. I mean...I used to think I was doing ok because my kids have never had white bread...we've always drank skim milk,...they never eat candy or sweets...I had begun to think that was enough. But now I can see how much I was underestimating them...I assumed they wouldn't like certain foods or food groups, therefore I simply wasn't introducing them due to trying to avoid another battle. Can I get an -amen-? ;)
I would strongly encourage this book to anyone who is looking for some guidance in getting back on track - it has truly helped me see how easy it can be to have a healthy family!...simple baby steps that get easier day by day! OH - and 2 more things....I donated blood to the Red Cross - my iron went up by 6 points! And here's the real shocker...I put on a pair of pants that I found a few months ago from college (they didn't fit a few months ago)...I put them on last night and they FIT...but that's not the shocker...they were "highwaters". DO. YOU. KNOW. WHAT. THAT. MEANS.?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I've grown since college...holy cow people....I'm gonna' be taller then Chad at this rate! I told him last night I had better be done growing now or he's going to have to start drinking "miracle grow". :)