I usually do not have a lot of extra time to devote to pursuing my own interests because I have three children (all boys) who rely on me for their survival. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Life from Brigham Young University and I am currently a stay-at-home mom raising and nurturing my family with the help of my Wonderful husband. We have a modest house in Fresno, California with a dog, two cars, and we watch too much television. We are the quintessential average American Family. Our lifestyle is remarkable boring and we are mostly sedentary people, meaning we sit A LOT, however we do love to get outside when we can and play with our kids. I struggle with being active because I always find myself being pulled in many different directions every day. A typical day involves cooking for my family, cleaning the house, laundry, washing the dishes, grocery shopping, paying bills, doing homework with my kid, and so on. My husband struggles with being active because he works himself to the bone at his job, and at the end of the day he would rather relax and spend time with our family than hit the gym. We are rocking the mom and dad-bods for sure.
I think it is time for a change. It is so easy to get swept up in the mentality of “bigger is better.” Striving for a bigger house, better car, nicer clothes, and the ideology of keeping up the Jones’ is not going to improve our life and make us happier. What will make us better and happier will be living within our means, living a healthier lifestyle, taking care of ourselves, and quality family time. In our culture is is socially unacceptable, and frowned upon to use a bike as a means of transportation. People who ride bikes as transportation are seen as poor, unaccomplished, and slothful. After all, if they had any work ethic they would be able to afford a car and not have to resort to riding a bike. A family acquaintance of ours recently saw my husband cycling to work and was astonished because he could not understand why he would ride a bike when he has a car. My goal in this blog is to challenge these beliefs and shed light on a fun way to transport yourself and your family that is both physically healthy and environmentally responsible.