The alternate title to this post should be, “Just don’t do what my family and I did this summer.”
Oh – need more details? Ok, I’ll give you the “skinny” on what not to do in order to be a healthier, fitter (more fit? Someone PLEASE tell me what the right word choice is!) family.
#1 Finishing your kid’s food. Just don’t.
#2 Eat fried foods. Just don’t.
Note: #1 and #2 might go hand in hand, when the kids order grilled cheese with curly fries and chicken nuggets with french fries, eat 5 bites each, declare they’re stuffed, then run off to play, leaving perfectly delicious food whispering, “Eat me, eat meeeeeee.”
What is a mother supposed to do? There are kids starving in our own country. I had to eat it, right? All 55 meals of it, right?
#3 Have a daily drink. Or 2. While sociable and a great way to relax after a day of “hey mom?” “Moooom, she’s looking at me.” ”Mom, I’m hungry because I didn’t eat my fried foods before you ate them,” let’s face it. The calories are unwanted and the lower inhibition creates an “I can eat ANYTHING and it won’t hurt me! Yay!” mentality. Refer, again, to #1 and #2.
#4 Take the entire summer off from group fitness classes (if you have access to those). Regardless if you complete Couch to 5K, trust me on this one. If you take 3.5 months off from your Spin and Sculpt class, you’ll be walking out of the first couple of classes shakier than the final leaf on an Oak tree in December. In other words, the one minute plank? Shaking as mentioned from 10 seconds on. Whee.
#5 Take your kids for an “ice cream treat” 3 or so times per week. And have one yourself. At 4pm, 2 hours before dinner. This teaches your kids great lessons about bingeing. Sadly, you’ll have to teach them similar lessons about purging come Fall.
#6 Go out to eat 7-10 times per week, including lunch and dinner. Even if you get the salad every time (and trust me on this one, you won’t because after awhile the salad just stops looking awesome and the loaded nachos start whispering “eat me, eat meeeeeee”), you are unquestionably getting extra junk in your system – processed foods, too much bad fat and more calories than you want.
#7 Get less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night. My husband and I have this conversation all the time. The human body, contrary to current, popular belief is NOT meant to exist on less than 7 hours of sleep a night. So when you stay out til 3am on a weekend and the kids are up at 7am jumping on the bed asking for a popscicle for breakfast, you are NOT going to be operating at maximum efficiency that day. Or for the next week, for that matter.
So there you have it. A quick, dirty, possibly confessional, possibly hypothetical list of what NOT to do when you want to have a healthier, fitter family.
And while my current “back to school” lifestyle may be a bit vanilla in comparison to the above, at least my body’s feeling better, my brain is clearing and my kids are getting back to healthier, non-fried, non-butter slathered foods.
At least until we go visit my parents in a week or so. Right, Mom? ;)