This is difficult for me to write so I hope you will treat me gently! When SafeFood approached me to ask would I take part in their Make A Start campaign I knew it was a chance for me to change the way our eating habits had become.
Like most busy parents, I struggle to get the food on the table, keep everybody happy, and make sure that everyone eats a full meal. The past couple of months have been extremely hectic. The kids went back to school and almost instantly my work hours increased. Then the issues with the tracker scandal started taking up a lot of my time, plus my grandmother became ill. I started to follow the path of least resistance and give the boys what they wanted. I reduced the amount of time we spent outdoors and exercising because I simply couldn’t see how it would slot into my week’s work (plus everything else going on).
There’s been a consequence to not paying attention to our general well-being. I’ve become stressed and I know that more exercise would help me manage this. The kids don’t feel like I’m spending enough time with them, and truthfully I’m not. The amount of sugar being consumed in the house has increased and regular readers will know that this is something I normally try to limit. I gave in and let the kids spend more time with their consoles than I should.
Plus *sigh* my weight has dramatically increased and it’s down to me eating too much food and too much of the wrong food.
I should know better. In fact I DO know better, which is why this is so difficult for me to confess to.
SafeFood have challenged me to make a start over the next few weeks and see can I get ‘one daily win’ where we as a family make small changes to our lifestyle. I figure if I manage to get one success each day for the rest of November; less time in front of the screens, more vegetables, less anxiety, more exercise, then it will be easy to continue to implement the changes going forward.
I’m committing to sharing the successes and failures with you. Over the next couple of weeks you’ll see how I’m getting on. From reward charts, to how the family takes to new portion sizes (eek!), to how I try to introduce new foods to everyone, I’ll be posting my updates on my social media and in video format.
Wish me luck!
Disclosure: This blogpost has been sponsored by SafeFood. My words are my own. When they asked me to be involved in the campaign, I personally decided to make a commitment to change, they didn’t ask me to. To find out more about my disclosure policy please click here.