I’ve been thinking a lot lately about who inspires me. There are the obvious choices…my parents, Mother Teresa, Lady Diana Spencer, certain people in the media; then there are the ones who go about their daily life and don’t even know they inspire me. This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s 60th birthday and one of our sons and daughter-in-law came to visit, with our three adorable grandchildren. My daughter-in-law’s parents were also in town so we got to spend an afternoon with Molly’s parents. Pam is the subject of my latest inspiration. She has raised 4 children to be fantastic adults…my daughter-in-law, Molly, being #1 in my mind. Pam is not only a great mom; she is funny, faithful, and talented. She is only a year younger than me so I consider her my peer, for sure. Pam and I have always gotten along great and we seem to have the same sense of humor, which is based on teasing those we love, in a kind way. She has had her share of health issues these last few years and lost her mom recently after a long battle with Parkinson’s and numerous other ailments. She has always been very active in her church and teaches and leads young women to be better people, people like Pam. As some of you might know, this stage of life can be difficult…having your kids live all over the world, caring for aging parents, the empty nest, adjusting to being a “mother-in-law” and grandmother, dealing with the changes in our bodies, including weight gain and mood swings, etc., etc. But, being the frivolous person that I am…here is how she inspired me this weekend. She arrived here looking fantastic. She was fit, fun and beautiful. Pam is always smiling and always kind. I need to be more like Pam. She has recently lost a bunch of weight and has maintained it and looks great. Weight Watcher’s was her choice of eating plans and the gym is where she chooses to exercise. She even holds a weight lifting title at her gym. So, yesterday I went and rejoined the gym where I used to belong. I have started writing down what I eat and try to eat smaller portions. I went to the gym today and it felt so good to do some light weightlifting for legs and arms and walk on the treadmill. I’m going to start gradually and build up to more weight and more time on the treadmill. I want to be like Pam…healthy, happy and fit.
Who inspires you? I think this might be my topic for a while.