We’ve started the challenge!! MacKenzi and I were excited to go to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley’s press conference officially kicking off the Lowcountry Fit Family Challenge along with representatives from MUSC, Coca-Cola, CVS and more! MacKenzi felt like a rock star meeting so many people and taking part in two interviews!
Our family keeps getting busier and busier! I am enjoying getting in the yard with MacKenzi to play volleyball and kickball. I’ve also noticed her daddy getting out there (without any “hinting”). MacKenzi created a daily date to do a family activity she wants to be responsible for coming up with. Last night, we danced ourselves silly before she led a bike ride. We thought it would be a short ride around our neighborhood, and it turned out we rode through ours and two adjacent neighborhoods before heading home.
I had two consults this past week. The first was with Alicia, an awesome and amazing MUSC physical therapist who worked on my hip and leg pain. I’ve been doing the recommended exercises and the pain is dissipating. I wouldn’t have believed it if it hadn’t happened! It feels great to think I may be running again soon!
The second consult was with Debbie Petitpain, an MUSC nutritionist. Having lost a bunch of weight on my own, I have a pretty good idea of how to eat, but continue to struggle with meal prep and portion sizes. I also eat a large amount of protein via meats, and she gave me a more balanced plan. Some of her other tips are to fix my entire week’s lunches in two bags (Mon-Wed, Thurs-Fri). Each bag should contain a good amount of protein, carbs and veggies. A normal day could be chicken; salad made of spinach, cucumbers, and carrots (I’m a pretty basic salad eater); a frozen bag of steamed veggies, which also doubles as the ice pack; and plenty of water. My snack is non-fat plain Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of fiber cereal. I’ve been really hungry between snack and dinner, so her recommendation was to drink a protein shake on the way home from work. I have not had a chance to look into this, but will check what’s available. Other great tips were to have the same place to eat. She referred to an author who wrote that we have the same place to sleep and the same place to go to the bathroom, so why don’t we have the same place to eat? Last night, we ate dinner in the living room, but with the television off. That was definitely a first! Tonight, we ate at the kitchen counter; again, no TV.
Since I’m still injured, we came up with our own outside gym this weekend by working in the yard. For several hours, we raked, bagged and carried off plenty of debris. I was glad when that was done! From that came our other major milestone this week, which was purchasing herbs and veggies to grow. MacKenzi found the plants and wanted us to try it. We should have cucumbers, tomatoes, banana peppers, red bell pepper, squash, sweet basil and dill super soon! I am not a green thumb by any means, so this is going to be interesting if anything actually grows!!
I cannot say how honored, albeit humbled, we are to be a part of an experience that it is bringing our whole family together in ways I could not have imagined. These steps may not seem like much, and granted they are small, but we are all taking steps in the right direction. We are by no means perfect but to say I’m proud of my family is an understatement. Both my husband and daughter continue to amaze me! One day, we may grace the cover of the Lowcountry Parent magazine as a family who exercises together, as the Glowackis recently did.
My hope is if you are reading this blog, you too are learning some new tips and ways to get fit and have fun with your family.
- Submitted by Donna Hollars
And now, a word from MacKenzi…
As part of the Fit Family Challenge, I have been working on my exercise and eating habits. It has not been easy but I have been trying.
I just met new friends, Ethan and Quinn, and yesterday I played outside for several hours with them playing hide-and-seek, and then monkey-in-the-middle with our parents. Kids won! Yay!
On Saturday, I helped package food for the hungry near my school.
I just started swim team. We swim for one hour, four days a week, and sometimes we do exercises in between laps.
My family and I are starting a flower/veggie/herb garden. We cleared an area we thought we would use, then decided to put them in pots.
I’m most happy that tonight I led a family bike ride after dinner and tomorrow play tennis.
Today, I realized something… I shouldn’t be lazy… I should go outside and play!!
- Submitted by MacKenzi Hollars