Are you a good example of healthy for your family?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Are you a good example of healthy for your family?
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Sat, 03-23-2013 - 10:44am

I was thinking this the other day while i was at the gym and saw a little girl who ws overweight and her brother in the child care while their mother was donw lifting weights. I am not the best cook but tried to serve good food when the kids were all home. My husband used to work out but he is having health problems which i finally am getting him to go to the doctor for. We used to take the kids to the park and walk and play ball with them and none of them had weight issues. I have been at the gym most of their lives and they all know they need to exercise. So far none are overweight and I am hoping i have been a good enough example that they make sure they and their families place an importance on exercise and trying to eat decent foods.

Kay

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

Hi Kay,

That is a good question. I hope I am a good example. My kids have seen me exercise and even exercised with me all their lives. They know we only had soda on special occasions and didn't keep junk food in the house. I always tried to cook and serve healthier foods and we regularly ate vegetables. We've discussed the significance of weight management, preventative care, and good hygiene many times throughout their lives in my home. I have always tried to practice what I preach so I can only hope they continue some of the healthier habits they were taught.

Now my husband is a different story. lol. He struggles with his weight and loves to eat. He does know that I don't keep junk food in the house and he acknowledges it is a good thing because he would do nothing but snack if it  was available. He says my obsession with the gym helps him keep in mind the importance of exercise (though he does have trouble establishing and sticking to a routine). 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004

I like to think so.  My husband exercised on and off for years but within the last year, he's maintained it.  Occasionally, he'll stop for a couple of weeks but he always picks right back up (which he didn't used to do).  

He hates vegetables but my eating them has encouraged him to try to work them into his diet.  If he could exist on beans and eggs alone, he'd be a happy guy.  

We try to do everything in moderation... including moderation. Laughing

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008

lol My husband would eat nothing but meat, bread, and cheese if he could. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
I think that being a role model for good behavior is the most and best you can do. We must keep in mind that others have free will, and will form their own opinions and behavior, but the optimal influence is your own behavior.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002

It's about planting the seed but there is only so much you can do.  My son has taken my lead--healthy for the most part but enjoys everything in moderation.  My daughter takes after my husband, eating what they like when they like. They're both thin enough but that's one of my soapboxes--that being thin does not mean being healthy. My daughter is tiny.  She and my husband know what healthy eating is. It's up to them to want it.  BTW, she's a teen, not a little one.