Life Lesson for Mommy and Child

One of the hardest things for any mother to do is put herself first. That’s one of the reasons my weight got out of control, but I have learned how to teach my son (an only child) about boundaries and give and take.  He usually wakes up around 6:45 on Saturday mornings but he lets me sleep in until 7a (a whopping 15 minutes more – I’ll take it!).  This morning was not unlike all the others.  I made the wee one breakfast and we had a little chat.

“Mommy is going to the gym for a 9:45 class and then we can go to the Home Depot kids workshop.”

Cue the whining. Time for a life lesson.

“This is how life works babe.  We do what everyone wants/needs.  One for me and then it’s your turn.”

The reality is that he loves the kids’ area at this gym.  He makes new friends everytime and it’s only an hour and it’s really fun but most importantly I need it. I’m the adult.  I know this so I have to make this decision for both of us no matter what push back I get from a 7 year old.

So I nipped the whining in the bud, made a smoothie (see recipe below) for me and we went to the gym for a great one hour toning class by Elena at LA Fitness and, shocker, he had a blast in the kids’ area. I love this class when it’s over because I’m always sore for at least 2 days.  During…on the other hand…not so much.

Home Depot was great afterwards and he got to see his mother take care of herself, a life lesson that I hope he takes into his future relationships (something I hope I don’t have to worry about for MANY years).

Breakfast Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen berries
1/2 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt (the Kroger brand is my favorite because it has the most protein)
Splash of OJ (maybe 3 tbsp if I measured)
Dash of Raspberry-Lemonade Crystallite sweetener

Blend for 30-45 seconds.

You can mix up the fruit depending on what you have on hand and what’s in season. I’ve used peaches, mangos and bananas at different times to add some variety.  I also don’t measure any of this so you can adjust depending on your taste.  I have this every morning and a boiled egg and four almonds for snack a few hours later for more protein to rebuild my muscles.

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