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Teenagers & Nutrition!

Friday, July 06, 2012

I have 3 daughters - 16, 14 & 11. All 3 of my daughters are tall (DH is 6'5" and I'm 5'7"). Because both my husband and I struggle with our weight, I'm always concerned about my daughters. DD#1 is borderline overweight (at last dr. visit her BMI was right on the border of "normal" & overweight" - dr. wasn't concerned, just said we need to be aware). She eats well, but does little exercise. Her interests are art & technology - she has no interest in sports. She was running with me, but got bored with that. We're starting a kickboxing class next week, so hopefully she'll like that and keep up with it.

DD#3 is not interested in sports either, but she has 11 year old energy. She loves fruits & veggies, but also has a sweet tooth! We've had to stop getting the freezy pops because she was eating too many. She's o.k. too with her weight.

DD#2 is the athlete. Plays sports year-round (basketball & softball). She's the tallest and has a "normal" BMI. She's a very picky eater and likes very few vegetables. Everything either looks weird, smells weird, etc. She could survive on chicken, corn, peas, strawberries and any kind of pasta. All starchy (except for the chicken & strawberries).

Anyway, last night DH, DD#2 and I went to the track to run. She absolutely didn't want to go. She really hates running too, finds it very boring. She knows the benefit of running if she wants the endurance to play 2 sports in High School. She played rec. softball until June and the summer basketball program at the High School started the first week of June. She's had this week off and next week basketball resumes and also softball "open fields" for those who want to try out for the HS softball team in August. She's really built up her distance and speed and knows this will help her the next 4 weeks. Last night after about a mile, she said her side was really cramping. I told her to walk a while and get some water. She definitely didn't have it in her. I asked her what she's eaten that day (it was already 6:30 pm) and she said a couple of frozen waffles and strawberries - that was it! Now granted, she didn't get up until noon and lazed around (did a few chores) until we went running @ 5:30. DH and I had a long discussion with her on nutrition. We told her she's not eating enough and the right things to fuel her body. She was cramping last night because she was out of fuel! She's also lost about 5 lbs., but we told her that if she doesn't eat enough, she won't be loosing weight, just muscle.

We also felt guilty (or I did)! Both my husband and I work full-time, so we're not there to monitor their eating during the summer. We're going to go to the grocery store this weekend and stock up on things she needs (and will eat) that are easy for her. I guess my reason for the rambling blog is I'm always thinking about what I eat, my exercise, etc. ,but forget about the nutrition of my kids. DH said at 16 & 14, they should know what to eat - but really!? If you had to choose between popping in a frozen waffle or making an egg (at 14 or even now), what would you choose?

I think we've done a good job of healthy habits with our kids- it's still a work in progress, but it does concern me.

  


Still Streaking!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I've kept my streak of 30+ min. exercise up for over 3 weeks! I blogged last Friday that I would have a challenge exercising/pp+ tracking over the weekend and while I was on vacation. I didn't do too bad, I lost 2.2 lbs.!

Last Friday DD#2 and I jog/walked at the indoor track. Friday started the 100+ degree weather. Saturday I woke up and couldn't get the DVD player to work, so I did my own ST workout. Saturday morning my 2 sisters ran a 5K with their running class (they both live about 35 mins. away from me and the running class is too far away for me to go). My oldest sister (the one I'm jealous of!) ran her first 5K in 33 mins.! My other sister said she had a great pace and ran the whole thing! She won 1st place for her age group. My sister has only been running for about 6 months and she's 61 years old - she's awesome!

It was sooo hot on Saturday & Sunday. DD#2 and I ran on the indoor track again on Sunday. As soon as I got on the track (I start off with a brisk 3-4 min. walk), a runner blew by me and then slowed down to greet me - it was my old running coach from my C25K program last year! She was flying around that track. I'm up to running 2 miles and then walk for about 3-4 mins. and then run another 1/2 mile. My pace on this indoor track is pretty fast - under 11 min. mile which is fast for me.

Monday was DD#2's 14th birthday, so we went kayaking. The river was a little low, so we had to do quite a bit of paddling. We were on the river by 10:00 am (one of the girls that went had to be back early), which was a good thing because it was another hot day! The river we kayaked on is very shady and the water is cool, but it was getting hot about 1:30. We got to the "take out" spot at 2:30, so we missed the heat of the day. We carried a picnic on the river and had pizza & cake back at the house. I made a big salad, so I only had 1 piece of pizza and a small piece of cake.

