When we first began this challenge I had a pretty good idea of why I was doing it. I want the luxury of being able to go to White House Black Market, buy a dress and look amazing and then take Andy out on a date. Really, I wanted to go into any store that doesn’t sell anything larger than an XL, shop and have the clothes look good on me. I was tired of having clothes be a means to cover the excess energy–that is Lass’, my personal trainer at Gold’s Gym, term for fat.
But when I thought about it, I realized the true driving force behind our participation in the challenge was the legacy we leave. (What were we teaching Anna and Jack about how to live when they become adults?) Not to mention overall health. (There are so many illnesses that can be avoided just by being in a healthy weight range.) As I’ve shared before, my mom had a heart attack and had to have triple bypass at 60 and she’s in good physical health. Andy’s mom passed due to high blood pressure causing a stroke. Both of these women are in a normal weight range but were not very healthy. I’m happy to report today that my mom is very healthy, watches what she eats, works out and is living a full life.
Even if you can’t be a part of a challenge like this, think about your family health history and the legacy you want to leave your kids. Then sit down and write down some health goals. Don’t leave anything out. Be as vain as you want to (ie. I want to look hot for my upcoming high school reunion). But also set some practical ones that will uplift your family. Create a timeline and then get going.
What are your family’s get-healthy goals? Post a comment and tell me!