So, you think your have monstrous children do you…..

As anyone who knows me could attest, I am on Facebook most of the day, almost everyday.  I have friends all over the world.  All kinds of friends….real life friends (IRL); old and new, as well as Internet friends that I have met through various online groups, twitter or other social media.  Some of these friends have children, others do not. Through the glorious ways of facebook, we often see what our friends comment on, like, or share. The one thing I see regularly is the complaints parents make of their children. These complaints are not always my friends.

I understand that we ALL complain when we are tired, frustrated, tapped out, if there is a medical diagnosis we are upset about and other valid reasons. Day 4 of teething with no sleep for mom or baby can be enough to push anyone over the edge. These are not the situations I’m talking about.

The ones that are causing me grief are those parents that complain on a daily basis that their children are “crazy” “horrendous” “monstrous” or just plain have “behaviour issues” but have no medical backing on the “diagnosis” and are not willing to take matters into their own hands.

There are many many things that a parent or parents can do to help these situations.

1) Look at yours and your child’s diet.
a) Is there a lot of fast food?
b) Processed foods?
C) Artificial colours, flavours or dyes?

2) Look at your child’s sleep.
a) are they getting enough?
b) is it quality sleep?

3) Look at your child’s activity.
a) is it outdoors, indoors?
b) are they stimulated throughout the day? How?

Before we start chasing child behaviourists and drugs for our children, lets look at what we as parents can do for them.

Here are some links of great resources.

http://www.childrensbehaviorproblems.com/exercise/

http://www.childrensbehaviorproblems.com/alternatives/nutrition/

http://www.parentchildhelp.com/books.cfm?MID=126

Small Children eating

I gave a link yesterday on toddler eating guidelines…now what about the older toddlers, preschool-middle school aged kids….what the heck should they eat??

Here is the recommended amounts for that pesky 4-8 year old range!  Its not much different, just a bit more!

The one thing we see is that serving sizes are the same, but the amounts of servings change from age group to age group.  We want to keep in mind though, that your child may not want to sit and eat a full 75g serving of meat or meat alternatives in 1 sitting.  That is fine, as long as at the end of the week, they average that 75g serving daily!

….and now for kids!

But what about children?  And what age do children start needing more?

Here is what CSEP recommends as a minimum for 5-11 yr olds.  60min per day!  Do your children get 60 minutes per day?  Does this mean they have to get gym memberships and go everyday?  NOPE, but they should be at playgrounds, running in fields, riding bikes, rollerblading.

It can get very tough for parents when we live in areas like northern Alberta where the winters can be brutally cold!  Thank goodness we haven’t experienced winter here yet, but I’m sure it will come 🙁

Winter activities that can be done without costing much is swimming at a local  city rec center or YMCA, skating at public arenas or community centers, sledding, skiing, and walking.

Participating in family activities helps children to build a love for activity from a young age as well as understand healthy activity is good for everyone all year-long, all the time and not just when someone needs to lose weight.

How do I fit fitness in with my kids?

I hear this question All.The.Time!

Although my classes are called FITMOM and Baby, there are many moms in the class that do not have a baby anymore!  What do we do then?  What about those who have a “baby” but also have toddlers, or even homeschooled older children?  No one really wants to just bring baby and leave the others with a sitter!

We have FITMOM and Children classes!!

If you are a mom of more than 1, more than 2 or 5, may not phase you!  So come out and have fun with us!  It shows all our family members that fitness is fun!

FITMOM and Children!

All or nothing

I watch shows, I see other trainers, and I watch people.  I do this for a number of reasons.  I watch people because I have 2 amazing, spirited children.  I watch how other people interact with their own children, or with other peoples children and i evaluate if they are someone I aspire to be as a parent.  I evaluate if those people are people I want my children to aspire to be.  I also watch to see how other people react to those people.

I watch shows, like TV shows.  Mostly for educational purposes.  I like the Dragons Den, to see what people are trying to put out there.  I watch Biggest Loser for inspiration as a trainer for new ideas, tips and tricks and I watch 90210 for plain old mind numbing entertainment…that ans i’ve been watching the original and now the new one for sooooo long, it is just part of me!

I watch other trainers for so many reasons.  I see how they interact with clients how clients respond to them.  Are they an All or Nothing trainer, are the clients an All or Nothing client?  Are the trainers meeting the emotional need of the client?  Has the client opened the truth to the trainer?  There are so many questions that I look to see…which brings me to the All or Nothing….

Are most people All or Nothing?  Should they be?  Is that what they look for in a trainer?

I watch Biggest Loser and although I get why they are All or Nothing, is that right?

I personally am not All or Nothing for most things in life.  I like a balance of food, a balance of exercise and a balance of life!  I don’t believe that anyone should cut 100% of all “Bad” things out of their diet, mostly because if you cut 1 thing, you will normally compensate with something else!  Shouldn’t you learn to eat healthy along your daily journey?  I feel that is best, making small but adequate steps to a better end!

