BE THE ACTIVE PARENT

 Photo Credit by Tonya Van Fossen

Photo Credit by Tonya Van Fossen

So let me paint a picture for you...One day little man was getting faster and faster at learning to walk. What a surprise and wow, boy he sure is growing up. I am in such awe of him. He lights up my day with his smile, his personality, and his love. I have never met a sweeter kid than my little Shawn. So he is walking and I was sitting at 215 lbs. at the time and you know what...it was tough keeping up!! WHAT??!!

I thought...how is this possible...he isn't really moving that fast and is just learning. How in the world am I supposed to keep up when he gets better at this?

That excitement turned to fear for me as I saw him running away in a crowded mall and I am losing sight of him because I am too tired to keep up. Over dramatic? Maybe...but that is how I saw it in my head.

I was really struggling just bending over and holding him because he was just getting bigger. He wasn't going to stay small forever, you know??

I had really thought about my future with him and I didn't like what I saw. I truly desired to be out there playing with him - not just sitting and watching him. I wanted to run and chase him. I wanted to climb in tree houses with him. I wanted to be the active parent and I wanted to be healthy for him without feeling like I was gasping for air. This was my desire or dream if you will. I wanted him to have FUN with me...not me watch HIM have fun...but doing it together is what it was all about to me.

So why didn't I just lose the weight? My struggle was fear of failure and fear of not knowing where to even begin. I felt that I was to far gone for me to save because my weight was over the 200 lb. mark. I was being "comfortable" in my uncomfortable situation and believe me that isn't healthy either! I tried to walk and do better, but that got me down to 195...not bad, but it kept fluctuating and I wasn't consistent at all. :(

So when I finally decided to go in and get healthy for not only my Shawn, but for ME...it was a major turning point in my life. I have a program that helped me with portion control, which I so desperately needed, because I ate everything bad in sight and I was eating tons of it! I was learning to do 30 minutes of exercise each day, which helped me feel much more confident!!

So now, I love sharing the success I had with this program, because I believe it can help so many mom's out there just wanting to be the active parent. We are meant to live happy healthy-active lives as God intended it to be.

My result in 9 months?? I am 40 lbs. and 26.5 inches lighter and you better believe I am the active parent!

He tells me he needs to rest and at 35 years old, I feel pretty darn amazing these days! The result of taking care of yourself when you don't want to, can be live changing.

Rebecca MillerComment