Tuesday I lounged around the house most of the morning and then DH, DD#2 and I ran again. DH ran outside (it was 90+ degrees and very humid and looked like it was going to storm). I ran the 2 mile/walk/.5 mile again. DD#2 and I finished up before DH, so we went into the gym to shoot some baskets until he finished. He came in right after and also played some B-ball. We barely made it to the car before the ran started. It stormed for over 2 hours, so that ended our grilling out option. We ended up eating left over pizza (I just had salad and watermelon).

Yesterday, DH had to work and I had all kinds of goals to get up early and clean house and cut grass before it got too hot. I ended up sleeping until 9 am (late for me) and didn't feel like doing anything. DD#2 is supposed to be dogsitting my neiece's dog, but I've been mainly taking him out, so I did take a couple of walks with the dog. I lounged around the rest of the day watching movies and a Gidget "marathon" on one of the retro stations (pathetic, I know!). My goal also was for DD#2 and I to ride our bikes around 8:00 on the greenway and then view the fireworks in the subdivision behind us. Neither 0ne of us felt like moving, but my sister and her husband came by, so we walked to the subdivision, watched the fireworks and then came back home to shoot off our own. The whole time it felt like we were in a battlefield because fireworks were going off all around us. DD#3 and the dogs hid out in the basement because they hate the loud noise!

All in all it was a good vacation & 4th of July. I kept things under control and even when I did go over my points, I had plenty of activity points! The main thing is I wrote everything down I ate (even the cake and yesterdays snacking!).

I'll run again tonight. I'm going to do 2 miles/walk/and then 1 mile run. I'll keep my exercise streak going and my next goal is to loose 3 lbs. and then I'm going to start going back and weighing in at Weight Watchers. I'll be back to Lifetimer (2+ above my WW goal) and I won't have to pay. I want to loose about 4 lbs. after that. Weighing in at Weight Watchers held myself accountable and since I refuse to pay, I'll want to stay within my Lifetimer goal!

  
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TIG123GER 7/5/2012 9:58AM

    Congrats on the streak and returning to Lifetimer status! Keep up the excellent work.

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Weekend & Holiday Challenge

Friday, June 29, 2012

2 days in a row with tracking! I finished yesterday at my target points (Weight Watchers). As usual, breakfast & lunch were no problem since I eat a healthy breakfast and pack my lunch for work. I'm in a small office, so there's no vending machines, breakrooms, etc. for temptations. I'm also usually the only one in my office, so I don't have to deal with co-workers bringing in goodies. Believe me, I've had that in past jobs where people brought in bagels, donuts, baked goods and we always had some kind of party or pot luck. Plus someone always wanted to go out for lunch. So fortunately during the work week, breakfast and lunch are easy!

Dinner can sometimes be a challenge unless I've planned and keep my portions under control. My biggest challenge is snacking and mindless eating!

I was able to curb that desire last night. DH and I went to the grocery store as soon as I got home from work and I bought some healthy snacks & more fruit. We had to pick up DD#2 from a friend's house, so by the time we got home, it was after 6:30 and we still had to finish dinner. DH grilled out and I had a turkey burger, pasta salad (healthy) and some grilled veggies and a big ole tomato from my Dad's garden. By the time we ate and I helped DD#1 get ready for her trip (left this morning for 9 days), it was after 8:00. It was still 90 degrees, but I needed to get in my 30+ mins. I jumped on my bike and puffed up our long gravel driveway (steep hill), rode through the subdivision behind us and got on the greenway. I only had about 30 mins. of daylight, so I rode home in the semi-dark. I got in a 40 min. bike ride. It was a little cooler on the greenway (but the bugs were out!) but still so hot! I played Yatzee with the girls and since it was already so late - I had grapes for a snack!

Now here's the challenge - I'm off work until next Thursday. I have vacation Monday & Tuesday and Wednesday is the 4th. Tracking will be a challenge and so will exercise. Today is going to be 105 degrees and the same with Saturday & Sunday. The "heatwave" will break and Monday will only be 90+. Tonight I'm going to run with DD#2 at the indoor track. I'm planning to do the entire DVD workout tomorrow morning (45 mins.) for lower & upper body strength training. Not sure about Sunday. Monday is DD#2's 14th birthday! We've gone kayaking the past 3 years and that's what she wants to do this year, so I'm good for Monday. I will have to deal with pizza & cake! I'll have to think of something fun to do for Tuesday & Wednesday that incorporates some exercise.

I've got all my tools and plans prepared. If I eat pizza & cake, I'll track it. I've got "activity points" stored, so as long as I don't over do it, I should be fine.

I love a good challenge!