I also believe that the TOTAL BODY approach is the better way.  With that I mean, heart, head all with health!  Most people don’t set themselves up purposefully to be unhealthy.  Yes there are exceptions,  like everything, but for most people, we slowly get “there” and don’t know how to get out.  Slow gradual changes is what got us “There” and that’s what is going to get us out!  No one took a pill to get unhealthy, a pill is not going to make anyone healthy!  Maybe too many McD’s Triple Thick Milkshakes helped to get one “There”, but a magic shake isn’t going to help get out!  Small healthy, choices!  Learning healthy alternatives, learning healthy substitutions, learning how to grocery shop, learning how to meal prep to save time, learning how to order food in a restaurant…These things are going to help!  Learning how to stick daily activity into daily life, learning that fitness can be fun, learning that fitness, health and wellness all go together and IS a family affair!  These things are going to help!

So next time you are stressed up to your eyeballs on a Thursday afternoon, you know you didn’t take meat out in the morning before work, you don’t know how you are going to get anything done tonight, let alone get some sort of workout in, so FRIG IT, pick up a pizza on the way home and start fresh Monday….Stop, think back to this post!  Yes, you will get home from work at 6, maybe it is better to just grab something…why not grab a rotisserie chicken and some salad fixings?  You would have to wait for pizza anyway.  While you are washing up the lettuce…Plank on the counter, do a few squat jumps, lunge to the washing machine to switch loads of laundry over, lunge back to the kitchen, do some push-ups on the counter.  Cut up the chicken, voila, supper is ready and you have a good 5 minutes of workout in.  Oh wait, 5 minutes, what’s that going to do?  Well, it’s 5 minutes more workout done than you did 15 minutes ago!  And if you still think you really need to just pick up that pizza tonight…FINE, pick it up, enjoy it, but go for a walk, or do that same 5 minute workout I just told you…and stay on the wagon!  You don’t have to get off till Monday!  Acknoledge it, accept it and move on!  That pizza will set you back a bit, maybe a day, on your goals, but don’t let it set you back till Monday!  Thank could cost you a good couple weeks!

Remember, when you are looking or All and you think you have Nothing.  1 workout a week this year, just 1 a week, is 52 more workouts than you had last year!  That is something, and that something can be HUGE…therefore it is ALL!!

until tomorrow…night all xoxo

GrassRoots

This weekend, my hubby, the kids and I, travelled up to small town northern Alberta for the town fair. This town is the same small town my dad grew up in. The only other town that I knew of until I moved to the US. It was where all my relatives lived. It was at one time my happy place.
When we drove in this morning and parked my truck by my parents camper, Every emotion, every memory flooded back to me. We parked at the beginning of town at my dads friends place and walked down the road to the hall where breakfast was being served. As we walked, I looked at this little old house along the road and was flooded with emotion. It was my great grandparents house. I stopped and just looked at how incredibly tiny the house was, but yet, remember it having to much room for all of us to visit. I remember picking veggies out of the HUGE (which still is huge) garden, and running up the big hill to wash them in the old pump well in the front yard. I remember playing tag with my cousins in the back yard. Heck I even remembered the day my great grandfather installed a toilet in the house, so Gigi (my g-grandmother) didn’t have to go out to the outhouse anymore. After my few nostalgic filled seconds swooned through me, we continued our walk to the hall.

I walked up to the hall to see my dad outside chatting away with old friends, my great uncle.  Mom was chatting with some of wives and my great aunt.  After a quick hug to everyone, I HAD to eat!  This was the longest I had gone between wake up and eating in months!  I was starving!  I told the folks I’d catch up with them for the parade.  It had been about 7 or so years since I had last walked in that hall.  Another mix of emotions flooded me, until the aroma of pancakes, maple syrup and ham took over the senses!

We ate, and noticed the time.  Bryce hopping back into the MeiTai, Braelyn grabbed my hand and off we went, walked down to main street then over to where we had parked, grabbed a grocery bag and waited…waited for the parade to begin!  The parade is only about 15 cars/floats long, but we still managed to get about 1/4 of a grocery bag full of candy (which was conveniently left at grammies house!!).  After a little sit around, watching the kids play, my grandfather came then we walked up to the fairgrounds where we watched a horse pull, the kids had horseback rides, got their faces painted and played at the park.  I think we were up at the fairgrounds for about 3 hours before walking back to my parents camper, then off to the hall again for super.

All in all it was a great day, we were active as a family, a big, extended family.  There were 4 generations from my side (my grandfather, my dad and mom, me and hubby and our kids), 3 generations from my hubby’s side (his mom and dad, us and the kids), 2 of my great uncles and aunts from my grandfathers side as well as a great aunt and uncle from my grandmothers side.  Many of these relatives I hadn’t seen since hubby’s and my wedding September of 2006.  I just hope that now that we are back in Edmonton, it doesn’t take 5 years to go back!

night night!