Caleb's first Halloween was special for us. I dreaded that Halloween for myself because I realized I couldn't wear all of the cute costumes like I did before I was pregnant. I dismissed the thoughts as just something motherhood brought with it. I convinced myself that it was okay to focus on my child one hundred percent and skip taking care of me.
Last Halloween, Caleb had hand, foot, and mouth disease. The picture below is the beginning of me truly realizing how out of hand my weight had gotten. We did take Caleb old fashioned trick-or-treating with friends through a neighborhood last year. I was so out of shape and tired from walking through that neighborhood. I remember coming home and crying to Ryan about how miserable I felt.
A year later, I haven't reached my overall goal but I am so much happier. When I started thinking about costumes for Halloween, I wasn't afraid to actually dress up with Caleb. He loves super heroes right now and I was able to be one with him. This year I wasn't left crying on my husband's shoulder. I actually got to act silly with my boys. I'm included now because I'm not too busy being miserable with myself or too worn down to have fun. When my child ran down a gravel road setting off to save the world as Batman, I got to run with him as Batgirl. Until you've been unable to do those kind of stuff, you just can't imagine what it means to you when you can.
This weekend I've thought a lot about this 31 Days series. I hope I've been able to help someone out there. We're almost to the end of this and I've enjoyed thinking about the things that have helped along the way.
Day 27: If you're struggling with remembering to drink your water, try drinking a glass of water after you've used the bathroom. Since you make bathroom trips multiple times a day, this can help you get in the habit of remembering to drink your water. Plus, the more water you drink the more you'll use the bathroom resulting in more water consumption!
Day 28: Tell your close family and friends about your weight loss goals. When times are tough, they'll be there to encourage and celebrate with you!