Being A Role Model & Knowing It Worked
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
So when I first started doing SparkPeople I was not only doing it for myself but to learn healthy habits so they could be instilled in my son. I have been a hands on parent since the day he was born with a birth injury to his left arm, called Erb's Palsy. It took a lot of 24/7 care and learning how to do range of motion exercises along with seeking out professional pediatric occupational and physical therapy for him from birth to age 3. That dedication paid off and he did NOT need surgery to have full function of his left arm and hand, but there was a weakness. He has also grown on the low end of the growth spectrum and I know its been a struggle for him. I believe he inherited his dad's younger days metabolism and he just burns through everything. Again NOT like me.
Yet I have tried to be a role model since day one. I watched my language, show respect to others, am always volunteering to help others, and have done my best to teach him to be his own person and know it is enough. Walking is something we have done together since he was small. I know now that he is a young man (he turned 18 back last summer) when there is something bothering him and he needs a sounding board or advice, because he seeks me out and says,"Mom can we go for a walk?" Its music to my ears since he is seeking help and we are doing something positive by getting outside and walking and talking it out.
Due to him seeing me be active on SparkPeople for years using my trackers, reading articles, doing my spark teams it has inspired him now on his own has seek out ways to track his own activity and learn for better nutrition and strength exercises to build muscle. He was open enough to ask me to find him a nutritionist which I did for a year with him to learn how to eat healthier to control his IBS issues and help him in gaining weight. He does this on his own and does not have to rely on medications to get through his day any longer.
It does my heart and soul good knowing by being an active healthy parent it has rubbed off. He now is doing his own strength exercises using body weights and dumb bells after seeing me do it for years. He sets his own goals and I am proud to say today he hit the 120 pound mark.
This is something he has been trying to do for 3 years or more and I can say its muscle he has gained.
Know how we are celebrating this accomplishment? On my day off this week we are heading out at sunrise to travel up the NC coast to 2 lighthouses to explore and seeing the historic towns as we walk around. I am so excited to do this with him and we are up to the challenge of walking the stairs in each one we see this Spring and Summer to enjoy the spectacular views together.
Time spent with a child is NEVER a waste of time but a gift. I am so happy some of my positive ways are becoming now part of his adult choices.