“Mommy, can you help me with my pink sparkly headband?” asked my four-year-old daughter Addison.
“Sure, sweetie. Here, put it around your neck like a necklace first. Good. Now, we need to pull it up over your forehead,” I said as I helped her put on her glittery hot pink headband.
“When I’m a mommy and I’m all grown up, I’m going to wear pink sparkly headbands all the time when I run races like you, mommy,” she said as she smiled up at me.
And that’s why I head out for a run after working eight-plus hours at my desk job and not seeing the kids since 7:30 that morning. Those 45 minutes when I’m out running–and not home with them–isn’t taking anything away from them. It’s actually giving them additional years with me as a healthy mom and hopefully giving them extra years to their lives because they’ll continue in a healthy lifestyle as adults.
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to redefine my limits
to prove to myself that I can
to feel strong
to feel alive
to be healthy
to lose weight
to wear cute running clothes
to wear un-cute running clothes (hydration pack, anyone?)
to give my pasty skin a little sun-kissed color
outside in the rain and snow
outside when it’s 90 degrees or 20 degrees
to escape the chaos of twins
as a stress-buster
to be an example for my kids
to inspire others to improve their health
for the camaraderie
to keep my sanity
because I can.
I found this online, and think it’s pretty awesome. It summarizes my health goals pretty nicely.