I hate the FitMoms' spam (shakes, anyone?) as much as the next person, but I respect their lifestyle. Since when is it a bad thing to work out and eat well? While most of us have an excuse not to train all day for bodybuilding competitions - sorry, Maria Kang - it is certainly within reach to get half an hour of exercise a day and eat smaller, healthier meals.
|Hiking is a great way to get/stay in shape|
|Results of working out 20 minutes a day (plus regular walking/biking/skiing)|
Do you feel your lifestyle is healthy? What items would you add to the Healthy Lifestyle column below?
Healthy Lifestyle vs. Unhealthy Lifestyle
|Activity||Healthy Lifestyle||Unhealthy Lifestyle*|
|1. School Drop-off/Pick-up||That parking lot's a mess! Let's park over here. (parks across the street and walks kids 2 minutes to school or walks to school if house is close by)||Yeah, I know it's a No Parking zone, but I am not walking one step from this car.|
|2. Kids want to go to the playground||Are we walking or riding there? (Jogs to the playground while the kids ride their bikes, starts a game of tag, then works out while the kids play)||Can't you just play in the backyard? Okay, okay, let me find my keys. (drives to the playground, then stares at phone the whole time)|
|3. Day Off Fun||Get dressed! We’re skiing!||Orange is the New Black Marathon!!|
|4. Hobbies||Photography, reading, cooking, baking, playing piano, cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, backpacking, geocaching||Photography, reading, cooking, baking, playing piano, couch surfing, eating, watching TV/movies|
|5. Meal Planning||Monday: Teriyaki chicken thighs with carrots, mushrooms and
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs with salad
Wednesday: Thai (chicken and vegetable) red curry with rice...
|I plan to go to McDonald's.|
|6. Grocery Shopping||What a nice day! Let’s bike to the store! We can stop at the playground on the way. (bikes to store and gets food to barbecue)||What a nice day to eat on the deck! Too bad the fridge is empty... Oh wait, look what I found! (grabs chips and pop from the pantry)|
|7. Walking the Dog||Which park should we go to today, Fido?||Can someone let the dog out?|
|8. Air Travel||Glad I brought my own lunch. That meal looked nasty.||First, I had to pay for an extra seat, and now I have to pay for another miniature meal. So unfair.|
|9. Eating Out||I’ll get a chicken taco salad and water, please.||Double cheeseburger combo with Coke, please. Can you supersize it?|
|10. Clothes Shopping||I can't decide... I like everything! Good thing they're all on sale! (dances to the till)||Could you please get me a bigger size in this and this? (mutters to self: “Nothing fits right. I don't know how I got this way!”)|
*A lot of the unhealthy lifestyle points are things I think myself from time to time (I used to eat microwave popcorn for dinner in University!), but then I kick myself in the butt and go outside or find something healthy to go with my chocolate.