A few months ago I was approached by a friend about blogging for health to which I thought, “Sure, why not, that’s gotta be simple.” And in my head I started making all these plans about the things I would do to try to encourage myself and encourage others. But this is what I’m finding; it’s not easy to stay motivated. I believe that it might be simpler when two or more are supporting each other. So, let me start by telling you who I am and why I am here.
¡HOLA! I’m new here.
My name is Jennise Rodriguez. I have a beautiful family of a husband of 16 years, a tween daughter, a tween son, and a six-month old baby. Yes, you read correctly, a baby. Indianapolis has been our home for the past 10 years. Oh, in case you haven’t noticed my opening word and last name, I am Latina.
I know how important it is to live an active life, but guess what, I don’t always do what I know is right. So, I’m counting on you to keep me accountable. I have a passion for cooking and trying new and different foods, but I wish I had more time to experiment around. I work full time and am a minister’s wife. I also lead a Hispanic Christian women’s organization in Indiana. I do like to public speak, but it’s been a while.
My daughter is a cheerleader, although she’s taking this year off to improve some techniques, and my son is a Power Soccer athlete. Don’t know what Power Soccer is? Is a highly competitive sport for people on power chairs, but I’ll let you do your homework by visiting www.powersoccerusa.net. Someday I’ll talk to you more about that. The baby, well, he’s just, um, a baby. He knows exactly how to keep mama busy.
That’s me in a nutshell. As you can see I’m just another normal very busy mom. I KNOW, first hand, it’s easy to become a slave to my responsibilities and put aside an important aspect of my life, and my loved ones’, which is remaining active. It’s not only important to me, but I also need to remember that everything I do is being monitored by three little ones, and will someday become their Health Legacy. I personally wouldn’t want my children to think of me in the future as “Mom was always busy” or “Mom never had time for us” or “Mom was not fun.” I am sure they will never think of me as “Mom was a SuperMom”
So, why am I here? First of all to tell you that I understand you. I know you’re busy, and I know it’s not easy to add just one more thing to your plate (I’m getting hungry here). But I think what I would like for both you and I is to gradually change our mind microchip and instead of looking at this as “just another thing” I would like to think of this as my new and improved lifestyle. I will also be sharing my cultural background (you know, habits, food, etc.) so that you can understand me a little bit better (good luck at that one! My husband is still trying to figure me out). With every blog I hope to throw a challenge at us and I would love to hear how you’re going about attaining it.
So, the challenge for the next two weeks will be this. What activity – physical, eating habits, etc. – can you “add” to your daily routine, that will account into your Health Legacy? (Yes, I’m serious.)
If you have already started one, good for you, please share with us. If you have not started, please think of something and share it with us. We’ll hold each other accountable.
Nice to meet you and I’ll “see” you soon.