“Shrinking Women”

I’ve decided to quit with the workouts at the top of the page, kind of makes it pointless to do a weekly recap doesn’t it?! HA!

You can find my workouts each day on my workout log page.

Today’s workout wasn’t anything out of the normal.

I hopped on the treadmill again this morning for an hour walk, which was really hard.

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I hooked up my iPad and after your suggestions last night on Twitter, decided to watch an episode of Scandal while I was walking. Great show! Thank you for the recommendations!

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I don’t know if it’s because I was still getting over this sickness, I was tired, or a combination of both but I kept reminding myself why I was doing it.

Thankfully the poster I have beside the treadmill really won’t let me forget!

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I spent most of the day working and went to a local coffee shop to really focus for a while.

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I have a lot to do between now and when we leave on Friday so I needed to make sure I was focusing.

 

I was supposed to go to a 5:00 pm spin class. I don’t know if my body just wasn’t feeling it and trying to tell me something or I just didn’t want to do it either way, I didn’t go.

I felt guilty, but I knew I’d gotten my walk in this morning and I have a walk and swim planned for tomorrow.

I am just going to take it as a loss and move along!

 

I am bringing you something different today. A friend of mine on Facebook posted this poetry reading video the other day:

 

I watched it and sat here really trying to figure out what to take from it.

I am not a mother, but in the next few years I could see that happening.  I thought about what my daughter would see when she looked at me. What I would be teaching her through my actions towards food.

I don’t talk much about eating or nutrition on my blog because i’m not that great at it honestly.  I focus on what I enjoy and that is running and exercise.

Regardless, I want my daughter to look at me and see a healthy and happy relationship with food. I don’t want her to learn the wrong habits. I want her to enjoy food as much as I do.

My habits sometimes are good and sometimes aren’t, and to be honest I don’t know if I would depict the right habits today if I had a child.  I know it is something I need to work on before I have children.  I want them to see the joys and health that food can bring.

My mother always did a great job with me growing up. Always providing healthy foods and I never once saw her deprive herself, yet she is in great shape.  She always showed me the importance of not only eating but being active and enjoying life.

I know I have work to do, but it is a great realization to sit back and really look at your relationship with food. I’ll be honest and say since my injury it has been all over the place, but I know that regardless of running, exercise, or whatever is going on in my life, my relationship with food needs to be consistent and healthy.

The final part of this video that really got me was the part where she said says “I asked five questions in genetics class today and all of them started with sorry.” Guilty!

My husband always tells me I apologize way too much. I always want to take the guilt, but is that the right thing to do? Where did I learn that from? I don’t want my children to act that way, I want them to be strong and confident in what they know and what they don’t know!

I love when videos open up your eyes to things you didn’t even really think about.

Do you agree that children look up to their parents when it comes to a healthy food relationship?

I think this can apply to daughters and sons.  

Do you have children? If so, tell me how do you help your children build a healthy food relationship?

What did you think of the video?

About Sara

Welcome to my blog! My name is Sara and this blog documents my journey as a wife and a runner. I train hard and put my heart and soul into my running. My life is a crazy journey full of ups and downs, and I am here to share it all with you!

18 comments

  1. It definitely is important to look at our parents, their parents and siblings to understand what genetic and behavioral baggage we carry.

    A few years ago my mother actually said to my wife “I liked it better when Mike would put up and shut up and just do what was expected of him”. I was 45 at the time … and you could say I was a ‘classic middle child’. Had you asked me at your age, I would have said I had a wonderful childhood – and I did in many ways, but it has been through learning the ways it was NOT so great that I have grown as an individual and learned things about my kids since they were very young.

    I have also noted that I definitely work very hard on my relationship with food, and while both of my kids eat well and healthy – I can see that awareness of food as something other than fuel has transferred. Oh well … at least they understand the science and mechanics of food.

    And beware of being a ‘chronic apologist’ … because while sometimes it comes from a time or set of circumstances and becomes automatic and hard to shake, other times it is a signal of other things going on. Just keep an eye on it :)

    • I agree! I had a great childhood but I can see some things that rubbed off on me that I wish hadn’t! We all live and learn, and while I think it’s important to set great examples for our children we aren’t going to be PERFECT.

