Last night my dad called me and told me he was in my town. A couple of months ago he went from a recovering real estate agent (meaning he's been trying to survive ever since the real estate market bottomed out) in Florida to becoming a trucker trainee. Yes, at 50 years old he has switched careers to be a trucker. That in itself is something to be admired, I think, but needless to say I was thrilled to hear he was here. I've seen him last two years ago after my first daughter was born, so he hasn't seen her since she was a baby, and of course he's never met my youngest daughter. The truck stop they'd stopped at for the night was only about 10 minutes away, so I put my shoes on and went to pick him up.
Over the past year he's told me when we talked on the phone how he's been trying to lose weight and get in shape. Keep in mind this is the dad from my overweight side of the family. I've never known him to be anything but big. Happy, wonderful, loving, but big. The last time I spoke with him he told me he was at 216. My first thought? "I can not BELIEVE my dad weighs less than I do." My husband has always weighed more than I have, so I had that small little vanity point. But my dad now weighs LESS than *I* do? Hearing it over the phone was one thing. Seeing it was entirely something else.
I'm so very proud of him, as I know that this is something he's also struggled with his entire life. But let me tell you, guys, my motivation has been kicked up a notch. I shouldn't weigh more than a man (okay, granted there are some men out there who weigh 125-130 pounds, but we're not counting them here). Even more than that, when I think back to my childhood and all the times I was hindered from doing something with my dad because of his weight (rollercoasters, etc.), I vow to myself that I WILL lose weight, if for no other reason than so my daughters and I won't have to limit our fun activities simply because of my issues.
I'm going to go downstairs right now and play with my daughters and my awesome-looking dad, but for those of you still keeping at it over the weekend--what was a huge eye opener for you that motivated you to get in shape?