Challenge Time!

The Family Fit Challenge has begun and we are so excited!  It has definitely given us the motivation that we needed to get active.  I ramped up my normal exercise routine of walking by adding cardio (Zumba) and weight training.  Presley, our 5 year old daughter, started doing Zumba with me one night and we had a great time exercising together.  I was able to exercise every night but one when I had to go out of town for a work event.

Scott and I met with Katie at the MUSC Wellness Center for our health assessment on Wednesday and we learned a lot.  In addition to loosing pounds of fat, I also need to gain some muscle so Scott and I met at the gym on Friday after work for weight training.  Ideally, I need to do weight training three days a week and I am hoping to start that next week.  Scott continued to incorporate cardio into his weight training and was able to go to the gym almost every day.  He did skip the gym so we could all go for a walk after dinner one night (with three kids and a dog it is hard for me to take everyone by myself).

Saturday morning we went to the MUSC Urban Farm for the Work and Learn event which was wonderful!  The kids had a great time looking at the bee hive and getting their hands dirty.  Scott and I learned a lot about plants and how to cook vegetables that we were unsure how to prepare such as chard.  I have to admit that I had never heard of chard before.  Scott and I do not have a green thumb at all but we are definitely inspired to grow a mini farm of our own.  First however need to take what we learned on Saturday and eat healthier which is our goal for next week.

Urban Farm Fun!

Family time at the Urban Farm!

Urban Farm Fun!

Excited about the Urban Farm!

Urban Farm Fun!

Mother’s Day every day!

Off to a Great Start


The week started off very well for obtaining my goal of exercising at least 30 minutes every day.  I walked at lunch with a co-worker and then again when I got home from work.  Madeline and Presley both played outside and rode their bikes every day that the weather permitted.  As the week progressed, however, I failed to exercise (walk around the neighborhood with the dog) on two days. One day was due to an unexpected doctor’s appointment after work and the other day I was just exhausted.  Scott was able to maintain his exercise schedule by going to the gym almost every day.  He added more cardio into his workout, and he has lost 5 pounds.  We are all very proud of him!

My eating habits this week were not the best; however, I have started eating oatmeal in the mornings.  I hate to admit this but I did eat out at lunch three times this week.  I am definitely a stress eater and I had a lot going on this week.  I am going to try to do better next week!

The weather this weekend was beautiful and we had a blast in the great outdoors!  On Saturday morning we went to Folly Beach and learned all about sea turtles. After the event, we enjoyed a nice long walk on the beach.  Then it was off to Mt. Pleasant to purchase local vegetables and fruit from one of our favorite markets.  We got a little off track with our healthy eating there because we each got a milkshake (ice cream is definitely one of the Kelley Family’s weaknesses).  When we returned home I mowed the grass with our push mower which was more of a workout than I had anticipated but hopefully I worked off some of the calories from the milkshake.  For dinner instead of eating noodles with our chicken we just enjoyed our fresh vegetables and fruit.

Sunday was another day full of outside activities.  We walked to and around one of the ponds in our neighborhood.  We stopped during our walk for a little fishing which was not very successful and then headed home.  The rest of the afternoon the kids played outside and are now very tired.

Starting today and continuing into next week, we are tracking our schedules (eating, etc.) in a journal for our next meeting with the MUSC experts.  My goal for this week is to add cardio in addition to walking into my exercise routine.  Scott and I are going to attempt our first Spin class and I would love to go to a Water Aerobics class.  We are looking forward to the start of the Family Fit Challenge on Tuesday!

Meet the Kelleys!

We are so excited to begin our journey of living a healthier and more active life in partnership with the team of experts at MUSC and Lowcountry Parent staff.

Recently, Scott and I were able to meet the team of experts at the MUSC Wellness Center to discuss our goals for the Family Fit Challenge and some of the barriers that we face.  As full-time working parents of three young children one of our biggest challenges is finding the time to exercise and make healthy meals.  We cannot wait to learn strategies from the team of experts to help our family live a more healthy and active life.

We had never been to the MUSC Wellness Center before and we were very impressed with the facility.  I am not a huge fan of group exercise classes because I am extremely self conscious; however, I have always wanted to try a spin class.  During the tour, I learned that one of my co-workers is an instructor for a spin class so I am definitely going to have to check it out.  I also really like water aerobics and I am looking forward to finding a class that fits into my schedule.

Due to Scott being out of town on business at the beginning of the week and several late nights at work for both of us, I did not exercise at all this past week.  Scott did better than me; he was able to go to the gym on three days after we put the kids to bed.  Our eating habits were also not great because we needed quick meals.  However, this week is going to be different.  As we were driving home from visiting family in the Upstate on Sunday, Scott and I renewed our commitment to changing our unhealthy ways.  My goal for this week is to exercise at least 30 minutes every day.


The final week: Continuing our journey

068Hard to believe we are about 1 week from the end of the Fit Family Challenge. Wow!! How time has flown!!!! It really does seem like we just started and for our family, this is our beginning. We talked about it recently and it rings true now more than ever! We have learned so much about ourselves, how to be active as a family together and how to have even more fun!

For the next few weeks, we have Tanner with us and we plan to incorporate what we’ve learned to include him. It really is “a family thing” and such a positive experience we are thrilled to have been a part of!

MacKenzi is really excelling in swimming this season. Just in the past two weeks, she 044swam the “IM,” individual medley, which is 2 laps of each stroke (back, breast, butterfly and freestyle) and had never done more than 2 laps in a swim meet – ever. In our last swim meet, she finished :50 ahead of the other swimmers in her heat. To see the pride she had for what she accomplished brought tears. We are always incredibly proud of her efforts and this was an exceptional moment for her. Congrats Kenzi!!!!!!! She also did well in her other events, which brings smiles too!

As a family, we are walking, swimming, biking and playing a bit of tennis when it’s not so sweltering hot! Going forward, our plans include hiking in the NC mountains and me finishing physical therapy to run again. (It will happen before the end of the summer – fingers crossed for extra luck!).

I want to thank MUSC and Coca-Cola and specifically recognize Dr. Susan Johnson, free cokeWellness Director, Ms. Janis Newton, and Mrs. Debbie Petitpain. Each were very knowledgeable, helpful and available to answer questions and concerns. You are AWESOME!

We will continue our journey and hope you do the same! As I saw on a Facebook post recently, “You are so much stronger than you think.” Agreed!!

Best wishes for better health!!

Donna, Jody, MacKenzi and Tanner Hollars