September 30, 2011 by Scott Mayes
If you know me well, you’ve probably heard this story before. My apologies in advance.
In 2009, in January to be more precise, I decided (after looking in the mirror) that I was fat.
I didn’t like the way I looked. Even my face looked chubby.
So, I decided to do something about it.
I lost 50 pounds that year running. And, I have been able to keep it off.
I had never been a runner before and decided to become one at age 37.
I am now training for my third marathon (It’s Oct. 23 in Hood River, Ore.) and I had my leanest weigh-in today in more than a year.
So, am I writing this just because I can and I want you to hear about my accomplishments? No.
I’m writing this because your kids matter — and because they matter, we as parents need to take care of ourselves.
Here’s the back story:
• I have poor family history. My dad died at 45, my mom died at 52 and my only brother died at 42. Not a good family line, I know.
• My wife and I have three boys, ages 16, 11 and 1. When they were born, we were 23, 28 and 38, respectively.
What is ever-present in my mind is the death ages of my parents and the current age of my youngest son.
If I was to die at 52, when my oldest parent did, our youngest son, Nathan, would be 14.
I went through those years without a dad and I would never want to do that to him.
So, if your kids matter to you (and I know they do), don’t forget to take care of yourself.
Eat well and exercise. By the way, these are not only things that will help your health, but they are also good examples for your children.
They’re counting on you to be around to watch them get married and to help them celebrate many of life’s milestones.
It’s a worthy investment, don’t you think?
• An editor by day, Scott Mayes is also dad to Matthew, Micah and Nathan. He’s a high school parent, a youth football dad and changes diapers. He’s experienced many things as a parent, but is absolutely clueless about raising daughters.