  


Good Day!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yesterday was a good day! It didn't start that way. I got a real shock when the scale showed a 2 lb. gain (overnight). Yes, I sometimes weigh every day and I know how the scale can fluctuate. Nevertheless, I was pretty devastated by the gain. It did, however, serve as a "wake up" call (as if I needed more). I also broke down and measured (I had blogged before about my clothes being snug) and I have also gained 2 inches (bust, waist, hips & thigh measurement). I set up my food tracker and was determined to start tracking again. I was also more determined to keep up my 30+ min. exercise a day.

My food tracking through the day was great (as it usually is). Around 8:00 pm, I settled down to watch TV. I had finished eating dinner around 7:30 pm (after running) and knew I wasn't hungry, I just needed to control the snacking. I did have a Weight Watcher ice cream bar and I was still about 9 points below my target points. Around 9:00 the cravings started - I wanted to snack! Since I was still under my points, I had a cheese stick and an orange (and plenty of water). I went to bed about 10:30 pm feeling a little hungry. Since I ended the day 7 pts. below target, I need to eat a little more (healthy) during the day - but not at 10:00 pm!

DH and all 3 girls and I went to the park. DD#3 had her hip hop class, so DD#1&2 ran with me on the indoor track (neither was happy to go, in fact we got into an argument, but they were glad after they ran - DD#1 wants to go again tonight!). I upped the running to 2 miles. It was about 40 mins. run/walk! DH did 3 miles outside in the heat/humidity/hills! It was about 90+ degrees - he's a rock star! It's going to be really hot the next 5 days (95+), so I'm going to have to be careful and make sure I get in the exercise. I'm not going to start the kickboxing until DD#1 gets back (she leaves tomorrow morning for 10 days), so I'll do my running on the indoor track and do some more bike riding late evening right before it gets dark.

BTW - I weighed myself again this morning and I was down 2.6 lbs. - go figure!

  


Sometimes the Scale Doesn't Lie

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I've been struggling lately with my weight gain. I've looked back at my previous blogs and just about every blog mentions my concerns about the weight gain as a postscript. Yes, I'm concerned, disappointed, frustrated and yes, I know what to do. However, I'm not doing it. I've even attributed the number on the scale to the "scale lying". But sometimes the scale doesn't lie! I've gained inches and my clothes are getting a little snug. It's time to put my plan in action and quit casually mentioning it as an afterthought. It will now be front & center of my plan!

I pulled out all my past Weight Watcher trackers while I was successfully and consistently loosing weight, and without fail, the main thing that stands out is the lack of snacking. I would eat my healthy breakfast, healthy lunch with a late afternoon snack of fruit and my healthy dinner. I would have one healthy snack at night. I wasn't depriving myself, I was getting enough to eat. I just wasn't mindlessly eating! I have some "trigger" times. Late night snacking and mindless weekend eating. I need to get those under control.

I recreated my Weight Watcher trackers on a spreadsheet and pulled out all of my materials. The counting points worked for me (previous 46 lbs. weight loss and maintaining for almost a year). What doesn't work is not tracking and keeping yourself accountable. As soon as I stopped, I let it get out of control. So I'm taking back control.

I'm ok with the exercise plan. I've kept my "streak" going for 2 weeks. Monday I did my 20 min. upper body workout and finished cutting the grass with the pushmower (DD#2 was supposed to finish it up, but she was so tired after her 7 hour kayaking nightmare and she had a 2 hour basketball practice that evening, so I did it). Last night I went bike riding for 45 mins. I was pretty proud of myself. We walked the bikes through the woods to the subdivision behind us and then rode to the greenway trail. DD#2 and I rode 6 miles on the greenway and I'm not sure how far through the subdivision (DH and DD#3 couldn't keep up with us -DD#3 needs some practice on her bike!). On the way back, there's 2 "killer" hills through the subdivision (the greenway is very flat) and I rode up both hills. DD#2 had to get off and walk her bike. Way to go Mom!

Tonight I'll run while DD#3 is at hip hop class. I'm going to increase my run increment tonight. I also contacted a place for a kickboxing class and DD#1 and I are going to go when she gets back (she leaves tomorrow for 10 days - will miss her!). The gym has a good schedule and I'm thinking Mon. (not sure), Wed/Fri. running/walking, Tues./Thurs. kickboxing and body toning class on Saturday mornings. I'm hoping it's not too expensive, but we'll see if it's something we can afford for both of us - we both do better in a group environment and not trying to do it on our own. I'm going to keep my 30+ min. a day exercise streak going through the summer!

  


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