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Childhood Obesity Sucks - and I'm a Hypocrite

Thursday, September 20, 2012

So, let's take a break from the usual report on my workouts and motivating pep talks. Something has been eating away at me and I am more and more agitated, which means I probably need to do some processing of the issue to understand why I feel this way.

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.



Here's the thing: this won't be your typical article on childhood obesity. I have a weird take on things because I am a Mom and I KNOW how difficult it is to consistently feed your kids healthy food and keep them active.

It seems there are two basic camps to this whole issue.

On the one hand, you have the parents that have been labeled as lazy enablers. They just "love" their child so much that they want them to be happy, in detriment to the child's own health. You hear things like this from them: "Yeah, I know it's not good for him, but I don't know how to get him to stop eating it. He will throw a fit if he doesn't have it."

On the other side of the aisle, you have the militant and judgmental holier-than-thou parents, who say things like this: "It is your JOB as a parent to do the hard work of teaching health to your child! Their LIFE is at stake and if you don't do your job, your child's obesity is on YOUR shoulders. You are to blame and you are not a fit parent."

The problem is, I don't fall into either side perfectly. I kind of fall in the middle. I am a walking hypocrite. I am inconsistent in my efforts to keep my kids on the right track, diet-wise, although we have made GREAT strides in our household in the area of physical activity!

We have a unique situation, in that my in-laws actually live in the same house with us and have their own separate kitchen. We buy our groceries, they buy theirs...but we are one family, so naturally, things travel from one fridge to another quite frequently. This make it VERY difficult to control what's happening with the kids' diets. We've had the "family meetings" and explained our desires for health for our kids, etc. Everyone knows everyone else's viewpoint on diet. It doesn't stop my kids from raiding Grandpa's junk food stash (which is sizeable) pretty much ALL THE TIME. Clearly, we have some limits to set...and, yeah...that's the hard work that needs to be done.

But let's not just blame the grandparents. That's not fair. The reality is that my kids have set eating patterns that are not healthy (and the grandparents didn't always live with us!) And, as kids are, they are picky and are not apt to try too many new things (although, they've been improving in this area as well...my 10-year old tried kale chips and LOVED them, to my shock and surprise!) My kids will FIGHT over a bag of edamame or a bowl of guacamole. They sure do love their fruit and, for the most part, my 7 year old likes the "healthier" cereals over the sugary ones, for some random reason. Still, a rather large part of their diet is frozen pizza, chicken nuggets, ice cream and Toaster Strudels. Ugh.

The other day, I went to the mall and saw a woman (rather thin herself) pushing her daughter in a stroller. This kid had to be about 5 yrs old (definitely old enough to walk) and probably weighed around 80 lbs. My brain automatically went to judgment. Frankly, I was outraged at this mom for not making her kid WALK. Unfair of me, because what if there was some medical issue and the child could not walk? Still...it's so easy to see the speck in someone else's eye and not the log in your own, isn't it?

This whole topic is irritating and frustrating for me. I feel so passionately about it and I'm so upset that this country has let this happen to our youth. At the same time, if I look down deep, my frustration is with myself as a mom...for not putting into place good habits for my own kids and for starting their lives out with a bad example (my own obesity). How can we expect to change as a nation if we aren't willing to start right in our own homes?

We are always hardest on ourselves though, aren't we? It probably wouldn't hurt to look at the positive side of things as well.

My 4 yr old (boy) is pretty insistent lately that he is going to "get big muscles" and that kind of warms my heart (seriously, his arms are twigs right now. LOL). He is rather tall and weighs 39 lbs. He is NOT obese. None of my kids are...but I wouldn't call them totally healthy either.

We put the Boy in soccer. His first time having an activity just for him and not having to sit on the sidelines and watch his sisters do stuff. You should have seen him strut his stuff on that field. Hilarious. And he hugged me afterwards and said, "Mommy, I loooooove soccer."

Signed my 10 yr-old girl up for martial arts. You would have loved the look of confidence and strength and empowerment in her eye when she had that first lesson (and every one thereafter). I didn't expect it (silly me!), but she is beginning to believe in herself...and I see the beginnings of a strong woman in her.

My silly 7-year old girl couldn't care less about the rules of soccer or the fact that her coach is standing right next to her. She will still completely ignore a game going on around her and crouch down to study an ant hill in the middle of the field...and do a few cartwheels too. But...at least she's out there. Right?

Aforementioned silly 7 yr-old asked to join me on a bike ride the other day and made it 2 miles on a little crappy bike with training wheels. Good for her!

Both girls were completely engrossed in the Ironkids website with me the other night and are super excited to enter their first triathlon next Summer!

My 10 yr old has refused to eat "pink slime" and has allowed us to pack her healthy lunches for the entire last school year. She doesn't always eat them, but the food is offered to her. (We barred Grandpa from packing lunches last year. Haha.)

On the food front, things are slower moving...but the kids do SEE their mom eating better and occasionally become curious to put something weird in their mouths. So, I'll take that as a baby step.

The long and short of it is...we can sit around all day either enabling our kids or berating ourselves for being awful parents, but what are we DOING to teach them, to be a role model and to incorporate health into their lives, either in overt or sneaky ways?

Maybe this country won't ever conquer childhood obesity. But we can address it one kid at a time...and why not start with our own?

  
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BKNOCK 9/25/2012 10:03PM

    Sounds to me like you are doing a pretty good job with your kids!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 9/25/2012 2:53PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Remember, we are all works in progress. Are you better at instilling healthy eating habits in your kids than you were last month, last year? Then, you're moving in the right direction. The apostle Peter, in discussing the Christian walk, tells us that if the fruit of faith is evident in our lives, and is increasing, then we're doing well. (see 2 Peter 1:8 in context) And it's a principle that applies elsewhere. As long as you're moving toward the goal, you're doing well. Once you stop, you start falling backwards.

