Growing up, I always disliked sports and gym class. Anyone that grew up with me knows that. It wasn’t because I was lazy or that I didn’t know the importance of exercising regularly, I just preferred to draw or read. My parents always exercised and ate healthy and tried their best to teach us to do the same but when you’re a kid things don’t always click in right away. As a late teen I decided to join the gym and I loved it. I worked out nearly every day, not really to lose weight but to tone my body and gain strength, and I can honestly say that I was in the best shape of my life. A few years down the road, I became pregnant with my daughter and continued to eat healthy and exercise. It was when I became pregnant with my son and complications arose, that I gave up going to the gym. I literally had no time. I was studying full-time, tutoring, and I was a wife as well as a mother to an 8 month old baby. My son is almost three years old now and I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in four years.
The following is a list of the top ten excuses I have made over the years:
Although I haven’t been making the best lifestyle choices for myself, I make sure that my children eat healthy and that they get enough exercise. I prepare fresh, healthy meals daily, I make sure my kids eat three well-balanced meals per day and I make sure all their snacks are healthy. I often come up with healthy muffin recipes and home-made granola recipes for my kids to snack on. I introduce a variety of healthy foods into the diet. I feed them an all organic diet most of the time, except for treats and when we go out. I limit their sugar intake and only give them treats occasionally. I limit their time in front of the television and take them to the park, on walks, and bike-riding instead. My daughter goes to ballet classes and I will be signing my son up for soccer lessons as soon as he turns three. My hope is that if I influence my children positively as they grow, they will continue to make healthy choices on their own.
Even though I do all this, I know I am missing a big part of the equation. At the moment I certainly am not a good role model when it comes to eating or exercising. My kids are growing up and soon they will notice that I don’t practice what I preach when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. Recently my daughter asked me why I don’t eat breakfast and I lied to her. I told her that I eat before she wakes up. Then I quickly realized I was not only not eating breakfast but I was lying as well. I realized that I needed to make changes. It’s not going to be easy, but I am going to take it one step at a time. Knowing that my children will benefit as a result, is all the motivation that I need.