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''I Never Expected to Inspire Others''

Weight Loss Led to a Meaningful Moment with My Son

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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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Member Comments

  • But doesn't the bible refer to FAT years as something GOOD?
    Every obstacle in life is used by God to teach us something. Congrats on seeing it!
    - 11/7/2015 10:05:15 PM
  • Thank you. Your article meant a lot to me and gives me hope. I might have some set backs along my journey, but I will not give up. I will keep reaching toward my goal. This will help me to have more energy so that I give back to others. Have a lovely day! - 5/17/2015 6:24:11 PM
    What an inspirational, outstanding story!!
    JUST what I needed to read today, too!
    THANK YOU and continued success to you and your son! - 1/21/2015 2:49:53 PM
  • That's such an amazing story. As a mom with a 7 year old son, I'm really touched by your experiences. Keep up the awesome parenting. - 1/11/2015 10:14:27 AM
  • 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

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