Saturday afternoon, my husband, son and I went for a 14-mile bike ride. It was supposed to be 30 miles, but a late start courtesy of a burst inner tube added to a boy who thought he could hang for 30 miles, but in reality, not so much, made for less time than we’d planned.
Still, two years ago there’s no way that even a 14-mile bike ride would have seemed like an ideal way to spend a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. Two years ago, I would not have been disappointed that the ride was cut short. I would not have been the only one of the three of us who wasn’t sore the next day.
Two years ago, I would have said, “My back hurts. I’m not going.” Instead, I said, “My back hurts. I bet some exercise would make it feel better.”
Two years ago, I definitely wouldn’t have come home from a 14-mile bike ride to fix dinner and carry on with my evening, business as usual. I’d have crashed.
I am so very, very happy with the changes I’ve made in my life. It feels so good to be healthy and to enjoy being active. I never, ever want to go back to a sedentary, obese life.
Last night, we went grocery shopping…late. The parking lot was nearly empty and, on a whim, I gave the shopping cart a shove and then jumped up on it, riding it across the parking lot. Brianna grabbed the front and pulled, steering me around the parking lot, while Josh pushed from the back.
I heard Brian say behind me, “A year ago, I never would have dreamed it.” And, all three of my kids said, in a little bit different wording, how much they enjoy their new, healthy mom who is so happy and has so much fun.
When you lose weight, it’s more than your figure that you’re changing. It’s your life. It’s more than yourself you’re changing. It’s your family. And, while they’ll love you no matter what, they are going to appreciate the new, healthy you more than you could imagine.
If you’re sitting on the fence about losing weight and getting healthy, do it! Do it for you – for your own happiness and health. Do it for your family. You can’t over-estimate the effect it will have on them.
Do or do not. There is no try.