It’s July 2nd and I am down in California at my parents’ house. Every morning, I climb out of bed, roll into the kitchen and see my dad, sitting in his same oak antique chair in the family room, coffee on his side table, newspaper in hand and watching the news. I go about my morning routine, retrieving my favorite red and white striped mug from the cupboard and pouring some coconut milk in the bottom of the mug before filling it with coffee. Aaaaahhh. Give me 15 minutes, with my coffee and my cell phone checking Facebook and Instagram and THEN. I will be ready to function.
We all get into our habits. They are habits. Some we know are bad for us. Some we know are good for us. As we get older, our bodies start to tell us the truth: which are good and which are bad. But…our heads might tell us otherwise.
One thing you may not know about me is that when I was in college, I was a little bit thicker than I am today. The “freshman 15” was more like the “freshman 30”. I think it was a combination of being on my own, making my own food choices, but also, I was not in dance classes on a weekly basis like I used to be when I was at home. All those “habits” I had when I was under my parents’ roof had disappeared. The beautiful thing though is I didn’t know it. I knew other girls were skinnier and smaller than I was in the sorority but I didn’t think anything of my size. I attribute that to my mom. She never gave me a bad time about gaining weight. She loved me how I was. And so did someone else…
In my junior year, I met a boy (now my husband 🙂 ) and he saw me for who I am. We dated that whole year. When summer came, he went back to Portland where his family lived and I went to San Jose, where my family lived. That summer, I focused on 3 things: working at Wells Fargo as a bank teller, doing step classes at Gold’s Gym taking a water-bottle with me wherever I went, and spending time with my family. The end of summer came. As we always did in August, mom took me shopping for school clothes before I drove back up to the U of O for sorority rush.
I will never forget the reaction on my sorority sister’s faces. “Melissa, you look great!” “Melissa, what did you do to lose weight?” And to tell you the truth, I didn’t know I had lost weight till that very moment. “I don’t know! I did carry a water-bottle with me wherever I went?!?” Since my boyfriend was in Portland all summer, I simply focused on work, working out, and family. I started creating habits.
Now, 25 years later (holy moly! Is it really 25 years later???!!!!), I have learned to keep up with healthy habits. I still love my chocolate and sipping delicious cocktails but I am pretty good at keeping “everything in moderation”.
My dad, Papa as he is known :), had a successful, well-guy check-up last week and overall he’s doing great. According to his doc, one thing he needs to work on is losing a little weight. “Here I come to save the daaaayyyy!” (Yes, that’s me and Mighty Mouse theme song playing…in my head, at least 🙂 ) I am trying to instill some of my healthy habits into his every day living.
“Hey dad! Have you ever thought about putting peanut butter on your toast in the morning? It’s a great way to get some protein first thing in the am. Kick starts your metabolism and helps your body process things slower.”
“Speaking of slower, switch that french bread to whole wheat and that too will help your body in so many different ways!”
Well, today I made some light, low sugar muffins. This recipe makes a TON, so I froze half of them for him to heat up in the am’s when we are no longer here. They’re made with whole wheat flour, oats, light sugar, little oil, fresh anti-oxidant packed blueberries, and topped with crunchy almonds. They are a great way to start some healthy morning habits! 🙂
The next morning, I caught him eating his toasted french bread with butter.
Me: “Dad! You should have a muffin!”
Dad: “Oh. I forgot about them. Good idea!”
Habits…they are soooo hard to break. 🙂
What are some of your healthy habits (and not so healthy habits?!–those are often more fun 😉 )?