Healty living ok, but what about the kids?

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Good Morning!

This last week has been a whirlwind of activity.  With the kids out of school and their varying ages (13, 10, 3, and 4 mos) it's not all fun and games.  Don't get me wrong; I love my kids and everything about them, but it's their interests and what they want to do that gets confusing and difficult. 

Take Tuesday for instance.  All of us went to Skyline pool here in Glenwood where we've been members for about 9 years for a day of fun.  The difficulty comes with the fact that my wife is nursing our son Aaden so she is pretty limited in what she can do.  Kaleigh, our daughter is at the age where she wants to go in the 'big pool", but can't do so without adult supervision, which is fine, but Connor, my 10 year old needs attention too and really wants to play with "the old man", and I really want too as well.  However, Kaleigh is still little and much less apt to be understanding, so CJ is the one that ultimately gets left out and it breaks my heart.

So I promised him that on Wednesday, I would take him and only him to the pool, and we'd mess around until we had to get his older brother, Tristen, from basketball camp at Marian Catholic High School.  But what happens right when it's time to go?  Torrential downpour the likes of which we haven't seen in sometime.  The disappointment in his eyes was gut-wrenching.  The thing is, this is only one scenario my wife and I deal with on a daily basis and it's hard to stay positive when it seems like we are constantly letting our children down. 


What does this have to do with healthy living/eating?  Plenty my friends. In order to stay healthy and live right, a positive attitude is essential.  Between the juggling act, being unemployed and my unemployment insurance running out soon, I'm having difficulty lately keeping that positive attitude.  This of course leads to finding comfort in food, which is even harder to avoid. 

Ah, the human subconscious and the tangled web of self disdain it sometimes creates.

I'm sure I'll be fine once this self pity wears off, but if you have any suggestions that can help me with this sort of thing, I'm all ears.  

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I agree wholeheartedly with your enthusiasm. I wish I had the same motivation with writing as you do - thanks for sharing!

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You know how it goes. The kids come along, there’s less time for you and in trying to keep up with their busy lives, your eating choices aren’t always so hot.

Greg Ortiz is a 39-year-old south suburban man who, tried, with the Sun-Times’ help, once before to get back to the athletic — and thinner — guy he once was.

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