I don’t wear my wedding ring. I didn’t lose it, and I’m not taking a stand against being “claimed” by a man. I don’t wear my wedding ring because I’m fat. Clean and simple.
The word “fat” is such an ugly word. It conjures up the image of a lazy, undisciplined and slovenly person. Perhaps “obese” would be a better term. But the fact is we only have so much energy to dedicate during the day. And as moms, much of our energy is directed towards other people. So when it comes to taking care of ourselves, we put ourselves at the bottom of the list. When we finally decide to do something for ourselves, there isn’t any energy left. I’m trying to turn that around.
I didn’t gain weight by being lazy. I earned every single pound, fair and square. From spending years of driving my kids to and from occupational therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder to starting up several websites, including Mommy Evolution and The Sensory Spectrum, there just wasn’t time left to worry about exercising and always eating healthy. That was my choice. And now I’m making a choice to put those things on the forefront and do something about my health.
Why I want to get in shape
- To not feel tired
- To keep up with my two boys
- To not feel embarrassed of my body
- To fit into my clothes again. I’ll be damned if I’m going to buy new ones
- My boys — who need a mom who can be as active as they are
- My closet full of clothes — only a percentage of which I can wear
Rather than going on a diet, which is another one of those nasty words, I’m incorporating smart eating choices back into my life. To help, I’ve joined My Fitness Pal, which helps you track what you’re eating and your exercise. It’s free, and I encourage you to join me on My Fitness Pal and add me as a friend. We can root for each other’s wins and support each other when we need it. I’ve already lost 9 pounds!
As part of my journey, you’ll start seeing more articles about eating and staying healthy on Mommy Evolution, too. I hope you’ll join me as I evolve into my healthier self and share your own experiences along the way.