The Healthy Parent
I was previously not ‘The healthy Parent‘ that I have become today, when I landed in single parent land. You see I had gotten comfortable in my marriage as in my eyes there was no one to impress (hmm perhaps this is why I am single), no exercise regime required and all foods in the kitchen were in play. I had no problem eating my own meal then finishing my kid’s meals which they had turned their nose up at, sound familiar?
Now I am 6ft 2″ in height and played a lot of rugby in my youth and military days so I have developed big rugby thighs, also swimming at a young age and again playing water polo through my military career added broad shoulders, so a career in super modelling was never going to happen, I say this laughing to myself. My optimal weight is 220lbs (today 217lbs), now this optimal weight is not a scientific weight indicator or given to me by a doctor, it’s the weight that I personally feel good at about myself, and gives me the confidence to post pictures like the one you see here.
At the time of my separation I found myself to be just under 250lbs, so I needed to lose weight and made a plan and set about how I would get down to this optimal weight without wiring my jaws together (though I would still technically to be able to drink red wine through the wire, I digress).
Here are 5 points when looking to become ‘The Healthy Parent‘:
- Set Your Goals – Learn how to set your goals correctly – Parents Set Your Fitness Goals
- No Gym Membership, No Worries – That’s OK, you can work out at home with second hand equipment – Home Gym
- You Don’t Have Time – Firstly read (again) – Parents Set Your Fitness Goals and then learn that all it takes is a 30 Minute Workout
- No Equipment, Yes You Do – Remember you can workout anywhere using your body weight like The Press Up Workout
- What Should I Eat – When should I eat, is a more apt question, which you can learn about in Intermittent Fasting Results
I hope you enjoy the posts and that they motivate you to get in better shape, and become ‘The Healthy Parent‘ that you should want to be.
Your body, including your mind, is the most important tool that you have towards your children’s future by sticking around long enough to make sure they are set for their life. Your children will follow your lead, if they see you working out they may want to emulate you, I have a dip stand in my garage where my kids laugh as they try to do leg raises or knee’s to chest.
Being healthy doesn’t have to be tortuous, I still have a beer, drink wine, bbq and get tipsy by the pool, I also want to enjoy my life, that is why I didn’t become a nun. No offence to any nuns reading this, I’m sure it’s a blast in your own way of enjoying life.
Thanks for reading the ‘The Healthy Parent‘ I hope that this makes you think about your health or even inspires you to change your life moving forward.
Matt A.K.A Single Dad with 2 kids