Make An Impression
Here’s my first installation of a new feature I’m lovingly calling move your ass monday! Sorry, move your butt monday just doesn’t sound as awesome. I’ll be dedicating these posts to something fitness related whatever that may be. I may jump on my soapbox one of these days or it may be something about making healthier food choices – just whatever tickles my fancy.
As a mom to three kids ages 5-10, I have to remind myself everyday that everything I say and do transfers onto my children. When I think about my choice to make a life change I knew it wasn’t just for myself, but for my family as a whole. Kids are amazing in the fact that unlike adults, by nature they are non-judgmental creatures. I can guarantee that my children never looked at me and saw an overweight person. They just saw their mommy. The difference being that their mommy knew she wasn’t being the best example for her kids. I didn’t want my children to grow up making the same poor choices that brought me to the place where I ended up.
Choosing to get healthier has rewarded me (and my family) in so many ways. I have added years to my life, more years I can spend with my children, and god willing my own grandchildren. I try really hard to feed my family healthier and it feels super great to hear my kids say things like “carrots are a good snack, they’re healthy!”. They are beginning to differentiate the junk from the good stuff. These are things I am trying to instill into my children that will help them grow into healthy adults. As I’ve said in the past, where my parents didn’t have poor intentions when I was growing up – we ate like crap. I adopted these practices without giving it a second thought because they were the norm for me. I made a decision to stop passing on learned behaviors and replace them with new ones that will help my children in the long run.
My kids know I exercise everyday. They know this is part of my life and I love it when they ask me questions about it. I’ve gotten things like, “Is Bob Harper your favorite?” (my kids really love Bob), “Momma do you like working out?”. They also inquire as to what workouts I did on what day, and of course ask to see my muscles (ha). My kids, especially the younger two, make up their own workouts. Today they were doing plank jacks. Seriously? Where’d they learn that move? Awesome.
Deciding to make a change in your health doesn’t just effect your health. Without knowing it you are making an impression on everyone around you. Especially if you have children. Be the driving force of change for you and your family. There may be a few gripes in the beginning especially if they’re adjusted to eating junk and leading a stagnant lifestyle, but I guarantee you when they are healthy adults they will be thanking you a million times over.