Family Fitness Truths from a Single, Working Mom


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An old familiar quote says, "The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Truth. I was eager to get involved with the Fit Family Challenge and I was excited to have experienced professionals give me advice on how to make "fitness" and "family" more synchronized for myself and my three kids.

Honesty must prevail. As a single, fulltime working mom, I have very little free time and I underestimated the time it would take juggling the life coach, trainer and nutritionist, who each had wonderful, useful ideas to make my family's schedule work smarter, not harder. I quickly realized that in the haste to try to even think about making changes, I had forgotten to blog (OH NO)!

Another wise quote says, "Postive anything is better than negative nothing." (Elbert Hubbard).

Truth #2. My perception, I assumed, was that we would be making these widespread changes, eating wonderfully, exercising together daily and all would be bliss. Ha! Reality is reality. Tonight, we opened cans of Spaghettios for supper. But we have been making smoothies more regularly, incorporating more milk and fruits into our weekly diet. We have also tried new vegetables. We didn't exercise together tonight, but we have gone hiking a couple more times than normal, we have tried playing in the yard more together and my daughter and I found an exercise class we can enjoy together.

I have made attempts to be "quiet" two minutes a day per my life coach's advice. I choose to spend my extra two minutes today praying. I find if I consciously take those quiet two minutes before morning hits me like a kamikaze, I am better able to handle the inevitable daily stress better.

As a single mom, I live one minute at a time. Thanks to the Fit Family Challenge opportunity, I have been privy to a wealth of information and advice to try to make those minute-by-minutes more active and healthier for my family.

Register your family to participate in Piedmont Parent's 2015 Fit Family Challenge. It's free and it qualifies your family for weekly prize drawings and the grand prize.�

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