Did you know that children with parents that are overweight are more likely to be overweight themselves? Obesity is a disease that kills. It is estimated that 300,000 deaths occur each year due to obesity related incidents (such as heart attack or congestive heart failure). None of us is unaware that it has become a problem in America—it is probably one of the most talked about problems that we face today.
The reason that I mention this is because I struggle with weight. My mother and sister have always been skinny minnies, so to speak. My mom and sister could share clothes when I was in high school, but I was always a few sizes above them. I never, ever wore a size 0, like my sister. In fact, during one point of her life a size 0 was actually too large. What a problem to have, right?
After I got married I got diagnosed with PCOS, which can attribute to sudden weight gain (try sixty pounds in one year!) and an inability to lose weight. It seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t get the pounds to shake off. One week I’d try something on and it would fit perfectly. Literally the next week it wouldn’t zip. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance which can cause your body to “forget” how a female is supposed to process sugars (your body produces more testosterone) resulting in weight gain, and/or difficulty in losing those stubborn pounds.
Now, with that said, having children was the best thing that could have happened to me in terms of losing weight—believe it or not! Getting pregnant caused my hormones to shift again, and I didn’t gain hardly any weight while pregnant with my first child. After she was born, the pounds just seemed to melt off! I am not by any means at my goal weight, but for the first time in a long time, I am losing weight!
I didn’t mention those statistics to scare anyone, but maybe we need to get a little scared. Maybe if we get scared we’ll make changes that will protect our children. Kids are the masters of monkey see monkey do, and if they see us making the right choices and exercising, they will follow in our footsteps. I am working every day to make sure my girls have a good chance at being healthy. I am trying to limit my sweets, and most importantly, to exercise. We go on a walk every single day, (pushing 70 pounds in a stroller can burn off the calories, let me tell you!) and while it is nice to get out of
the house and the weather is beautiful, the main purpose is to whittle down my waistline.
No matter how hard I try, I will never, ever be a size 0. Maybe my daughters will, maybe they won’t, but the most important thing is for them to be happy, healthy children and live to be happy and healthy for a long, long time.