I think you're on the right track with the kids, just keep teaching them, helping them be active, and showing them a good role model. And a good role model doesn't have to be perfect...you just have to be honest & transparent (your kids will respect you for this), admit failures and then continue moving forward.

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IAMLOVEDBYYOU 9/25/2012 1:57PM

    I like your blog and I like the heart of this, but I really need to say something.

Don't judge the mom in the mall with the stroller, because her child might have a disability. I'm not trying to be all PC and crap, but the truth is, there is a decent chance that an 80lb 5 year old being pushed in the stroller has a disability. That's not "normal" parenting behavior, which makes me think that there might be more to the story.. sometimes you can't tell when children have a disability.

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HEATHER3477 9/25/2012 9:45AM

    Your taking a step in the right direction. My son is overweight, and he watches everything I do. He is 12 years old and over the past few months I have seen him start paying more attention to what he puts in his body and I have seen him being more active. He isn't always like this but it's a start. The good news is he hasn't really gained any more weight since he started.

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MAMA_CD 9/24/2012 4:36PM

    Being a good example is the best way to promote a healthy lifestyle for the kids. None of us are perfect just being perfected.

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HACKETT1171 9/24/2012 2:40PM

    when we started to change more of out eating habits, I jut told the kids that we don't eat such and such any more. Just don't buy it! Plain and simple with the foods you dont want them to eat. I can only control what my kids do with me and around me. I can not control what happens when they are with their dad, but you can still control what they do in your own house with your in laws junk food stash. Moderation, maybe only let them raid it 2x a week with a limit on what they can eat.

Good luck!

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OBURRELL 9/24/2012 11:26AM

    My 9 month old son is a big motivator for me. I don't want him to grow up with the food issues I have so I am trying to get myself in order now before he gets old enough to really notice things. He will eat pretty much anything so I am trying to take advantage of that and feed him good stuff. If only I could get him to drink water without having to mix it with apple juice. GL and keep up the good work! Your kids will be ok!

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RUNNERLADY2 9/24/2012 10:43AM

    Great blog! My kids are all grown now but I do see them make these choices for my grandkids and it makes me proud of them; I wish I could say they totally got their good habits from me, but somehow they got them in spite of me. The younger two have celiac disease, which has forced them to be extremely careful about what they eat so they do tend to stick to the healthiest of choices. Good message here that parents of youngsters need!

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DOTTY7267 9/24/2012 9:02AM

    Thank you for speaking on this touchy subject. I have daughters, and since birth, my 1 daugther has always been over weight and now obese. It was difficult because even with the monitoring of diet, activities, etc. she was rebelling against what was happening in the home. She resorted to sneaking foods, and getting them from her grandparents. I tried being stearn, and then tried being lenient, but was often in tears trying to figure out what I was doing wrong and how I was negatively influencing her in one way or another.

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NEWMOM20121 9/24/2012 8:36AM

    Sorry I missed this until today. Great blog, well said.

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CAROL494 9/23/2012 8:31PM

  Thank you for sharing your ideas! emoticon

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KACEYSW 9/23/2012 5:31PM

    There are so many factors with childhood obesity that one cannot pin it down to one specific thing, as you point out. Role models are key to this and, as you say, parents are the most important role model in a child's life. The effects of fast food, couch-potato/video gaming culture, and lifestyles of little outdoor activity are of no help. Another negative effect is the fact that schools have been forced to minimize PE activities due to budget cuts and some pretty interesting laws that are taking playground equipment off of school grounds due to potential liability issues.

You bring up great points. Nice job!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/23/2012 12:32PM

    Great blog, as a parent I so get this....

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CHESAPEAKE60 9/23/2012 11:40AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog as well. And I, too, can relate from all sides. Am now a gramma to a 6 year old and a 2 year old and I do like to "treat" the grands - as my Gramma treated me. But I also appreciate and respect my daughter and son-in-laws desire to raise happy, healthy children! So I do my best to have snacks at my house healthy ones. I make air-popped popcorn in my presto microwave popper. Then I finely mist the popped corn with oilive oil from my Misto and add just a pinch of sea salt, I make a healthy baked oatmeal with bananas and blueberries that the kids view as a treat, etc.

One thing I will add to all the mothers and mothers-to-be of very young children. Start your kids very young with all sorts of healthy flavors. I saw this approach with my grandchildren and was AMAZED. Once the pediatrician gave the OK for table foods my DD and SIL rarely bought baby food (only for travel). They had a mini processor and whatever veggies and fruit they were having for dinner simply got a few quick pulses in the processor and the babies ate what the adults ate for meals. Needless to say, that meant they cooked cleanly for themselves - no added salt or unhealthy fats. They just added their seasonings after cooking.

So fast forward to a 2 and 6 year old who drink mostly water with their meals, will eat just about and vegetable or fruit, and have never tasted a soda or artificial sweetener. They do get desserts - just not every meal or every night. DD and SIL both cook and they make breads and cookies, etc. with healthy grains and oils, applesauce, and fruits. Homemade sorbets and ice creams, etc.

It is worth the time and effort I truly believe. And the parents both work full time but still manage a healthy household.



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VALIENDRA 9/23/2012 11:00AM

    Thank you for sharing your opinion. It gets me thinking about my own responsability. I don't have kids yet bul I will, someday. And I will want them healthy and active. But if I am not healthy and active.. how can I ever have them doing stuff that are good for them ?