      I am trying to no longer be the ‘chronic apologist’ sometimes I actually catch myself and i’m like wait – WHY ARE YOU APOLOGIZING!?!?!? You did nothing wrong! It is something I have to work at. I will try to avoid conflict at all costs, and honestly sometimes I think conflict is important! I am really trying to get away from that!

  2. I think parents definitely play a role in a child’s relationship with food – at least when they are young. It definitely influenced my (lucky that it was in a good way), but my best friend’s mom was not a good role model and it definitely played into her eating disorder. That being said, every child is different, but I think it’s better to give that child a great example of just healthy happy eating! :)

    • Agreed Em! Sometimes it is hard, but I think we need to look at the big picture and really focus on what kind of life we want for our children! There are so many battles you will face in life that are inevitable – I aim to make sure food is not one of those for my children!

  3. I worry about this too. I have a boy which doesn’t necessarily mean that he is in the clear. I had a great childhood too, however, I was the child that had the insatiable appetite that at times was denied, that may or may not have resulted in my many food issues and self esteem issues. But my sisters, with the essentially exact same parenting have no issues. I do not want to pass my fears/ocd tendencies to my kid.

    I also apologize way too much!

    • Jade – shouldn’t you have apologized for apologizing too much?!? :D

      But you are correct about boys … I have two teen boys and the pressures on them around food are considerable. Both have decent eating habits, neither one is too heavy or thin … but neither one has a healthy relationship with food.

    • Yes it has to be hard! I don’t have children yet but I already know I don’t want them to have to deal with some of the issues I’ve had with food over the years!

      I feel with you the apologizing! It is also a really hard habit to break!

  4. I will be honest….I grew up around food…we went for a drive we got a snack, we watched a movie we snacked, the holidays we ate, it was Saturday ~ end of the week we snacked…..life revolved and still seems to around food.

    With my kiddos I try to limit snacks to special occasions or just a special treat on the weekend. I also remind them to make “healthy choices” ~ be healthy not too thin or fat ~ and exercise daily….hopefully it will stick with them.

    • Yes I know how associating everything you do with food! I have had to really get out of that habit, but it sure is hard to break!

      Sounds like you are doing a great job with your kids Kathy!

  5. I wish I had as much workout motivation as you do!

    • Aww thank you! :) You can do it too!

      Sometimes I just have to force myself to just DO it! Even when I don’t have the motivation. Like Monday’s post, “Quit Talking and Just Do It!” :)

  6. Fascinating video! I have 3 kiddies and I definitely influence how they eat, since I am the cook. :) Healthy eating was not always modeled by my parents when I was a child and I have learned some very poor eating habits. In the past 6 months my husband and I have been working hard to change how and what we eat. This has certainly affected our kids and sometimes they really don’t like what’s for supper…. but they are healthier because of it. (They have to try the food even if it one bite, and I make sure there is enough other stuff that I know they do like.) They are also starting to ask if things are healthy, or about how much sugar is in something. And it is really funny to hear them talking about high fructose corn syrup. :)

    • Good for you!! It is so awesome to see you overcoming this and look what a great example you are to your children!!

      Keep up the great great work!!

  7. An hour long walk is LONG! Good idea to watch a show to pass the time!
    I definitely think that children learn most if not all of their habits – food included! – from their parents! I have 2 young boys and I do really try to build a foundation for a healthy life for them – don’t get me wrong, we eat processed foods and naughty things lol….but I try to incorporate a fruit and/or a vegetable with each lunch and dinner. And the deal with snacks is, if they want something naughty they have to eat a healthy thing first and then if they still want the goldfish or cereal or something then they can have it. Does that make sense?
    -Sammy @ http://www.peaceandloveandicecream.com

    • Makes perfect sense! I think that is a great idea what you do! My parents used to do the same thing – I heard to earn my treats by making a healthy decision first!

      Sounds like you are doing great things! :)

  8. Great post, Sara – I like your thoughts afterwards even more than the poetry reading! I realize that a LOT of my mom’s habits had a huge impact on my own eating habits and thoughts. I also worry a lot about the impact I’ll have on my (potential) future children!

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