Have you checked out the QuakerJourney.ca blog? If not you really should! I love the concept and it’s loads of fun to read about a regular mom and her family making healthy lifestyle changes.
It’s something we’ve been trying to do in Mommyknowsville for quite some time. I’ve always insisted on a family meal at supper time, but for a while we were in the habit of eating a LOT of fast food, or ‘heat and eat’ style meals. Not because I actually enjoyed eating them, but because I didn’t have to cook! I’m rather lazy, but you knew that already …
Things have changed drastically over the past couple of years, and we now eat home cooked meals 99% of the time. They taste better, they are better for us and it’s way easier on the bank balance.
About a year ago, I really started caring more about the quality of food that we eat and I’ve made several changes to try and incorporate more organic produce (I have it delivered every week — I love it) and try and ensure that about 85% of the food we eat is made from scratch. I like to call it ‘Real Food’ :) I even tried growing a garden last summer. It was a minor success, but I definitely have the bug and learned some great lessons about gardening. Our 2011 crop is going to bountiful.
It’s probably obvious to you by now that we’ve been doing a pretty good job getting the healthy eating under control.
I’m a different story when it comes to regular exercise. I’m pretty good in the summer, and do a fair amount of walking, biking and hiking; even a bit of rock climbing (which is a feat for a forty-something chubbo with MS, dontcha think?).
Then winter rolls around and I find it way more difficult to keep up the regular exercise. I do walk about 1.5 km each day taking Georgia to school, but it’s a slow pace. I like to ski, but can’t afford to do it as much as I’d like. I hate exercise for the sake of exercise. I don’t mind walking to the store for groceries, but hate to spend forty-five minutes on a treadmill (just the word treadmill has negative connotations for me).
Mr. MK is much fitter than I am, but just as sedentary in the winter (and he smokes, which makes me crazy, but that’s a whole other post!). The children are all extremely active and ski at least seven hours per week (the oldest up to twenty-two hours).
The point is I need to get moving and I am going to challenge myself to 3 hours of moderate exercise per week. I shall keep you posted!
If you could work on one aspect of wellness, what would it be?
Disclosure – I am participating in the Quaker Journey to Wellness program by Mom Central on behalf of Pepsi Co. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.