It’s hard for me to believe I have a 13 years old!!!!  EEEK!  Really, she is the best and I’m so happy with who she’s growing up to be.  Taylor is smart [er than me], funny, fun, witty, respectful, honest, beautiful, generous, talented and displays self-controll beautifully.

She is at the perfect age for me to introduce her to the fitness world… And that’s SO EXCiTING to me!  When I was about her age, my dad started taking me to the gym and taught me how to squat with proper form with a poll on my back, and now I get to pass this along to Taylor.  At this age, girls are so impressionable and are forming an opinion about their body that will stick with them for the rest of their life.  I am responsible, honored and excited to speak truth into the lives of young girls.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”  Psalm 139:13


I love the way this scripture is worded in the The Message translation of the Bible:   
“…body and soul, I am marvelously made!”

I share with Taylor that she is wonderfully made, but it’s up to her now to start making choices to keep that body she was given strong, healthy, and in the best shape possible so she can be the best version of herself.  I want her to develop a love for health and fitness and be filled with knowledge of how to truly be healthy and strong.  With these tools she will gain confidence as she enters this new, awkward stage of life. 

As a family, we practice balance.  For example, we choose [about] 90% of our diet to be geared towards repairing and making our body stronger and more efficient.  And good news… we have that left over 10% as permission to enjoy life!  We LOVE relishing in that part together.  Like last night, for instance, we dove in to a new flavor of Blue Bell ice cream while watching Sharknado 2.  That’s right.  And I’m not ashamed of either one of those facts by the way!  When we go to weddings, we eat the cake.  When the Easter Bunny spoils us, we eat Cadbury Eggs [only the original ones… I’m not a fan of all these new creative flavors.  The plain ones are just fine.] And when it’s pizza night, we eat pizza.  BUT, all the other times we eat proper!

We laugh, but almost every time Taylor has a friend spend the night at our house, I end up dragging them to a workout with me.  It’s actually not so much dragging as it is them asking me if they can go [true story].

So this past Friday, I had a chance to sleep in a little. I’d been at the gym every morning at 6:30 am and Friday was my day off – although I still had a Tye4 class to teach at 8:45am.  Taylor’s friend, Bella, was staying over and the girls came running in telling me they wanted to go to my 6:30 workout…. Friday morning… on my day off.  But YAY!!!  They wanted to go to the gym, so we went.

The girls got in a great workout. They worked on squat form, dumbbell chest press, lat. pull down and a few more large muscle basic exercises.  
Mother Daughter Exercise time
I began to teach the girls how to workout together as partners
…safety, spotting, gym etiquette and encouraging one another.   
Isn’t that cute?
So, as we go into a new school season, let’s build in time for exercise and activity.  Our schedules are going to fill up fast, and we must be intentional about working it in.  Let’s do it for ourselves and our kids.


Now I’m going to enjoy what’s left of summer…
Pool time!
Later Gator.


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