Halloween was very different this year
Every year my kids want to carve pumpkins
But here is the problem
Pumpkins are heavy
If you buy a pumpkin
You have to be able to pick it up
And get it in the cart
And if you have 4 kids
You need 4 pumpkins
Which you not only have to get in the cart
But in the house
Even if I could manage to do this
I would not be able to handle carving one
Believe it or not
It does take some strength and energy to accomplish this
You have to have the strength in your arms to cut the top out
Scoop the insides out
Not to mention sitting down at the table
During the pumpkin carving!
This time last year I could not sit at the table
I have not been able to sit down at my table in YEARS
I broke ALL of the chairs that came with our table
ALL OF THEM
Slowly over the years
Until there were none left
So I ordered two benches
Thinking maybe they would be sturdier
Finally I just stopped sitting at the table
I would make dinner for my children
But I would eat from the recliner
No longer able to even sit with my family at dinner time
Relegated to the recliner
But now I can fit at the table
I can sit down and eat with my family like anyone else
And you know what else I can do now?
Big heavy pumpkins that I can lift up and put in the cart
All by myself!
Thanks to all the deadlifts I’ve been doing at Crossfit
I can now lift pumpkins !
I can stand up for as long as I need to
Cutting the top of the pumpkin
And scooping out the insides
I have all the strength I need to get this done
And just like that
We are creating memories!!
In the past I was not able to take my kids Trick or Treating
I could not physically handle the walking involved
But not this year!!!
I am now able to go with my kids
As far as they want!
My kids have always wanted me to dress up for Halloween
But I could never fit
In any costume
Even the plus size costumes
Were not big enough
When my Crossfit Coach mentioned that we should wear costumes
To our workout
I knew exactly what Savannah and I would do!!
The Tortoise and the Hare
The other day I wrote a blog about this
The Tortoise has become my hero!
Here we are at Crossfit this morning
Here is the board that shows what we did at Crossfit today.
As you can see, she listed us as Holly the Tortoise and Savannah the Hare !!
I kind of loved this
I love that I get to do silly and fun things with my daughter now
I love that I was able to walk into Target yesterday on the fly
And pick up a green sweatsuit right off the rack for my costume
I could never have found something so easily before
Everything had to be special ordered
And I never would have done something like this in the past
I felt constantly self conscious about my weight
The last thing I would want to do is draw more attention to myself
By wearing a costume!
In some ways I wish I had done it anyway
Because regardless of our size, we all deserve to enjoy our life !
And here are a few more pictures we made
Here is my Tortoise Shell !
Remember the Hare thought he won the race
So he QUIT
He stopped moving
And took a nap!
But the Tortoise never quit
The Tortoise was slow
So slow the Hare might not even have realized
The Tortoise was moving!
But the Tortoise kept plodding along
Slowly but surely
Until the race was won!!
This year more than ever
I see the wisdom of the Tortoise
Because all I’ve done
For 15 months
Is plod along
And now I’ve got the strength
To lift pumpkins
Walk the neighborhood with my kids
And sit at the table with my family when I want to
It doesn’t matter how fast you go
Or even if you come in last
All that matters
Is that you keep going
No matter how slow
Be the Tortoise!!
And plod on to victory!