Back to School

I love back to school time! Not the part where my kiddos are gone for a big chunk of the day, that part I dread. But the new beginning, the chance to start fresh, THAT I love!

I like to take some time, this time of year, to rethink our families goals, assess where we are, what we've let go, what we need to improve on and new things that I would like to implement. 

I've been realizing lately how much of my kids lives revolve around food.  They're always hungry.  And when they say they're hungry, they must be fed, right?! Apparently NOT right. This is one of those things that really makes it clear that my faults bear themselves out in my children.

I'm a third generation yo-yo dieter. I've struggled with my weight for my entire adult life.  And did you know that if you're overweight, there's an 80% likelihood that your kids will be too?

I don't want that for them. I want them to be healthy and unencumbered by the stigmas and limitations of being overweight.  Because, let's face it, we can't be at our best, giving our all to God if our bodies are sickened by a heavy load.

This summer I realized that one of the major reasons they eat, is out of boredom.  When they have something to do constantly, they aren't asking me for food.

So these are my goals, as far as the kids health goes...

First, I can't deny them something that I allow myself. So I have to set an example of smaller portion sizes.

Second, be more purposeful in how we fill our time.  We've got some new board games that we've been having a blast with!  And I want to start walking with them again.

Third, realize that they don't really need seconds and thirds and cut back their portion sizes.

and fourth and probably the most important...cooking healthier meals and impressing upon them that food is to feed our bodies and that the party on our taste-buds is just an added bonus! And that not EVERY meal has to be a taste explosion!

I just love them so much and I don't want to see them become fourth generation yo-yoers. I want them to treat their bodies as the temples they are, and not just a den of pleasure, seeking out the next thrill, or in this case, the next yummy thing to eat!

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