Bradford is 53, Suzanna is 52, Laci is 19, Lilly is 13, Lora is 12 and Lesia is 11
narrated by Suzanna
I know that my time is ticking and I want to get into shape and be a little healthier. It wasn't an issue about not liking my curves, I love my curves, but at my last physical, Dr. Wilsonoff informed me that I had stepped into the realm of having an unhealthy weight. I started with some simple exercises, but then I remembered that we had won the lottery and I had funds to do a bit more.
I hired a personal trainer. He is really good. We sometimes workout in the great outdoors and he has me run miles or push tires. On bad weather days, we work out at the gym. He is very patient, showing me first how to use the machine
before putting me on it.
Sometimes I wonder if he is bored during our training sessions. Especially in the beginning, I wasn't very good at the machines.
Ok, I really really really wasn't good at the machines. I struggled with even the lightest of weights. I didn't understand, I'm very active. I have to run around the hospital to make sure I am on time to catch a baby, or make an appointment. We love being outside, yet somehow my body slowly betrayed me. I'm blaming my age and shifting hormones.
Speaking of hormones, just as mine are going crazy with my own personal summer, Bradford and I are dealing with two preteens and a teen. If only for a few months, Lora will become a teen this summer and then we will have two teens in the house.
Lilly Ana has decided that she wants to be a pianist. Last year she was set on becoming a modern dancer.
At least she was a moderate dancer, her piano skills leave much to be desired. She's really bad. We still encourage her to keep practicing and comment that she's getting better. Thankfully she hasn't asked us if we think she is good. We're not the type of parents to lie and we don't want to hurt her feelings.
Lesia is still a daddy's girl. All the girls are to be honest, Bradford has a way with them that I never had.
She gets along with her sisters just fine,
however we have to remind her that she can't go outside in her pajamas anymore. Her body is developing and she just doesn't understand that somethings that you could do while younger, you can no longer do.
We splurged a little, ok a lot. We decided to buy a vacation home. We are planning a family vacation there this summer, even Laci will be coming along.
One night over dinner, the girls congratulated me on no longer looking like a sumo wrestler. I didn't realize that they thought that! It hurt my feelings to say the least. I wasn't that overweight and I hope my girls don't buy into the culture that in order to be beautiful you have to see rib bones.
Thankfully Bradford stepped in and scolded them for saying such a mean thing. He said that I was beautiful before and that I am still beautiful now.
It's been hard work, working with my personal trainer and learning to eat leaner, cleaner meals.
Now I've come to tolerate the taste of lettuce.
Especially when I try on my swimsuit for our vacation. I have to admit, I do miss my bodacious booty and thighs which I traded for rock hard abs, but you can't have it all. Or at least you can't have it all naturally :)