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Healthy Children

It is a challenge to get our children to eat healthy and sometimes exercise. It can be so easy to keep the TV to get a few chores done instead of taking the kids out to play. And don’t get me started on healthy foods. How could I have a daughter who did not like any fruit? I have tried them all. What I have learned is that eating healthy food and regular exercise is not a behavior that may naturally happen to our children. They have to see it as an example. What behaviors do your children and future children see you doing? Instead of telling them over and over, they have to see healthy habits in us. At six, my daughter now thinks it is cool to participate in local running events and understands the benefits of riding her bike for fun. While getting our children to eat healthy foods can be frustrating, we have to remember it is the consistent behavior they see in us as parents. My daughter may not always want the healthier choice, but she does ask is this a sometimes food (which is not the healthiest choice) or an all the time food? I continue to put it on her plate, hide vegetables in other placed so that she gets the nutrients and remind her that her taste buds change and she may need to try it just this time. Don’t force, but consistently try and don’t make any food a big deal. Never say “you can never eat that” or “you have to eat it.”

While at the Pediatrician with my 6 year old daughter yesterday, her nurse informed me of an 8 year old who was in their office the day before with borderline hypertension and obese. I was shocked, but realized quickly that at age 8 a child does not know right from wrong food choices or that exercise is a better activity than playing video games or watching TV. We, as parents, have to be good role models by first learning how to make choices and create healthy habits our self. It is only then that our children will (eventually) want to participate in the same, and not because they are forced but because they want to be like mommy. What an awesome responsibility.

Getting married in the future not in the past

25 days left - Yesterday we went to get our marriage license, but a couple of days before we went I had an "OMG, what if...." moment. No, no, this was not like your typical everyday "OMG" moment, but more like a sweaty armpits, heart racing, and praying to God this day would not reveal an unwanted surprise.  Remember "Sweet Home Alabama" with Reese Witherspoon? Well if not, then here what my fearful moment was like. Her big day finally arrives but only to find out that her divorced was not finalized with her former husband! It's really funny, but I couldn't help but to think about that movie as we were headed for our license! Even though I knew it would not possible since it was confirmed years ago, I still had a moment and thought, what if the county clerks mis-filed it or something. Fortunately everything went smoothly and we were granted our marriage license yesterday. YAY!!

You know, I dislike that fact that this part of my past that I experienced at a very young and unwise age still pops up at times. I believe it’s totally natural to feel this way, especially during a time as this when you’re about to finally marry the man of your dreams and you want everything to be perfect. And even though I would love to go back and gain the time that I lost with my poor choices, I can’t, but I can forgive myself. All I can say now is that God heals and makes things brand new, but in order to completely embrace his healing you MUST forgive yourself for mistakes you have made along the way. This can be hard to do in any situation that involves bad choices that you may have to clean up later, but you will love life and others more if you do. Don’t leave yourself in the dark, while you carry on forgiving others. God’s new path for you is your new purpose now, so take it!

What is Your Fitness Plan

What is your Fitness Plan? So many times we start off exercising with no plan or direction and wonder why we can’t stick with it or why it is not working. As with anything else in our life, we must have clear cut direction on where we are going and what we want to accomplish. Our fitness program must consistent of the four components of exercise: type, intensity, duration and frequency. To be successful, we must plan in advance each component, schedule it and commit to it each week. What will be your type?

Before heading to the gym, know what you will do. Don’t wait until you enter the door to think about if you want to walk, run, swim, bike or a take dance class. Make sure you incorporate a variety of 2-3 forms of exercise. Limiting yourself to one type of fitness can lead to burn out and no other choice but to quit when your motivation to exercise is gone.

Think about your intensity.

Intensity and heart rate will change according to your fitness goals and fitness level. Be aware of it and be willing to stretch yourself.

Commit to your duration

Without knowing how long you intend to exercise, you are more likely to quite at any time. Set a goal for you duration before you get started whether it is for 20, 30 or 45 minutes for each session.

Plan your frequency. Sit down at the beginning of the week to look at your personal schedule and decide the number of days you can commit to work out for that week. Get those on the calendar and commit to it as any other appointment.

With a little time and planning, you can see improvements in your fitness level.

For more direction or information on your personal Wellness Coach, contact Crystal@crystalclearchange.com or 409-550-7606.