Why I let my boys play at the gym 

I work at a private gym facility. My boys have become use to coming to my work and playing while I workout or clean or do random things. My 6 year old loves the bosu ball and my baby likes to sit on the leg of the elliptical. I stay close but don’t tell them no. If my kids puts his hands near the treadmill belt or is in a dangerous situation that’s a different story. 

He loves to sit on the rowing machine. 

I hope even if they aren’t doing things right by bringing them with me I am encouraging them to love fitness. Even if they are climbing on a machine that is meant for a different thing there will be a day I show them and they are excited to try it. I notice sometimes they will mimic the moves I do for class or a workout and I know I am doing the right thing. My 6 year old tells me often he likes to exercise and that makes me happy. I want to raise them to have a healthy relationship with movement. 

I would not let me kids climb around at a big gym with other people using equipment and understand not everyone has access to a private facility, but think outside the box on how you can let your children see the healthy habits you have. Maybe make a fun obstacle course you can do together at your home. Use water bottles as weights and let them try. Have races and and skipping, jumping and other fun things kids enjoy doing. 

Your children are watching help encourage them to participate. 

My son doing yoga at the park. We use kids cosmic yoga off YouTube at home and he loves it. Check out her free channel to enjoy with your kids. 

Now when I leave to teach or for a client my kids are upset when they can’t come play. I feel sad but also happy that they want to be active. I hope these habits will stay with them all through their lives. 

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The importance of your fitness family

When I first came to the gym I was so intimated. I had on my sweats and tight t-shirt and was ready to lurk in the back of class. I didn’t want anyone to see me gasping for air during my workout or see my belly dance from the weird jiggling that came from the workout. I truly wanted to workout and go. I would feel accomplished when I left but it was always overwhelming in the beginning. I started coming to the same class and I am a creature of habit so always stayed in the same spot. I would set up my mat or step and be ready. The weird that happened though instead of people staring in disgust with me struggling through my workout and being dull of sweat, they would be encouraging. The same lady next to me each class started to talk to me and share her story as I shared mine. I started meeting more people and becoming friends with them. I was pretty committed but if I missed they would ask if everything was OK. I felt that I not only wanted to be there but I had people who looked forward to me being there and it helped keep me accountable.

I can not say every gym or class will have this outcome but I want to encourage you to build a fitness family. Say hello to the others around you in class or bring your friends. If we feel alone there is no one there to know when we give up to give us a hand to keep going. We build support systems because we need them.

We naturally look for those with the same interest and struggles to relate to and look for support and encouragement. Trying to get healthy can be one of the most intimidating and personal experiences so we need support to help us stay encouraged.

Remember that person next to you in class also has a story and reason for being there.

Finding friends that are working on health can not only encourage you to keep going but can also help you try new classes together and find new experiences to share.

You will have others to talk to if your having a hard day. The last thing you want to do is give up or feel alone in a situation. Find others to talk to to help lift you up or share their experience with your struggle.

Enjoy your new friendships! Please comment and share your stories of your fitness support system and how they have helped you along your journey.

I did it I became one of them 

A couple months ago I fell back into eating a bit off track. Stopping for food a little to much and forgetting my veggies at my meals. As a trainer fitness instructor I noticed and knew I needed to do something to get back on track. I believe that healthy eating really is a reward for our bodies and we shouldn’t see it as a punishment. When I get off track it is usually because I need to prep better and figure out what is happening in my life to make me make bad choices. Have you ever felt that there was a way for you to keep focused that just seemed to fit for you and your lifestyle? I have been on and off vegetarian since I was 10 and always had an excuse to go back to eating meat. I have never been a big meat eater even would take half off while eating a meal. I did realize however while the more meat I consumed the more bad choices I made. Sometimes if I stopped for take out it seemed completely acceptable to get a sandwich and make that my meal. I knew that this just wasn’t working for me to stay healthy. 

I needed to reset. Make a plan and why it was important for me and why it was healthy for me and fit for me. I almost felt this was my reason to go back to a vegetarian diet. I never felt limited but more adventurous trying to find new ways to eat my vegetables and fruit. I seem to make better choices when meat isn’t the centerfold. As I am not 10 anymore I have learned a lot of things since my first go around of vegetarianism. Before it was all about the animals I even participated in some protest in my teens. This time it was for my health. Not that I didn’t still love animals I do but it was for the reason that I know that a diet surrounding vegetables, beans,fruits and grains just works well for me. This time though I really knew that the vegetarian I was sometimes wasn’t  the healthiest either. I decided to take the leap I never did before, I decided to go vegan. So one day eating chicken to the next going vegan. Again I don’t even eat a lot of cheese cut it out before due to fat and calories so this wasn’t as hard as I thought. I joined some groups online for support and wow I forget how passionate people get about this choice. I blindly jumped in again for my health. I have had some slip ups but for the most part it has been good. To add to my diet Change I have watched some documentaries on how animals are treated for the means of fashion and our food and it made me feel like a passionate teen again trying to share the cause. My goal was to start eating better but I feel a sense of relief also by changing my habits and remembering why I became a vegetarian in the first place. I feel it called me back and this is the step I needed to take. My goal is to share good food and friendly conversation with friends. I hope by sharing in love I can help others also. I will keep you updated on my journey in veganism. It has been about a month strong without any slip ups.  I am excited about sharing recipes and updates. Have a great night.

Wildtree Wednesday Recipe 

I love comfortable food. This recipe is very filling and loaded with fiber. Great vegetarian option and sure to be enjoyed by those carnivores too. 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked quinoa

3 cups cooked black beans (or two

15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed low sodium)

2 large sweet potatoes, shredded

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

1 cup salsa

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

2 tablespoons of wildtree taco seasoning blend 
DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare a 9” x 9” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, 1⁄2 cup of the cheese, and the taco seasoning blend.  In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and the salsa. Pour the salsa mixture over the quinoa-bean mixture, then pour everything into the prepared casserole dish.

3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro.
Serving size: 1 heaping cup
Servings Per Recipe: 8

NUTRITIONAL INFO Amount Per Serving

Calories: 204.5

Total Fat: 3.2 g

Cholesterol: 63.4 mg

Sodium: 315.6 mg

Total Carbs: 31.7 g

Dietary Fiber: 9.1 g

Protein: 13.8 g
Order wildtree’s taco seasoning at mywildtree.com/krystalshuga