I hate being stuck doing homework for a four year old. I mean why on earth give kids projects that they are not able to do themselves any way? Last term I made a food chart.
So I got back from work and sat down with a few magazines and called my son over to cut out the pictures with me. He stood next to me as I was trying to show him what we need to cut out and stick on the poster. He was not interested, I just cut each food group out all by myself and paged through several magazines while he focused his attention on other more important that that four year olds need to be doings.
I totally get that there is supposed to be a lesson in doing the project at home but really my son didn’t participate. It was moms work.
So the next day I thought he would be more interested to in sticking the pictures on the poster but he was having none of that he would rather play with his sister. So why give a four year old a homework assignment that they won’t even do themselves?
This week I have to make eats for 20 kids. 20 kids! This is a another food group homework assignment due Friday. Why are the parents stuck doing the work? What part of the curriculum is that? What benefit does homework really have at such a young age since they not really doing it themselves. What does it teach them at the age of 4? I don’t understand, I really don’t! He is not even in Grade 1. Makes me wonder what I’ll be doing then. Hopefully they will give us assignments the kids can handle. Or maybe I must start looking into those anti homework schools.
What’s you experience with your pre-school homework? Doing it all alone? Would love to hear from you.
Have you ever just felt super uncomfortable in your body? Like you actually just don’t belong in that body and just want to crawl out of your skin. That’s how I felt when I was 71kgs heavy and was ready to embark on the journey to a new me. For years I was actually in denial about how much weight I had gained over 9 years since my first year in varsity.
I’d joined the gym after I had my first born and hardly went then I cancelled my membership. I convinced myself that actually I didn’t look that bad, I wasn’t that big. I joined the gym again in preparation for my wedding and went a few times but was not consistent with the training. I lost a bit of weight but I fell pregnant again round about the same time and had no energy for gym. But after baby number two was born I was super motivated. I just kept telling myself that if you can give birth naturally with no meds you can take on a bit of sweating in the gym. So there I was two months after giving birth more determined then ever to loose weight and get healthy.
I started going to the gym regularly while I was on maternity leave making sure I went for an hour at lease 3 times a week. Once I returned to work I continue and then changed the way I was eating. I cut out cards and ate protein and veg for most of my meals. I didn’t have a fancy diet plan I just ate what I wanted and prepared the food they way I wanted and after a while I started to notice the result and I kept at it.
I lost 10kgs in the first 6 months and I was extremely proud of myself. I went on to lose another 5 kgs in the months that followed. That 15kgs! No personal trainer, diet plan or magic pills and shakes! It’s actually possible. I have even managed to maintain that weight loss till now almost a year later.
Here are a few tips on how to get started:
- Be consistent – when you start getting into the routine of working out you’ll start to enjoy it and build up endurance.
- Make the time – Don’t make excuses for not getting your workouts done. Stop it!
- Fitspo “Fitness Inspiration” – I created a Pinterest board and pinned various images of gym motivation, quotes, girls with hot bodies, exercise routines and tips. I also followed a few Instagram accounts of people who were posting there weight loss journey or fitness coaches both local and abroad. I also had a health eating board on Pinterest to get ideas for meals.
- Take the gym classes – I cannot afford to get a personal trainer so I take a few of the class lead by an instructor at my gym. These class are great and you don’t need to feel pressured to keep up with everyone, keep to your own pace and you should get a hang of it soon.
- Buy new gym gear – Who doesn’t like going shopping? Like seriously, this is the best part. It doesn’t have to cost a lot spend what you are comfortable with. Having new gym gear gets me excited to take my workouts to a new level.
Don’t try and attain this level of perfection that’s just unreal. I may have lost 15kgs but my body is not perfect and I’m fine with that I’m still working on those problem areas like my belly. I’d like to have flat abs but the reality is I’ve never had flat abs and I’ve carried two babies m. I just keep working at.
I’m back to eating carbs and I’m loving life. My priority right now is to maintain the weight loss and I have managed. I’m also trying out different forms of exercise like hiking. I do this with my husband over weekends whenever we get a chance.
My last piece of advice is not to be too hard on yourself if miss a few workouts it happens to the best of us what’s important is that you don’t loose sight of your goals and why you started in the first place.