Monday, June 17, 2013
I spent the weekend in Western New York for my mom's birthday. I drove the 7 hours up there; I love a long drive. Her 66th birthday is actually today. I got her one of those of those ancestry DNA kits and thought she might want a little help in reading the directions, registering the kit, and mailing back the sample, which is spit. I gave her the gift on Sunday morning and she loved it. I talked to her today and she said she's told everyone and no one can wait for the results. My mom's the family historian/genealogist. We have a general sense of where we came from, but the spit test will provide conclusive proof.
Anyway -- we had a nice time. My cousin and her family came over for a bit on Saturday afternoon and her 2 kids played with my niece. My mom lives out in the country and she has a big backyard for them to explore. My niece is a very active 7-year old. She does karate M-W-F and soccer Tu-Th. She's very proud of her strength and showed me on multiple occasions her ability to do push-ups. Her parents (my brother and his wife) own an outdoor store and they are very active. www.gearforadventure.com
My mother, on the other hand, is not so active. She's always been overweight. She's spent countless dollars on get-thin-quick schemes that never pan out. When I was in high school she bought the Body Blade -- do you remember that? (Hey! It still exists! www.youtube.com/watch?v=
) She's been on Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig and bought books like the Blood Type Diet and Eat This, Not That. She has one of those mini-trampolines (which the kids enjoyed bouncing on this weekend), a bicycle pedal spinner (it's pedals minus the bike), a treadmill (which is currently doing duty as a clothes hanger), and more. I saw some liquid diet drink in her fridge. I asked her about it and she told me that it cost more than she would have liked. I asked, "So then why did you buy it?"
My criticism of these items is not to say I haven't purchased fitness equipment myself that has gone unused. It's just that I feel sorry for my mom's struggles and her disinterest in what really works. She's 66 now and I don't think she's going to change her mindset anytime soon that "one day" she'll find a product that will change her body without having to change her behavior. She struggles with her knees and I know her excess weight makes life a little harder on her. Thankfully, she seems to be in otherwise decent health. I hope that my mom's life is long and continues to be good.
May we all find the health we are looking for and enjoy our lives as much as we can.