Apparently, every day, DJ has been leaving his peers and joining in the grade3-6 track team practices.
The coach told me that he does not want to discourage DJr, but that he wanted to make sure my future track star understood he was too young to participate in the upcoming track team competition.
That afternoon, I sat DJ down and asked him about his track aspirations.
He was so cute. At first he thought he was in trouble. Then, I think I figured he was going to be banned from the team practices.
He smiled innocently at me and simply said he liked running with the big kids. It was good exercise and making him strong and healthy.
I congratulated him on his commitment and hard work. Then I gently explained how he could not compete with the school team...not yet.
He smiled. Nodded in agreement. Gave me a big hug and said, " That's ok mommy. I do not run for them. I run for me, cause I like it...and um, I run for you."
"You run for mommy?"
"Well mommy, I like it when you race and I want to race like you. But really, I just want to run with you when I get big and when I get better at running. Mommy, you go to your running class to learn to run - and I go to the running team to learn to run and maybe one day we can run together. I would really like that. Mommy, running makes you happy and running makes me happy and I like being happy with you!"
It really hit me how my transformation from being overweight, inactive and unhealthy has impacted my children.
My children see how I now take time for myself, and that physical exercise, working out, and taking care of myself makes me happy. Heck, it makes me happy, content, proud and at peace.
They see the benefits to leading an active lifestyle. Both the physical ones, and the emotional ones.
I am committed to keeping up with my new routines of working out, eating properly and taking care of myself. I am committed to being a positive role model for my three children.
So, this past weekend we all ran together. We entered the The Fall Colours Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot race.
And everything about it made me happy.
Click HERE for more photos of Anderson.
Her photos from the race are great! I love the one with her running and a man running behind her with his screaming child! Priceless! Click HERE to see all Madigan`s professional shots!
Here we are after the race. The kids were super proud of their t-shirts, their bibs and especially their medals.
I was just proud of them...and very thankful.
Happy be-lated thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadian bloggers!