Hi, This is Kim, one of Dustin’s contributors.
If you were to come to my home on any given day, you would find at least three current fitness magazines on my table. You’d see that my basement looks more like a gym than a family room and you’d proabably hear my husband and I talking about the last article we read about nutrition and fitness. You might also hear me complain that my weight was up this week or at what speed I ran my last lap around the track.
I’ve always taken pride that I am being a good role model for my kids. We’re teaching them the importance of healthy eating and exercise. But, how much is enough and how much is too much? I think this is a question we all need to ask ourselves and really try to see what kind of message we seem to be giving to others around us. Does my daughter see my obsession with Oxygen magazine as a healthy behavior or does she see the “Get Your Best Body Ever” article on the front cover and wonder how she compares?
I’m trying to be more careful to emphasize “health” rather than “size or weight” to my kids. I think sometimes we can get carried away with trying to look like one of those women in the fitness magazines, when our focus should be more on setting good examples. While I believe that it’s important to keep active and make good food choices, I think we all need to remember that this should be nothing more than the way we live our lives, plain and simple.
My teenage daughter asked me a couple of weeks ago, “Why can’t you just be happy the way you are?” That was a real reality check for me and made me stop to think about how I look in the eyes of my kids. Life is about balance. Work hard – Play hard – Be happy with who you are!