Teach Your Children Well

When I began my lifestyle transformation in 2008 my kids were 2, 3, and 4 years old. I knew that not only was I changing my life, but I was changing theirs too.

We began bike riding with the kids at the beginning of my journey. Bike riding was something that my knees could handle and though we couldn't go far because I was pulling Ronin and Ella in a trailer and Haley was on training wheels, we kept it up. Soon enough though, both girls were riding on 2 wheels and I had a tag-a-long for Ronin and no longer were we bike riding...we were CYCLING!! 3 miles quickly built up to 5, to 7, to 10, and our longest ride to date has been 20 MILES! 20 MILES with 6, 7, and 8 year old kids. But we didn't just rush out and start off at 20 miles. We TRAINED, we PRACTICED, we ENCOURAGED, we MOTIVATED, we INSPIRED the kids. We let them have a say in WHERE we bike, WHEN we stop for re-fueling, and we ALWAYS make sure that a playground visit is included.

As a society we need to teach our children that fitness is FUN!!  We also need to teach them that eating healthy foods, food that nourish the body and the mind can TASTE GOOD!! We need to teach our children how to read menus and labels, how to ask questions at restaurants, how to make HEALTHY choices when they are on their own. I think too often we just expect kids to know what to eat, how to exercise, but the truth is, they need to be taught.
And they are looking to you, their parent(s) to show them the way. You are the the good example. It's in your control. It's up to YOU!

In our house, we do lead by example, and here is the proof of  Sunday Funday Cool

Today's ride took us to a new trail which connected to an old trail! We ventured off to the New Tampa Nature Preserve which just opened in late November, 2012. This is a great little park complete with a zip line (adult friendly too!!), rock climbing wall, and rope course for kids. We cycled out the 1/5 miles to the Flatwoods trail, and headed to the bathrooms another .5 mile up the trail. Took a potty break, drank some water, and then hit the trail back out hard! The kids did great. James and Ronin took off, and I stayed back and cycled with the girls. We chatted about form, technique, pedal stroke, friends in class, what we might want for lunch, we just enjoyed the time together. And I snapped a few pictures along the way! I didn't think of snapping mile marker signs until the way back in, so I only got the 8 mile and the 10 mile, but it's all good!! When we made it back to the park, the kids each took one more ride down the zip line and off we went to lunch! YUM!! We took the kids to a sit-down (NOT BUFFET) Chinese bistro. The kids picked Moo-Goo-Gai-Pan with brown rice. I had Buddha's Delight with tofu (all steamed) and James had a super spicy chicken with mixed vegetables and brown rice. It was a lot of food and we had enough to take home!!

It was a really nice day. We were able to spend some quality time with the most important people in our life, and teach them some valuable life skills along the way.

Life is Good.


Acceptance is a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process, or condition (usually negative or uncomfortable) without attempting to change it, protest it, or find a solution.

Positive Acceptance is the realization that nearly all unhappiness and dissatisfaction involves wishing something were already different, which is wishing for the impossible. Positive Acceptance is a technique that enables us to accept the past and the present while we refocus on what we need to do to change the next moment or the future.  Positive Acceptance is the basis for a radical change in the way we think, feel and act. It enables us to live out our lives through a powerful combination of acceptance and action to create change.

Change your mind and you will change your life.

"Through my efforts, I gain the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."

Post-workout Snack!!

I workout pretty hard for at least 2 hours every day. I'm sure that you can imagine how hungry I am when I get in my truck to drive home! I try to remember to grab a chocolate milk or a muscle milk light, but after 2 hours it's warm, and who likes to drink warm milk? Not me!! 

Today I reached in to my mailbox to find a package from Simply Snackin and I was excited! I had not eaten lunch and had just come home from the gym and I was STARVING!! I quickly spread the goodies out on my bed and decided to try the Chicken Breast with Black Bean Salsa first. It was very good. It packed more heat than I was expecting, but not so spicy that I had to get a drink. And at only 1 points plus through Weight Watchers, it was a GREAT snack. So great that I decided to have another Wink  For my second snack, I had the chicken with mango and papaya and let me tell you...IT WAS FANTASTIC!!! My kids love jerky as much as I do, so I decided to save the other 4 for when they came home from school!

Ronin didn't want to participate in the tasting because he wanted to ride his bike, so here I am with the girls! There is a small mystery we are trying to solve though. We received 6 pieces of jerky but one piece went missing and we can't find it anywhere, so Ronin didn't get his piece. He was very upset. I'm hoping it magically appears tomorrow.

We all LOVED Simply Snackin' and I do plan to order some for my post-workout snack and for the kids' lunch boxes! They are a little pricey, but considering I ate two and was full, it's a relatively cheap lunch Laughing  With shipping they work out to about $1.50 per piece.

If you are looking for a healthy, protein snack for your post-workout routine, I highly recommend you check out Simply Snackin.