Being overweight is an issue both she and I have dealt with all of our lives. Here are some of the best lessons in life she ever taught me with regards to my health:
- All things in moderation. There were always treats in the house growing up, but we didn't just eat and eat them whenever we wanted.
- Love yourself as you are. Growing up I was a chubby girl and then teenager and I never once heard my mom tell me I was fat, nor did I hear her ever suggest I needed to go on a diet.
- Keep trying. If I did feel a little overweight and wanted to lose some weight my mom would encourage me as best she could; even if it was the 3rd time in a year I complained about my weight but did nothing about it. She never suggested I'd failed so many times at weight loss that I should quit trying.
- Dress for your figure. My mom taught me to dress modestly and in a way that flattered my figure, no matter how curvy it was.
So, to my mom I say, "Thank you, Mom, for your love and example in my life. I wish you the happiest of birthdays!"