First of all, we would like to thank all of the families that submitted their success stories this past week! We are so proud of all the accomplishments each of your are making and can't wait to see how far you've come after this week.
Keep reading for some of the great experiences shared by the Reed and Gross Families and make sure you keep those submissions coming!
The Reed Family:
After reading MIND Over Matter: Healthy Eating Tips , and more specifically the section about “Snacks, snacks, snacks”, we decided to “neutralize” our pantry (didn’t realize how hostile of an environment it was). We have 6 energetic children in our home and the phrase of the day is always “Mom/Dad, can I have a snack?” Previously, we had stocked the housed with whatever was on sale at the grocery store (the cheaper, the better). Our snack inventory consisted of unhealthy, processed foods and family size boxes of the sugary, the sweet and the savory. As a healthy alternative, we supplemented them with bags of Pretzel Sticks.
So, the blog said “The key to staying on track between meals is to stock the cabinets and lunch boxes with healthy snacks.” With those words blaring at us on the computer screen, my wife and I decided to test the theory. We proceeded to set up “grab-and-go” snack baggies filled with fresh veggies. There were red and green bell peppers, celery sticks, cauliflower, and fresh sugar snap peas. To add greater appeal we bought a family size container of humus to use as a dipping sauce. So how did it go, you ask? It was amazing! The kids took to it immediately. What we noticed is that what really made the difference was – availability. We were so used to limiting the kids, not wanting them to have too much of the unhealthy snacks. With the veggie snacks, it actually felt kind of weird but we were able to say “Yes, you can have more” and it felt so good knowing that we were contributing to their health. To fill some of the sweet void we also added homemade trail mix (combination of nuts, cranberry raisins, and a small amount of dark chocolate chips).
We knew we had turned a new leaf when our 6-year old went to my wife in tears yesterday. My wife asked what was wrong, he said, “Mom, there are no more red peppers left in the fridge”. Thanks so much for this challenge!
One lesson I learned. It’s important to make decisions as a family. I say that because while it was initially my idea to set up the grab-and-go bags, two days after we implemented the plan I began to feel sorry for our children. I felt it was too drastic of a change. It was my wife, however, who remained strong and continued to persevere with the children when I wanted to give in. So, making decisions together is vital to our success.
The Reed Family
The Gross Family:
When I first heard of the Fit Family Challenge I was really excited because it felt like it was the final piece of a puzzle that I had been trying to put together. Both my husband and I were college athletes and had played sports our entire lives, but before we knew it, life seemed to get in the way. We went from a young couple having fun in college to a married couple with real jobs and two kids! As many people can probably relate, when you have children, virtually all your free time goes to taking care of them and your needs as adults get put on hold. While our children were still in the baby/toddler age (they are 18 months apart), it was still fairly simple to drop them at the child care at our gym and get a workout in.
Soon enough though, they started school and their own activities (which we encourage), but we couldn’t imagine being away from our kids all day while they were in school and then away from them even more to get a workout in! There were even several occasions in which we researched family fitness, but we couldn’t find anything that incorporated fitness together with children! How crazy is that?! We even considered trying to start a family fitness program at our children’s elementary school! Then there it was - the Triple Play Fit Family Challenge, which not only encouraged family fitness, but also family time! It was just the thing we needed to get back on track! Currently, we are in Week 5 and it has been a great journey thus far, complete with ups and downs! Some days have been great and others have been a struggle, but we have gotten through them as a family and are learning valuable lifestyle changes! Only time will tell how this challenge will end, but for our family, this challenge has already been a success!
Thank you for allowing us to participate in this wonderful challenge and share our story.
Erin K. Gross and Family
Your BGCA Triple Play Team