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I cannot believe I said that!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I was at the pool with my kids today. I was just relaxing in my lounge chair soaking up some sun, and there was a family on the grass right next to me. The one child pointed out an obese boy and said "Look mom, his boobs are bigger than yours". I don't know what came over me, but I looked over at the mother and said "That is my son you are talking about". She just sat there for a second with a shocked look on her face. She said "Oh, I'm sorry!" I told her I was just kidding, but it was not nice to point out someones flaws like that. I told her that everyone is different for a reason. The child just stood there staring at me, and the mother told me she used to get bullied for her weight. While now, she is not obese by any means. I would think she of all people would be more sensitive to weight issues.
I try to teach my kids that everyone looks different, and they should never make anyone feel bad about the way they look. This is not only weight specific of course. I was hoping she would have said something like that to her child, to be a good example.
Anyway, I am still kickin butt at the gym. I have really turned a lot of focus to less cardio and more ST. I am also continuing to enjoy running. I am getting better with running on the treadmill and not sounding like a heard of elephants. I think most of my problem was I was going too fast. I set it at 5.5 and it is a nice steady pace. I have always been so worried about time, but that will come as I get stronger. I still can't shake the inner fat kid inside me that couldn't even hardly walk a mile back in junior high gym class. I start to run and really get going and all of a sudden my inner self starts to panic. I keep reminding myself that I am not that person anymore. I am older, but I am lighter and stronger. So, my whole run is filled with inner dialogue telling myself to just keep pushing. If only the person running next to me knew I was having a conversation with myself! LOL
I had thoughts about doing the C25K, but I have just been pleasure running for now. There is a 5K coming up in October here in my city, and I just may be crazy enough to sign up. I think it would be cool to have something to work towards.

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    Good for you for sticking up for that child. I hate seeing other children get picked on especially when their parents are right there to set a better example! Nobody knows what that poor child has been through. :(

    WOO HOO for the ST and getting your running in!!!! Let us know about the 5k in OCT!
    1190 days ago
    Good for you!
    1198 days ago
    Good on you for saying that and putting the kid in his place. I DEFINITELY think you should sign up for the 5k!!! c25k is a great running introductory program, you'll love it!
    1198 days ago
    Being MO, I have had many interactions with rude children. Having worked many years with kids and witnessed picking on those who are different afforded me many intervention opportunities. When I hear something insensitive, I tell kids the same thing you said, that being different is OK.
    Out in the world, some parents do react to intolerance by their children, others do not. I have, a few times, told a parent that their child is rude, and that usually leaves them embarrassed of themselves, and hopefully with a grain of thought to try and make a better citizen. We all need to remind people that tolerant is what we should all strive to be and model for our kids and one another..
    1198 days ago
    Good for you for teaching that child what his mother should have taught him! I am a true believer that EVERYONE is beautiful and EVERYONE is perfect just as they are! I am losing weight not to be a supermodel but to be a healthier (not better) version of me for ME and for my daughter because she deserves a healthy, active mom that sets a positive example. I teach my daughter and we regularly discuss that EVERYONE, regardless of weight, race, age, ability... Etc) is perfect as they are. In fact, I have told her that I'm trying to lose weight to be healthy, not happy because I've always been happy with the person I am.
    Wow! Sorry for the long response to your blog. I just find this to be such an important topic. It is something I am very passionate about (in case you couldn't!)
    1199 days ago
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