Thursday, July 15, 2010

Trying To Raise Healthy Kids

I have another blog ( where I write about the lifestyle that I wish to lead vs this blog where I wrote about the kids.  While writing on my other blog, I got an idea to write on this one.I have been struggling to get myself to a good place health wise.  The last few years have been pretty crazy.  Spring of 2006 I applied for grad school and was accepted.  A couple of days after my acceptance, my grandmother who I had been living with died.  A couple of months later I started grad school full time and planned to be done in 1 year.  Christmas that year, I got engaged and we planned a wedding for June 2007, with my graduation being May 2007.  I was pregnant 1 month after we got married, and we were thrilled and my MIL ded just after I found out I was pregnant.  3 months after I delivered my son, I found out I was pregnant again.  This was not a surprise as we had hoped to have our children close in age.  Oh, and with my first pregnancy I got pre-eclampsia, was on bed rest for 6 weeks, and continued on blood pressure meds through my next pregnancy.  11 weeks into my 2nd pregnancy, I had a little scare and we found out I was pregnant with twins.  I then went on bed rest at 23 weeks with the twins, til I delivered them via c-section after my blood pressure went up to 188/111, yes on meds.  Then the twins got RSV at 2 1/2 weeks and 3 1/2 weeks (Son and daughter respectively).  Then I had to get used to 3 kids.  Now, life is just crazy, but in an absolutely fabulous way!

Why am I writing all that?  Life has been crazy for the last 4 years, but now it has settled and I need to get myself back on track.  I need to lose weight, start exercising on a regular basis, and start eating healthier.  There have been lots of things that have spurred me on to this.
Some of them are:
1.) I have 3 children and want to ensure that I am healthy for them
2.) I am married to a fabulous man that I want to share my life with for a very long time.
3.) I am getting closer to 40 and my mother's brother died at 42 from a heart attack (given my past BP issues I feel like I need to really get on track with my health, never mind that I have big time heart disease and cancer in my family)
4.) I have been watching Losing It with Jillian and it is totally motivating me to make big changes in my life.
5.) I just want to feel good about myself, how I look and how I feel!

I'm sure there are many more reasons, but these are the biggest ones right now.  My biggest goal is to not buy food items that will get me into trouble.  I may need to look to others for help with finding tasty foods to create so that I can keep on track with out wanting all those foods that are bad for me.  I am going to the MD for my annual physical in a couple of weeks.  I want to be able to tell her that I am moving in the right direction even though I may not be exactly where I want to be.  So if any of you reading this blog want to share any good healthy recipes or cookbooks or any other resources, send them on!  I know that a few of my followers are really good healthy eaters and I know that they will be a great resource for me!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and send forward any resources!


  1. I understand your worries! Cancer is such a huge killer in my family! I don't want my kids to have to go through that! It is awful and stresses me out!!!

  2. Good luck with your goals. I find eating right and exercising so much easier said than done. The motivation comes and goes, but I try to always have goals to keep me on track. Choosing a consistent time of day for exercise has been helpful. If I know that I'm going at the same time every day, I'm less likely to make plans at that time because it's specifically designate for exercise. As far as the foods go, I do my best to keep junky stuff that I love out of the house. I allow myself one "treat" (, so as not to feel completely deprived, and that seems to do the trick for me. Of course, I've been way off track this month dealing with sick kids and visitors from out of town. But I've been off track before, and know that I'll be back on soon.

    I got some good snack suggestions from this post:

    Good luck!