I wanted to lose weight for many reasons. It's obvious I wanted to look and feel better about myself. I think we all have some sort of desire to be better then where we are at in life. For me, my weight was a huge issue that I needed to change in order to feel more happy with who I was. It affected basically everything I did. I was and still am a full time mom. Having this job title requires quite a bit of movement and energy. I was seriously lacking as a mother when I was overweight. My children were 1 and 2 when I decided to lose weight. They required a lot of attention and I simply could not keep up.
When I could barely function a full day without an hour nap or laying on the couch for several hours while they played with toys, I knew that I needed to change. I wanted to be there with them on the floor, running after them and not finding any excuse to crash on the couch. I wanted them to try and keep up with me instead of them running me dry each day. It was then I decided to start taking them on mile walks around my neighborhood each day. They enjoyed getting out and I enjoyed the exercise. Over time, my energy was going up and I was looking forward to this time outside with my children. We would walk to a park near my house, play and then walk home.
I am so glad I kept this up because it was the starting point for me that made me realize I could do it. I stopped making excuses for myself. Rather than making my children my excuse, I made them my reason. I now go to a park and play with them. I get up in the slide even if I barely fit and make them laugh until they are laughing too hard. My kids are 4 and 3 now, so things have changed a little bit since I first started. They easily tire of these long walks I used to take them on, but I am looking forward to this new baby to come where I can push him or her around.