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took the spark poll on junkfood in schools, my 2 cents

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I can only speak for the school I work at, but it is the money that talks to the foodservice manager in our school, not the well being. She says that since parents only give their kids McDonalds that she should be able to. Her goal is to make things as fast and cheap as possible and some of the entrees are absolutely horrible in terms of health and nutrition. When pressured to offer more healthy alternatives she made a couple of healthy meals and the kids loved them. But they cost too much, I think she had hoped they would hate them so she could say I told you so. She has done things that just make me so frustrated! One day we had to choose between a salad or baked potato. Then we could choose up to 4 kinds of meat to put on top, plus sour cream, cheese, and lots of unhealthy options to take a healthy food and destroy its goodness. We couldn't have just lettuce and baked potato. I understand that she has to make sure to hit all the food groups, but she goes too far. At breakfast the kids have to choose between fruit or juice, even if they are willing to forgo something else. And the thing that gets to me the most is that she brags about how in our tiny school the foodservice made $70,000 last year. Because they are so successful we are one of the only schools who have not been taken over by a bigger organization. But at what cost? Kids on the free and reduced lunch program have no choice, they have to eat what the school provides, they don't have the option of bringing something healthy from home. For some kids school breakfast and lunch is the only meals they get, I think stronger regulations need to be put in place on what can be served and take into consideration all the kids that rely on the school for their sole source of nutrition.

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ANGORA4 6/29/2011 7:16PM

    Yup, cheap vs. healthy. Hospital food is even worse. I couldn't believe the meals they served mom, and were even serving to diabetics. White flour, tons of sugar. Little nutrition. Wish I knew how to get the word out that good tasting doesn't have to be nutritionless.

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STILLWATERS811 6/29/2011 2:47PM

  "I think stronger regulations need to be put in place on what can be served and take into consideration all the kids that rely on the school for their sole source of nutrition."

Absolute Amen. You are exactly right--our kids are being short-changed in the most fundamental way: the food they consume.

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TMCLEOD4 6/28/2011 3:21PM

    I don't have any children and don't pay much attention to what schools are feeding them. But, I remember ketchup being considered a vegetable when I was in elementary school. Sounds like not much has changed since the 1970s. Maybe someday they will get it. Thanks for the blog!

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Had friends over and didn't focus on food

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I had a thirty one party (purses and stuff) and I decided to do everyone a favor. I only served two small snacks which mainly the kids ate and did not push food on people. We didn't get together to stuff our faces and feel guilty, we got together to talk about bags an our kids, and work, etc. I had so much fun, but the best part is that I didn't wake up this morning and regret all the unhealthy foods I ate last night, just the memories of hanging out with friends. Yeah!

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STILLWATERS811 6/28/2011 5:54AM

  Great idea and great payoff. I bet that good feeling the next morning felt wonderful.

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CRISTHIANE 6/25/2011 11:48AM

    Great job! Absentminded eating is havies while we're at get-togethers so choosing not to serve more snacks was a very wise choice!

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wow, stress is my biggest obstacle in this journey

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Normally when I feel overwhelmed by an upcoming project I eat. I eat when I think about the project, when I am working on the project, and when I am done with the project. I am trying to figure out what eating provides for me in those times. I know I am nervous because I want to do my best, wondering if I will do a good enough job to acomplish my goals. I think it is the hardest when I am doing grant writing. Competition is stiff in the grant writing world. Alot of great causes and only so much money to go around. So writing a compelling arguement for my cause is crucial to hopefully being considered. It is a lot like applying for jobs, lots of people want the oppurtunity and the person who presents the best case will be awarded. So I supose in a way I tend to overanalyze all of the flaws of the program I run and if I am doing the very best that I can. Self analysis can be good, but I will never be able to meet the expectations I have for myself. So the way I look at it I have two options. I can give up writing grants and doing presentations and watch the amazing program I have developed suffer. Or I can stop and take a moment to examine my dilema and figure out a way to address this issue head on and become a stronger person and a better program director. I think I want to become stronger.

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STILLWATERS811 6/21/2011 11:45PM

  "Self analysis can be good, but I will never be able to meet the expectations I have for myself."

What a wonderful self-realization.

"I think I want to become stronger."

And with that attitude, you will.

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KIMA86 6/15/2011 5:05PM

    That's the attitude to have - and your program will thank you for it!

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I burn calories even when I am not in the gym!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Today I did yard work. I shoveled sand in the sandbox with a big scoop shovel, I moved heavy lawn furniture and the trampoline, I pulled weeds, I hauled rocks. And the whole time I told myself how much better this was for my body than vegging in front of the tv.

The tv is my biggest weekness. I love tv, especially DIY. But I have read studies that you actually burn more calories sleeping than watching tv. So although I love my tv time I love myself more. If I look at the summer what do I want to see as my acomplishments? That I have seen every spongebob and desperate landscapes episode of the summer? Or that I made my yard beautiful and tackled several home improvement projects? To me the answer is simple, I want to be able to look back at this summer as an accomplishment, not sitting in the recliner with the cruise control on.

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BORNSOUTHERN 6/11/2011 9:07PM

    I like your attitude! I also like the TV but I know that I can actually burn off more calories doing something. I have been working on home improvements on the inside. I like the idea of working in the yard though.

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Went shopping today

Friday, June 10, 2011

Well inspired by some of the blogs I read I went shopping today. I wore a pair of jeans that fit the best to help ease me into the process. I told myself when I didn't like something that it is ok, because in another month when I try it on it will look better. Already some things look better. I also tried really hard to get out of my style rut. My closet consists of grey, purple, and green, mostly solids. So I tried on some patterns and new colors today. It went ok and I actually got a couple of things. I just kept thinking about all the people at Sparks that have dealt with this and it really made that dressing room a lot more scary. I even went and got fitted for good bras at victoria secret. I have been putting it off forever, telling myself I wanted to wait until I was done losing weight. Then I decided that I will feel better about the way I look if I had a good fitting bra under my clothes, old and new. So I took some baby steps today, but I do feel more confident having some clothes that are a little less "mom" and a little more stylish. Plus, I told myself I have to stop wishing I had the body that I used to have and to own the body I have now. The woman I used to be did not have 3 kids and run a staff off 15 people. I am an incredibly strong talented woman who so many people rely on and that is more important than being a size 1 again (although I would like to eventually be a size 6 again).

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BORNSOUTHERN 6/10/2011 8:24PM

    I like the way you are beginning to think. A person's character is not created by how much they weigh! I am excited for you that you are exploring new styles. It makes you feel better about yourself when you lose some weight and buy new clothes. It seems to give you a fresh new perspective.

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