I knew this day was coming but I can honestly say it surprised me with the quickness of it. .
My little baby, the first born child, is getting ready to go off to college!
Casey is the picture of maturity and strength; a young woman with a really good head on her shoulders and I’m not just saying that because I am her mother. It’s true!
At the end of last year, in anticipation of college, my daughter said to me, “Mom, how do you avoid the Freshman 15?”
Ahhh.. great question.
The Freshman 15.. often refers to the weight gain in the first year of college and Casey wanted to make a plan for keeping that at bay.
My daughter and I share a lot of things.. our love of natural hair, bonding over make-up.. you know stuff like that. But where I grew up an athlete, my beautiful, sensitive offspring is a lover of music and not of sweating.
Casey working hard!
Ever since Casey asked me that, I’ve been taking her to the gym with me and talking to her about developing and maintaining healthy habits.
The Freshman 15, as I explained, comes from having freedom of choices.. and those choices can sometimes lead to added weight.
As is the case with kids, stories often help illustrate the point.
“When I was in college I lived on campus. We had a meal plan and had the ability to go into the cafeteria and order as much as we wanted anytime of the day or night.”
“But that wasn’t all. There were a bunch of little diners and holes-in-the wall that specialized in making burritos the size of your forearm. I was on the track team so you know the kind of calories I was burning. That wasn’t the case for one of my roommates. She hung out with us, doing everything we did, except the work we were putting in on the on the track. That year she gained 12 pounds. And that was just the beginning. She ultimately ended up graduating heavier than she was when she entered college and has spent the majority of her life fighting to lose weight.”
Casey took what I was telling her to heart, which in turn, gave me a great idea.
The trick, as I have found, is being aware because it’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get there. Trust me, this I know from experience.
So I’ve decided that one of her off-to-college gifts from me is going to be her very own, Mira Fitness Tracker.
With the app, it syncs seamlessly to her handheld device, which is never far from her side.
She can track the steps from class to class and if she’s been up late studying the night before, it will give her a personalized boost that will make her smile and put a little gas in her tank.
And because it’s a beautiful, functional piece of jewelry, she can wear it when she goes out on dates.. (not too many, I hope. Just kidding. Sort of)
But I digress.
Anyway, I feel good knowing I’m sending my daughter off into the world with an eye on her education and her physical well-being.
How do you teach your kids about health and fitness without giving them a body image complex?
Oh and you can click here if you’d like to get your very own Mira Fitness Tracker.