Friday, November 13, 2009

The mouths of babes


     
My weight loss efforts have become a family affair.

    Each day I weigh in on my Wii Fit and my kids cheer me on.  They understand that Mom's tummy has to go "down" since she had so many babies in such a short time.  The other day my four year old son looked up from his video game and said, "Mom, I can tell your tummy is going down, down, down.  It's almost to the bottom.  It has to go down, because I lived in there, Amanda lived there and Luke lived there and we needed a lot of room."  They offer up the sweetest compliments and are so sincere in their delivery.  My son's comment reminded me how truly amazing my tummy really was, to house 3 different children.  It was a place where they would eat, sleep and breathe for a total of over 2 years!  It's really wonderful and magical that a woman's body is capable of doing all of that.  It makes all of the diet and exercise business worth it, to look at those sweet faces and see them rally around me to support my efforts to shrink their "home".


       My four year old recently asked "Mom, does mac 'n' cheese make you fat?" I paused and thought "Am I going to make my kids anorexic?" since I have been somewhat obsessed with weight loss lately.  I try to focus on my family's HEALTH and present them with the most nutritious options and teach them the best ways to eat.  I answered honestly.  "If you only eat mac 'n' cheese or you eat too much of it and not enough vegetables, then, yes, it will make you fat."  I felt pretty satisfied with that answer and I spoke the truth, but I do hope I am setting the correct example.  There are too many children suffering from obesity and I don't want my children to feel that pain.  Of course, mac 'n' cheese is a favorite of theirs, and we do serve it, but they understand that it has to balanced with other things like fresh vegetables or fruit.
  
I'm curious, how do you handle weight issues in your household?

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