From Parental Observer to Parental Participant

This morning I was sitting at our local recreation center watching my 5 year old daughter, Julia, swim laps in the pool. I just sat there and watched thinking how glad I was that she had found something physical that she is passionate about. She is so excited about the prospect of being old enough to do “swim races” and wants to “go backwards” off the diving board. Lord knows she didn’t get that passion and excitement from me. I sat there watching her during her lesson and reflecting on our morning conversation leading up to swim class. As a Mom of two young daughters… I feel so responsible. I want more than anything for them to not struggle with their weight as I have. If I could have one wish it would be that I could spare them the burden of being overweight. So I sat there watching her swim and thinking I really need to lose weight so I can be an active participant with my kids instead of just an observer.

Swimming while it looks and sounds like fun it would take getting into a swim suit in front of people. I’m not there yet. My goal is to be there by the end of the summer. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t have to be at my goal weight by then, but hopefully I will feel confident enough in who I am and where I’m headed and wearing a swim suit will be okay.


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