Meet the Perfectly Imperfect Hamiltons

It’s important you surround yourself with people with the same goals.


The Hamiltons on a family walk at Country Park in Greensboro

Image by Micki Bare

If you are looking for the family that does everything right…we probably aren’t your family. But if you are looking to hear about a family that tries really hard, has some success and a few failures, too, we are the family you are looking for.

Well, to know us you know that the term “fit family” does not really describe all of the Hamiltons. But if all goes well, we hope that at the end of these eight weeks, it will.

I’m Darlene and I’m the mom. I was the typical couch potato. I say “was,” because over the past two years, I have been working hard to change my couch potato ways. For the most part, that has been a success. Over the past two years, I have lost over 70 pounds and now it’s time to get off the last few pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Most of the weight was loss through portion control and changing my diet. I struggle with emotional eating and finding a better way to teach my two boys to relate to food and create a healthy lifestyle.

You are the company that you keep. So it’s important that you surround yourself with people with the same goals or that have achieved the goals you would like to accomplish. The first thing I started was to spend time with people, friends and associates that have a healthier lifestyle. This does not mean ditch your old friends, but some of my core group of friends are like me. We celebrate with food. We mourn with food and we overindulge with food. For those friends, no worries, we are bringing them along, too. I’ve encouraged my soon-to-be-reformed couch potato friends to join in and change our “evil” ways.

Now for the twins! Cameron is an active and bright third grader. Chase is my creative and super competitive third grader. Both boys love basketball and outdoor activities. I learn so much from them. They are the reasons I want to move to a healthier way of living.

So, our goals for this challenge are to find ways to eat healthy. For some people, it is difficult to understand that if you have never really been a healthy eater or active person, you really do have to retrain your brain and your relationship to food and nutrition. I was a chubby child. I spent a few years in high school and college at average weight, but then grew to being an overweight-to-obese adult. I’ve never liked to exercise, but I’m slowly learning that it alters your overall sense of wellbeing. I know I use to roll my eyes at reading statements like that from people, too, but it is true!

Our goals are simple. We want to:

  • Create a fitness plan that we can successfully sustain.
  • Find healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • Have fun and grow as a family.

As a family we don’t always agree or get along but with love and we love unconditionally. Thanks for taking this ride with us. We hope for it to be a transparent journey with a clear look at the good, bad and ugly of transforming a family.

Darlene Hamilton and her twin boys are one of two Spotlight Families participating in the 2016 Fit Family Challenge. They live in Greensboro.

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