Monday, July 14, 2014
As a parent, anyway. My 18-month-old daughters applaud for strawberries, love brushing their teeth, and their favorite toys are books. Not to mention that they are happy, healthy, and on track to ahead with their developmental milestones.
But the evidence is pretty clear that I'm better at taking care of them than myself. I still have 15 pounds of baby weight to lose and another 25 pounds after that, I feed them healthier than I feed myself, and I let my workouts lapse. Typical mom, I guess, but it's still a problem. I watched my mom yo-yo diet and binge my entire childhood and I sincerely believe this laid the foundations for my disordered eating and weight problems. "Set a better example than my mom" is even on my daily inspiration board!
This is what brought me back to SparkPeople. Yes, I've said this and tried this before. But this time around the stakes are higher. My girls learn and imitate at a frantic pace - they surprise me every single day by doing something new. This weekend it dawned on me that they're not just watching me put on my shoes and sing "Wheels on the Bus" and that the sooner I start taking proper care of myself the better it is for them. I don't want them to remember my weight loss efforts, just the healthy habits that stuck with me afterwards. This weekend I realized that particular clock is ticking. If this doesn't motivate me to stick with it, I don't know what will!