And to that end, I have started a new healthier life-style. One of the perks about this new leaf, is that my husband is going to be my partner in this new venture. He has far less weight to lose than I. but he is as committed as I am to see this thing through. It's so much easier to eat healthy when the person sitting across from you is also eating healthy.
But it's more than just rewriting our relationship with food, we are also working out! Yes, kind readers, I am EXERCISING!!! Not at lot right now. 10-15 mins of cardio 3 times a week and 20 mins of strength training twice a week. It isn't much, but it's a start. And I am very proud of myself. I am also very sore! In addition to cardio and strength, the hubby and I take a dip in the pool most afternoons. Mostly that is because it is very hot here (I believe I may have ranted about that in a past blog or two) and cooling off just before bed helps with the sleeping process.
In any case, my situation has made me think about the world in which we currently live. Everything is so very virtual. Kids and adults, alike, spend so much more time on the computer (or phone; or game console) and much less time going outdoors. I see this especially in the younger generation. The under 30 crowd. I have two step-daughters that fall in that age-range and I daresay they have more friends that they have never met in person, than the latter.
Now I am not saying that I don't have FB friends that I have never met and I care very much about them, despite that fact. But I have many more friends that I can remember from school. camp. the neighborhood, etc. I clearly remember meeting friends outside, on bikes or not, and just walking around the neighborhood laughing and joking and seeing what was up. And knowing that if the street lights were coming on, it was time to head home.
When did playing with one's friends outside fall by the wayside? The truth is, sitting and staring at a screen all day is not healthy and does not promote good health. So what can be done. As adults, my husband and I have made a conscious effort to change things. Can we expect the same from our young folk? I don't know, but I am worried. Perhaps the best I can do for my girls is to lead by example. If I lose the weight and feel better, perhaps they will want to do the same. Here's hoping, right? :o)