Ok...intro blog. Here goes...bear with me as I have never done anything like this, and generally ask people to edit me because I am usually just a stream of thoughts.
Let me start with who I am. Hopefully, you will find something about me that is common ground. I am a mother of three, twin two year olds (a boy, Kaleb and a girl, Kennedy) and a six year old (Mackenna). I work full time as a teacher in a two year old room in a preschool. And when I say I work full time I mean I work between 45 and 50 hours a week, not including my lunch break. My day begins anywhere between 5 (when Kaleb wakes up) and 6 (when my alarm goes off). There is a rush of busy busy as I dress the kids and my wife preps their lunches. I grab something fast for breakfast, or if I'm lucky, I thought to blend a smoothie the night before and drink that. My quick meal is usually a carnation instant breakfast, an apple, a cereal bar, or nothing. Yes, I commit the first blunder of nutrition often, and skip breakfast. We are out the door by 6:45 and it's time to drive everyone to where they need to be. Then off to work for me where I lift, chase, change, wrestle, snuggle, and play with anywhere from 10-13 two year olds. I love my job, but it is high stress and I deal with stress with food. Well, let's be honest here, I deal with life with food. Stressed? I eat. Bored? I eat. Busy? I eat. I eat what is around me. I have an endless supply of snacks at school, both salty and sweet and because of this I know I can eat whenever I want. Anyway, back to my day. Between 1 and 3 is nap time. I clean the room, clean up after the little rascals, do my paperwork, and take some time to decompress (if I can, I read. I love reading). Then at 3 o'clock, it's back outside to chase those kiddos around again. Get out of work around 5:30, do the rounds of pickups, get home, make a quick dinner, eat as a family (this is a priority) then bath, time with the kids, and bed. Are you tired yet? Because by 8 o clock when life is settling around this house, so am I! So I veg out in front of the tv with a snack, and then I am usually asleep by 10.
So, why am I doing this? We'll, I have let myself go. As I start on this journey I am weighing in at a very large 275 pounds. I am 5'6". When I met my wife I was 140 pounds, active, happy, and didn't have a care in the world. But as time went on I ate, and I worked. I stopped caring about what I ate. I lived on my own for the first time, so I ate crap. Fast food, out to dinner every night, ordering lunch at work every day. I lived in a house with 4 roommates, So I had money to spare. As time goes on I made little adjustments and excuses. My marriage happened and I continued to let myself go. Before children beer was a good friend of mine. As I gained weight, the mirrors in my house moved up. We had children, so I became too busy. We had more children, I became busier. Now I am SO busy, but because of my children I know need to be healthy. I'm not healthy. So I guess the point of this blog is to tell you what adjustments a normal, busy, working class mom can make to make both her life and her families lives healthier. Please join me on my journey. The only way I can make this successful is if I am held accountable. So please, ask questions, join in, offer your thoughts, and help me become a better person by becoming a healthier person.
I would also like to take a minute now to thank John for helping me when I feel like a lost cause. Together, we will make my story a success story. I do not think that this is going to be an easy journey without bumps along the way, but I hope that with his (and your) support, these bumps are just speed bumps in my journey and not mountains to climb. Thanks for taking the time to read and follow my journey!