My name is Kristin. I am a very busy SAHM who also homeschools her 3 kiddos (11 next week, 9 tomorrow, and 7). I volunteer with my son at a wildlife rehab and at my daughter's dance studio. On top of that I help my husband, who is a minister, as he needs me to. Life is busy. That's been my excuse for my weight for years. "I'm too busy to work out!" or "I'm too tired!" Last year I took an adult dance class as some "me" time and had such a ball. I really want to do it again this year, but some of this weight needs to come off first so that I can move easier and I can be more flexible in order to really enjoy the class.
Last month my DH (40) ended up in the hospital for 4 days with chest pains. He's too young for that. It was a very good wake up call for both of us.
So, with rewards dotted along the way (when I lose 10 pounds, I'm getting my hair done; 25 pounds I'll sign up for a dance class, etc), he and I are going to start our workout together. Our kids are excited and will be doing some with us as well. Never too early, especially since we've been teaching them some really bad habits concerning diet and excercise. As a family, we're trying something: for every 1/2 hr of excercise, we'll be awarded a point. For every pound or inch lost, we'll also be given a point. For every time the kids do a chore or are particularly helpful or (fill in the blank, you get the idea), they'll get a star. 5 stars = 1 point. As a family, we're going to see how many points we can earn. At 100 points, we'll go do something fun. For our first 100 points, they want to go cosmic bowling. So that's our first goal. I'm hoping to make excercise fun for all of us, as well as encourage the family to encourage and work together towards a common goal - fun, but most importantly good health and fitness habits.
My ultimate goal is a 106 pound weight loss; DH's is 56. I'm keeping track of our calories and hopefully with this journal we'll be able to meet the goals we've set before us!