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Be An Inspiration!

Today was a gorgeous day where I live (sorry to all those who are cold), and my kids had the day off from school for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday–and I was so happy that they actually had learned a bit about him in school, so it wasn’t just a meaningless day off. Anyway, I decided we should get out of the house and walk to the park, which is less than a mile away. It is down the hill from our house, so you have to go up a pretty steep hill on the way home. Before I started my whole lifestyle change, I used to think that it was a very long walk. And even after I started, my kids would complain about having to walk there. Even today, my son asked if we could drive as we were leaving the house. However, when we were approaching the park, my son said “That was really close, I didn’t realize the park was so close.” We talked about how all of our perceptions had changed since we’d gotten more active, and how great it was that we all walked so much more.

It made me realize again how much my decision to change my life has changed not only my own life for the better, but the lives of others all around me. My children and husband are all more active and eat healthier. I questioned when I was starting whether to share my progress with friends on Facebook, afraid that if I failed everyone would see. However, I have created my own support group through my online and real life community. Many people have come up and told me that I’ve inspired them to get in better shape, whether they need to lose weight or not. Now I am at the point where I know I will not fail, I don’t even see that as a possibility. By inspiring others, I have become inspired as well.


The Best Laid Plans…

My husband’s new job starts next Monday, and the kids don’t have any camp this week, so we are spending a lovely week at home as a family. Today we decided to go into the city (San Francisco, that is) for the day. I had this wonderful idea that we would take a family walk around Crissy Field before going into the Exploratorium. I figured that way, even though I didn’t have time for Zumba today, I could still get some exercise in. Now, if you have kids, this will sound very familiar. We get to Crissy Field, this beautiful stretch of beach with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and we start walking. The kids are in good moods for about 5 minutes. Then they start in with the whining…the sun is too bright, the wind is too strong, their legs are tired, etc., etc. We are stopping every few minutes to deal with the latest complaint. At one point, my daughter sits down on a bench and refuses to walk any further. I finally have to use the threat, “We won’t go to the Exploratorium at all if you can’t behave for this walk!” We got as far as I could convince the kids to go, and turned around to walk back…then, of course, the kids are laughing, having a great time, and running (seriously!). We all had fun at the Exploratorium at least, playing with the various hands-on exhibits. We even ran into my son’s science teacher who was there attending a workshop.

The Exploratorium’s cafe had a salad bar, so I got to eat a healthy lunch to make up for today’s lack of exercise. It’s times like this I really like using MyFitnessPal to track my calories. It is all just a balancing act, less exercise means less calories out, so it should also mean less calories in for that day.

Dinner tonight was grilled teriyaki skirt steak (pre-marinated by the grocery store), some more of my homemade grilled flatbread, grilled summer squash from my garden, carrots (also from my garden) and cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes were from the farmer’s market because all of my tomatoes are still sadly green.


I sliced the squash about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, then sprayed it with olive oil spray from Trader Joe’s, and sprinkled it with some salt and lots of pepper. My husband grilled it for about 5-7 minutes a side.

┬áHere’s something that bothers me…the olive oil spray says it has zero calories in a 1/3 second spray…so how many calories in a spray long enough to coat the squash? It is oil, it obviously doesn’t have zero calories if you keep spraying the stuff. I wonder how many people get those sprays and think that is exactly what it means, that no matter how much you spray you still are eating zero calories?