Obesity, overweight, out of shape, not healthy – describes a large part of America….
Just a year ago I could never imagine being larger than a size 4 – Almost a year into marriage and I have found myself fully immersed into the weight loss struggle of America. I went from running a half marathon, to getting winded going up the stairs in my house. It was a HUGE wake up call when I realized that I wouldn’t consider myself healthy anymore. It was even a bigger wake up call when I looked at the scale. Time after time I was getting asked if I was pregnant (which I’m not). I wanted to shrivel up inside and cry. Which I have cried and asked myself how I let myself get to this point. Now, some of you who might be reading this might say – I didn’t even notice you gained weight! (you’re too kind! and thank you) Well in the past month 1/2 I have taken my weight and more importantly my LIFE into my own hands and here is why you should too.
My dad passed away from a heart attack when I was 17. He never walked me down the aisle, never danced with me at my wedding, never met my husband. He hasn’t seen my house, he hasn’t seen my photography business grow (he was a photographer as well), he never saw me graduate from high school. He never knew I want to be a teacher, Patrick never got to ask him for my hand in marriage, he won’t be there when I graduate from college. He won’t be there to see his grandchildren. When the special day comes, I won’t be able to call him and tell him that we will bring a child into this world. I can’t call him to tell him I love him. I can’t hug him or kiss him or have him there for the important milestones in my life.
My dad passed away from a heart attack. He had high blood pressure and cholesterol. I don’t remember my dad ever running around with my brother and I outside when we were little. Don’t get me wrong, he is the MOST AMAZING, LOVING, WISE, KIND man I have known, he’s my dad (so he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread). However, I know that if he was healthier, he might have been around a little bit longer to experience this miracle known as life.
If you have kids and are out of shape, over weight, can’t run around with them…. here is a wakeup call. Get in shape for your kids because you’re only thinking about you. I would give anything to have my dad here. Your kids want you around to experience the huge milestones that happen in their life. Death comes a lot earlier if you aren’t taking care of your body. If you aren’t feeding your body right, taking the proper maintenance of it then what do you expect if it isn’t working properly. Your body is just like a car – if you ignore when the gears aren’t shifting right or don’t take it to get the oil changed or ignore all the maintenance that it needs – eventually it will stop working.
Since I have taken my life into my own hands and have started taking care of my body again I can see a huge difference. I have gone down a pant size, can run again, and feel GREAT. I WILL BE AROUND TO MEET MY GRANDCHILDREN.
I’m going to be the mom who can ride bikes with her kids or run around the playground and not just sit on the bench. I will be the mom who takes time out of the day to exercise because 30 mins to an hour of “me time” will give my children a lot more years of having me around. I will NOT let myself give up on my weight or health because that means I’m only thinking about me. Me only thinking about me results in my kids and grand kids not having me around. I want to live my life to the fullest – so when i’m 80 years old I still want to be functioning. I don’t want to be confined to a wheel chair or on a million medications.
So, stop thinking only about you. Get in shape, get healthy and stick around so one day you’ll get to enjoy your grand kids. Do it for yourself. Do it for your spouse. Do it for your kids. Do it so you can enjoy life to the fullest.