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4. How did their lesson change your life?
My life was changed in many ways. I realized that things did not matter. What is important is our health and our relationships. All the money in the world would not have helped my father to be healthy again. My family sold our home in Rhode Island and everything we owned and moved to Arizona when I was 19 so that Dad could get out of the cold weather. My parents bought a mobile home in Tempe Arizona in order to have an easier and more affordable life. After that I went to Colorado Institute of Art in Denver to study Graphic Design. I knew the importance of health and that was a criteria I looked for in a potential partner. I got married at 24 and had my daughter when I was 26. Sadly, we divorced when she was five. I was 30 and alone and in debt. I suffered a great deal from stress and made a few moves with my daughter. I ended up getting various jobs where I spent a lot of time sitting and over the years I gained weight. I would work out and diet, but the weight would always return. I also suffered from some depression and knew I had to do something to take control of my health. It took many years for me to find the answer, but I finally found a way to manage my health and my weight myself. For many years I researched diets and exercise programs, took classes, and tried many different approaches to lose weight and get in shape. Nothing was sustainable long term. About two years ago, I devised a workout that I did every morning for at least five minutes. By doing this over time, I lost 20 pounds and met my goal weight. I broke through two weight plateaus that I never thought I could break through, but more importantly, I was toning up, getting stronger, and feeling great. I had more energy and a more positive attitude about everything in my life. I refined this workout program over time and realized that it could help a lot of people. That is when I decided to create the Team PJW 5-Minute Pajama Workout Program. This program comes with a guide/workbook and video and is something that you incorporate into your life for life. It is simple, enjoyable, and it works. You can do the workout at home in your pajamas in as little as five minutes every day. This is the key to success, a little something everyday for life! Because it is so short, you don’t get bored and it is sustainable.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Yes, I have always conveyed the importance of good health to my daughter and to kids that I am around. One of the great things about the Team PJW 5-Minute Pajama workout is that it encourages family fitness. This is a workout you can do at home with the kids before school in five minutes! I strongly believe that parents are the most important role models of health for their children. There is a section in my book about this very topic. The chapter, “Family Fitness” has all kinds of ideas and suggestions for activities, meals, and snacks to help busy parents have some healthy fun with their children. One idea for something to do in the cold weather is to have an indoor picnic. Throw a blanket on the living room floor and serve up a healthy lunch or dinner. Another idea is to set up an obstacle course in the house and run around from room to room jumping over some things, going under some things, and running in circles. Kids love obstacle courses and you can do this together. There are many other ideas included in the book to help parents that are stretched for time. With a little thought you can come up with some great activities to do together that don’t cost anything or take much time, but provide some healthy activities and bonding time for both the parents and the children. By doing activities together, you will be showing your children that you care about staying fit and healthy and it sets a great example. Actions always speak louder than words.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
I would say to do something active everyday. It doesn’t have to be a sport or gymnastics, it can be as simple as taking a walk, bike riding, or playing tag. Children today are at risk due to all of the electronic devices and games that are a lot of fun, but they do not require activity. It is up to parents to monitor screen time and to make sure kids are active every day. I seriously do encourage getting the kids up five minutes earlier to do the pajama workout with their parents as a fun and healthy way to start the day for everyone. You will wake up and warm up doing the exercises together and have a few laughs. It is a very positive way to start the day and it only takes five minutes. I truly believe this would help a lot of families to be happier, healthier and more positive.
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