I was recently approached by the Sexy Mom’s Running Club and asked to join their blog tour. I was elated by the offer because I love writing and talking about how my son and I escaped from our life on the couch in front of the tv to a much more active and healthy lifestyle. Becky Reese creator of the Sexy Mom’s Running Club shares many of my same views on family, fitness and loving your body. I recommend her site to anyone looking to make a change in their life and the lives of their family.
Our lives didn’t start out with our butts planted to the sofa with eyes glued to the television we just sorta ended up there, at least that’s how it feels. When my son was born I had the world around us to share with him and to show him. I was pumped and ready to set out on a great adventure of discovery with my little one we were going to be one active family. We wouldn’t watch the Discovery channel we would be out discovering those things for ourselves. For a few years things were going well we were always out and about staying active, being conscious of what we ate and where it came from but then a series of unfortunate events occurred that turned our lives upside down and sucked every ounce of energy from my body. As life’s little inconveniences (aka depression) began to take over my life simple things such as getting out of the bed in the morning seemed such a daunting task never mind exploring the great outdoors and cooking healthy meals. Everything began to take a backseat as we slowly but surely began to transition into this new life full of poor choices and bad habits.
This shift in our lives went on for a couple of years until March 26, 2013 I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognize the person looking at me any longer (read more about that here). I decided on that day that our lives would have to change because this wasn’t our story, this wasn’t our life. I spent the next few days, weeks, months reading every thing that I could get my hands on about health, fitness and weight loss. I made a promise to myself that Daylan and I would not only become more active but would become a healthier happier family. Then one day it hit me. That dream I had in the beginning to share the world with him, to explore and set out on our own great adventure. It all became so much clearer and instantly I knew what we had to do, but I’ll get to that in a second.
My son Daylan is only 5 years old and poor habits that we had found ourselves in could effect him for the rest of his life. Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States and I didn’t want my son to become a statistic. I knew however that even though I planned to incorporate a strict workout routine into my life that same routine was not the best option for my 5 year old. I had to think creatively and outside the box to get him off the couch and unplug him from the many gizmos and gadgets that consumed his days. So one day as I was skimming through old photos and feeling absolutely disgusted with how I had let myself go I stumbled on to a photo that gave me the answer to our little family’s dilemma.
It was so simple the answer was all around us. We had to rekindle our love of the outdoors. Our lives were full of activity and adventure when we use to hike regularly. I felt that energy and spark again that I felt when Daylan was first born and I decided then and there that we would hike Oklahoma (our home). We would step once again back into the outdoors. We would be deep in nature with no tv, tablets, cell phones or any other electronic device. Of course I didn’t intend on doing away with these things but we would use them in moderation during the week and on the weekends from Friday-Sunday we would be out exploring our state. So I high tailed it to our travel and tourism building to pick up an outdoors guide so I could plan each and every one of our adventures.
Today when I look back I realize that our lives have been transformed all because we decided to leave the comforts of the couch for an excitedly active life. I have since lost 19lbs and am even working toward my goal of competing in a bikini/fitness competition and Daylan now asks every week with excitement what adventure we will be going on next while leaving his electronics behind without me even having to ask. Our lives are better, we are happier, healthier and closer as a family.