I'll have to set an example. Today is a good day to start doing things the right way for my future kids. A strong image will encourage them to move and eat right.

Keep pushing. You certainly are a wonderful woman and mom ! ☼

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BLOOMING52 9/23/2012 3:19AM

    Interesting.

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WELSTEACH 9/23/2012 2:06AM

    You are being an example. Don't beat yourself up. Ultimately kids make their own choices too. Food isn't as controllable as adults would like, and isn't a good battle ground. Any field where a parent has a great chance of losing by demanding is poor. So, gently suggest, be an example, and let them grow into better food choices. You have them hooked on moving their bodies. Count that as 1 for the home team!

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ROB704 9/22/2012 9:50PM

    My wife and I have this discussion many times - our daughter is 21 now - and have come think that until we (as a society) start to move more the situation will get worse. Think about it...not sure how old you are (I'm 43) but when I was a kid we went outside, I rode my bike everywhere, hours and hours...all physical, from playing army to playing football. TV had 3 channels and no remote.

You're doing a great job by even recognizing the challenges and trying...good for you!

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SENIORSWIMMER 9/22/2012 8:26PM

    Great blog. I come from a "food = love" family. It is so hard to break those early habits. Nearly all of my fondest childhood memories center around a large family gathering with a table straining under the weight of everyone's best recipes. The food and the fellowship...I equate having lots of food on hand with security - a grandchild of the Great Depression. I equate a full stomach with love. These are tough bonds to break. Learning to break those bonds in a positive way is part of this journey we call "lifestyle changes."

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KALLIE1958AR 9/22/2012 2:17PM

    Good blog .. I just want to point out .. we are bombarded with food that have hormones in them now ... they put growth hormones in everything .. lets make the cows chickens so on bigger and we eat them hmm wonder why we are getting fatter not saying that is all of it clearly we are doing our part ... they put stuff in all processed food to make you hungry .. again wonder why we are getting fatter every year .. so we do have a battle for sure .. But the good news we will make it .. yay .. We make a garden and all we can do .. so lets just pray for health .. and do our part .. Sounds like you are making good changes .. I know we are all here to do that .. God Bless hats off to you ... emoticon

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GALINAZ 9/21/2012 2:03PM

    Great take on this controversy. As a grandma, I need to practice my own good habits I'm developing with my grandkids instead of indulging them because I'm grandma. More play and less treats!

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DONNA5281 9/21/2012 10:04AM

 

Great blog. You are doing a great job with your children.

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LINDAK25 9/21/2012 9:03AM

    Your doing just fine with your kids. I understand just what you're going through.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/21/2012 9:00AM

    GREAT blog. Very thoughtful, and a lot of good insight there. Thanks for sharing!

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THESLIMMERME1 9/21/2012 2:14AM

    emoticon blog - I do believe it is one child at a time, and as adults/parents we need to encourage the introduction of a 'healthy lifestyle' to the next generation.

I know in one family, once the child is old enough, they are encouraged to plan the menu and meal for the family taking into account the basic food choices...it's work but with encouragement and enthusiasm something each one looks forward too being the 'family chef for the day'

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LANEYTHEGIRL 9/21/2012 12:51AM

    I've come to realize my 15-year-old son follows more of what I do than say. I have been trying since he was young to get him to eat vegetables. I always include one with dinner. Lately he's been eating them and he won't drink soda during soccer bc his coach tells them how bad they are. He loves fast food but I find he limits himself. I know he learned all this self-control by watching me do the same for myself not because of anything I have said. Leading by example is the best way and you r doing that.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/21/2012 12:21AM

    Beautiful story! And so true. Childhood obesity is no joke. But it is a wake up call for all of us.

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PEGGYO 9/20/2012 10:13PM

    ok

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DIGIRO 9/20/2012 8:55PM

    What an interesting blog! I probably fall more into the militant mom, but have an indulgent grandparent in my basement (snack & soda heaven).
This summer was a changing point for my 15 yr-old daughter. Without using a scale, and being more active, she lost approximately 25 lbs.
Yesterday, on the drive home, she remarked on the gratitude she felt towards my "no fast-food" stance. She did admit to feeling "deprived" when she was younger & we drove past those places to go home & cook, but can now share her appreciation for my strong stance. Suddenly, it makes sense to her.
Thank God for the "aha" moment- and for those with younger kids, I believe your moment will come too. It's not fun driving past the playplaces with a crying kid, but someday that child will thank you!

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LIVEDAILY 9/20/2012 8:33PM

    I would most definitely NOT call you a hypocrite! You are a realist! You're picking and choosing the food battles...and the ARE battles. You are setting a wonderful example for your kids with physical movement/exercise/sports. I think you're doing a great job!!

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KIPPER15 9/20/2012 8:33PM

    You sound like a great mom. All my kids have four legs or fins. I am in control of what they eat and how they exercise. They are all spoiled rotten little buggers.!!LOL emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/20/2012 8:25PM

    It's a journey and it sounds to me as if your middle of the road approach is the most realistic. This from a morbidly obese adult who spent a childhood hungry because Mother's favorite punishment was withholding food and I still have not resolved my food issues!

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KRYSTALLA 9/20/2012 8:22PM

    Great blog. I can certainly understand how you feel. I have a 13 year old son, who is an extremely picky eater. When he was younger his doctor told me not to force him to eat things, as when I would try him with things he would get sick if he didn't like it or didn't want to try it and I was making him do so. He has started to try things but it is very hard getting him to eat healthy. If he don't like it he won't eat it no matter what, I can get him to try something but if he don't like it after the first bite or two forget it. It is kinda funny cause at times when we are having something he will make sure I have the smaller portion cause he knows I want to loose weight, and he will announce it to me that is what he is doing.

