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WEIGHT was ALWAYS an ISSUE in my family!!!

When I was growing up ,WEIGHT was ALWAYS a MAIN ISSUE!!!! I am the middle child of four other siblings.[Note: There is a 17 year span in the ages from oldest sib to youngest sib.] My Mom and Dad even MET over discussing FOOD {another story...} and married during the Second World War.They were both slim when they married;Mom was learning to cook.After the war,and in the course of starting a family,they both gained some weight. Then, as more children entered the picture and Mom's cooking skills ...
When I was growing up ,WEIGHT was ALWAYS a MAIN ISSUE!!!! I am the middle child of four other siblings.[Note: There is a 17 year span in the ages from oldest sib to youngest sib.] My Mom and Dad even MET over discussing FOOD {another story...} and married during the Second World War.They were both slim when they married;Mom was learning to cook.After the war,and in the course of starting a family,they both gained some weight. Then, as more children entered the picture and Mom's cooking skills expanded into not only WONDERFULLY-PREPARED EVERY DAY MEALS,she started BAKING GOODIES every day for us kids so that you actually couldn't WAIT to get home to see what 3 different made-from-scratch cookies she had taken out fresh from the oven! My favorite cookies were Molasses,Chocolate chip, Peanut-Butter and Hoot-Owls{reserved only for Halloween!}. She joined TOPS-a weight loss support group--Take Off Pounds Sensibly--but even though she went to weigh-in for her weekly visits,she yo-yoed,losing a lb. here and there,gaining it back,staying the same [they called it "turtle'--ANOTHER reason for my little turtle icon!}. My Dad was a weekend "athlete " in the sense of exercising with all of us ---going boating & fishing,camping& swimming in the pool the KOA -Kampgrounds of America provided,,playing tennis--really just volleying the ball,not any games since 3 of us were taking turns playing & chasing balls. He was a meat & potatoes man so, each night we had some meat {not fish-we kids didn't like it,though my parents did}and veggies and we were shown dessert BEFORE the meal so ,we KNEW to get dessert,you HAD to eat the canned veggies. I tried growing some vegetables[at age 12] in a small patch of land in the backyd.[2'x3'] but I wanted pumpkins & watermelons in too small a space! We last 3 of the 5 were PICKY EATERS and would not try to eat green salads, so my Mom stuck with the canned veggies.Even though FOOD and WEIGHT were issues in our family ,WE TRULY ENJOYED DINNERTIME!!! Everyone was around the table,talking ,eating,enjoying the conversation and the FOOD!!!! When we would go to the grocery store,as soon as the groceries WERE BROUGHT IN,we kids went through them to find the cupcakes, Ding-Dongs,donuts or other baked goodie! A treat for us was to go to Mc Donald's 1x/ A MONTH!!! {Back in my childhood yrs.,eating OUT was a luxury!] And two of my favorite memories with my Dad was 1-going to Sears to shop w/ him on the top floor for something for Mom[didn't HAVE to be an occasion!] and get CANDY on the bottom floor when we were finished--our OWN bag ,even! 2-Each Sunday night each of us kids going with Dad to Savon's Drug Stores{now CVS] and each getting 1 candy bar including my Dad [Mom didn't want any} and then sitting down together for Sunday Night at the Movies !!!! We LOVED Thursday mornings because WED.NIGHTS were Dunkin' Donuts special dozen sale so, we knew there would be donuts to go with our gourmet-whatever -you-wanted -cooked -for breakfast Mom -would-make meals! {THAT'S WHY I LOVE breakfast and loved all the waffles,pancakes,scrambled eggs& bacon or sausage type breakfasts!!! Oddly enough,my two older sisters had more difficulties with weight than us last three. They grew up with eat-everything-on-your-plate mode. We three played sports ALOT and our metabolisms ran non-stop {JUST LIKE my toddler son NOW!!]!
As happy as these family times were with food, it was BECAUSE of WEIGHT ISSUES and lack of REGULAR EXERCISE ---my parents both being obese, that my father had a heart attack when I was 16 and later when I was 24,my mother passed away as well.My mother DID get to see me become a teacher ,but was too EMBARRASSED because of her weight to go to my college graduation! Both of them never lived to see my son--their FIRST grandson-born. My dad did not live to see ANY of his grandchildren.They both missed my wedding and meeting my husband. I lost out on getting to hear their wisdom of raising kids.So, I am HERE to NOT pass on the family legacy of weight and lack of exercise issues to my family! I am here to show my siblings --you CAN lose weight through the HARD WORK OF EXERCISE AND WATCHING/COUNTING CALORIES---no easy way out--no pills, special diets,JUST HARD WORK!!!!Perseverance PAYS off!!!!! I am here to TEACH my son how to stay healthy through regular exercise and healthy eating! I am changing the way I cook and prepare and choose foods for my family's health! I am here to help my husband lower his cholestrol! And I am here ,by the GRACE of GOD, to be a positive influence to others---IT CAN BE DONE!!!! If I did it,YOU CAN DO IT,TOO!!!!!Note: To help Sparkers,I'll give my Sparks background- I joined SP in late Jan.2010 and achieved my wt. loss the first week of June 2010--during those months,I tracked FOOD & NUTRITION EVERY DAY WITHOUT FAIL,[though I COULDN'T stay MUCH in my caloric range except in Feb./March when I was working out on my Soloflex machine 2-3x and BURNING MORE THAN I WAS EATING,NOT EATING LESS!]Strength Training--lifting weights- MWF- --was the KEY for me,although I did Cardio--morning mile runs -3x a wk.--T/TH/S on alternate days.One day at the gym-Thurs.=yoga-60 min/Gravity machine -30 min./Treadmill-30-40 min. 1x/wk. Though 20 lbs. may not be alot to SOME people on this site,it is to ME who has been fighting with it for the last 12 years and I've won!!!!!!~~~~


