Being active, it’s a family affair.
It definitely has not been a walk in the park so we have supported each other throughout this journey. We keep track of what we eat and work out together whenever possible. The times we work out together I push myself a little harder to try and match his intensity (which I don’t usually reach but at least I’m getting a good work out). There is so much literature on peer motivation during a weight loss program and I always thought I didn’t need it until I started working out with my husband. We a have mutual respect for eachother’s health and fitness goals. We reel eachother in when we are going off the deep end with exercise or throwing caution to the wind with our diet. It is a great partnership, it has always been.
About a month ago we realized that all our successes wouldn’t mean anything if we didn’t take our kids on this journey with us. Imagine, us in the greatest shape of our lives and in the process our kids siting at home watching tv and eating snacks, waiting for us to come back from working out. What good would that be? Our schedules don’t always permit us to do so but whenever possible, we try to do something active together. Thankfully my kids are a bit older so we can take long bike rides with my daughter, I can take Zumba classes with her, and do some pretty challenging work outs with my son.
Last month my husband participated in the Mud Dog Run in Frederick, MD with my son. It is a 5K though tons of obstacles some with mud, others with water, all in the chill of an early November morning. About 30 degrees to be exact. I chickened out but was happy to take some really great photos from the sideline. They did such a great job! I asked them to stick together throughout the race but my son had loftier goals in mind. He shot out in front as soon as he could and it paid off. He came in 8th in his wave of runners and 1st place for his age group! I loved seeing my guys excited about the challenge and the satisfaction on their faces when they completed the race.
Hopefully this is the start of a fit family tradition and I plan on joining them next year. Crossing my fingers for slightly warmer temperatures!
- WORK HARD, EAT CLEAN, LIVE FRESH
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