Saturday, July 29, 2006

Richard Simmons and My Mom

Don't get me wrong. I totally love my mom, but I also think she's the most annoying person in the world. Growing up, she pushed on me the values of good looks and staying thin, which I always thought were too important to her. Her superficiality made me nauseous. Growing up, I remembered the random acts she embarked in to achieve these goals. Her all time favourite workout tape is "Richard Simmons' Sweating to the Oldies". Today, I went to my parents' house so that she can watch the kids while I exercised. I decided to use this tape. I have nothing against Richard Simmons. Actually, I think he's wonderful, considering how he inspires others to workout and eat right. But when I was working out to my mom's tape, I felt like I was selling myself out. I felt like I was trying to emulate my mom whom I am disgusted with. This made me not want to work out as hard. Made me self-conscious as to who was watching me. Made me bad mouth the tape, so I wouldn't be like my mom whom absolutely adored it. When I finished my workout, I let out a sigh of relief. It's over. I no longer have to be my mom. I decided to never workout with this tape ever again. What is it about mothers that they evoke such strong emotions?


Anonymous said...

Hi Lily T., Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog. Everytime your husband says something about losing weight just say, thanks but no thanks. You do it your way and I'll do it my way, "I DID LOSE 20 POUNDS." Men lose weight differently than women because women's bodies are programed to automatically hold on to calories in a low-calorie-regimen in case of pregnancy. If he insists on helping tell him his moral support will go a long way. A quick weight loss for one week is a low carbohydrate diet of 20 or less carbs. I tried it and it worked but I was subject to the foods that were available after that. No longer than one week because I believe it is too constrictive with vegetables and fruits. Even certain vitamins had carbs that made my limit hard to stick to. Don't stop the journal that is your best conscience. You are going in the right direction with exercise, that's always a bonus in losing weight. Bless you.

Lily T said...

I totally agree with you thinkoffthefat.

I fear no one’s opinion! I am knowledgeable, focused, and efficient. I make this priority and build from experience. I do this for my children and myself. Supported by love, I will persevere.