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Saturday, August 17, 2013

You might know the type.
She's on every commercial and in every sitcom. She might be middle age and struggling with her own life, but at any second she's ready to share her clothing, host an impromtu dance party, or coach her kid's soccer team. She's fit, well dressed, and make up is perfect.

She's also entirely fictional.

But I want to be the kind of mom that leads by example.
Hey, kids, lets grab your bikes/skates/pets and go hiking.
Veggies are on the table.
I can show you how to do a cart wheel, no problem.

And then reality hits: I'm a 31 year old with a BMI greater than my age that can't carry the kid up the stairs without getting winded...wait, now said kid wants me to SING to her?

We go on walks daily. Or semi daily. My three year old peddles as fast as her little legs can go on her trike (think Dennis the Menace) and I walk with her pushing my 15 month old in the stroller.
We walk slower than I can log on spark. Three year old speed.
And occasionally, when I get sick of three year old speed, we ditch the trike and stroller and wander the neighborhood at one year old speed. Which isn't even activity at all, as last time we laid down to look at the clouds, then hid from the neighbors in the bushes.
The kid's idea, not mine.
Ok, a little of mine.

I'm 12 weeks pregnant with number three and the only thing I can think of: I don't want to be this kind of MOM!!!
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    Now wait just a minute! I just read about a mommy that spends time with her kids doing the things that make them happy right now in their early years-riding trikes with mom safely nearby, toddling along as the youngest learns to walk and run, watching clouds (maybe seeing cloud pictures) together. Please don't dismiss the value of these things and the example you are setting for them-oh, they will be such loving parents because of your example. You are pregnant, remember to eat well and drink plenty. Not the time to be worrying about your desired weight! You are setting a good example-keep up the good work.
    1643 days ago
    You are a great mom and you are having fun with your kids, teaching them how to enjoy life and have fun. You can do it for you and not because of a false impression from a commercial. emoticon
    1646 days ago
    Overweight or not, you are an AWESOME mom. You are the type who slows down enough to walk at 3y/o or even 1y/o speed. You hide behind bushes, and you lie down to watch the clouds. Your kids are blessed to have you.
    Yes, get healthy, do it for you! Your kids think your are amazing already!
    1647 days ago
    Keep it up! You are doing great! best thing I did as a mom (of one, then 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 boys) was to walk twice a week to the library for story time. the library was a mile away. It took the whole morning to walk there, listen to stories, eat lunch in the park, walk home. but I became a very fit mom, my kids became good readers, and the walk got easier each week. I justified it by reminding myself that at least the house wasn't getting messier with us gone! And now that I am a grandma I can list at least 10 intrinsic lessons learned that couldn't be taught any better way!
    1647 days ago
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