Turning “I can’t!” into “I CAN!”
Earlier this week, Cyndi shared how some worrying hereditary health factors led her to radically change her diet in order to protect her heart.
Today Sarah tells us how an innocent question from her daughter has spurred her onto taking action to improve her diet and fitness.
‘Mummy, are you 22 or 82?’ my daughter recently asked me quite innocently.
Well, the truth is, I am somewhere in between. Closer to 22 I might add, though I certainly feel 82!
I’m a mother of two young and spritely children. My daughter in particular is a very physical and active child. What she loves most in the world is to run, preferably with me chasing her!
‘Chase me Mummy!’
‘Run with me Mama!’
‘Climb up here with me, come on Mummy, you can do it!’
I really, really can’t!
It’s not because I don’t want to, or because I can’t be bothered. I can’t easily do these things with my children because I’m overweight and unfit. I actually cannot run any more, my joints hurt and I don’t have the energy.
I used to be just like my daughter. Full of energy and spirit. I used to love climbing trees and running through the woods. I’d love to run with my beautiful girl, or play football with my son when he asks me. Inside this flabby, unfit body, is a fun and active mama just crying to get out!
So what happened? Well, I cannot blame it on having babies. My babies are growing up fast and I seem to be growing too, but outwards! I’m sure if I lose a bit of weight, the pain in my hips and knees would improve. It’s time to make a few simple changes.
Sugar free diet
My goals for February are simple. I intend to go sugar free. I have to do this because I’m an all or nothing person, and recently when it’s come to cakes, chocolate and biscuits, I’ve definitely been ‘all’. I’ll eat the whole packet, the entire bar or the whole cake. It’s like a compulsion, there’s no control. So for February I’m aiming for no sugar at all.
Aside from not eating sugar, I’m just going to keep eating my normal healthy meals, just cut down my portion sizes. I really do not need to eat the same as my 6ft4in husband!
Gentle daily exercise
I’m also going to take gentle daily exercise. I’ve just started walking my neighbour’s dog twice a week. I’m also going to swim at our local pool three times a week, once with the kids, once on an evening and also on Saturday mornings. I’ve been really lazy about going swimming in the evenings, but I actually do enjoy it when I get there. On the other two days, I’m going to follow a yoga DVD. It’s perfect exercise for me at the moment. Really gentle and should help to ease my joints.
By the end of February I hope to be on the road to changing the ‘I can’t’ into ‘I CAN!”
Sarah is a very dis-organised, dinner burning, 38 year old mother of two. She lives in Kildare, Ireland with her children and husband. They are lucky enough to live near the mountains, beaches and forests, so enjoy regular outdoor adventures. Sarah’s passions in life are spending time with her family, swimming (preferably in the sea), reading and painting.