I was watching my kids today as they were playing outside. As usual, I asked myself, "where do they get all that energy?" It's not as if they eat a whole lot. Regardless of where they get it, they have it and I want some of it!
So, my idea is this. What if I were to live like a kid? I'm not going to start jumping off the furniture, or spend hours catching bugs or anything. But, if I were to start living by the eating rules I impose on my kids such as eating all you healthy meals before getting any treats, snacking, and child sized portions, rather than take a, "do as I say, not as I do," attitude, then I could be onto something! Then, regardless of whether I feel like it or not, I need to stay as active as my kids are. All day! If my kids are outside digging in the dirt, I should be pulling weeds (not sitting in the sun) and if they're riging their bikes in the cul-de-sac, I should be on my treadmill that I have in the garage walking (not watching them from the window) Unless they're sitting down watching TV or coloring, I shouldn't be sitting on my @$$!
We give our kids rules for eating hoping that they will follow them for their whole lives. My kids are all very thin, very active and voracious eaters (for kids) If I lived by my own "rules," then perhaps I could harness some of their energy. I'd give anything to feel like a kid again and maybe, just maybe, this is what I need to get some of that life back. And maybe I'm insane.
I'll let you know how this goes!