Friday, May 10, 2013

How did you become unfat?

My Mother's Day shell necklace!!!!

This is the question Julien asked me a few nights ago while we were laying in bed reading Captain Underpants.  He doesn't remember me morbidly obese.  The only way he knows I used to be fat is through pictures.  The first time he saw a picture of me morbidly obese was last summer.  He asked me who the big lady was and when I told him it was me, he looked confused and a little upset.  Then he denied it was me.  So now, every once in a while, he'll talk about when I was fat. He asks how I got fat, and most recently, how I got unfat.  I told him I ate healthy foods and exercised so I wouldn't be fat anymore.  Now he asks me constantly if what he's eating is healthy or not.

He told me he has a school friend who will never win a race because he is too fat.  I told him to not call his friend fat and he asked me if it was a bad word.  I said it wasn't a bad word unless you call someone fat, then it's not nice.  I'm not gonna lie.  I wish my five-year-old wasn't commenting on "fat" people and worried about what he's eating.  He's a healthy, active boy who is begging me to teach him how to run.  He thinks that if I teach him how to run, he'll never be fat.  I've been putting him off but may just give in.  We asked him if he wanted to play soccer, he said he wanted to run. I was concerned about his age and starting him too young, but what's the difference between running or learning to play soccer?  Both are active sports, and he could get injured doing both. And I wouldn't let him run very long distances (2-3K at the most).  In the races that families can enter, I see lots of young kids running 5K.  Most races also have kid fun runs that are 1-2K long. Honestly, he probably runs a few kilometers in the playground everyday with the amount of tag he plays!

He's excited to see me run a race this weekend.  I'm running the Chocolate Race in Port Dalhousie on Mother's day.  It's a 5K.  The last timed 5K I did was August 2012.  My time was 36:09.  I ran the Chocolate Race last year.  It was on April 29th and was my first 5K.  My chip time was 43:49. My goal this time around is to run as hard as I can and see if I can do a sub 30 minute 5K. Fingers and crampy toes crossed!  Afterwards, we're going out for lunch!  Great way to spend Mother's Day.  With my two guys, at a race!  My idea of heaven!

So my hubby has been faithfully following Paleo for a couple of solid weeks now.  I went through our fridge and pantry two weekends ago and got rid of all non-Paleo foods (that weren't for Julien). Hubby was finding too much temptation in the house and honestly, if we're gonna do it, lets do it already!  We got rid of all processed carbs (including his snack foods), dairy (cheese and sour cream, mayonnaise), and anything else processed (ie: refined sugar, sweeteners .  I threw out quite a bit of food.  Some of it never opened (which I donated).  So his perseverance has paid off. He's down almost 10 pounds!  Now he's pumped.  He's off carbs and sugar and his cravings have gone away.  He's in the zone and feeling and looking great!  I feel great too.  Although my weight hasn't changed at all, I'm getting leaner.  I've taken four sets of belly pics over a six month period. My weight has barely changed, but the pictures show quite a bit of change.  Check them out here to see the differences.  Even if I can't measure my success on the scale, I have definitely gotten leaner!

Today was the junior and senior kindergarten Mother's Day tea.  I got treated to 3 Mother's Day songs (all sung off key), an awesome painting, a letter and a beautiful shell necklace.  I was spoiled!  Julien was so proud that I was there and introduced me to all of his school friends who told me about their latest video game conquests.  I love the "All about my mom" letter.  I'm 16 and weigh a mere 80 pounds!  I love how he said my favorite food was "...I'll go with chicken"!  So funny, and true!  The picture with his hand prints is so "you will always remember when I was little after I'm all growed up!"  I'm not gonna lie, I cried a couple times this afternoon.  Makes all my hard work totally worth it!  Everyday that I see my son happy and healthy reconfirms in my mind that nothing tastes as good as enjoying my son's childhood.  I promise him and myself that I will never be obese again.  And I always keep my promises.

My beautiful picture and shell necklace.
My  Mother's Day letter.