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If I don’t do it for me, I should do it for him!

Current weight: 179.0

Starting weight: 190 Last weight: 179

Before my newest “meltdown” and relapse, I was unofficially down to 178. I must say that I am just happy at this point to have stayed in the 170’s … even if it meant no weight loss this past week.

I am going to work on a couple new goals this week …

Leading by example!

My youngest son is a little overweight. He is built a lot like my older son … short and stocky. As my older son aged and became interested in girls, he slimmed up on his own free will. Knowing how hard it is to lose weight, I have tried to encourage my children to make the right choices when they got older. But, unless their eating habits for the day had been so outrageous, I let them make their own choices. And, believe it or not, my youngest son is a great inspiration to me when trying to lose weight. He will say to me when I reach for an unhealthy choice … this isn’t your splurge day! It does make me think twice … on most days! I have also noted that when I reach for a pear, he will have an orange. He loves oranges. But, just as his mother, he loves chocolate, too. He is following his example!

Yesterday, I found that this example reaches further than I had previously thought. Each year, my youngest son’s gym class spends the last part of the school year training for a one mile run. They work up to it over a period of a few weeks and then have a test at the end. Their test is to run 1 mile in 15 minutes. This is no problem for most children his age. But, being a little overweight and having no desire to run (he is a total bookworm!), it is difficult for him. It would break my heart to hear him come home on his gym days and tell me that he was last, over his time and they were yelling at him to hurry up and finish! No! We have no biggest loser here … where other kids (or even the coach) runs back and runs with him to encourage him and help him make it over the finish line! They are screaming at him to hurry so they can move on and he is holding them up! Sad!

When this part of the school year approaches, we also begin training at home. It is always at the beginning of our beautiful Spring weather and we are all motivated to get outside and move. So, it is perfect! This year, we had just begun our training when he had his big fall. So, he used his knees as an excuse to skip a few workouts before test date. I feared the worst for his test. They re-test until they can do it but i did not want that for him. I wanted him to succeed the first time!

Yesterday was test day. I drove to school as I always do to pick him up. He jumped into the car with a smile on his face! He not only completed the run in a little over 14 minutes, he was not last!! But, my heart grew even more happy when he said … I did what you said! What?!? A hormonal pre-teen did what his Mom had suggested?

Now, it had been a little while since we had worked out together. And, did I mention he is a hormonal pre-teen?!? So, our workouts consisted of me eventually walking / running on my own while he lagged behind mad at me for something I had said or done. So, I was not exactly sure what I had suggested.

He said … you remember, when you told me to run a little slower and walk a little faster and to not drag my feet! Oh, yes! Our last couple walks, we had timed ourselves. He would come out of the shoot trying to get ahead of me but then tire out quickly to the point where he was walking slower than slow! Then he would get mad at me for getting ahead and literally drag his feet! I tried to explain to him that dragging his feet was using extra energy and slowing him down. In our last walk before his fall, I decided to discreetly show him what I was talking about. While he seemingly did not pay any attention to me, he walked the entire 1 mile dragging his feet and sulking. Instead of rattling off again about how to do it, I decided to show him how to do it. I walked a little warm up, jogged, walked, jogged, walked until I finished just under 15 minutes. I tried to set a perfect pace for him. I led by example without even realizing it! And, to my surprise, he HAD listened. I am so proud of him!

But, this just reinforced for me the fact that I need to watch what I do. If I cannot be healthy for me, I should do it for him!

Accountability!

I have stopped logging my food, exercise, etc on fitday.com Just being lazy! I need to get back to that to keep me accountable! Or, do as my friend over at Me & Alli  does and log it here.

I also intend to get back to my basic goals as planned from last week … drink more water, exercise every day, skip my splurge day.

As those who have read any of my previous posts know, I search for the positives in everything … to keep me motivated! So, I must leave on a positive note! While I am stuck at 11 pounds currently due more to the mental aspects of this all, I have lost 10 inches from my entire body! Wow! Is that possible? That’s amazing to me!

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About nonnymoose2014

I have recently retired from the healthcare field, nursing. As I try to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, this seemed like the perfect time to try my hand at blogging again. In the past, my success (or lack thereof) I believe hinged on my fear of revealing too much about myself. I have a desire to “put it all out there” BUT I want to do it on my own terms … anonymously! Thus came Nonny Moose.

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  1. I love reading about your relationship with your son, what a wonderful family you have. You’re so right, our kids learn from us even when we don’t realize we’re setting an example. My daughter came home from college the other night and she must have eaten half a loaf of bread while she stood there talking. Two guesses where she learned that from. I felt horrible, I’ve been a bad influence without even realizing it. You’re so right, we’ve got to set good examples for our kids, how great that you and your son walk together (and I loved the part about him dragging his feet and not talking to you, I can so relate to that!!!) Well now that you’ve made me aware of it I will try to start encouraging good habits with my kids. Great blog!

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