This afternoon I took my oldest son to the park. I have mentioned before that one of my biggest reasons for starting my weight loss journey was to be able to play with my kids and not just sit on the bench and watch.
Today, I took him all by myself, no excuse to sit back and watch. When we got there he was acting a little timid. He didn’t seem to want to climb on any of the equipment or anything. We tried the climbing wall, he started up to go down the slide and changed his mind, he got on one of the rocking horse things and determined it was too cold, he didn’t want to swing and on and on. I was beginning to think it was a wasted trip. We went over to the smaller play area and as he started down the steps instead of taking the slide, I asked him if he wanted me to go with him. He hesitated for a minute, but then decided that would be a good idea.
Last fall, I wouldn’t have even suggested that as an option. My hind-end was too wide to even sit in the slide, let alone actually slide down it. I started up the steps and sat on the slide, thinking, “I really hope I can fit, since there are a bunch of people around.”
I sat down at the top of the slide and had no problem fitting. We slid down together 4 more times after that. Then he decided he was ok to do it on his own. I was so thrilled that I was able to do it with him.
After the little slide I climbed up to the big one with him. They have one of those bridges that moves that you have to go across to get to it, and he hates those. We would climb up to the bridge, I’d carry him across, he’d slide down and we’d meet at the bottom.
On the way home, I fought back tears. It meant so much to me to be able to play with my little man. We left not because I was tired, or my feet hurt, but because it was starting to get cold. I was able to climb on the playground with him, and slide on the slide. It was something we had never been able to do together.
It makes every second of sweat, every bite of broccoli, every passed over candy bar more than worth it. The number on the scale doesn’t matter when I see the smile on this beautiful face. I’m on the right track, and confident by this summer, he’ll be working to keep up with me.