He likes gym in school and he likes to do games on the Wii especially the ones were he gets to do alot of moving around. He loves to take walks up and down the street either with myself or my mom or even with both of us with him. He at times will try to be a big strong man by trying to help out around the yard with yardwork.

I just try to do my best with him, that is really only what any parent can do is their best. And I think you are doing the best you can for yourself and your kids.

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KBRADFORD88 9/20/2012 6:30PM

    My girls have so picked up bad habits . It feels like taking care of my own eating is so much work. When I add in my kids it feels so hard. I know most of my girls trouble is linked to inactivity and puberty and too big portions. But, we have started moving more. It stinks though that my girls have to think about their weight and what they look like. It's so frustrating to have to think about all this for myself and them. It also is crazy that my boys have zero weight issues. They just know how to quit eating when they are full. Go figure?

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/20/2012 5:59PM

    Excellent blog!

By far, the best thing you can do for your children is exactly what you are doing for yourself: be a healthy, active person.

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DATMAMA4 9/20/2012 5:21PM

    It's very difficult to constantly monitor our kids' food intake. I buy healthy food, for the most part, and the occasional ice cream (or we make cookies). Portion control is more the issue in our house. But our boys are out & about with their friends, going out to eat with them after an event, and I'm sure they eat a lot more junk food (certainly more fast food!) than my hubby and I do. The good thing is that we try to eat our main meal of the day at home, so I know there's some good homemade stuff going in. I consider any visits to grandparents as a total loss as far as nutrition, between the cooking methods (lots of fat) and abundance of junk food, as well as the constant encouragement to "have more!".

As far as the physical activity goes, I try to lead by example -- they're not tremendously active as far as sports go, and I'm still learning how to be active myself -- and I invite them to join me on walks or bike rides.

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JOYCECAIN 9/20/2012 3:36PM

    I loved the blog. You can only do so much for the kids. Quit beating yourself up. Things will be fine.

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JMARIES51 9/20/2012 3:04PM

    Great blog and I think you are doing your best by keeping the kids interested in being active. It is a fine line about nutrition for kids, and they always will have their likes and dislikes. Hopefully they just make it to adulthood without too many traumas and bullying and you have won! emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 9/20/2012 2:49PM

    Kudos for being so honest about how hard it is! I raised 2 kids as a single working Mom so just being able to afford food was a priority over making sure it was healthy. And I wasn't home much to supervise what they ate or when. But they are adults now and neither is overweight although one eats healthy and exercises consistently and the other has a diet of mostly fast food and coffee with very little exercise. They are both parents now and struggling to make sure there kids eat healthy and get plenty of exercise - so the circle continues. We do the best we can with what we know at the time .I think kids learn much more by example than by nagging and you are an amazing role model so I'm sure your kids will be super.! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 9/20/2012 2:07PM

    You sound like you're trying as best a you can. I know my kids never ate the best. But we also didn't have a battle like some people had. Yes there really is a bitter gene that 80% of kids have and that's why so many hate vegetables, including me. As we get older our taste buds change, so the more they see you eat, the more likely they will get there as they grow up. Keep up the good work!
I know about in-laws, even not in the house. My mother-in-law gave them tons of candy and ice cream when they were little. I didn't even have any of those things in my house. She also came up with a ketchup sandwich for my son. A what?? Anyway, once I peeled them off the wall the next day from all the sugar, we'd get back on schedule. Good luck!

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CLUTTRELL8 9/20/2012 2:05PM

    Our 10 year old just commented this past weekend how they 'eat healthy' all week at home and get to go to grandma's on Fridays for 'treats and junk food'. lol Now, I know they get to indulge more at their grandmother's but it's not all 'junk food' either. They think they're getting to eat free that day and so be it. The kids are eating healthy at home and we try to concentrate on teaching them what the healthy foods do for their bodies... what's good for skin and eyes and bones, etc. They have more interest in it that way, for us, it seems. But they are not completely banned from other foods that are higher in calories or fat sometimes. We don't want them growing up thinking they have to pig out on what they never got to have at home. They get these things sometimes, on occasion, and know there are just some foods you do not eat every day and some foods you NEED to eat everyday, like fruits and veggies. It is all about balance, so I don't see you being a hypocrite either. Just keep going with it, one thing at a time, and being the good example is the strongest thing you will ever do for them. They will remember more what they saw you do growing up than they will remember what you said. It'll stick with them when it's most important. Great blog! This is something I read on a lot. It's gotta be balanced... I want them to think 'eat healthy' and 'be strong' not 'lose weight' or 'be skinny'. I don't want them to have to deal with obesity OR eating disorders when they're older. It can be a tricky tight rope to walk.

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FITFOODIE806 9/20/2012 1:32PM

    I think you are working your butt off and doing an amazing job. You can just tell that you are such a loving mom. Your kids are bound to be well rounded individuals.
I do not use the word "diet" in our house and I don't want my daughter see me step on the scale. I emphasis exercise for feeling good and having fun. Eating healthy foods to be strong and healthy. My kids are young so it's easier not to buy crap. They haven't had as much social pressure. I think the media is a HUGE factor in childhood obesity. Look at the awful commercials that run during a kid's show. There is candy at the checkout of every store. Fastfood places give away toys. This issue is much more complex than just parents. But you are on the right track: let's all start with our own kids!

