A few weeks ago we took Norrin for his annual physical. I didn’t think anything when the doctor said Norrin was slightly overweight for his age and height. Norrin is tall for a seven year old and he’s always been a solid kid. The other day while we were at the pool, I caught a glimpse of Norrin in his bathing suit and I noticed he’s starting to get a little belly. (I may have been fixated on it for the rest of the day.)
Days later I stepped on the scale and I stared at the number for a long time. It’s a number that I am not happy with. I have struggled with my weight for the last few years. And I need to do something about it. Over the last few months I have started to form bad habits and it’s impacting Norrin.
No, I’m not going to put Norrin on a diet or restrict him from eating. And I’m not the kind of parent who forces their kid to eat everything on their plate.
My husband and I both have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I don’t want any of that for Norrin. I want him to grow up to be a healthy young man who knows how to make responsible choices. I want to be healthy for as long as I can. I
want to have to live for as long as I can because Norrin needs me.
I am not planning anything drastic. Like I said, I want Norrin to be able to make responsible choices and I need to lead by example. It’s time break out of my bad habits before it’s too late. These are 7 simple things I’m going to do to get fit and healthy with Norrin.
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