Decide what fitness means to you.
I talked about what fitness means to me last week. I want to be physically active with my kids without getting out of breath.
I also want to fit comfortably in my clothes.
It would also be great if, when I told people I birthed 4 kids, they responded in disbelief because I don't look like the stereotypical mom of four. I know it's vain, but it's how I feel!
Evaluate your current lifestyle.
As a home school mom, my kids are always with me. 24/7. That requires exercising outside my house before my husband leaves for work at 8:30 AM or after he comes home at 6:30 PM.
Twice a week we attend gymnastics practice for two hours. And once a week (during the school year) we attend Cub Scout meetings for almost 2 hours. Throw in school work, occasionally outings, trips to the library, and running errands and you've accounted for much of my day.
What changes can you make to your lifestyle that will support your exercise and nutrition goals?
- Get up at 6:30 AM and train for a 5k three days a week.
- Plan my meals to include a fruit for breakfast and snack, and at least 2 vegetables for lunch and dinner. I like fruit. Vegetables? Not so much.
- Reduce our eating out habit to once a month. I enjoy eating out and indulge when we do go out. It's the only time I drink soda. I don't want to stop that, yet, so I need to reduce how often we go out to eat.
- Exercise with my children twice a week. My 3 oldest kids will be competing in gymnastics this fall and need to tighten their core and strengthen their arms. Push-ups, sit-ups, etc. will be easy for us to do together and help us all.
That's why I started Project 10!
Make the changes for today.
This is the toughest part. So, my meals are planned for today. The kids and I will exercise together. Feel free to hold me accountable to this on Facebook!
What baby steps can you take to create a fitness lifestyle for your family?
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