Hi, Go Red readers! I am Crystal Wall, wife of Houston rapper Paul Wall, mom of two amazing individuals, foodie to the core and a Feel Rich and Go Red Health and Wellness “representa!” (Watch Crystal and her sister, a stroke survivor, discuss F.A.S.T. warning signs of stroke on YouTube. )
I’m just a Texas girl who grew up in big Southern family full of love and great cooks that could put Paula Dean to shame, honey. We were always taught to clean our plate, because that was the only way we’d get to eat some of my Aunt Mary Ann’s famous lemon cake. We celebrated every Friday at my Madea’s home with a big fish fry. Needless to say, we ate happy, not healthy.
Weight gain or health issues were never a concern until the matriarchs of our family were diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. After my husband and I were diagnosed with health issues of our own due to weight gain, we decided that we wanted to make a change in our lifestyle to break that cycle for ourselves and for our children’s future. We wanted to break the cycle of our dependence on food that was negatively impacting our health.
A little over a year ago, I was an overweight (but still sexy!) stay-at-home-mom at a crossroads. I could either take control of my health, my weight and my LIFE or accept being over weight and blame it on predestined genetics. Instead, I chose to be the difference, make the change and break that cycle.
I’m not an ex-athlete or someone who would’ve thought in a million years that I’d actually be blogging about fitness or health. But here I am today, 50 lbs. lighter, doing just that. Isn’t it funny how God works?
Wall House Swap Outs: Influencing a Healthier Lifestyle for My Family
Here are a few changes that we made in Wall House to live a healthier lifestyle. We call making them “The Big Swap Out.”
1. Swap out soda for water.
We swapped soda and other sugary drinks for water. I now drink a gallon of water a day. Not only is my skin nice and hydrated, but I felt better, too.
2. Swap out junk food for fruits and vegetables.
Swap out chips and junk food for fruit. Swap fries for veggies. Try a salad with every meal, too. You’ll enjoy more flavor and taste in your meals with less sodium and calories.
3. Swap out chilling for not chilling.
GET ACTIVE! Swap television before or after dinner for a 10-minute walk around the block. Join a dance fitness class and get your body moving. Have fun burning those calories.
4. Swap out guilt of cheating your diet for a positive outlook.
If you cheat your diet, don’t feel guilty and like you need to start all over. Instead, dust your shoulders off and hop right back onto your new regimen. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? Just keep moving forward and continue to break the cycle.
Side note: Remember that baby steps are still steps, so stay focused on moving forward. Remember that your commitment to better health and wellness not only results in a healthier, sexier you; you also break a cycle of bad habits that could lead to health issues in the future for your children, family and anyone who knows you. Lead by example to break the cycle of unhealthy habits for your future and the futures of those you care about in your life.