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My son is making progress

Monday, September 19, 2011

Today I visited my son's doctor to discuss his blood test results. Thanks God the results were good and my son lost 2 pounds. Now he only needs to lose 26 pounds.

We (including the Pediatrician) are very happy with my son's progress. During the last week we only gave him lean meat, fruits, vegetables, some corn flakes, natural peanut butter, a lot of water and fat-free milk. We are eating the same food. I am not eating nothing that my son cannot eat. That's my rule. If CJ cannot have it, then I will not have it.

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HEALTHY-GG 9/28/2011 10:50AM

    I am so happy that your efforts are proving successful!! I am sure it is not easy all the time!
You are a great Mom!!

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VEGALEGARRETA 9/21/2011 3:43PM

    amiguita!! congrats!!

que ambos tengan exito! wohooo!

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MRSDAVIS09 9/19/2011 10:16PM

    That is SO good. . .and only eating what he can eat will also help you move closer to your own goals! God Bless :)

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DJ4HEALTH 9/19/2011 9:38PM

    Good that way he will not feel like he has to have a special meal and that he is being deprived of food that he sees you eating and he can't. So congrats on doing it along with him. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/19/2011 9:23PM

    Great job! And two pounds is awesome :-)

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DGFOWLER 9/19/2011 9:13PM

    Great job CJ I'm proud of you and mom.. So proud that you are only eating what your son does. He'll learn from a wonderful teacher. Donna

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I just need to vent...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My heart is broken... Yesterday I took my son for his 3 years old check up. I was afraid that the Pediatrician would tell me that my son was close to be an overweight kid but I was not prepared for what he actually told me. He entered the room, greeted us and follow with "We have to stop this NOW. Your son is OBESE. As of today 09/12/2011 you will clean your pantry. NO bread, pizza, pasta, rice, sodas, candies, etc...." Then he followed explaining that if we do not take action NOW, my son will get diabetes in less than two year. After this, he just hit me with: "Mom, he was just fine until 18 months." After 18 months, I allowed my son to have pizza, sodas, popcorn, etc. etc. etc. My son weights 58 pounds, 28 more than he should.

As I heard the doctor talking, my mind was in my childhood times. I just could think that my story was repeating in my son. The Doctor asked me "Who is taking care of this kid? Is the grandmother, right? Yes, is my mom who takes care of my son. The same person that took care of me and allowed me to eat everything I wanted. Then he told me that the problem is that hispanic grandparents think that chubby kids are healthy kids. But we cannot blame this problem on her. My husband and myself have a lot to do with this too.

I feel I am responsible of my son's healthy status. I allowed my family to feed him with junk food. How it is possible that after all situation I have been in as an overweight child and obese adult, I did not take care of my son's eating habits. OMG, this is the worst feeling ever, I am killing our son with food.

The good thing out of this is that my husband finally understood that he cannot continue eating the stuff he was eating and bringing home all those cookies, donuts, sodas, etc. We had adopted a zero junk diet to help my son lose weight and be healthy. I followed the doctors instructions: Clean your pantry. After 3 big kitchen bags (and a almost empty pantry), I can say that we are in good direction. I have prepared a daily meals and exercise log to keep track of what my son is eating. Tomorrow I am taking my son for a extensive blood work. My son will be going to his doctor every month to follow up his progress.

I am still crying but I am think we will get him down to 30 pounds, where he should be for his age.

This is my son during his 3rd birthday celebration. The theme: M&Ms, his favorite candies...

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MRSDAVIS09 9/16/2011 9:44AM

    You are a good mom, and you are doing what is right for your son. Don't beat yourself up because you didn't see it at first. The important thing is you see it now, and you are doing something about it. One day your son will look at you and tell you how much he appreciates what you've given him. . .it may not be until he has children of his own, but that day WILL come! You are giving him the gift of good health and good habits that will stay with him for the rest of his life. By the time he is a teenager, he will be armed with knowledge that will help him make better choices. What you are doing will help your whole family. You can also start planning healthy activities to share as a family, like hiking and biking, swimming and maybe even entering some 5K races. I'm so proud of you, mom!!!

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CECE0330 9/13/2011 5:32PM

    The good news is: You CAN change your son's health as you continue to work on yours. This is not irreversible! And at his age, kids LOVE to be active and are open to new things. Just be patient, as it may take him a little while to adjust to healthier fare. You might need to be creative to encourage him to eat.

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YAFENELRA 9/13/2011 12:33PM

    You are for sure moving in the right direction. Though losing weight at any age is hard, the younger a person is, the easier it is. You can all do this as a family and I wish you lots of luck!!

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2011 10:15AM

    Glad you are headed in the right direction!
Sending good thoughts for your success!

