I'm a winner!
Someone mentioned to me this week that he does not exercise regularly because it takes away from family time. He is also a doctor and knows the good things that exercise does, but still has not gotten into a healthy exercise routine. Exercise does not have to be done all at once and it does not have to entail countless hours at the gym. Walking is a great form of exercise and has suited me well for over a year now.
Is weightloss selfish? If you're exercising in the evening and taking away from "family time" it may be, but my wife would agree that I can be quite the "Couch Grouch" at times and a good half-hour of exercise is sometimes exactly what I need to get me in a better mood.
Eating healthier does not need to be a "loner" activity either. I do tend to eat a little different than the family usually eating more veggies and substituting lowfat cheeses and skipping the sour cream and mayo reaching instead for the mustard. Does this make it selfish? My wife and my kids know how I eat by now and have come to expect it.
Going to WW meetings does take some time and working at them could really suck up some family time. I don't think attending a weekly meeting for half-hour is going to wreck havoc on the family. Again, it's a great way to get out of the house for a few minutes. Honestly, I wish my wife had the same opportunity to get away for awhile each week. Any ideas as to get Mommy a night out weekly?
Weightloss could be categorized as selfish when exercise is done excessively and meals are prepared only for oneself, and meetings and other resources are overly used (ie. blog ;).
My doctor friend also stated that the half-hour to hour a day spent on exercise will not make a big difference in regards to life expectancy. He's probably right, but I would like to think the quality of my life will be greater with the better choices I am making.
Side Note: I got my ring back from the jeweler tonight. I went from a size 13 1/2 down to a size 9 and it fits perfectly. I came home and told my wife that I have my ring. Elizabeth had the quick wits to say, "Daddy, you mean you found your ring on your finger?"