Sunday, June 17, 2012
Many years ago, right after my parents divorced, my dad unknowingly started to become a fitness influence. My dad has somewhat struggled with his weight his entire life. Naturally after my parents split he decided to do something about it. So he started taking walks. Preteen Tatiana, not knowing what a calorie was, started to join him. After awhile I look up running as well.
Eventually he moved. When I would come visit we would ride bikes or go for walks. One day he stumbled upon sparkpeople and introduced me to that as well. My dad ended up losing well over 100 pounds and I had lost about 50. He had been my main healthy inspiration at that point. he was the first one to teach me anything about health and fitness.
Awhile after he met his fiance. We all know how that story goes, after they had been together awhile he started to care less and less about health and fitness. His weight started to creep up gaining back all that weight and then some.
For me it was saddening to see my main fitness roll model fall like that. They've been together for almost 4 years now. During that time I came to terms with my dad's weight gain.
A few months ago something changed. My dad messaged me asking why I ever let him stop using sparkpeople. I laughed and told him it's because he met Wendy and they liked going out alot. This conversation was repeated several times. So my dad found his way back to fitness.
It's been about 6 months. My dad is down 80 pounds and I am so proud of the changes he's made. I've been bragging about him to all my fitness peeps. He has a ways to go yet but I couldn't be happier for him.
I called him a few days ago and asked if it would be ok if I made his favorite turtle brownies for father's day. He somewhat hesitated but told me I could on the condition that I only bring 1 brownie for every person. My dad is the best.
Happy fathers day to my biggest fitness inspiration =]