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IRONBLOSSOM 9/20/2012 1:32PM

    This is a topic I'm pretty conflicted about. For one thing, I don't have kids, and in dealing with one 8 year old that I see approximately once per week I'm very very glad I don't have kids.

ON the other hand, I was a kid once and my family was super duper incredibly healthy eaters. All organic, all natural, vegan, etc etc etc....BUT, my mom was not a very good cook in those days (to be fair, I am 100% aware that it is not easy to cook well in the massive quantities 6 people, 5 of whom are active athletes, 4 of whom do sports approximately 6 hours per day). So we always always always longed for "better" (really worse) food and would grab it whenever we could. Oooh, I saved up 50 cents! I can sneak a candy bar out of the vending machine at the tennis club and hide it in my bag for later!

My brother would go to the kitchen after dinner and have 4-6 pbjs (he really did need more protein than our vegan lifestyle was giving him, and as he got older my mom started cooking meat for him because he was just too skinny).

SO, bottom line, as soon as I turned 16 and got my driver's license? I hit McDonalds for french fries. Nothing else, just fries. I'd never had McDonalds, but I'd smelled it, I'd seen others eating it, I KNEW those french fries would be wonderful. And they were. They SO were. And that was the beginning of the end, really, because I had learned to hate healthy food and idolize junk food. Now I do find myself going back to those early lessons and cooking vegetables like my mom used to, only with spices and sometimes even healthy sauces. But it's taken 14 years for me to reset my mind from "garbage food GOOD, healthy food BAD."

I think my message to you is, showing your kids that a balance of food is healthy is good. Showing that it's okay to eat some "bad" food as long as they're also getting their veggies and other healthy stuff is good. Showing that there are ways to enjoy vegetables that don't consist of wilted broccoli in large quantities on a plate, VERY VERY GOOD.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/20/2012 12:57PM

    I am also passionate about this issue. I want my daughter to have a healthy self image and not just eat healthy and be active for weight reasons. She has noticed that when she eats ice cream it gives her a headache or when she eats too many sweets it gives her a stomach ache. I'm hoping that this is teaching her to pay attention to how the food makes her body feel. I think that is more effective than telling her she can't have something. Everything in moderation, right? I get upset sometimes at my in-laws because they buy her cookies and juice and if she eats that she won't be hungry.

I want to instill in my daughter a love of sports. She does swimming and ballet and has done gymnastics in the past and I want to sign her up for a soccer team (she just loves playing with Mommy and Daddy). She has done one kids race and is doing another in November. She learned how to ride a two-wheeler in the summer. Who knows? Maybe a Kid's Tri is in her future. She knows Mommy exercises and sometimes joins me. I think being a good role model and showing her a healthy lifestyle is more effective than me telling her she should be active.

I think buying healthy foods and eating it and making tasty healthy foods and showing our children that healthy food is enjoyable and activity is fun is a powerful message and combats obesity. I also talk to my students at school about nutrition, drinking water, and signed up to be a Network for a Healthy California representative at my school and educate students about fruits, vegetables and nutrition.

I think being proactive and having a balanced attitude is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our children emoticon

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KATHY_NATURELVR 9/20/2012 12:07PM

    IMHO I don't think you're a hypocrite and teaching kids is not a black-or-white issue. As you know, life is about balance and there are no clear lines. It's just about teaching the best you can. emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 9/20/2012 11:48AM

    I LOVE your blog. I'm a nutritionist at a WIC agency (for low income pregnant women, infants, and children) and I spend a lot of my day trying to encourage parents to feel more like you feel. Heck, nobody is perfect but I think noticing and trying to make small changes is the best thing you can do for your family and a HUGE step. Congrats to you!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/20/2012 11:47AM

    At my house the key is definitely healthy food being offered consistently because you never know what they are going to like. We do really good for dinners here at home with extremely healthy meals and they like fruit and whole wheat bread (toast or a sandwich) or oatmeal for breakfast, but I let the kids eat junk for lunch like mac 'n cheese, chicken nuggets, etc. I am trying to clean up their lunches, but admit to being overwhelmed most days. We do really good on the exercise front as well and that makes everyone happier. I am trying to help them learn the difference in how they feel when they eat junk as opposed to healthy foods, especially before exercising. It seems to be helping, but we are definitely a work in progress.

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OPTIMIST1948 9/20/2012 11:43AM

    Thank God for someone finally writing a balanced article about the need to feeed good foods and exercise as well as the difficulty in doing so. Child is testing our resolve rignt now. on this issue. Its so hard sometimes.

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MEH50BEWELL 9/20/2012 11:31AM

    Amen! And it's not just kids -- I have had to take the same baby steps to push my DH to eat outside the norm. He has finally moved to my side - LOL. My in-laws live next door - have several health problems but I still try to get them to put down the bologna sandwich and cheetos and go for a walk with me. 1 "person" at a time!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/20/2012 11:14AM

    It is a balancing act at times, isn't it? If we haven't been setting a good example from the start, expecting our kids to jump in wholeheartedly to eating healthy is not realistic. When our daughter came to live with us just before she turned 12 (she is adopted, obviously), she had a lot of set ways and ideas already about food; we had to pick our battles carefully and wondered if she would EVER let something green pass her lips. She is now 30, a mom, and eats salads and greens regularly. Starting with our own habits and setting the example is the best way to help our kids start eating better and becoming more active.

