Did you know that 90% of your thoughts every day are the same? Getting out of bed, getting dressed, doing your hair, putting on make up, getting in your car. Thought processes and actions are the same. I had another eye opening chat with producer and reality-TV pioneer JD Roth on the phone this morning. You may remember I met him last year in LA, and he hit me with reality then, and he’s doing it again with the release of his new book, The Big Fat Truth.
JD Roth has wrapped up all the pixie dust he’s sprinkled on The Biggest Loser contestants into one honest book that isn’t about dieting. Nope, no diet tricks or menu plans in this book. The Big Fat Truth is about making changes in the mind that empower us to make better eating choices, move a little more, and inspire our kids to do the same through our actions. Broken down into three sections, this book will help you Identify the Problem, help you Make a List of Things You Need to Do, and encourage you to GO DO IT!
Over the past two months we’ve moved towards healthier foods at home. Whole wheat pasta, more fresh veggies and fruits, less processed foods, and better snacks on hand. Soda though, is still a struggle for me. After talking with JD, the big fat truth hit me. I’m not addicted to soda, but it falls into the 90% of my thoughts category. I just drink it because I’ve done it for so long. Now, each time I want to grab a glass of soda, I’m going to reach for water, or even tea. Slowly that habit should change as I awaken my system to a different way of thinking. What is one of your vices? Try this change with me and train your mind to have a different thought.
Taking time to take care of ourselves as mothers, as parents, was another big fat truth that JD Roth laid in front of me. Ironically I was at the doctor last week about my health, and what I found out was that I’m overworked and under-rested, and that’s caused some turmoil in my body. Bottom line? I haven’t been taking care of myself and that is no longer allowed. When we take care of ourselves, it shows our children that we care about ourselves and encourages them to care about themselves. Is time a factor in taking care of yourself? Here’s a tip from JD Roth:
“Get in your workout in the morning. Leave a good morning note for your child encouraging them to make their own breakfast of oatmeal and fruit while you are working out. This encourages your child to do things for themselves, encourages healthy choices, and shows them that you care about yourself and are taking care of yourself.”
Another big fat truth that JD Roth reminded me of is that we are not addicted to food. We are addicted to making feelings go away, and that is short lived. Boredom, frustration, and sadness are some of those feelings I know I’ve tried to bury. We have to stop doing that because the biggest mood booster we can offer ourselves isn’t in the kitchen. It’s the sunshine and sidewalk right outside our door. Hit the pavement alone, or grab the family for a stroll around the neighborhood and see how you feel when you’re done. This is tip I need to remind myself, especially with the amazing Spring weather we are going to have!
I could seriously go on and on about the lessons JD Roth has to offer, but the best way to do it is to tell you to buy The Big Fat Truth for his behind-the-scenes secret to weight loss and his eye-opening honesty about losing weight and living healthier. One of the chapters I will be revisiting a lot is Chapter 13: A Change a Week – 52 Changes a Year. I want to make changes not just for myself, but for the four kids that look up to me on daily basis and watch the decisions I make.
I will leave you with one last awesome tip from JD Roth, something he and his wife do in their own home, that I’m going to start doing in mine.
“Call the kids to the table 30 minutes before dinner, to do their homework. Cut up a plate of fresh veggies and put it on the table. While the kids are doing homework they will smell and hear dinner cooking, get hungry, and start reaching for those crunchy fresh veggies!”