A year ago I was the heaviest I had been since having my kids - last winter was hard for various reasons and I had comfort ate but I knew that I needed to do something about it before the summer and with kids being on a fad diet or suddenly running into an exercise plan head on isn't giving them a good impression so instead of doing either of those I made a pledge to myself and the kids that before we headed off on our summer vacation through getting outside as a family and active with the kids, healthy eating and being more aware of what I was doing I would lose the weight. All this month I will be sharing ideas for getting healthy, fit, and having fun as a family as part of the #WomanKind Campaign for Weight Watchers I'm even sharing one of my favourite lunches over on their site for a Cuban Inspired Chicken and Quinoa salad.
Our biggest activity last year was to join in Junior Park Run once a week at our local Park. Park Run is a worldwide voluntary organisation which once a week organises run's in parks and recreational grounds around the world. It's not a race, the only person you are racing against is yourself to improve your times. The adult run is 5km but we haven't joined in that instead we join in the Junior Park Run and run alongside our 5 and 6-year-old for the 2km. Fantastic fun and the kids and I have enjoyed improving our fitness levels over the weeks. Check out the global park run site to find your nearest run.
Roll down a hill
OK - so rolling down a hill may not seem like get active as you are lying down - but you will want to do it again and again and that means getting back to the top - try and beat the kids a little competition is good and they will win the first few times if you are as out of practice as I was but as you do it more and more often you will get there.
Take a ball with you next time you head to the park - we tend to have a tennis, ball, cricket bat, rounder's bat, beach ball (for those less windy days) and a football in the car and then when we get to the park we can play. It's really surprising how much energy you use up playing with the kids - run and try and get the ball before them (it's like that hill they will beat you the first few times but soon you'll be there first). It's also great for the kids as you can teach them teamwork, being graceful winners and losers and it's FUN. Sports for them all too often become a lesson in school and their forget that it's meant to be fun.
Go fly a kite
You won't just stand there and fly it - it's not like the movie's have you forgotten from your own childhood about getting the kite up in the air, holding it steady before it crashes, jumping to catch it as someone else is flying it. When the wind is too much for the beach ball to be used it's great for the kite to come out.
Climb the Climbing Frame
If the park is empty - a wet and windy day then get on that climbing frame with the kids, sit on the swing, try and beat them across a rope bridge. Ditch the camera and your smartphone on the side and join them on it. Some of the parks we head to the equipment is a little big for our young kids so this is something that we have to do to keep them safe (LOVE this excuse at the moment and wondering how much longer I can keep it going!).
Even if you just go for a long walk - smile - you will feel healthier more positive and the power of that positivity is amazing it will flow through your whole life.
Thinking positively, having fun and enjoying yourself really helps you to feel better about the way you look, the way your body reacts to situations as well as of course seeing the journey to a healthier you as a fun journey to take and spend time on instead of a chore.
As a woman we see losing weight as a battle negative thoughts from the start - it doesn't have to be that way, healthy food is tasty, you can eat a little of the REALLY GOOD stuff, and getting active and having fun with the family outside is exercise those positive messages are the ones that you need.
All spring Weight Watchers are encouraging us to embrace ourselves, be kind to ourselves, get active with the kids and live healthier, as women we are the powerhouse of our families, providing the food, encouraging the kids to get outside and LIVE. Find more inspiration for your journey to health and fitness with #WomanKind for these inspirational women as well as following #WomanKind on social media.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Weight Watchers for their #WomanKind campaign this spring.