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The One Where I Explain My Injuries and Silence the Exercise Naysayers

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I've been irritated lately by naysayers. In particular, people who will comment on my Facebook or SP status and caution me not to overdo it with my exercise, etc because I might "permanently injure" myself if I keep working out. Now, I am not angry at these specific people because I understand that they are just saying these things because they care for me and they are concerned that I will do harm to myself. Who could be angry at someone for LOVING them? Haha.

But I realized that I have not ever clearly explained what is going on with my ankle, so naturally, if I were an outsider and saw me working out so much WITH an "injury", I'd be worried too!

So, to clear up the confusion and for those who actually care, I'd like to explain my "injuries" and also defend my decision to continue to consistently work out and stay registered for my 10k and half marathon, which will take place in 2 weeks and 4 weeks, respectively.

My ORIGINAL injury (the one that required the non-weight bearing treatment and had me in a boot for 4 weeks) was a bone bruise on my talus (ankle) bone. This was caused by my fibula (big bone in my leg) repeatedly hitting the talus over and over for a few months whenever I ran. On average, when you run, your knees take about 3 times your weight in force (which means, my knees and ankle were handling over 650 lbs of force every run). This injury was a direct result of my weight and obesity. THIS injury is healed. It is gone and I have not had any recurrence of it.

The SECONDARY "injuries", for which I have received physical therapy and ongoing treatment are linked to each other: tendinitis (posterior tibular, NOT achilles) and osteoarthritis.

According to the interwebz ( www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PM
H0002209/
), "tendinitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle to bone. Tendinitis can occur as a result of injury (ding ding ding!), overuse, or with aging as the tendon loses elasticity."

"Symptoms are pain and tenderness along a tendon, usually near a joint, and pain that is worse with movement or activity

The goal of treatment for tendinitis is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Rest or immobilization of the affected tendons is helpful. The application of heat or cold to the affected area can help. Physical therapy that stretches and strengthens the muscle and tendon is essential. This can restore the tendon's ability to function properly, improve healing, and prevent future injury."

The #1 treatment for tendinitis is....WEIGHT LOSS.

In my case this past week, I've been icing my ankle as much as I can, faithfully doing my physical therapy exercises and working out with other forms of activity that don't irritate my tendon. It is starting to feel better, but I will not run on it until it is 100%. I don't know about you, but I think a ruptured tendon sounds pretty dang horrific. I'm not a complete idiot. LOL.

Unfortunately, if it was as simple as tendinitis, I'd be one of a multitude of runners and many other athletes that deal with this same issue on a regular basis. My problem, though, stems from another issue that is much more chronic.

OSTEOARTHRITIS
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"Pain, stiffness, and crunching in the joints: these are the typical signs of osteoarthritis (OA). It happens to most people when they get older, and some are already having joint problems in middle age.

If you have painful osteoarthritis, it can be harder to get enough exercise and you may gain more weight. And if you gain more weight, it could make the OA worse.

Our joints take a lot of wear and tear during our lives, and this becomes noticeable with age. As we age or if we have had an injury in a joint (hello!), OA will often develop. If you have OA in a joint, it means that some parts of the joint have been damaged, especially the cartilage. The cartilage is a tough kind of tissue at the end of bones where they meet to form a joint. This can cause pain and problems with movement in the joint. And when the cartilage is not able to work as it should, other parts of the joint and the muscles have to work harder to try and manage movement. Cartilage itself is not sensitive to pain, but the muscles and other tissues in and around the joint are."

AND THIS IS THE REASON I AM NOT GOING TO LET UP ON MY WORKOUTS:

"Other than getting older, being very overweight (obese) is the biggest risk factor for OA developing or getting worse. There is a complex relationship between OA and being overweight. Being very overweight puts a lot of strain on the joints. And it also often slows people down and makes it difficult for them to move. If overweight people also have OA, and they are stiff and in pain, they might get even less exercise and put on more weight.

On top of that, being more inactive makes your muscles less fit and other parts of the joints stiffer. When the muscles around the affected area get weaker, it is another risk factor for OA getting worse.

SO WHILE SOME PEOPLE MIGHT THINK THAT EXERCISE ITSELF ADDS EXTRA WEAR AND TEAR TO THE JOINTS, IN FACT BEING OVERWEIGHT AND INACTIVE IS MORE OF A STRESS. IT MIGHT NOT SEEM SENSIBLE TO EXERCISE A DAMAGED JOINT, BUT WHEN THE DAMAGE IS DUE TO OA, IT IS ACTUALLY NECESSARY TO KEEP THE JOINT MOBILE AND TO KEEP YOUR WEIGHT DOWN.

Experts often recommend that people who are overweight and have OA try to lose about 10% of their body weight. If you can manage to do that within 3 months, then you could expect to considerably increase your mobility. But even after losing 5% of your body weight within 5 months, you can expect to notice a difference.

Many different kinds of exercises have been studied for people with OA, including brisk walking, aerobics, bike-riding and swimming. In general, these can help reduce the disability that OA causes.

Exercise is not a cure-all for OA and it will not solve all the problems that this condition causes. But losing weight and incorporating exercise into your life can help stop your joints from getting worse, and help you live better with osteoarthritis."

Anyway, I hope that helps for anyone who has been concerned. You see, I have an excellent sports medicine orthopedic doc and I also read quite extensively on all things related to my body and my training. I am in this for the long run (pun intended) and I hope to triathlon and run until I'm dead. Therefore, I will always listen to my body and I will never intentionally hurt it.

There are times when, in a race or competition, an athlete needs to make a choice between pushing through pain or backing off. I can't tell you that I wouldn't push through pain in a race situation. One never knows WHAT would happen in a scenario like this in any sport, but I will promise that I will not knowingly train on an injury if I KNOW it will worsen my condition or shorten my athletic career.

