Watching the season finale of The Biggest Loser a few weeks ago, Mom and I hit on a bit of inspiration.
side note: as much as I always want to watch that show and as inspiring as I tend to find it, I never seem to catch any episode other than the finale...and usually watch about 5 minutes of it. this year was no exception.
We'd been looking for some inspiration - something to get the family moving and eating better this summer - and, in one of those lightbult moments, found it.
A family version of The Biggest Loser.
We're all weighing and measuring, eating better and working out, from yesterday until Labor Day.
Even the kids.
They went to the gym for the first time yesterday, and both loved it. They're a little bit limited by what machines they actually fit on, but I've come to believe that you have never seen cuteness until you've seen a 9 year old on the elliptical machine. I might need to take in Hanna's Flip and record it.
We've been talking - a lot - about what better, healthier choices mean. About how one good choice leads to more of them. And that we're not expecting big results or perfection, but that we're wanting to make little changes that add up to big ones that last a lifetime.
Because we're competitive, we did add a little monetary incentive. All of our recycling money, plus the dollar equivalent of what each person loses, is going into a jar for Labor Day. Because there are a 9 and 13 year old taking part, I'm hoping we can take that money and do something fun together with it...but it's also been suggested that, like on the show, the person with the highest percentage of weight loss takes the prize. We'll see.
Right now, my main focus is on those little choices and instilling in the kids a love of activity. And if no one loses a single pound, but a bit of that happens - we'll be the best sort of losers of all.