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Lunges, Deep Breathes and a Baby Tush


My journey through Ace Your Health – the King Of Hearts

This week, I got a little stuck on what to write about. While trying to complete my weekly challenge I would mull over my post. I was thinking about it while I was doing lunges in the kitchen waiting for the water to boil. I was chewing the post over in my head while I was sitting quietly, taking deep breathes that would apparently lengthen my spine and help offset any old age shrinkage. It came to me as I was standing in the family room, vigorously rubbing my crying infant niece’s tush and watching my beautiful daughter and her also beautiful cousin play “princess”. It is then that I remembered why I am on this Ace Your Health journey.

Before I was accepted as a “My Friend In Food” blogger, Theresa and I had a long phone conversation. It went on for the better of an hour. She asked me why I was interested in doing the 52 week challenge. The answer was so clear in my head. I have two young children and I do not want them to grow up with a mother who was constantly battling her weight, complaining about exercising or always on a diet.

I want to set a positive example for my kids; even if I am packing on a few extra pounds (which I hope will not be the case). I want my kids to have healthy body images. I did not. When growing up, I battled my perceived looks and later my self-imposed overweight thoughts. I felt ugly and fat. Whether I was or not is irrelevant. What is important here – I don’t want my daughter to inherit that! I do not want my son to see a woman battling self image issues.

I want to set a positive example for my kids on how a female looks at herself as I think this will help them both through their pre-teen, teen and adult years. I try to give them the best in life. I give them my love. I teach them about respect for themselves, others, the environment, the outdoors, and their home – their life. I lavish them with praise when it is needed and gently redirect their behaviour when called for. I try to teach my children right from wrong. So, while they are young, I am trying to learn that too.

I am using this year and the lessons in Ace Your Health as a starting point for good eating, good care of my body and good care for myself. These, I believe will be the foundation for me and my kids as we navigate the rocky waters of the teen years and self worth.



Heather Lochner is a mother to two wonderful and energetic children and a freelance writer. Together with her children, husband and dog, she has recently relocated to Toronto after spending 15 years on the West Coast – many of which were spent living aboard her sailboat. Heather loves to exercise but always finds a reason to sit on the couch. While she knows carrots, whole wheat pasta and lean meat are good to eat, Heather loves to munch on a burger, chicken wings and poutine. Heather loves to cook, but is notorious for ruining every batch of chocolate chip cookies. She looks forward to seeing what’s in the cards during this Ace


One Response

    April 27, 2011 at 7:19 am Reply

    I remember that conversation well! And I remember thinking that it is a worthy motivation but a difficult one to adhere to. Its a two stage thought process when cookies are staring you in the face.

    You are doing this and doing it well. How many pounds have you lost? How have your cupboards improved? Is healthy food more top of mind? Do you think twice before having a 3rd cup of coffee? See? It is sinking in!

    At the speed of this highway called life, we are always looking at the cars in front of us that we wish to pass. Once in a while, we need to look in the mirror at those we have already usurped. :)

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