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Member Since: 1/21/2010

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My Goals:
I would like to live long enough to see my child grow up and NOW I AM HEALTHIER!!!!
I am working at eating HEALTHIER and
I am HAPPIER,MORE ENERGETIC and want to help OTHERS with positive feed back!!!

I am HELPING my HUSBAND to lower HIS cholestrol by BOTH of us eating OATMEAL every day . {He saw MY cholestrol lowered by 77 pts. through oatmeal eaten daily & exercise!}.

I HAVE achieved a healthy weight to show my siblings it CAN BE DONE HEALTHFULLY!!!
I HAVE DONE IT!!!! ~2010
AND I WILL DO IT AGAIN!~2013,2015

My Program:
Starting to track my food/fitness again every day. Now I keep to measured portions of food. I do not belong to a gym anymore as we had to cut down on memberships .I walk/jog/run on the treadmill depending on energy for that day~at least 5-10 min.! I do Soloflex 1-2x/wk when I can get it in between Homeschooling . I play ACTIVELY with my child each day.I am burning 1875 so I readjusted my caloric intake.I have added jogging 1x/wk.[when I can]. My family & I try to do exercise with a family outing at least 1x/wk.

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I needed more room for this quote that is helping me now~~
"Obstacles are what you SEE when your EYES are not on the GOAL."-- Unknown

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I like to scrapbook[HAVE DONE 700+ PAGES!], do quilling,crochet baby afghans,decorate cakes-both fondant & buttercream. I like to create REAL egg ornaments. Check out my PHOTO GALLERY to see a small sample of my work and tell me what you think!~~ I have a small, home-based business ~BetsyK.Scrapbooking,Crafts and Creations,but are no longer on the Internet as of this date .We are doing business on a personal basis as it is much easier for our family at this time!


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SUZIB123
3/31/2015 5:40:25 PM

Hi I'm adding you also ... Did you see my cakes??? I work at a Preschool and love the little ones!



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MOMWANTSNOWAIST
3/16/2015 10:55:07 AM

Update for those friends and others curious to know ~she's back !
Though I LOVE Homeschooling that I have been doing for 4 years{after 21 years of teaching!~Wow! I have taught for a quarter of a century!}, I was so caught up and busy with it, I let my daily exercise take a backseat and eventually, none at all on a regular basis. Now we are trying to get back in shape as BOTH myself and my hubby get to finally retire this year!!!! We are so happy!!! So, I am getting "back on the tracking wagon" with fitness and eating better than I was. I thank all of you for your encouraging words and goodies and help through this time of readjustment.
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DETERMINEDJANET
3/15/2015 5:27:39 PM

Hi Betsy!

Good luck with your move! Smart choice to skip out of co-op with all of that going on.

We did not end up moving to Missouri (we were sad about that) because all the doors closed down tight while we were in the process of selling/renting. Not a rental to be found in this town (this spring we could take our pick) so we ended up buying a smaller home (1550 sq. ft) that we are updating to have storage as there was zero other than the garage attic. We also added a patio covering on the south side of the house which helps give us a nice place to use and for the dogs to have shelter from the weather. We eventually will sell this place (or rent it) and do something else, but for now we are just waiting to see what comes.

Tim also missed a trip to Africa (was supposed to leave last Tuesday) but his VISA didn't come through in time. Now we wonder is he really supposed to go on a mission trip at this time. He is applying for a full-time position at the City and would be managing people doing the same stuff he is now for them as a contractor. Time and prayer will tell!



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SUZIB123
2/16/2014 8:06:51 PM

Thank you for your kind words on my page...I'll try to keep up working hard on losing and then keeping it off for ever!



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DETERMINEDJANET
2/16/2014 2:29:53 PM

Hi Betsy! We are currently just planning to move into a rental house locally. The "maybe" plan is to move to Missouri in 1 1/2 years....depends on how the hubby does with the college stuff right now. So selling right now is for two reasons...we are ready for less land and work and if we do move we don't want to have to deal with selling the house then.

Homeschool just takes a back seat, but this is all "practical living" so it works!



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