I want to leave them the legacy of reading ... of being educated about the world around them. Of knowing the healing of a good walk in the woods. Of closing their eyes and feeling a song. Of sitting in silence and letting their heart soar with its own song.
And I want to leave a legacy of health by being a healthy example. Healthy body. Healthy heart. And a healthy self-image.
I was a pretty slender kid. Often one of the tallest in my elementary classes, I spent as much of my time outside as was allowed. Bicycling, running, climbing trees. I was a quintessential tomboy. But I was also in twirling, gymnastics ... I was usually moving.
|My notes say this was in 1987 ... I'll leave the math to you|
|I seriously thought I was "fat" back when this was taken|
|2003 ... and blond, that was a mistake ... Yes, I know I'm standing by a toilet.|
|Dark picture but this is in May 2005 on my way down from my heaviest weight ever after being on prednisone|
|And December of 2005 after intense workouts and restrictive, packaged diet food|
|October 2007, up again during grad school but celebrating the Red Sox in Boston|
|Halloween 2015 - The weekend before I started my first round|
|One month in and STILL GOING!|
|December 16, 2015 Not even two months after I wore that belt as Mrs Incredible!|
Why am I telling you all this? Because in just a couple of months … my mind has been renewed, my heart has learned to love bigger … it made room to even love me. And the ripe red cherry on top? I have lost 18 pounds and 18 inches. And I’m still going.
|If Mommy and Daddy show them how good real food is|
|They'll learn to love it too!|
I think I’m going to make a series of “I love working out because” posts - because I don’t love working out … but I love the things it does for me. And that makes me wake up, throw on some active wear, go all the way to my living room, and work out for half an hour. I can work on momma before the rest of the family (usually) is even up.
|My plan this summer? Wear shorts for the first time in 15 years! White legs and all!|
And if that sounds like a journey you want to go on, I’d love to chat with you about the adventure. Lets leave legacies!