That's when my husband suggested that we go for a walk after dinner. I have to admit, I was hesitant. A walk? The baby was cranky, our two-year-old was close to melt-downs, the older boys were fighting, I was EXHAUSTED, and we still had baths to do....was he really serious?
My husband is a wise man! For the past few weeks, we have been going for evening walks almost every day. The answer was so simple. I'm sure if I had asked my Granny, she could have solved this problem months ago! Here are just 3 of the reasons our walks are saving our family:
1. We're FINALLY making exercise a priority! - Back in January, I shared my goals with you for the year and that I wanted to start exercising 3x/week and lose 10 pounds. If you saw my update at the end of the month, you know that life turned upside-down for us and the stress caused me to lose 3 pounds (woohoo!). Unfortunately, that's where my weight-loss plateaued, right at 152 pounds (yes, I'm throwing the number out there). I am still almost 15 pounds heavier than I was 4 children ago and only 8 pounds less than I was when I delivered my first child! It's totally my fault. I could tell you how busy I am, how I "work" from 7am-5:00pm (sometimes later) and then my evening Mommy job kicks in. I could whine about how I can't get to the gym, how I don't have anyone to watch the kids, or how we're using "gym-money" to pay off debts. All of these are true, but they're just excuses. The fact is I'm lazy and I view running as some kind of inhumane torture! Walking as a family has solved a lot of those problems and we're still getting all the great benefits of exercise (reducing body fat, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and reducing the risk of depression!). Plus, we're doing our part to combat childhood obesity, which has increased 5-fold in the past 40 years!! (I did my research.) The point is, I can complain about how I want to lose weight, but until I actually get off my rump and DO something, I'll never get any healthier (and neither will my family).
3. It's Strengthening Our Marriage! - Our evening walks are a time for my husband and I to reconnect about our day. The older boys are on their scooters. The babies are happily taking in the scenery and we have 30 minutes to talk with very few interruptions. It is glorious, and certainly something that never happens at home where there are constant requests for our assistance and attention. Also, I've found that men are much more likely to talk when they are doing something. It's biological. Women can just sit and chat, men need to being doing something (like playing golf or watching baseball). As a mother of boys, I'm learning that if I want to talk to my older boys (or my husband), I need to get them engaged in something first, or trap them in the car :)
I am just so tickled at the changes that this simple change in our daily routine has brought! The baby is happier in the evenings, I get more time with my husband, and we're instilling positive habits in our children! Every baby step counts, right? :)
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