Anyone who is taking this lifestyle seriously will understand that we walk a fine line between caring for our bodies and pushing them just a bit further. Anyone who tells you they have this down to a science is a liar. Sometimes you take a risk. Sometimes you don't. It's life. And I'd much rather live my life to the full than cautiously waste away in fear.

  
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METTATEACH 10/7/2012 1:56AM

    I wish I was as smart as you are about knowing when to push yourself and when not to! I have often ended up overtraining and though it gets me to a very healthy weight, I end up with long-lasting injuries. It doesn't seem like I'm doing too much at the time, but later I have to back off. So for me, "slow and steady" is better and I get better results without the "no pain, no gain" thinking. I used to get so mad when my sister would warn me about it, thinking she was a "naysayer" too, but she really just wanted me to closely examine how I was approaching my goals. She was rooting for me, and I think everyone must be rooting for you too! Everyone has a different body, so for some running is the best and for others it's walking and weight-training and for some it's dancing. :) (Not me: Two left feet!) Just pay attention to your body and it will happen. I admire anyone who is trying anything to keep healthy!

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SJKENT1 9/20/2012 9:26AM

    I know it doesn't make sense when I tell people that are in joint or back pain that walking exercise is so good for you.

Keep preachin' girl!! and running too.

I don't know if you'll see my response but I have really been inspired by you. My sister is now running and loves how it makes her feel. She doesn't love running or any exercise by the way... but she does love how it makes her feel.

I signed up for the 5K and went a step closer to pushing myself by adding the Jog part - unfortunately this is also the time that I am moving - augh!!!! so I don't have the time to work myself up to Walk/Jog. But I will do the walk part and down the road, very soon will start the Jog or Run part.

Thank you for sharing your heart, your passion and your journey with us. Be blessed dear SparkFriend

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DATMAMA4 9/19/2012 7:58PM

    Thank you for explaining the numerous injuries/conditions you're dealing with right now and have dealt with recently. I don't know enough about how to work through injuries to be a naysayer, but I did often think, "Wow, she's tough!" when reading your blogs about working out.

Now I know why you're being tough -- to make things ultimately better. Great information about OA, too...it's nice to know what we should be preemptively working against as we age.

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KBRADFORD88 9/19/2012 1:40PM

    It is so hard to know when to push and when to let up. My lack of pushing can be related to my mind and not my body, so good for you! You are listening to wisdom in the source of your Physical therapist. What more could anyone expect? My son has arthritis and it would be easy to just tell him to take it easy. But all the arthritis experts say let the person decide when too much it too much. emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/19/2012 1:33PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for clearing things up so that we aren't so worried about you! We all love you and want you to be as healthy as you can!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/19/2012 12:01PM

    You really do have it under control! Good for you... And thanks for the explanation. Some of us ae worriers, and when we have friends, we worry about them... And Spark Friends are no exception! So onward, and keep on doing what you are doing! You are inspiring!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/19/2012 8:01AM

    Thank you for this blog Leah. My husband struggles with OA and he is always waiting for the pain to lessen in order to attack an exercise regimen, but I know that the exercise would really help with his pain and assist him in losing weight. He is actually very good at dieting, but finds it extremely hard to exercise when he is in pain. He was briskly walking two miles a day on his lunch break, but then a real injury stifled that activity. I am thinking swimming would be a good exercise for him just for this reason. This is an excellent blog! Thank you!

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ANDASI 9/19/2012 7:44AM

    Lots of good information to take to heart. After reading this i certainly dont want to be overweight. It is incredible how much hinderence weight can be in our lives.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 9/19/2012 7:02AM

    I'd much rather live my life to the full than cautiously waste away in fear too. So I push, I hurt, I push some more.
Great blog!
Thank you!

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KRYSTALLA 9/18/2012 10:23PM

    Great blog and as they say do what you gotta do for you. You are the only person who truly knows what you can handle and what you can't and when things are to much. By all means if you are up for it do it.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    I'm the last one to discourage you. I say go for it! You're worth it, and it can only do you good!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    I'm the last one to discourage you. I say go for it! You're worth it, and it can only do you good!

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KIPPER15 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    Your research was great. I know with OA in my hip if I don't keep moving in some fashion, it will "seize up" on me and cause me even more pain. Running is out of the question for me right now. I am still working at it, more slowly than you, but I am still moving. emoticon emoticon

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Leah, You are one wise lady !
You always do your reseearch
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for the update. I thought that I must
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Glad your're better & getting back on track

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FITBIZZZ 9/18/2012 7:57PM

    Well said. I'm a big fan of unconditional, on-going, full-on encouragement. Anything less... is well, not useful. Keep at'em. You're doing great and it sound like you got a great doctor (or doctors).

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FALLNTENN 9/18/2012 7:53PM

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SENIORSWIMMER 9/18/2012 6:43PM

    I was concerned you might be overdoing. In my case it was projection. Because I did overdo with an injury when I was young, and I wound up having knee surgery. There were long time, but not lifetime repurcussions. All is well now. Enjoy your exercise. Do be careful.

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GOSPARK45 9/18/2012 6:16PM

    Sounds like you really know what you're doing and I'm glad you have a great sports doctor. You keep going! We're behind you. Don't let anyone stop you now!

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PEGGYO 9/18/2012 5:57PM

    keep on keeping on!

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LIVEDAILY 9/18/2012 5:15PM

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You have done what everyone needs to do: educate themselves about their OWN bodies. Thank you for sharing your story, and keep doin' what your doin'!!

