The Quintanas, Week 13: Old Year's Resolutions

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2010 sign picture

Out with the old ... Credit: Michelle Quintana

Everyone right about now is talking about losing weight, working out, finishing that book they never actually started ...

We are not going to bother with the usual New Year's Resolutions. Instead, we are opting to continue with the Old Year's Resolution.

The Healthy Families Challenge has really given our family a new lease on life. Time to get cheesy! I feel free, I feel good, I feel ... like eating a salad. After a couple of weeks of eating nothing but garbage, and fitness classes being postponed until after the holidays, and landing smack dab into my 33rd birthday -- well, it's been ridiculous, to say the least, but we have managed, as I mentioned last week, to stay somewhat on track.

It's time to kick it up a notch! We have made it through the toughest part of the year. Our experts are back to harassing us and they plan on making themselves look good and making us feel good. In the beginning, we vowed to eat healthier, work out, and get our kids eating their veggies. We haven't forgotten any of those promises.

We, the Quintanas, have come to the realization that the Challenge truly is all about us feeling good. If you take nothing else from our silly videos and goofy pictures, please know what we now know, That it's not about your weight or how many calories you can cut, and it's not about how much you can bench press. It is about making sure that you are healthy enough to watch your kids grow up. It's about being able to run in the park with them without having to rest because your lungs feel like they're going to explode. It's about knowing people are rooting for you and making them proud. It's about understanding that people are expecting you to fail -- and proving them wrong. It's about friends like Amy Hatch, who, even though we've never met, is saying a prayer for our family as we walk through the terrifying moments in life.

I know that we are most certainly not the same family that began this challenge, and I can't wait to see what is still to come. As 2011 begins, we look forward to new challenges. This year's self-imposed must-do is to finish the Doral 5K in the spring. Considering that I normally sit on the sidelines as all of my kids run in it every year, I am excited. David, my husband, is working on his endurance, as he would like to run the entire race without stopping. David and I discussed it and we think that, now that all the eating holidays have passed, it's time to truly put ourselves through the fire.

We do not care at this point about the weight; we just want to be able to feel as energetic as we do now for many years to come.

We have never exactly been very "fit" since we were young. I must confess that I have not exercised since my teens. I was on a swim team ... in high school. David, having lived on South Beach, used to roller-blade to work everyday when he was around 23 years old.

I love what this challenge has done for us as a family. It has brought us closer together, and we hold each other accountable. My kids have for a while been asking, "Should we be eating this?", but now I think they actually care (unlike back in Week 2, when they held a handful of candy as they questioned it). Elizabeth, my oldest daughter, actually looks at and scrutinizes everything that we eat. All the kids pay close attention when we meet with Su-Nui Escobar, our nutritionist.

So, although the waistlines are shrinking, we are definitely growing. We are growing in strength, heart and confidence. Most importantly, we are growing to realize how important we are to each other.

May 2011 bring growth to your family as well.

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