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Running For A Cause...My Health & Sons

This weekend I participated in another color run only this time I had a special partner, my son.

It was special to be because if you've read any of my Slimming Me Down series here, you know that I've struggled with my own weight and self esteem issues.  This post shows where I was about 2 yrs. ago.  I'm mentally in a better place than that now even though I'm pregnant and the scale is going up up up.  Bake baby, bake.

I hadn't reached my goal weight before this pregnancy, however I was working out regularly and am ecstatic to proclaim that I've completed four, yes 4, 5K races since May.  2 of which I was pregnant for.  So what might be a small step for others is a major accomplishment for me.  And better yet, I like them, I really like them!

What made this race so very special to me was that my oldest did it with me.  My parents both suffer/ed from weight related health issues and never once did we ever do anything active as a family.  In fact, the running joke is that we are Ying to the Yang of my uncle and cousins who are extremely active and fit, seriously I am pretty sure one of them will climb Mt. Everest.  It felt so good to show Alex a good example and for us to have fun doing it.  We didn't even cheat the course when there was an opportunity to take a short cut that others were doing.

I think it is very important for my kids to know about being healthy and that fitness can be fun.  I'm on my way to understanding this myself and really want to be around to run around with my grandchildren too.  I also think I'm teaching them lessons about important nutritional choices too.  I know there's lots of super moms out there and many of them are on the blogosphere that are great about working out all the time and serving their kids zero processed foods, but hey, I'm trying ok and I'm not going to beat myself up anymore about things because I think my kids seeing me beat myself up can be just as detrimental to them as a box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese "dinner" once in awhile.

I might pause on races for now, but hope to continue them up post baby.  If you've never tried one, I suggest it, especially since so many of them are for charity.


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