Doing Something Right

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!
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    So happy to see you blogging here again, JJ! Absolutely wonderful.
    Also to hear of your inspired plan to take advantage of the girlies' development till now as THE opportune moment to return to SP to revive your Healthy Path lifestyle with triple purpose: AWESOME!! Will be fun to share this space with you again, and may just help me to reconnect here myself... verrrrryyyyy cool!
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    2533 days ago
    It takes a while to adjust, welcome back, sounds like Lu are all doing great!! It's good to see you back.
    2533 days ago
    You are soo right! Just saw a show on TV yesterday that talked about body image among girls. One of the things the expert said is that as moms we need to talk about being HEALTHY and not always worry about being "thin". So good for you for being aware of this!
    2534 days ago
    Good job mom! We're here to support you!
    2534 days ago
    It sounds like your little ones are doing super well! I am sure they are adorable! It is so hard to get it all done when you are a busy mama, but I think your goals and motivations are great. I have often thought of that myself - I don't want my kids to only remember diet after diet, nor do I want them embarrassed by me because I am super overweight.
    2535 days ago
    Hey Mama! I'm not really Sparking anymore except using the food tracker, but I do still get blogs and it's nice to see that you guys are doing well! Your girls will love you no matter what you do, but I applaud YOU for wanting so much more for them than that. Healthy Mamas are Awesome Mamas!
    2535 days ago
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