I’ve got the most amazing kids. They’re teenagers, so I guess I should stop calling them kids. But they’re still my little munchkins, even though the girls can fit into my clothes and my son is growing taller than me every day.
They are just exemplary human beings and they make my heart sing every single day. I am so proud to be their mother.
We start with that because we’re going to spend the rest of this blog post talking about where we — the kids, me, and that hunk-a-hunk-a-man-o-mine — all are trying to to hop the rails and get on a better health and and wellness train.
We’re spending way (way, way) too much time on screens and not enough time being active. We’re defaulting to eating foods that really aren’t the best choices all of the time. No one is getting enough sleep. The stress level in all of our lives is way too high.
We all have the opportunity to hit the reset button on how we take care of these beautiful bodies we carry around every day (food, water, sleep, fitness, stress management, the whole nine yards).
That’s what we’re doing, and I’m in charge.
(Just to be clear, I’m doing things I know (hope) work with my family. I’m no expert. I’m just a mom trying to make a change in my own home with my own family. Half the stuff I do, I make up as I go.)
We started earlier this summer but we’re hitting a wall….. So for the next four weeks it’s Family Wellness Boot Camp.
I’ve got a plan. I’m focused. I am so motivated about taking this on.
And I’ve got everybody (somewhat begrudgingly) onboard for Boot Camp. And they’ve all agreed (somewhat reluctantly) to let me be Drill Sergeant.
(Except I’m not yelling. I don’t do well with screaming and yelling. And neither do the munchkins. ) :)
Two things to share today:
1. Water. We don’t drink enough of it. My kids will drink water if someone gives them an icy cold glass of it. I gathered every plastic/stainless steel water bottle we own. I’ve filled them with ice and cleared the top shelf of the freezer. All they have to do is grab a bottle, fill it up, drink. Let’s see if this works….
2. We’re hitting the gym. We’ve been exercising (pretty regularly) since July 1, which is when our annual summer “Family Fitness” started. In an effort to make our workouts as as mentally “easy” as possible, I’ve designed a plan that is anchored around three core tenets: 1) There’s absolutely nothing in the world that you can’t do for two minutes, 2) Everyone can run a quarter mile, 3)When everyone gets to choose, everyone is less annoyed.
So we do interval training where we run 1/4 mile on treadmills/ellipticals and then do a strength training exercise for two minutes then repeat, for a total of 2 miles and eight exercises. It’s just me and the kids on the weekday workouts. So we each take turns being “lead” and we all get to be lead twice.
When it’s your turn to be lead, you have to run on the treadmill (it’s harder than the elliptical) and you have to go as fast as you possibly can. You’re trying to sprint the whole time. When you’re done with your quarter mile, you call time, and we all get off the machines. Then we go to strength training. The “lead” gets to pick what we do for the next two minutes. Sometimes (squats, plank, push-ups, etc.) we can all do them together. But other times when there’s a machine/weights involved, we all peel off and do a slightly different thing. The goal is to go fast and keep our heartrate up the whole time.
We go to our community gym — nothing fancy but it has all the equipment we need. The kids get in free and I have to pay a modest fee to workout there. We are indoors because that’s what the kids prefer. Here in Hometown, USA, it is very hot and humid in the summertime. The kids (strongly) prefer air conditioning so I go with it, even though I (strongly) prefer the fresh air outdoors – even if it is hot and humid.
This workout plan was a negotiated settlement. Last summer, the Family Fitness plan I made them do was bike 2 miles, run 2 miles then do the 200-sit-ups, 100-push-ups routine. They all hated it. And it was a struggle to keep them motivated, even though they all saw the results. So this year, I switched things up. The workout isn’t as rigorous, I don’t think, but they don’t grumble about it either. I figured that was a trade-off I was willing to take. :)
So that’s what I’m up to…
p.s. I’ll let you know if the water bottles in the freezer works in getting them to drink more water…