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My Stepson, The Hero!


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Had to pick up kids from Y Day Camp today and decided to let them swim for a bit. My goggles were broken, so no freestyle for me.

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However, instead of lounging in the hot tub, I swam 1/2 mile backstroke instead. Whoa! That was a whole different workout! Shoulders shoulders shoulders!!!

The best part, though, was when I told my stepson, A, that I swam 1/2 mile, he was so impressed and wondered if he could do it.

After a few lengths of the pool, he exclaimed, "This is ADDICTING!" So, for the next half hour, I watched this rather uncoordinated asthmatic kid determinedly struggle up and down the lane 15 times. HE SWAM A QUARTER MILE!!!!

AND, all on his own, he devised a "training plan" to swim 1/4 mile today, 1/4 mile tomorrow and a full 1/2 mile Thursday (for a total of 1 mile this week). It was so adorable. He asked, "Leah...can we swim laps together?" Awwww! The kid is only 9 yr old. I AM SO PROUD OF HIM!!!!

There's nothing I love more than seeing an active kid - especially when it's a kid who has not had the best examples in terms of adults who model healthy behavior. In fact, downright TERRIBLE examples of health...obesity in this house and awful sickness and morbid obesity in the other. UGH. But I love that we are now getting healthy as a family. And I know we have a LONG way to go, but at least we are headed in the right direction!

I've also just been informed that lap swimming is THE best exercise and activity for kids with asthma! Perfect! It was so meaningful and special to watch the switch flip in his mind and to see him get a little spark of passion for something. I know that if he keeps going, he could improve his form and who knows? Ironman someday???

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The rest of the night, he was just on Cloud 9. He kept hugging me and saying over and over, "You are so awesome! Leah, you are so awesome!" It was really precious.

It just goes to show...people are watching. And you may inspire someone when you least expect it...after a regular old, non-PR run-of-the mill workout.

Get out there and do it!

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KIPPER15 7/7/2014 8:51PM

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BESSHAILE 7/4/2014 6:45AM

    Way to go! Both of you.


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ARUNNINGKAT 7/3/2014 12:51PM

    That is so wonderful! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 7/2/2014 8:16PM

    I have tears in my eyes! How fabulous!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/2/2014 11:19AM

    Leah, your blogs always touch my heart! Your bonus son is amazing, and so are you! I hope he is able to keep this up and build up his endurance and strength, as well as his confidence. Kids are so awesome! Have a great 4th of July weekend!

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ISLAMOM 7/2/2014 6:40AM

    awesome and adorable!!

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STRONG_SARAH 7/2/2014 2:01AM

    Great inspiration for him and motivation for you. All-in-all a great day!

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REGILIEH 7/1/2014 11:12PM

    Adorable!

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LINDAK25 7/1/2014 11:01PM

    Good for both of you!

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ALICE_TENNIS 7/1/2014 10:38PM

    You can encourage each other along. Our kids are watching us a lot closer than we realize . . . emoticon

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