Janelle Brown: The Trickle-Down

09/06/2013

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Janelle Brown of Sister Wives is Kody's second wife. Follow along on her journey forward to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

I have to confess that my cool factor has increased pretty significantly with my athletic boys since I began working out. Logan has always been dedicated to keeping himself in shape, even when not wrestling. Hunter plays so many sports he doesn’t really have to do anything extra, and Garrison is heavily involved with JROTC and all the physical conditioning that comes with that organization.

My house has an entire cupboard in the kitchen dedicated to vitamins and all other kinds of supplements common to athletes and body builders. And before the last year and a half or so, I left it alone because it was all pretty exotic and foreign sounding stuff. Really, what is a BCAA or an amino acid and what the heck are they for? But now I know the language and that makes me a pretty cool mom, I guess. I think it is especially gratifying for my older children who were really aware of how I was almost debilitated at my most unhealthiest. That in itself is a huge reward -- to have your kids be proud of you and excited that Mom can join in the talk about the latest pre-workout product.

But maybe the coolest reward ever came the other day. It was a Saturday. I was getting ready to fix a late lunch. I was taking a survey of who was ready to eat. One of our younger children said, “Mom, I’ll wait – I’m getting ready to go work out in the garage.” I realized in that moment that my home had changed. It was no longer a home where just my athletes thought about their workout. Exercise has become a culture at my house. And, honestly, I’m glad. In this day and age when we struggle to find ways to get and keep our kids active, something is working at my house. Was it my changes or was it just the fact that now I could talk the talk -- and that talk was happening at home, very often? Or maybe that now gym clothes are common attire!

Whatever sparked it, I am so grateful for this culture change that has happened so very quietly in my home. Maybe I’ve not only given myself a quality of life, but forever changed the quality of life of my children. That, in and of itself, is reason to keep hitting the gym.

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Sister Wives explores the lives of Kody Brown and his four wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn. Join Janelle and Robyn Brown as they blog about the ins and outs of their lives as sister wives.
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