My Camping Experience

Bring new goals on new adventures — just beware of Taco Tuesday


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The Fit Family Challenge has me going on physically demanding field trips with my twins, Chase and Cameron.

Images courtesy of Darlene Hamilton

We are for sure trying new things on this journey! Let us just be clear, my kids love the outdoors — Mom not so much. So as a part of accepting new experiences, I decided to go on my children’s over night camping field trip. The days were filled with hiking, fishing, aquatic ecology studies, more hiking and BUGS! Ordinarily I would have passed on this opportunity, but because we are turning to a healthier lifestyle, I took on the challenge. I’m thankful that my children go to a school that encourages such outside-the-box learning experiences. Go Gators!

Darlene goes camping with her boysWell, my challenges were many. Firstly, I’m not the most fit parent, so going from little or no exercise to hiking 10 miles over the course of a day was, to say the least, different. I found it helpful that there were more experienced parents that understood my aches and pains. It was nice to know that even the most experienced hikers felt these sentiments. In other words, they get tired too. Sometimes you fail to even try because you think you are the only one that will be tired or have certain experiences. So I learned to try anyway. You are not the only one and each step puts you closer to your goal.

I shared with other parents our endeavors with the Fit Family Challenge, and some took time to share how they go about keeping their meal planning on track and the struggles of maintaining a household, work, homework and staying active.

A Camping Adventure for the HamiltonsMy second challenge was maintaining the healthy eating that we started at home. The camp offered a variety of food. I know you think this would be easy. I mean, who likes camp food? But the food there was actually — dare I say it? — pretty good. A lot of the camps are aware of their reputation for bad food and have made strides at providing better quality of food. They even had healthy fruit and vegetable options available, although we may have gone a little over board on Taco Tuesday.

Overall, I was very happy that I was able to share the experience with my children. 

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

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