I'll tell you who I am sad for.
I'm sad for the kids that are learning unhealthy eating habits from their parents.
I'm sad for the kids who have no idea what physical activity is.
I'm sad for the kids whose parents are putting themselves at risk for a lifetime of weight-related diseases.
I'm sad for the kids whose mother is obese, depressed, and feeling hopeless because of her health.
Because those were my kids just a few years ago.
Before Monday, I had never shared that photo with anyone. This week I have been thinking about the mama in that photo. Let me tell you about her.
That mama was a bad influence on her children. She let her kids eat junk food, drink soda, and have Happy Meals multiple times a week. She sat and watched while her children played on the playground. She didn't make time for exercise, for running, or even just walking around the neighborhood. She would rather drive than walk her daughter to school even though it was only six blocks away. Trips to the water park, lake, beach and pool were few and far between. She worried when going to amusement parks if she was going to fit on the rides. Her kids had to beg her to play with them and usually she didn't have the energy.
Now let me tell you about the mama on the right. She buys healthy foods for her family and says no to soda, junk food and empty calories. She encourages her children to drink water with each meal. She attends and participates in her children's PE classes (kid's zumba is no joke!). She takes her kids for impromptu walks to the park. She dances (dances!) with her kids. She buys season passes to the water park for her family and practically lives at the beach in the summer. She loves going on rides at the amusement park. She runs with her little one in the jogging stroller. She plays basketball with her kids. She may not be to her goal yet but she is closer every single day.
|Me and Layla at Water Country USA circa 2011|
My mommy guilt is over all those years that I was a bad influence on my children.
|Me and the little ones, December 2012|
My children, and your children, deserve to have a healthy mother. They deserve to be taught good eating habits. They deserve to be shown how to live an active lifestyle.
They deserve to have their mothers around for a very long time.
There is no guilt or shame in taking care of and loving yourself. Thanks, Meg, for being such an inspiration to working mamas! You make me want to work harder, lift heavier and run faster!