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''I Never Expected to Inspire Others''

Weight Loss Led to a Meaningful Moment with My Son


I spoke to him of children who would benefit from what we were doing and of those who walk more than five kilometers just to get a drink of dirty water. We spoke of climbing Mt. Fuji and other challenges that life still holds ahead of us. I pulled and pushed him. I cheered for him. I empathized with him. I shared bits and pieces of life wisdom with him. This was not the first time I had told him that I believe in him, that "You can do it!" Even still, today was different. Today was that opportunity for him to rise above something bigger than he was, and not just to call himself a conqueror, but also to feel it in his spirit.

During the last leg, as we could see the finish line, I was giving him a pep talk. I wish I could recall the exact words I said to him at that moment, but I'll never forget his response: "Yeah, just like YOU believe in me." At that moment, my heart swelled with love and hope. Hope that he will embrace those words and grow to be a confident man who does not fear life's challenges. He confirmed that he does truly listen to me and believes me when I tell him, "I believe in you."

As we neared the finish line, he told me he was ready to sprint. He let go of the green bandanna we had carried together for the last 3 miles and we sprinted together to the finish line. During the whole race, he never stopped moving forward—not once. He had ups and downs, but he never quit. And as we crossed that finish line side-by-side, he became a little more of the adult I will someday know him to be.

After grabbing some water and finding my husband, we stood together to listen to the race results. My softhearted 8-year-old son said to me, "That was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I'm glad I did it." In that moment, I learned the most beautiful truth: Today he came to believe in himself, like SparkPeople helped me believe in myself. This would have never happened had I not wrestled with my food and exercise demon and come out victorious, believing in myself. This moment was made possible by SparkPeople and one life changed—no, make that two.

I realized that perhaps the greatest consequence of my weight loss (60 pounds to date) is that I have the ability to help others in a meaningful way. I never thought I would see the day when others would call me an inspiration. Living as a fat person enabled me to relate better to the struggles of others. I guess those 11 "fat" years weren't completely wasted after all.
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  • I have been making my own yogurt for years! - 10/16/2014 11:30:45 PM
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Yes, I had to grab a tissue to wipe my eyes before I even got to the end of your blog. Truly inspirational and beautiful. - 8/9/2014 4:07:50 AM
  • That was beautiful and inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story with us - 1/27/2014 9:56:06 AM
    NICE and happy to learn I can make this is a crockpot :)))))) - 11/7/2013 12:03:08 AM
  • What a beautiful story and person you are! It brought tears to my eyes! - 10/11/2013 12:37:06 PM
  • That was really uplifting and inspiring. Thank you for sharing, and congratulations on achieving your goals! - 10/9/2013 11:40:18 AM
  • This was a beautiful story! Truly inspirational and touching! - 10/8/2013 10:04:49 AM
  • Fell a bit off track with my progress and was looking for inspiration...the story is very sweet and I too have done a 5K with my kids...however a 5K is 3.1 the data is wrong cause it doesn't add up...but otherwise a good story. - 9/23/2013 5:06:42 PM
  • What a STORY !!! What a gift you gave your child. That lesson, is a lesson we all need to learn at some point. He WILL be a better man because of it . WAY TO GO MOM !!!
    Congratulations on a very successful journey & thank you for inspiring us with your story ! - 8/17/2013 9:54:34 PM
  • You are so inspiring..Thank you for working so hard..and sharing your thoughts , trials, and triumphs..It is so nice that we can inspire each other to have a better , healthier life..Your inspiration is a tender mercy..!!. - 6/21/2013 7:28:55 PM
  • What a great article... how touching... - 6/21/2013 12:47:19 AM
  • That was so beautiful. Thank you. - 6/15/2013 7:06:44 PM
  • The story about your son made me teary (I'm not a cryer). It states very similar lessons that I strive to teach my lil one :) Thank you for sharing. - 2/23/2013 12:51:03 PM
  • There is nothing better than being told that you look good or have done well.
    But you can't inspire those that don't want to be.

    What you have laid out should help others to get starts, fingers xxxx

    - 2/23/2013 3:31:52 AM
  • Thank you for such a wonderful and inspiring article!! I'm sitting here crying because i was so moved by your story about your son. Reading this has pushed me out of the rut the i was in and it's gotten me motivated to go for my dreams.
    I had never thought about my weight and personality being so interconnected but when i read your words i realized that it was true for me too. I looked back over my past 8 fat years, and realized that the emotional eating i used as a comfort in the beginning turned into a bad habit. Slowly, as the pounds crept on, my personality got buried underneath. I turned into a sad, depressed, shy, anxious person. I hid from the world literally (not leaving the house for weeks on end) but i avoided all contact - cut off all my friends and family. I was ashamed of my appearance, but also ashamed of myself as a person, believing i was lower than dirt.
    These past few weeks have been an eye opener for me. I resolved to change - not just lose weight as i had so many times before. My mood lifted and the active, vibrant, happy person i once was began to peek through. Then i had a bad spell, and the defeatist attitude began to creep back. I knew that spark had some good motivators, so i started reading some articles and came across this one. It was just what i needed to get moving again. Thank you! You've inspired me more than words can say! - 1/17/2013 11:30:15 AM

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