Then as we were walking down the hill, Dee fell back behind our little caravan. He usually likes to ride ahead "because he has to be the leader". When he realized that he had lost his top dog status, he began to whine and complain that we should stop so he could get back in the front.
A nicer mommy probably would have listened, stopped everyone, and let him ride ahead, just like he wanted. But I'm not a nicer mommy. I wanted to teach my oldest a lesson, that he doesn't always have to be first. So I started jogging to stay ahead of him. We were conveniently going downhill. It helped. But even when the decline leveled out, I kept jogging.
"To the end of the street" I told myself. "Just make it to the end of the street". And I did. And I wasn't hurting. I wasn't out of breath. I wasn't going to die.
Suddenly I changed our typical walking route. Left, instead of right.
Left took us to the local elementary school where we discovered we could walk around to the back, to the playground.
The kids commenced playing on the play ground equipment, riding their bikes in figure eights and erratic patterns, and running happy and free.
I followed suit. I began
Wog a circle. Walk a circle while pushing Cee in the stroller. Leave the stroller and wog another circle. Walk another circle while pushing the stroller. Wog. Walk. Wog. Walk. Wog and wog again!
It went on like that for 45 minutes. Wog a few, walk one, wog one, walk one, wog a few, walk.
By the end of my 45 minutes I was ready to scream. Not with pain, but with extreme pride in myself.
I have every excuse in the book.
I may be 30 ancient years old.
I may weigh 264.9 nasty flabby pounds as of this morning.
I may be a tired, overwhelmed, single mom of four kids (Joe's out of town AGAIN).
I may have a demanding and needy four month old nursing baby.
I may fall into the tempation of sugar from time to time.
I may be busy and fat and old and tired, but I CAN DO THIS!!
I just wogged for 45 minutes and I feel like Super Woman!!!
Take THAT, Fat!
Today, I feel like I can do this!! TOWAAAAANDA!!!
Watch out world! Here I wog!