My kids are going to lose my weight for me.Â The diets havenâ€™t worked.Â The exercise videos still sit calmly in their wrappers.Â Desperate times call for desperate measures.Â Itâ€™s time to make my kids take some action.
Itâ€™s not as bad as it sounds.Â Iâ€™ll be doing the hard work; theyâ€™ll just be riding around and singing.Â Think of it as a very slow hay ride â€“ minus the hay.Â This new regimen will have two focus points.Â It will get me past the hump of the day (about 4 pm when I start to wear down), and it will give me and my children some fun time.
Every day, I will take by big garden wagon (which Iâ€™m pretty sure weighs a ton) and load my kids in it (which definitely makes it weigh a ton).Â Then I will haul that wagon and kids around the yard (I measured and it is one quarter of a mile) two times.Â Eventually, I will work my way up to a mile.Â Then after the long haul, and before I collapse from exhaustion, Iâ€™ll spend some time with them on the playground â€“ kicking the ball, swinging, or just throwing the Frisbee.
The secret to my weight loss with be movement.Â Instead of calling it a day and spending the evening propped on the couch, Iâ€™ll bring in the twilight with old fashioned fun.Â Weâ€™ve already been doing this all week, and the kids are having a blast.Â A huge added bonus is that they go to sleep much easier than before â€“ as does mommy.
Not working out is not an option.Â I have found that if I donâ€™t get up and prepare for the workout, then my â€œgymâ€ comes to me and asks if its time to go for a ride.Â How do you say no to those sweet little faces?Â Guilt makes me get up and get going when motivation has long taken the day off.Â Before long, Iâ€™m having more fun than the kids are.
I knew I wanted to get moving again, and I thought I would break down and join a gym.Â Instead of spending money and taking time away from my family, Iâ€™m getting creative.Â The long haul is not only great cardio, but its strength training as well.
Weight loss is about burning more calories than you take into your body.Â Iâ€™m not counting calories, but I know that by eating only when Iâ€™m hunger, stopping before Iâ€™m full, and running with my children until we are all ready to collapse will not only make me healthier, but it will make me a better mom to boot.