This is feeling right...
Monday, August 03, 2009
I just read the article "11 Things Children Can Teach You About Weight Loss" and living with a 4 year old, I can say that this is absolutely true! I know that watching my son play is one of my greatest motivations for losing weight - I want to be able to have FUN with him, not sitting on a bench watching him. Don't get me wrong - I'm rarely on the sidelines when he's out playing - he won't let me. Today was football and baseball followed by frisbee. Yesterday was tennis and baseball.
But I keep thinking to myself - sure, I can keep up with a 4 year old - to him, I'm a superhero, but soon he'll be 5 and then 6 and leaving me in the dust. What then?? Do I want to stop playing with him? NO! I want to be right there with him, catching grounders, making great serves, playing goalie, racing around on my bike. I want to remember what it was like to have that kind of energy - I live with it every day, but sometimes it just seems so far away. And yet, not matter what, he comes over and hugs me and tells me how much he loves me. HE doesn't need me to lose weight, but I do. He loves me just the way I am...but I struggle with that self-love. He gives it to me when I'm lacking...that's why he's my biggest motivation in getting a healthier life. Not only do I want to be there for him, but I don't want him to feel like I do when he's all grown up and a daddy, thinking he should have more energy for his children. I want to give him the healthy start that I didn't get as a child, and I just hope he can take those wings and fly to places I could only imagine.