Yesterday I penned (typed?) a guest post for LoziLu Women’s mud run about the reasons WHY we as mothers absolutely need to make the time for exercise. Among the important reasons listed, one was simply: because you have an audience. Kids watch EVERYTHING you do, and they often take it in at a much deeper level than you might have expected. Never sell the little ones short, the simplicity in their thought process often means they are much wiser than we give them credit for.
Today is going to be a busy day for me. I know at work later I will not have time to squeeze in my own workout, so I decided to pop in a quick round of my ol’ reliable “Plyometric cardio circuit” Insanity DVD. My 5 year old asked if he could watch and/or join in, so I said of course. About a few minutes into it, he says “Mom, why do you do this anyway?”
In a mom panic, I searched for the “right” words in my head. The words to let him know that exercise is fun and necessary, and that while momentarily this may have had more to do with the hoards of food I ate over superbowl weekend, in the bigger picture it has NOTHING to do with that at all. It’s never about fad diets or quick fixes or weight loss. It’s about being strong. It’s about being the best ME that I can be. It’s hard raising two little boys by myself at this very vulnerable age. I want them to know that women can be strong, and women are so much more than the latest clothing style our outward appearances, that their self worth is never ever based upon the number in the back of their jeans or on the scale. And *I* am their #1 example, the woman in their life that they will learn all of these things from. Don’t just tell them, SHOW them, Heather.
So I spit out something along the lines of “well buddy, you see exercise is fun, and it makes mommy happy and…”
He cut me off.
“Mom. I thought you did this so you can get even stronger. You know, so you can beat all the other moms and even the dads at your running races, and win some more medals. Right?”
“Right. That’s exactly right.”
“Well keep it up, you are getting even faster, I can just tell. “
And then he high-fived me…and told me to pay attention, I wasn’t keeping up with Shaun T.
I love my kids 🙂