For far too long, I have been missing out on many of the joys of being a dad. I shared this picture a couple days ago as a starting point to something new. While I do have fun with my boys and we get to do some amazing things, we all still miss out at times.
In this picture, I am 43 years old. I weigh 324 pounds. I have hardly any energy. The shirt I am wearing is one that we received when we trooped an Arizona Diamondbacks game earlier this year. I have stretched this shirt to it’s limit and it is an XL.
Things I have not been able to do with my boys.
I can’t ride the slides at the Water Parks, I run into one of two issues at water parks. I weight to much to ride the slides or I don’t have the energy to climb that stairs to go down the slide.
I can’t fit on some rides in the amusement parks. As my sons have grown up, they want to go on the more challenging and enjoyable rides at amusement parks. I have either found signs that have told me I weight too much to ride, have been scared I might not fit, or even one time I was asked to get out of the ride because I couldn’t get the latch closed.
I can’t keep up with my boys. There are many times we have had to leave events early because I could not keep going because I ran out of energy. My boys have never caused me trouble when I have told them no or we have had to leave, but I have seen the disappointment on their faces.
The list goes on.
I am tired of disappointing them.
My boys have not done anything wrong. It is not their fault I am overweight, but they are paying for it. I have decided it is time to take care of myself. It is time for me to love myself enough so I can take care of my boys and wife.
I am starting my journey to a healthier lifestyle. I don’t know where this journey will take me. I am just going to take it one day at a time.