Make decisions based on what's best for you and not everybody else.
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Listen to your parents as they love you and have been where you are. I did listen, grateful and thankful for the lessons they taught me. For the children, I'd show them before and after pics and ask them which would they prefer to be and tell them they can start now, making wise choices. and
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Lose weight while your skin still has elasticity !
I would tell my "younger" self to: Love myself Love my body Be my own best friend Believe in myself Push myself Not let anyone tell me "I can't" Not compare myself
So many body issues begin with not feeling good about yourself and I think that is where it starts. Kids need to know that, no matter their shape/size, that they are worthy. Then you can begin to educate them about proper nutrition and being active.
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I absolutely would stress the importance of not using tobacco products, alcoholic drinks, and illegal drugs. Mention the great athletes, musicians, and other celebrities who threw their lives away because of the consequences of their choices.
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be patient- it all works out in the end
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I would tell myself this: Keep your standards high in dating. You're worth it. Don't let people walk on you if you get into a bad relationship and if you are in a bad one then get out as soon as you know it's bad! DON'T WAIT!
Don't eat McDonalds more than once or twice a month if at all. It's actually nasty. You'll eventually see that after eating healthy for a period of time all you taste is salt and grease. Plus, this is the majority of your weight gain!
Even though it seems like a pain, keep food journals and exercise everyday to the point of sweating! Your body WILL thank you (eventually)!
Don't go live with your dad. It will lead to a lot of heart ache and despair that will take you years to over come.
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Save the money you would spend on junk food and fast food and use it to buy a car! Or pay for college. Or new clothes.
Learn how to cook. Start your own recipe book with favorite recipes that you have made healthy versions of, but keep the originals too!
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4,787 10/9/13 6:43 P
All my siblings were into sports. I tried, but wasn't good at anything so I was into crafts, music, stuff that doesn't require physical exertion. I would have told younger self to find something (physical) you like to do, and work out regularly. I never even thought about that growing up. I also have bad eating habits; I'm a very emotional eater. I would have told myself to watch what I eat and developed better eating habits.
I Don't have to adopt my husbands poor eating habits! Lose the "baby weight" before it becomes a permanent part of my life! Don't finish the food left on my childs plate because I "hate" to throw it away! When husband,kids,pets,housework etc stress me out-Don't take it out with Food! I Don't need second helpings because it "tastes good" and I'm no longer hungry! It could be the Dryer Didn't Shrink My jeans-check the scale, admit I gained, Lose it! No Pill, Supplement, Diet, Equipment will MAKE me lose weight-I have to do this -it is MY BODY, take care of it, don't abuse it by falling for weight loss product promises or harmful diets!
eating healthy is the most important choice you can make. it's not how fast you take it off...it's how you take it off that counts. keeping it off is just as important, if not more, as losing the extra weight.
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4,001 10/9/13 3:14 P
I think kids need lots of encouragement to play outside. When I was a child we did lots of walking (cos we had to), skipping, riding around on scooters, bikes etc and we played games in the school playground. I could amuse myself for ages with a hula hoop or a couple of tennis balls. I don't think we necessarily knew it was good for us, but it was part of our culture.
I think these days children need to be taught skipping games, ball games they can play by themselves or with one other person, hula hooping and other informal playground games because now, certainly in UK, it's not part of the culture like it used to be.
I have chance once a month for 30 minutes to influence the health and fitness of kids! I want to teach them about health and nutrition as well as fitness and exercise. Do you have suggestions of things you wish you knew as a kid that would set you up for a long life of health?
We aren't going to talk about losing weight but just teaching them to be healthy and active. All of us on Sparkpeople are in different stages of our healthy living journeys and we all started in different places. I would love your input!
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