Operation 25.5: Am I Teaching Her the Right Lesson?

Over the past few months I have endeavored to workout 4-5 mornings a week.  Now, as a mom to an energetic toddler, this means getting up between 5:30 – 6 a.m. most days of the week if I want to exercise alone, in the quiet. But last weekend, I slept a little late, Mr. Man had to leave early for the dreaded CFP exam (that is another blog post in itself) and, wouldn’t you know, only one set into the lovely “plyos” I do twice a week (thanks trainer for kicking my tush by the way) … munchkin woke up.  Happy, laughing and full of energy.

So, I brought her downstairs and attempted to complete my workout.  To my surprise, I was able to and she played along – jumping on my yoga mat, attempting a down dog on her own and running around the room as I did my “high-knee run-in-place” (don’t picture me doing it, it is not pretty and fairly silly, spare yourself).  She really enjoyed herself and I didn’t miss my workout.  Most of all, I enjoyed watching her having so much fun in her cute little PJs.

But, after it was over and she was happily watching Elmo while chomping on her morning O’s, I could not help but think: “am I sending her the right message about exercising?  Will she think that ‘formal” exercising is the only way to keep active?”

I know, I know, her 21-month-old-brain is just having fun and enjoying playing with mama.  But she mimics everything and everyone these days, and I want her to be active in everyday life, I want her to think and know that an active lifestyle is best way of life.  Not the sedentary, computer-and-desk-based life that I has led me to the need to loose weight in the first place.  I want her to never have to pick up a weight, or run-in-place, or do squats and lunges.  I want her to be active, athletic and energetic naturally. I workout because, yes, I want to look better; but my true motivation is one of feeling better and having more energy to get through my day without exhaustion.

Am I over thinking this? Am I projecting? Am I right?

I have no idea; I just know that being a mom in today’s tech-focused and sedentary world makes this conversation relevant and I want her to be better than that, to be more active and healthy.  I want her to know that your confidence comes from within and that being active simply makes you feel better and more healthy.  I want her to know that outside apperance does not matter — attitude and your inner health does.

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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