Have you ever wished that you could go back in time and change something in your past? One moment? That you could have a do-over?
I’ve often thought that my do-over moment would be that day, six months into our relationship, when I tried to break things off with my high school boyfriend. He convinced me not to. I should have.
Still, if it hadn’t been for our on-again/off-again relationship, I probably would have gone away to college instead of attending school locally. That would have meant that I wouldn’t have kept in touch with a friend from high school who attended the same local college. It was at her wedding that I met my husband, so I guess the high school boyfriend moment needs to remain unchanged.
So, then, what would be my do-over moment? I’ve thought about this a lot over the last two-and-a-half years. It wouldn’t be really a single moment, but a series of moments – all those little choices that led me to become and then remain obese for nearly 16 years of my life.
I would like to do-over the moment, in my first pregnancy, when I decided to quit going to the gym three days a week like I had been. That moment each night for several weeks when I decided that I needed to drink a milkshake right before going to bed because that was “the only thing” that helped me avoid morning sickness.
Maybe it would be that moment in any one of my many weight-loss attempts where I decided to quit, instead of continuing to make the right choices that were showing steady, but slow, progress.
Often, when I run at our local track, I see young moms, with their children in jogging strollers, running or walking the track. I wish that could have been me 17 years ago. I wish I could have seen then the benefit of living an active, healthy life.
I wish that I could have taught my children healthy eating habits from a young age and that we could have spent the last 17 years leading an active lifestyle together. I wish that I wasn’t trying to undo years of unhealthy habits and inactivity in them and in myself.
I wish that I could have a do-over to go back to that moment when I decided that I wasn’t worth the time and energy to care for myself and tell the younger version of me, “You are worth it! You will be so much happier if you just invest the energy in living an active lifestyle now. Oh, and, by the way, healthy can taste good.”
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I want you to know that am so glad that I’ve made those healthy changes to my lifestyle now…but if you’re the young mom who hasn’t yet convinced yourself to make the changes, do it. Take it from the old version of me, don’t live your life wishing you could have a do-over moment. Invest in yourself now and spend your life enjoying active, healthy days with your beautiful children instead of just wishing you had the energy to keep up with them.
Do you have a do-over moment? What would you go back and change, if you could?
I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.