Friday, January 07, 2005

I don't want to be *that* lady

I was talking to my cousin today, who is set to have a baby any second now. She was expressing dismay over how much weight she has gained during her pregnancy. I am one to never criticize a woman for her weight - especially during pregnancy - so I offered her my thought that she looked great in the last picture I saw of her. She then revealed that her weight gain put her at the same weight that I am now. Obviously, I need to lose some weight.

I was telling her that my impetus for this sudden "need to be healthy" was our grandmother. I love my grandmother dearly - she is 83 and sharp as a tack mentally. She is also easily 100 pounds overweight. She has had an elbow replaced, needs a knee replacement, has terrible arthritis and can not walk more than 100 feet at a time. Considering our family genetic make-up, she will very likely be with us for another 10-15 years. Which means that I am very likely to live to see my 100th birthday. I understand that as you age, there are going to be physical problems. I already notice that my body doesn't "act" the same way at 31 that it did at 21, but I at least want to be able to walk around the grocery store without having to take a rest at age 80.

So there it is - I put it out there. *that* lady is my grandmother and I don't want to physically end up like her. I also don't want to have blinders toward my son the way she does toward my uncle. I love my uncle, don't get me wrong....but he is an alcoholic with asshole tendencies that she just doesn't see. If my kid turns out to be an asshole - I at least want to acknowledge it, however much it will poorly reflect my mothering.


At 1/07/2005 01:10:00 PM, Blogger StagedSeven said...

I quit smoking too..and it isnt's wishing u the strength to stay off those sticks!


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