I was thrown from many horses during childhood, but I remember my dad always urging me to "climb back on that horse."
Years have passed, and I've encountered a variety of horses since I was a kid. But one that seems to constantly buck me off is the weight horse.
When daughter Bethany sometimes tells me how much more the younger kids have than she (#2 child) ever had, I remind her that she got the young, thin parents.
I know I was thin once. I have pictures. Better yet, when she was about 15, same daughter Bethany fit her slender figure perfectly into my wedding dress. There. There's the proof.
"You have have had NINE kids," someone always defends me when I lament over my muffin top.
I have found having nine kids to be useful for many things. When someone asks me if I can volunteer my time or talent in some way, I say, "Of course I can handle that, I have nine kids."
On the other hand, when others ask the same question, I reply, "I cannot possibly do that, I have nine kids." It is a valid excuse for almost anything--even if three of them are grown and out of the house.
My younger kids are not shy about letting me know I could stand to lose a few pounds.
"Mom, you're fluffy, but you're mighty, mighty lovely," Ben said several years ago.
Thank you, I think.
And just last night during family devotions, Silas poked my stomach and said, "You have a squishy tummy."
Thank you, I know.
In my defense, I did go on Weight Watchers online (www.weightwatchers.com) a few years back and lost twenty (count 'em--twenty!) pounds. It felt terrific.
And in my defense, I have kept most of it off. But life creeps back up on me, and I find myself falling back into old habits of too many calories and not enough exercise.
That's when I remember what WW repeatedly says to discouraged dieters: Whether you have an off day or an off week, just get back on that horse." Solid advice. Takes me right back to childhood.
But being a mom works against you, doesn't it? When you're not shopping for food, you're preparing it, putting it away or eating your children's leftovers.
Just today, in fact, I went to join Cory and Dorothy at school for their Easter lunch. Ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, peaches, a roll, and cake. I slipped off the horse during spring break, but I am trying to get back on. Consequently, I skipped the potatoes and cake, ate only half the ham, and put just a smidgen of butter on my roll. AND I took a walk via video with Leslie Sansone this morning.(www.lesliesansone.com)
It is small decisions every day that add up to weight gain or loss, preaches WW. I strive to remember that not just for the weight horse, but for all the other horses that try to throw me.
Will I climb back on that horse? Of course I will. After all, I have nine kids.
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 (NASB)