Okay, maybe not real ZOMBIES. But, as I was driving down the street I happened to notice something rather disturbing. The kids that were outside of the High School pretty much looked like zombies with new clothes and bright white shoes! All that was missing was the moaning and groaning sounds (some I’m sure smelled fresh and clean but…Just an attempt at being funny there). Seriously though, as they stood there, some drinking very large soda drinks (<- WATCH THIS VIDEO!) from the local 7-11 or gas station, I couldn’t help noticing how over weight so many of the kids are! Maybe some aren’t aware of what they are drinking and should “rethink your drink“.
It has also been brought to my attention that some kids “kickstart” their morning with some sort of chemical concoction sometimes consisting of one of their favorite energy drinks (which by itself are bad for you), and either soda, or coffee…or what the hell?! Now granted, when I was a Freshman in High School I remember rushing off to catch the bus, getting to school where we were rounded up in the cafeteria. Very convenient, we had all the access we wanted to soda and garbage crap machines! My choice would be a can of Dr. Pepper and a Suzy-Q! That’s right.. I know what it’s like to BE THERE! However, I was not obese because this was not my lifestyle!
Most of the kids I saw this morning seemed to have had managed to SQUEEZE their bodies into clothing that perhaps would have looked better a size or two bigger. I’m not saying that to be mean, one girl I felt very bad for because her overly large stomach was hanging out from under her yellow name brand tank top, and over the top of her brand new shorts that were riding up in front (OUCH!) and in back. I began to find myself concerned about her. Not just because I know how mean some of the kids in High School can be, although I’m sure things will be said that will hurt her self confidence and her feelings, even though she may try to brush them off..they will linger in her mind and when she least expects it, she’ll hear what was said, AGAIN only this time, she’ll be saying it to herself…and that makes me very sad because I’m sure she is a very nice young lady and very smart. How people chose to look on the outside is their choice, but I also thought about how her health has to already be affected. Maybe she’s already got shortness of breath when she walks any sort of distance. Maybe she already has low energy because of the food choices (or lack of) she is putting into her body daily and the lack of exercise. Maybe she is already putting tremendous strain on her heart..though she is currently unaware of any damage that is going on right now…and then.. I thought of her parents. There are some genetic cases, I know that, but that is not every case and trust me, there were a LOT of over weight kids standing there texting or talking on their phones while eating and drinking waiting for the school doors to open!
Like a brick to the face, it hit me. What do these young kids parents do and say, not just to their teen, but to themselves? I began to wonder if they had the same lifestyle habits, more than likely they do. And I began to wonder, WHAT IF these teenager’s parents decided THEY were going to make a change in their lives that wouldn’t just benefit them.. but that they could STEP UP and be role models for their kids by deciding it was the best thing they could do for themselves! Now, I have no idea what the parents do and don’t do, so this is speculation but it seems to me that if a parent(s) is going to be careless about nutrition, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, that is what will be passed down to their kids, and their kids, and so on. The cycle HAS to be broken somewhere, even if it isn’t for the parent themselves..but for their kids..or maybe their significant other..or…themselves, why not and why not TODAY?!
Most people will do more for someone they love than they will do for themselves. There are events that my children will go through, milestones, that I want to be here for..Graduations, weddings, births of grandchildren, GREAT grandchildren, special moments that I would NEVER want to miss out on,..or that MY KIDS wouldn’t want me to miss out on.
As I thought about this more and more, I did some research and watched some video’s of kids who had lost (either in death or they are unable to be an active parent) their parents because of obesity, the debate of whether obese kids should be taken from their parents, or health issues that could have been prevented if they would have simply decided to make some changes to lose weight.
As you may know, I actually joined Beachbody back in 2005 after I saw a picture of myself in a swimsuit. The facts were placed before me and I had no one to blame but myself for allowing myself to gain the weight that I had gained. I stopped working out after we had our 2nd child and my life was all about her, not me..until I saw that photo. That was the transformation day for me when I decided I was NOT going to look and feel that way and I was NOT going to have my kids looking at me in a negative way. I couldn’t afford a gym membership with monthly dues, gas there and home, child care and such and I saw an ad on TV ..”Beachbody”. I saw the before and afters for Power 90 and while I didn’t believe there was some lighting, photo shopping and shading, along with make up and a good tan.. I HAD to give it a try. This was back BEFORE there were Coaches who got commissions for helping people achieve their goals. All we had was an online message board. I dropped in whenever I could..but, with family obligations and crazy schedules, it wasn’t as often as I would have liked, but when I was there, I tried to be as encouraging and help as many people as I could.
Now not only are people getting paid to help others reach their goals, but people are getting paid just to workout! This is the P90X2 results winner!
This is the REAL DEAL. But back to what I wanted to get across to you, I am here to help you IF you want my help. If you look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see, if you have kids that you wished you had more energy to do things with them, if your doctor has told you, “you need to make changes in your lifestyle”, if you want to set a good example for your kids, I want you to watch this video I made, and please contact me because I truly do care about people and want them to have fabulous lives doing all they ever wanted to do and experience.
I hope you will do this for YOU, but if not for you, do it for your significant other, your kids, your grand-kids, or someone else you want to be around for. Together, We can do it and while you’re at it, why not win some extra money with the Beachbody Challenge!?