My Child Called Me Fat & New Year’s Resolution

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Like so many others every year my new years resolution includes losing weight. Every since my oldest son was born nearly five years ago, I’ve told myself that I had to lose it before my sons recognize that their mother was fat. Well this year was no different, although I had no desire to publish it for the world to see, my new years resolution was to get healthy. But, I am a day late and a dollar short because today my son called me fat. Okay he didn’t directly say “you are fat mommy”, but while watching TV the commercial below came on and when it ended he proclaimed “Mommy you can use that so you can be small like her.”

I instantly teared up not because I’m fat because I have been that since I was very young, but because I felt…. like a failure, vulnerable, imperfect in the eyes of my son. So here I am sharing with all of you being even more vulnerable, but hey if that’s what it takes.

Welcome to Waistline Wednesday.

The larger your waist — regardless of your weight — the greater your risk of dying from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease, say American Cancer Society researchers in a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

So instead of watching the scale my concern is the size of my waistline, if I am able to attain my goal of a 35 inch waist not only will the pounds follow, but my risk of weight related illnesses and death reduce greatly.

Starting Point

So there it is my new years resolution is to reduce my waistline and to do what I intended to do for nearly five years set the example for my boys. And oh don’t worry I am not beating myself up, just taking heed to my sweet sons advice and losing some weight! I am starting at a 56 inch waistline.

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Have your children ever shined a light on a less than flattering attribute of yours? What was it and did it motivate you to change?

Goodbye 2013!


  1. I’ll never forget the day my son poked me in the stomach, laughed and told me I was fluffy. The way he said it was so cute, but the words held a lot of meaning for me. Best of luck with your weight loss goals! I have some of my own and will be rooting for us both.
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    • Thanks for sharing your story! Good luck on your journey, we can support each other through this process!

  2. Child are brutally honest without the intention of being brutal. Good luck to you on your progress and changes to a healthy life.

  3. I think this is brave and I’ll take the challenge too..btw, I was at the pool last summer and this kid asked when my baby was coming out.

  4. Cheering you along and it looks like your little superheroes are too! My kids have said things to me that make me tear up in good and bad ways! This is the first time I’ve been on your blog and before I even read the post I looked at your header and thought there is a beautiful, confident amazing momma!

    • Thank you Kathy for your kind words. I don’t think I ever been this critical on myself until I became a mommy. Something about these little guys make me want to be the best me possible!

  5. Thanks for sharing your story. When I was a child I hinted being embarrassed of my grandmothers weight. Kids will tell you like it is. Sometimes its funny and sometimes it will hurt you to the core. I love the name of your series by the way. You should totally join in on the “Operation: Snap Back” movement as well. I may have a motivational group set up soon. Let me know if you want me to keep you posted. Best of luck in your journey. 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment. I would love to learn more about “Operation Snap Back” going to your sight now!

    • Kim I will be keeping myself accountable and hopefully motivating others by sharing with all my awesome readers on Waistline Wednesday!

    • Thank you for sharing your story Daphne! That’s my plan to take it day by day!!!

  6. Oh, Yolanda! I want to give you a hug right now! My daughter has compared me to other people before, and I know it stings. It’s so great that you are taking this as an opportunity to make some changes to better your health, and including your children (and blog readers) can’t hurt 🙂
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    • Thanks Autumn your words were like a virtual hug! Thank you you for the support!!!

  7. Focusing on improving health – like shrinking a waistline – is, in my opinion, a much better goal than chasing a number on a scale. Health and weight are two different things.

    My daughter poked me in the bicep once and called it squishy. You can bet I started picking up my free weights more often after that! Not just because I care about what my arms look like in a tank top, but because I want to set a good example of a healthy body for her.
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    • Isn’t it funny how we are helping to develop these little one. While they are helping to develop us in to BETTER versions of ourselves. #Mommyhood

    • Hi Anjanette! I look forward to seeing you on Waistline Wednesdays! WE CAN DO IT!

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