Tuesday, March 08, 2011
My mom is turning 51 on March 18th. For her birthday, my brothers and I signed her up at Anytime Fitness and paid for a one year membership. I signed up at Anytime Fitness a couple of weeks ago and I really like it. She has sounded interested but I know she doesn't really have the confidence to go on her own. Now we can go together! We told her about her present a couple of days ago, and she was really happy. She has gained a lot of weight since she and my dad divorced 15 or so years ago, and she's been "hinting" to me that she wants to lose weight for a few months. I hope I can give her the push to get started so she can eventually keep going on her own.
I hope my mom will start to open up to me about some of her weight issues. She knows all of my goals and why I have them. She doesn't like to talk about some things, so I'm just trying to be supportive from the "clues" she leaves every now and then. I know one of her biggest fears is to see my dad and the rest of my family looking the way she does now. They've always maintained very healthy lifestyles and I think when she sees pictures of my aunts and my dad's wife, she feels a twinge of embarrassment. She recognizes that my boyfriend and I are getting to a point in our relationship where marriage has become a serious consideration. With talk of marriage, there comes talk of a wedding... And a wedding equals a big family reunion in my book. She has mentioned a couple times in the last few weeks that "I'd love to see your Aunt Cathy again sometime," and "it would be really nice to be back down to a decent size by the time you two get married." Hopefully we can see some progress together before Jake and I move back to Iowa City in the fall. I want to be a strong support system for her and that will be a lot easier if she confronts her demons while we are still living together.
We went to Anytime Fitness last night when she got off of work. I showed her how to use the strength training machines, treadmills, and bike. She seemed to like it but I can tell she is intimidated. Hopefully next time we go it won't be so crowded so she will feel a little more comfortable.
I am open to hearing anyone's opinions, and wish me luck!