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Get a Plan

My visit to the ER was the scare that I needed that had my worst fears going at 100 miles per hour. Death. Heart attack. I had to make a change.

I am still restricted from working out due to surgery, but I needed to come up with a plan. It hit me the following week when I had Munch with me.  I noticed that Munch struggled to get out of the pool. He was literally throwing his body on the pool floor and trying to lift his weight up out the pool. It was rough to watch.

Two things happened when I saw that. First I realized that he was not utilizing the ledge in the inside of the pool to step on (which was weird as heck) but second I realized that we both needed to get healthy and increase our upper body strength. This was my opportunity to do it with Munch.

So, I reached out to my fellow blogger, David, over at Chape’s Fitness and asked for some suggestions. You know what? He gave them to me. He gave me some work out plans to help strengthen my ten year old son’s upper body. We had a plan. So, the next thing was to figure out how to tell Munch.

I casually mentioned it to him last week that we needed to work on his upper body strength, but I don’t think he got it. So, when he comes home tonight we will talk about our fitness goals. We will do this together. Not just Munch.

My plan is for us to do the following:

• Step on the scale and write down our weight

• Follow the plan that David sent over together

• Walk the track at the high school down the street when the temperature goes down

• Go to the pool together

• Eat more fresh veggies with our meals and less carbs (he loves rice and I love bread)

• Hydrate by drinking our water

• Track our steps – I just bought a Fitbit and I’m looking to get Munch one.

I don’t expect it to be easy, but I’m hoping that he will enjoy just doing these things with me. That it will allow us the opportunity to get meaningful workouts in and just enjoy getting healthy together. I need to strengthen my core, keep my heart strong and be here for Munch.

I want us to both be healthier. I’m not trying to kill him, but I want our health to be a priority. I want to model the behavior that I’m trying to get him to adopt. Healthier choices. More exercise. Keeping our heart healthy and living longer.

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  1. Why is it that we need a “scare” to get us moving? I’ve had a few but always fall back into prioritizing OPP (other people’s problems) before my own. Must start putting on my oxygen mask first otherwise I will be of no help to anyone, right? Thanks for the reminder and thanks for sharing.💜

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  2. T when did you go to the ER? That is scary but oh how I know the battle of food and the body. I’m glad you’ve got a plan to take care of you and Munch. I love carbs too. Popcorn is my jam now since bread wasn’t doing me any favors. Haha. Take care.

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  3. Ugh, there is no lack of exercise for my household. Our kids are full on, wired for action every waking minute of their day.
    We just got tennis rackets so we could run the kids around. Nobody knows how to play, really. But at 7 years old, having a good swing at something plus bouncing balls all adds up to a fun fitness outing!
    I think the key is having an activity that isn’t a chore. For us, it also has to be accessible because sometimes the only way they are going to sleep is by getting their energy out.

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  4. I started the Keto diet three weeks ago. It’s amazing but hard at times. You can’t have too many carbs so…bye bye to rice and bread. Hardly any fruit is allowed either except berries. Fruit has a lot of sugar/carbs. You don’t have to cut it all out but maybe cut down on your portions and try not to eat as much bread and rice. I haven’t been going to the gym so I go walking some days out of the week. I’m down 10 lbs. I still get cravings but I replace it with something else. Good luck to you and your son, you got this! ❤


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