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This week...

4:30am again. The getting up is getting no easier. I loathe my alarm! I loathe mornings! Blah!! Off to the basement to force my own body to submit into the shape I want it to be.

This week we have:

Monday: 10 Jumping Jacks 5 sets each (2 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)

10 Squats- 5 sets each (2 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)

10 Push Ups- 5 sets each (2 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)

Tuesday: 10 Sit-ups 5 sets each (2 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)

10 Reverse Crunches 5 sets each (2 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)

10 Sitting Twists 5 sets each (2 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)

30 sec Plank

30 sec Side Elbow Plank

(Rinse and Repeat)

Notice that I am doing them in the morning and in the afternoon?! That’s because I’m dragging my family along with me down this fitness journey. My husband, my 14 year old, and yes even my 6 year old. Every evening when I get home from work we all get in a circle, and we stretch. Then we start in on the exercises listed above. Before anyone gets upset about my 6 year old and exercising, this is more about teaching him proper form and developing good habits when it comes to exercise. He laughs and goes along with us. He does what he can. I want him to understand that exercising and keeping yourself healthy is just as important as brushing your teeth. Good habits now should help instill good habits later in life. Now if I could only get him to understand exactly why peanut butter waffle sandwiches are not something you should have with each meal and that no, hot dogs and mac and cheese cannot be for dinner every night. I have tried every way I know to make him love vegetables but to no avail. He sees right through my shenanigans and wants nothing to do with them. I will give him credit. He chokes down the food we put in front of him, even if it takes him longer to eat it because he is taking the smallest bites possible and hoping I will give in and let him go do something else.

Back to the afternoon workout, this has become one of my favorite things that we do. We push each other, we cheer each other on. We talk about what it means to be healthy and all of the things I wish I had taken to heart as a child. It is a family activity and everyone knows how much I love those. My family members are my favorite people. (I mean, I did create two of them) Last night after the first round my husband shouted, “Faster!”, so faster we went. We were sweating, we were laughing, and honestly it is good to have every member of our family push each other. The decision to skip a workout must be unanimous or we do it. There is rarely a night that we skip. We work out together 5 days a week and we stretch every single day.

Now we have an added challenge. Getting everyone to eat healthier is like pulling teeth. They all say they want to eat healthier…..but then I come home from the store without cookies and chips and no one is happy. They just have to deal with that for now. They have no desire to do keto. Apparently, life without cereal is just no kind of life at all. Therefore, I once again find myself having to plan dinners and breakfasts out without adding to much fat to their diet, and very few carbs to mine. For instance, last night I made bacon wrapped sirloin, sweet potato, and veggie mix. I simply skipped out on the potato and added extra veggies on my plate. They got the nutrition from the sweet potato and veggies that they need. I fill in those nutrients in other ways throughout the day. Not only am I snacking on cauliflower, broccoli and other raw vegetables, I am now taking a multi vitamin. I’m a big kid now!! My husband is now starting each day with a smoothie that I can’t even look at without wanting a bit. It is simple. Blueberries, strawberries, banana, spinach and vanilla almond milk. I always stayed away from smoothies because they seemed to take two long or were not cost effective. I’m still tweaking his new smoothie and will be adding protein powder as well. He enjoys his smoothie while I enjoy my eggs, sausage and avocado every morning. At the end of the day you find what works the best for you and your family.

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