I’m going to keep this post short, to the point. It’s been a few years of me saying, “I’m going to be the fittest me this year!” Today, officially, my days are numbered. On April 19, I will stand on the scale, at the end of this challenge, and I will KNOW with every fibre of my being that I gave this challenge my 110%
I’ve got a beautiful little girl who looks up to me and maybe will model herself after my values, perspectives and choices one day. That’s a LOT of responsibility, and I take that very seriously.
“Parenting in the now”, to me, involves responding without thought, and responding out of emotion and not logic. I do this when I’m tired, busy, distracted. Sometimes, this works. Sometimes, I don’t take into account my daughters’ feelings and among many things, I may be communicating to her that I don’t listen to her, what she has to say is not important to me, and that her thoughts and emotions don’t matter to me.
My usual M.O. is to consider the situation and to respond “appropriately*” (*Appropriate as per me…which may not jive with others…meh). And sometimes, I’m told I’m an “unneccessary worrier” when it comes to the “little things”. Suffice it to say, I feel strongly that the parenting tactics that I present to my kids today WILL impact their values and perspectives as adults, spouses and parents themselves. Maybe I want them to have only the bare minimum “Mommy fodder” to rage about with their future therapist. Whatever the reason, I just want to do my very best as a parent and to be my very best, for me and for them.
Are you aware that girls are developing eating disorders as young as 5 and 6 years of age? They may be developing obsessions from parents who are preoccupied with their own body images, and media images of skinny pop stars. 6% of children who develop eating disorders are boys, but most are girls who are often following examples set by their mothers.
So back to my challenge. My days of justifying, back-sliding, excuse-making, and just plain not following through are done. I get to look into my little girls gorgeous, blue eyes each and every day and KNOW that I have done my very best. I can’t control the media she will be exposed to, but I can have a strong impact on her relationship with food and exercise right now. And I can make darned sure that she sees her Mommy enjoying life with healthy food and exercise on the schedule every day.
This challenge involves full disclosure. I will be sharing weekly progress, meal plans, fitness schedules, and anything else that may encourage others to succeed as well. Let’s choose today! Let’s kick this challenge into high gear and commit to our health, happiness and fitness!