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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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  • v READY4CHANGE81
    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!
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    1039 days ago
  • v SHRINKING_SARA
    Good for you!
    1048 days ago
  • v VANESSAVOS13
    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!
    1048 days ago
  • v TIBURONA
    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..
    1048 days ago
  • v MOMMY2MADILYN
    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 tell...lol!)
    1049 days ago
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