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Friday, May 04, 2012

No one is more surprised than me.

When I took the boys to the park the Wednesday night I had planned to read a little while they played. Ya know, because I have a little cold and had worked hard all day and deserved it. ;)

My boys, who are typically climbers, spotted some kids on the merry-go-round and decided to give it a try. Needless to say, they loved it. After awhile the other kids moved on to something else and my boys tried to get it spinning nice and fast. They found they could do it if one was on and one was spinning it. Then they'd switch.

It wasn't too long before I heard my youngest say "Mom, come and spin us." I opened my mouth to say that Mommy didn't feel very good and stopped. I took one look at their excited faces and couldn't let them down. So I smiled and said "Sure.". But on the inside my mind was saying "You are going to die, fall or both.".

As I walked over to them, other kids noticed that an adult was going to spin and jumped on. So now instead of my two boys I have six kids to spin. Yep. I was going to die, fall or both.

I grabbed the bars and just started running for all I had. Once I got them good and spinning I stopped running and just keep giving the bars a hard pull and shove to keep the momentum. The kids were laughing and squealing. I heard a girl say "I've never went this fast!" I probably had some goofy look on my face as I was so delighted to make them so happy. We stopped and started a few times and each time I mustered the will to run with all I had to get it going.

Maybe this seems like small potatoes. But to me, it's huge. I am not a runner. I'm barely a walker. I am over 300 pounds so just moving my body "fast" is a feat. However what is probably most important is that I was a good Mom. I didn't let my boys down and was a good, active role model for them. Plus I hope that I showed them that having fun and enjoying life is so much better than sitting it out.

I'm sure it wasn't pretty but it sure was fun. And I'll take fun over pretty any day. :)

Why I am living and not watching:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

  You are a good mom, adn congrats to you for getting up off that bench! I know it wasn't easy. I LOVE your pics at the top - how you feel when you run vs how you think you look. Made me laugh out loud! Keep going - those boys don't stay young for long, and soon enough they won't WANT you to do anything with them :)

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/5/2012 12:56PM

  This story made me smile widely. I did this before ( and now our son is grown up )not only are these memories precious.... but being involved and the challenge it was to you is a good thing. It's all these little steps, that will cause you to eventually reach your weight goal. And the funny pics of your kids, are ADORABLE. I wanted to hug them. What a joy they are :)) emoticon emoticon

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FARIS71 5/5/2012 12:49PM

    You ARE a great mom! That is such a great story and provides me with a little nudge. Thank you for sharing!

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MISSLISA1973 5/5/2012 11:28AM

    What a wonderful story! What great memories for all of you! WOOHOO!!!!

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GRAMPIAN 5/5/2012 11:26AM

  Great! emoticon

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IRISHGIRL74 5/5/2012 10:57AM

    This is a great blog. Thanks for reminding me to get up and move and stop watching ;)

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SHOAPIE 5/5/2012 10:50AM

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KARENDEE4 5/5/2012 10:32AM

    I love it!!!

Good for you joining in on the fun!

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/5/2012 9:47AM

    LOVE IT!!!!
You rock!!!

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PENOWOK 5/5/2012 9:06AM

    Great fun and worth every second!!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 5/5/2012 8:26AM

    Your boys are so cute. Mom, you did good! You are right. Not only your boys, but the other kids got to see an adult just let go and have a good time doing it! By the way, I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/5/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You certainly are an inspiration to others who are now looking up to you! emoticon

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  You are fun AND pretty! And pretty soon, you're going to be fun, pretty, and a little smaller, too! Keep it up!

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JOYCRN 5/5/2012 7:56AM

    The children are happy motivation-you are right to think of them. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 5/5/2012 7:12AM

    Ditto Courtney05 - those cuties are a real inspiration. Hope you have thousands of more fun days ahead

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SUSANK16 5/5/2012 6:46AM

  What beautiful children. What an inspiration to stay the course. To spin.

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COURTNEYO5 5/5/2012 5:54AM

    Loved this blog...Way to go, Mom!! Inspirational to "newbies" like me. Love the pics too. Keep on going on your journey I know you'll succeed in whatever your goals may be....Have an amazing day!! emoticon

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NEWAT56 5/5/2012 12:33AM

    You are a great Mom! emoticon

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TRAVLNWOMAN 5/4/2012 9:47PM

    Your boys are adorable! I loved this blog!

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WINNIE1978 5/4/2012 9:08PM

    Awesome... family fun and exercise at the same time! I love the "what I feel like" v.s. "What I look like" picture... it makes me laugh every time I see it because I'm sure it's totally true when I run!

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WORLDSERIES11 5/4/2012 3:47PM

    Good for you!! emoticon

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LRSILVER 5/4/2012 3:01PM

    Way to go mom! You will do it. You will achieve your goals! I know you have the drive to succeed!!

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DOODIE59 5/4/2012 1:24PM

    Way to go, Mom. You deserve a big, big squeeze for doing that:) Your boys won't forget that memory. ... Mom can be fun too ... You bet you can!!! And secretly -- you had fun too, right?:) There is nothing like child-like joy to erase stress and negative feelings.

Have a wonderful weekend,

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MAERETH 5/4/2012 9:13AM

    Your boys are adorable!!

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TORIAMAE 5/4/2012 9:13AM

    Way to be the mom! That is what makes the work to lose weight worthwhile: being able to do a whole lot more of that with your kids!

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PASKALINI 5/4/2012 9:00AM

    This was a great blog is made my heart smile! You were/are a great mom and that's what it's all about isn't it. While I love to read as well and I totally want to be lazy at the playground nothing is better than the love shining through in those tiny giggles and squeals!

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WRITEWAY73 5/4/2012 8:40AM

    Love this! Keep it up!

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JESSIHOVER1 5/4/2012 8:37AM

    I love that you choose to do it anyways!! I remember being near 300 pounds and not wanting to do anything!! and usually I didn't. It is so important to show our kids WE CAN DO IT!!! You are an amazing woman! Keep up the awesome work!

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VICKLET31 5/4/2012 8:35AM

    Glad you had a lot of fun! And I love the picture - saved it to my files for my wall =)

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RSANDBERG 5/4/2012 8:28AM

    OK, I LOVE the picture at the end of your blog, Stephanie! And I love that you made an ordinary "Mom" decision that yielded such happy consequences. Keep on making good choices-they lead to joy!

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