Aren't we cute! :)
This picture was before Dad, Mom or I lost significant amounts of weight. I actually convinced them to take a family photo for my 21st birthday as we were definately overdue. Well, as you've all read, my parents and I have been pursuing better health for months now which has proved VERY successful...however, my sister hasn't had that drive of motivation quite "hit home" for her yet. We'll be at home eating salads and grilled chicken while shes with friends eating Red Lobster or Golden Corral.
Well, last week she was begging Dad to go out to eat with her (since he's "techinically" not in a competition anymore) - and he decided to make a "deal" with her. The stipulations were that for one solid month following that meal she cannot eat out AT ALL or drink pops and sugary drinks. In addition to this regulation, she will eat the healthier option foods he cooks for her daily (...how do I get in on that personal chef action) AND at least walk around one block every day with him.
It's funny the things we'll do for instant gratification...
As much as she hates the idea of diet and exercise, she took him up on the deal in order to go out to eat that night. I am just so excited that now my whole family is pushing towards weight loss and healthier living in one way or another and we can be all be an encouragement rather than a hinderance to each other. I must admit, it's hard going to my folks house if there's a box of pizza or left-over IHOP sitting in the fridge. I'm now coming over to find a great supply of fresh produce, protein shakes, bottled water and peanuts. (Of course my Dad buys it for them and comes to find I've been the bunny who's eating all the food on my lunch breaks - haha)
Seriously though, I'm excited to see what this month brings for my little sister because I keep thinking back to Mike's brother Max from the Biggest Loser and how everytime he was featured he was broken over the fact that he was the one "left behind" while the rest of his family was on the road to becoming healthy. Although my sister isn't even close to the extreme of Max, I don't want that to be her same heartache a year down the road when I'm significantly lighter and both of my parents look like they are 20 all over again!
I'll keep you all posted on that progress...
Verse of the Day:
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."