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/13/2011 8:46AM

    It sounds like you're headed in the right direction. Keep those positive changes coming. It is hard to feel like we are hurting our children. Mine are all older, but I remember when they were younger, feeding them cheaper food since I didn't work, things like chicken patties, french fries, fish sticks, hot dogs, mac and cheese. I so wish I knew then what I know now as I know my food habits not only hurt me, but also hurt them. Thankfully, I have 4 beautiful and healthy kids now, 3 of them adults. Their teen years were better as that's when I started changing my habits. It's never too late to change things. emoticon

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MITECU 9/13/2011 8:11AM

    The school where I teach has a high Hispanic population. I would say over 50% of the students are overweight. It's so sad to see them huff and puff as they climb stairs. Getting your son on a healthy lifestyle now is the best thing you can do. It's not only about eating well. Provide him with opportunities for physical activity.
How fun would it be for your whole family to walk, swim, or play ball together!
Good luck!

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    This totally made me tear up. Try not to be so hard on yourself. Parenting is not always easy, and we have to learn most of it as we go along. Be glad that your son's doctor (and you!) are addressing this now. Keep him as active as possible and that extra weight will probably just melt off! Kids are resilient, and with him being so young, he probably won't even remember being overweight when he gets older.

I think the hardest part is going to be helping him to understand how to make healthy choices without turning it into an unhealthy obsession with weight. Dealing with grandparents will also be a struggle. I know my mom and dad love to give my son cookies and candy like it's going out of style.

I wish you lots of luck with this. I hope you are able to get your son into a healthy weight range.

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Is it worth the risk?

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I have been wondering if it is worth the risk to take prescriptions to "cure or manage" our health problems. Wouldn't be safer to take a more natural approach to our health conditions? I know there are conditions that are severe but the prescriptions we are taking have some side effects that scare me.

Yesterday, a friend left work because she received a call telling her that her teenager tried to commit suicide. Thanks GOD there was an angel close to her and nothing bad happened. Her daughter has been under medical treatment for a neurological condition for more than 2 years now. This month the doctor has changed the medication 4 times. One of the side effects of the medication is that it "may cause suicidal thoughts". These are medications that she must take to control her health condition. I just pray God so she will be the happy and healthy girl she was.

When situations like this happen I think about how our great grandparents took care of their health. For example: Don't you dare to tell my grandmother that one of her grandchildren has ADHD because she will tell you "What he needs is a day with me and I will fix him" and believe me, she will... There were no pain or cold that she cannot cure with some plants and lemon. And if one of my uncles was having "behavioral problems" she will resolve it in a second.

I am not against science and doctors. But I believe that if we take a more natural approach, we could have better health and if we have a medical condition, we can manage it in a more effective way. I think that we sometimes see the prescriptions as the only way for a health condition and we may forget that the natural approach, maybe combined with the prescription, would be better.


My biological age...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yesterday I received an urgent call from my niece. She was so exited because she had her first homework for the Nutrition course. As she was telling me the story and telling me "I want you to do this with me" I was thinking "Oh oh, this will be ugly... Nutrition class... mmm... emoticon

Well, she directed me to an online test about lifestyle habits. My results are:

My Biological age = 31.9 (My actual age is 33)
My Life expectancy = 89.3
My Healthy Life Expectancy = 75.9
My Accrued Years = 5.6
If I optimize my lifestyle, I could add 9.4 years to my life.

After I completed "my homework", I texted her the results. She couldn't believe that I got better results. As per the test, her biological age is 19.5 years but her actual age is 18. In form of joke a told her that my results are because I exercise and drink tea. The results of my test made me realize that, although I am far from my goal, the changes I have made to my diet, exercise routine, etc. are improving my life.

If you would like to take this test, go to the following link . The website also has a "Happiness Test". I also took that test and I got a "C" emoticon.


Dealing with empty desires...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. because I wanted to go to IHOP for a breakfast. The problem is that I should not spend the money I have eating out or buying unnecessary stuff, and if I go to IHOP I know I would easily eat around 1,500 calories just for breakfast... Finally, I could manage to calm my desire and decide to prepare an IHOP style breakfast, healthier version, for me and my family. OMG emoticon it was sooo gooood.

Around 10 a.m. I started thinking about going shopping to buy something... emoticon
I have always use food and money to "deal with my reality". But today I decided to do something different . I did ask my husband to take me to the mall but on our way to the Shopping Mall I told him "I don't need to go to the mall. Instead, take me to Whole Food Market" emoticon Once at the market, I walked around looking the beautiful veggies, fruits and healthy people. At the end, I just bought some organic carrots, 2 muffins, 2 croissants, a small bottle of lemonade and a natural cola for my hubby. I shared the muffins and croissants with my husband and son.

Small milestones is what make our journey worth the sacrifice. It is all for a better life!

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JULIAINLA 8/28/2011 10:54PM

    I really like what you did ..picked a healthy alternative. Good for you. :) Thanks for the healthy-minded blog-helpful to me.

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GREG32572 8/28/2011 4:09PM

    great job!! I still have days where I struggle with my empty desires and alot of the time I give into them and sometimes I don't. I cherish the times I do not and I forgive myself and learn from the times I do

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