My Weight Loss Progress

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Having Kids Changed Everything

(taken Mother's Day 2011)

I meant to post on Mother's day but I have been so busy that I just hadn't had the time to sit down and write my thoughts. Then Monday Blogger started having problems and I had other stuff to post, so here I am almost a week late but didn't want to skip such an important topic.

My kids are such an incredible blessing to me. Just a few weeks ago little Reese became a master walker and gave up crawling forever. They have such fun little personalities and constantly keep me and my husband laughing. I mean seriously, where do they come up with some of this stuff? Their sweet innocence and unconditional love are so pure. They have no shame and think nothing of running around naked or asking for your assistance after they have done a big #2.

A lot of my motivation to lose weight was for my children. Don't get me wrong, I wanted it too but as a mother I never wanted anything to hurt them. I worried that they would get teased at school for having the "fat mom" and that would of broke my heart. I worried that I wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the activities that they would want to do such as riding roller coasters, going on airplanes, or going to a water park. I wanted to be able to run, jump and play with them. I also wanted to be a good example of health. I wanted to teach them that you can eat healthy and enjoy it that you can exercise and have fun. I see so many over weight parents with overweight children. It breaks my heart for these kids. They get teased, ridiculed and never invited to the high school dance because they are heavy. Most of the time they go searching for love and attention from somewhere else, a lot of times at the wrong places.

I have to take total responsibility for my weight. I never was overweight until I moved away from home. My grandmother made healthy meals, packed my lunches and encouraged exercise. I am so thankful that I never was overweight as a kid. I think my life would of been so much harder. Kids can be so mean and they will find something to tease you about even if you're not overweight so why add another burden. this is going to sound very judgmental and I try really hard not to judge people; especially on their parenting. I have learned that most of all the things that I said "my kids would NEVER do" or "I would NEVER do" has just came back to bite me in the ass. I know that parenting is hard and that all kids are different but it seems like to me that when kids are overweight that majority of the time it is the fault of the parents. We are our kids foundation, we instill their values. We need to set a good example and try to do better to eat healthy and exercise so that they won't have the same pitfalls that we have. I encourage you to incorporate some sort of exercise into your life daily. My kids favorite is to crank up the music and just dance around. We do it at least once a day! Try to provide healthy snacks and eat fruits and vegetables in front of them. (My little boy loves junk food so I know this can be hard).

The other night we were at the neighbors house and they have a huge hill in their backyard. Hudson was running up and down it like it was nothing. After about 4 times he asked me to run with him. In the past I would of came up with a creative excuse not to; but it was great to say yes and to run it not once but twice with him. He was so happy! It felt great to me. Enjoy your kids. They grow up so fast. It breaks my heart to think that one day they will not want to snuggle or kiss me. I take advantage every day of these special moments.

Being a mom has been the most rewarding job I could of ever had. Both of my kids bring me so much joy and I love watching them grow and learn new things every day. To all the mothers out there, I hope you enjoyed your special day. Mine was great. Hudson made me a cute card with his hand prints that said "Hands down your the best Mom" and the kids bought me a beautiful hanging basket of flowers. Travis also treated me to a new bottle of perfume. My very favorite! He had just bought me a bottle at Christmas and when I was in Chicago it shattered in my suitcase (my clothes will forever smell like juicy couture). I have expensive taste in perfume so I didn't even think to replace the bottle but to my surprise Travis got me a new bottle. He is a good man!

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