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I’m a mom. And this is what I strive for:

Writing this blog has been a bit of a challenge—and not for the lack of content—but because of the abundance of information that Jason and I want to share.  We feel that though we both went through this together, we do have some different views and tips.  We both have really been trying to hold back on our information—and to space out what we have to share.  But this one just can’t wait.

Again, if you watched our show, you met our two wonderful children, Sam and Sabrina.  But you didn’t get to see as much of them as we liked.  And it bummed us out kind of, because they are just simply awesome kids.  Sabrina is full of questions and curiosity.  She is ALWAYS listening.  Sam has a sweet soul and THE. BEST. LAUGH. that you may ever hear.  They are both full of spirit and happiness.  And I’m not just saying this because they are our kids.

Okay maybe I am.  But I’m their mom and that is what moms do.

And long before Chris Powell ever came into our lives, Jason and I had decided long ago we did not want to pass on our “unhealthy” behaviors.  We decided, pretty much from birth on that we didn’t want Sam and Sabrina to ever really love food in an unhealthy way.  Part of that was to lead by example.  Part of that was to provide them with better choices than we sometimes chose.  Really, I feel, it came down to balance.

You see, for a long time, I strived for perfection.  I wanted my diet and exercise to be perfect.  I never wanted to sway from my plan.  It was all or nothing.

And that kind of thinking, led me to 290 pounds.  Not just that—there is more where that came from, but a lot of it.  I didn’t want my kids to ever think they had to be perfect.  Life isn’t about being perfect.  Perfect is not realistic, it’s just not.  So instead, I strived for BALANCE.

It really started with my children long before I practiced it myself.  Jason and I wanted them to eat healthy and to have a wide variety of food choices.  But we also knew that we couldn’t always control their environment if they weren’t with us.  So, we simply gave them the best choices that we knew how.  And we hoped that because of those healthy choices and options they would learn to make the better choices.  Balance, not perfection.

For example, something that was missed that the TV camera’s filmed was “The Healthy Game”.  The Healthy Game is a quick game played in the car or when making dinner…really, wherever.  I would simply ask, “Apple.  Healthy or unhealthy?”  And Sam and Sabrina would answer accordingly and it opened up a discussion about different kinds of foods.  With some foods it really is more than just a simple yes or no so it was fun to sometimes take apart the food and see what we could come up with.  Eventually they would start the game off and play with each other or with Jason and me.

Today, Sabrina eats a huge variety of food and favors almost any kind of fruit.  She could demolish a cantaloupe in one sitting.  But you know what?  She also loves ice cream and has it, on occasion.  Not every day or night, but on occasion, when we stop and get ice cream as a family.  BALANCE, not perfection.

Sam, my son who I raised in the exact same fashion, cannot stand cantaloupe and prefers no skin on his apples.  His palette has been a little tougher, even with all of our hard work.  But he also enjoys asparagus with sea salt and loves grilled chicken and shrimp.  If you were to offer him soda (okay, I really say pop here in Michigan) of any kind he would turn you down flat.  But he loves birthday cake.  And you know what?  He has it, on occasion.  BALANCE, not perfection.

I have so much more to share about being a mom and raising children in this crazy busy world where convenient foods ARE easier for our busy lifestyle, but not always necessary.  There are quick and healthy recipes for a TON of things out there.  The same goes for snack ideas.  I went through this year trying to find time to take care of our children and our house, exercise, do laundry, take the kids to their activities, attend family parties and functions, and just LIVE life, all the while things were crazy and busy.  Many times I didn’t think I could do it.

But I did and I want to share how.  To inspire others.  To motivate.

And if you are a mom, trust me when I say that I get it.  I know you are tired and busy and life is overwhelming and hard.  But you can do it.  Really.


Stay tuned.



(homemade whole wheat waffles–recipe to come soon)


  1. Beverly says:

    My twin boys (fraternal) are the same, opposite tastes in foods. One tends to choose sweet based things, or more bland…and one loves pickles, and spicer things. I find it so interesting that they are given the exact same choices and react so differently to them…makes things challenging some days…add my other 2 kids and thier likes and dislikes…meals get pretty boring. One thing that I mentally told myself “when I have kids” and stop the cycle…is that my kids can leave food on their plate., they can decide if they are full, and not feel guilty for not finishing…I had to get my husband on board with this…which was quite the challenge, because he saw it as a waste of food/money…and I saw it as a slippery slope to future weight issues. Of course he is thin and I am not…we had very different upbringings. Our one son would have to ask about every food…what does it do for me, why is good for my body…he is always full of questions. The other one…nope, had to keep moving, things to do…however an episode of Curious George, got him thinking about sweets, and sugar, and he came to tell me about it…he understood quite clearly that too much is not good for the body. Kids can learn at early ages…I wasn’t told anything as a kid, and I was always rewarded with candy…so in my mind…sugar is the best thing in the world, and I wanted more of it. No doubts as to why I struggle…but I am so proud of the kids, they have made healthy choices, we do have treats, they get activities and exercise…and I am so excited for them not to face the same issues I had. Whew…that was a long comment wasn’t…really just wanted to say you guys are awesome, and that I enjoy your blog posts.

  2. Rachel,
    I so get this post. I am a mom to a wonderful 3 year old. I don’t remember when I decided to change my lifestyle and the way I ate, but I did.
    I remember being on vacation in Chicago with my boyfriend and our 1 year old. We came home from vacation and I remember badgering my boyfriend into getting a membership at a gym. He was worried that we would be paying to use it and it wouldn’t get used. I surprised both him and myself. I didn’t start losing weight right off, because every other day or so I would go through Burger King drive thru and order me what I always got in a large. It tasted so good to me. (I haven’t eaten there in over a 1 1/2 years now).
    In January 2012, I just got fed up with feeling icky and fat. I started counting my calories and changing the way I ate. I know eat foods, I never thought I would eat and my daughter is getting the healthy version of me.
    My daughter occasionally gets the choice of not so good snacks for her, and she enjoys them, but she loves her healthy foods. We do eat ice cream, occasionally. I bake goodies, occasionally. My boyfriend gets upset with me because I will go and buy chocolate bars and hide them, but it really is because of him that I do this. I hide them so I can have them for months at a time without having to buy more.
    Anyways, I really agree with BALANCE and not perfection. There are days it seems I eat everything in site and other days where I am eating the healthiest foods for me.

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