After running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October every thought of eating anything healthy and actually exercising went out the window! Then Halloween hit and I had three kids with giant bags of candy. Obviously, I needed to help them eat those tiny, innocent little chocolate bars!
The week after Halloween I was lying around feeling disgusting when I decided enough was enough. I do well with short term goals so I enlisted my entire family (some begrudgingly) to spend the next six weeks before Christmas focusing on these goals:
Make better food choices
I have no desire to say that we are never going to eat sugar or that we are only eating organic because it is unrealistic; but, we have been choosing McDonald’s over vegetables lately and that is not a good choice!
We have come up with a menu for this week of ordinary but healthier choices. Overnight oats with almond milk, cinnamon, maple syrup and bananas were for breakfast and the girls left with salads with tuna for lunch (their choice).
Earlier this year we learned that Anson and dairy don’t agree. Anson LOVES ice cream but doesn’t even want it anymore which means you know it’s serious! We have tried every type of dairy free protein shake out there and I promise you, plain pea protein is one of the most disgusting things you will ever eat!
So, I reached out to my friends at Vega and asked if they would be interested in helping us during these six weeks and a few days later a box arrived! We are thrilled to incorporate Vega’s plant based, dairy and gluten free products into our daily meal plan knowing that they are providing us with nutrients that will fuel our day and not just make us crash an hour later! Also, expect a family smoothie making contest soon–Chloe thinks she will win, but she’s also the girl that thinks it’s fun to mix ALL the fountain pops together into one delicious drink!
Exercise intentionally for 30 minutes a day
As soon as the weather gets cold, I tend to want to hibernate. I would rather lie on the couch than actually do any activity, so for the next six weeks we are planning to get moving for half an hour a day. We don’t have a set workout schedule because it would last for a day, but the kids have ideas for HIIT workouts, workout BINGO and dance parties. I’m hoping for some runs and hikes, Turbo Jam and Insanity and Anson is mostly hoping I won’t actually make him do anything. If you have any cool things to try with kids, let me know!
Drink More Water
I’ve become dependent on coffee to hydrate me through the day, which obviously, doesn’t work! While I’m not giving up coffee anytime ever, I am determined to drink more water! We printed off these cute water tracking charts so we can see how each other is doing throughout the week–nothing like a little competition to motivate us all!
So there you have it–our family’s plan for the next six weeks. We will have some cookies in there I’m sure, but developing long term realistic, healthier habits is more important than eating perfectly for one week before giving up completely! We will not be measuring or weighing ourselves at all because I think that is probably the worst thing we could do for our kids. Instead we will be talking about how we feel after we exercise or eat healthy and compare how we feel to those times when we will inevitably make bad choices.
What’s your biggest tip for making healthier choices?
Why do I still like McDonalds even though I know it’s horrible for me?