Wednesday, January 4, 2012

**Days 368 & 369**

This chest cold is getting the best of me - the coughing keeps me up at night, and I can't even laugh without breaking out in a coughing fit.  So, I didn't end up exercising yesterday, as I planned.  I did get on my treadmill for a light 20 minute walk tonight, but I kept it at 3.5mph because I didn't want to get all winded and end up coughing for the whole walk.  My dad and I are going to the gym tomorrow afternoon and I'm going to do, at least, 30 minutes of cardio.  My eating has been good, and I've been drinking a ton of water, so I'm hoping to see a good loss on Friday.

My 11-year-old daughter came to me crying this morning because she feels like her tummy is too fat.  She says she doesn't like what she sees when she looks in the mirror, and she said when someone takes a picture of her she tries to suck in her tummy.  She told me that she wants to be skinnier.  I told her that I understand her feelings, but that the most important thing is that she is healthy (not skinny), and that if she feels her body doesn't look or feel as healthy as she thinks it should then she needs to exercise, and eat better.  It's my fault she hasn't been eating all that well, so I feel really bad about that.  My whole family slacks off when I slack off, and when I gained a bit of my weight back my daughter did, too.  My family doesn't exercise as much I do, so I'm going to make a real effort to get them involved again.  It breaks my heart to hear my girl tell me she doesn't like how she looks.  So sad!  I'm going to do my best to help her through this, and the best way I can do that is to be a good example.


  1. It's essential to be aware of how our actions affect those around us. Thank you for reminding me. I think this could be a brilliant motivational tool for you.

    Make her proud of you, so you can be proud of yourself too.


  2. That has to be heartbreaking to hear your daughter say that!!! Definitley get her involved in more of your activities and on a better eating plan and she'll feel better about herself. That's tough!!

  3. You are a great mom in that you want to set good examples for your kids. I think how you approached this sensitive subject with your daughter is wonderful and she is going to benefit tremendously through your love, encouragement, support, and example. Good luck - stay strong - and get well!

  4. It's sad hearing kids so young say things like that. Kids seem to grow up quicker these days. I don't remember ever talking about weight problems or body issues until I was at least a teenager.

    Try not to feel bad about it though, you're sick and there's not much you can do.

  5. Thanks for the support Emily, Shannon, and Rochelle! It's so hard to see my girl deal with this stuff as such a young age. :(