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DIANNEMT 9/18/2012 5:10PM

    You know what you are talking about so do what is right for you.

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JENNNY135 9/18/2012 5:06PM

    Great blog, only you know you. Try not to get upset if you were upset that I said you should go for a short run. I'm in your court and want you to be successful in any form of exercise for a long time. I can totally relate to a problem ankle (broke mine in three places and rip the tendon off) now I have quite a bit of hardward in there. It's been 10years since that happened and still it gets stiff after a long run.

So be strong and fight the fight, keep exercising and I want to hear all about your upcoming races. I run my first HM this weekend (Sept 22) - wish me well.



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RUNNERRACHEL 9/18/2012 4:43PM

    Good job stepping up and confronting this injury. It is not the setbacks that define us but our reaction to them. I am dealing with an injury and will be walking a 5k race I had planned to run this Saturday. I may also walk other races scheduled for October, November and December. I was told that I may be able to run my half marathon in January.

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WADINGMOOSE 9/18/2012 4:33PM

    I have so many friends who need to read this. When I was training for the half marathon, I felt like EVERYONE I KNOW told me that they'd love to run, but they can't. Because they have arthritis. In their knees. emoticon I couldn't help but stare at most of them and nod silently while thinking how very very close I was to needing knee surgery for what I call curler's knee just a few years ago. It's not arthritis, but I'm very aware that activity keeps arthritis at bay - if you don't use it as an excuse.

Good job.

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ON2VICTORY 9/18/2012 3:54PM

    Well said. Listen to the doc, then....go get it :)
Only you know where your limits are really at. If doc says yes then.....make it happen.


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EMMANYC 9/18/2012 3:47PM

    Thank you for sharing this, both because it's inspiring to learn more about how you're dealing with these challenges and because your blog can help others in a similar situation think through the options.

As someone who is prone to injury (because I'm hyper-mobile and, frankly, hyper clutzy), I amalmost always monitoring the ebb and flow of "ouches". Is that green light (normal, keep going), yellow light (monitor and proceed with caution) or red light (stop now) pain? Am I making it better (tough physiotherapy to strengthen something) or worse (walking on a shin splint). I make mistakes sometimes, but I often get it right. Sometimes it's just an adjustment to a day's workout plan (for example, today I only ran for 45 minutes and then did elliptical for 45 because a hamstring muscle was bugging me). Sometimes, I have to adjust for a planned race (dropping out or walking more/running less). But I keep going.

One question I do have for you is how you factor diet into the calculation you're doing regarding long distance training. I know that when I train for an endurance event, I eat more (because I'm hungry) and tend not to lose weight (or to lose slowly). And I do eat "treats" more often when I'm training hard. On the other hand, training for a endurance event also motivates me to stick to my exercise program.

Given that one of your main objectives is to lose weight to reduce the strain that's contributing to OA, but it's also clear that you're truly inspired by endurance athletes, are you finding it challenging to eat enough to train effectively but not so much that your weight loss slows or stops? And if you have figured out the right balance for yourself, can you share what you've learned with us?

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2012 2:40PM

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SHRINKING_SARA 9/18/2012 1:59PM

    I know how you feel! You obviously did your homework more than a casual observer. I've had a million people tell me I'm too focused on my diet and exercise *blink, blink* what?! I had 100+ pounds to lose, how can you not do it without dedication. The problem is to others our dedication looks like an unhealthy obsession instead of the getting healthy obsession that it is. emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 9/18/2012 1:36PM

    Great message! It is a fine line and with all the knowledge you gained from your injuries, I am sure you know where that line is. Maybe a career in sports medicine is in your future? I think you explain things better than my doctor ever did. Keep taking care of yourself!


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... and the comments are just as good as the blog!

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GUITARWOMAN 9/18/2012 1:25PM

    Very helpful!

I am in my mid 60's and was overweight for most of my life.

No major mobility problems, except my foot which has been repaired, but I do live with discomfort and stiffness every day.

I will certainly not stop working out!

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FITFOODIE806 9/18/2012 1:25PM

    Love this! You are so right on. My dad, a runner for 30+ years is often told "running is bad for your knees." He quickly responds, "So is obesity" and obviously people don't like that respond. But guess what, people??! It's true!!
I think there is genuine concern for you and other injuries. But, I also have felt an element of jealousy at times. Maybe it's a jealousy of athletic ability or time commitment to fitness? I'm not sure...
Anyway, You do you!

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JUNEAU2010 9/18/2012 1:10PM

    This is a very well-written blog. I am inspired to continue losing and moving!

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KAY-SUPREME 9/18/2012 12:38PM

    I broke my fibula and a month later did my first half marathon. As long as you've done the research and know what you can handle and can't handle, you have it all in the bag. You probably won't be as fast as you might want to be, but you also aren't letting this totally sideline you like it might with others. If you wake up the morning of a race in horrible pain, I'd probably say skip it, but show up to cheer others on. Otherwise, give it what you can, stop when you need to, walk when you need to, and remind yourself that there are perfectly healthy people out there who will never attempt anything longer than a 5K which, in my book, makes you totally badass.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/18/2012 12:31PM

    You better not be talking about me!

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DONNA5281 9/18/2012 12:25PM

 

You know what you are doing. You are welled informed about what is going on. Do what you need to do.

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SLIMLEAF 9/18/2012 12:04PM

    You're obviously well-informed and have made your decisions after serious thought - good for you!

I wish you all the best in your training, races, rest and healing. With your sort of attitude I'm sure you'll do really well. :-)

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DOTTIESPLACE 9/18/2012 11:57AM

    You know your body and your limitations. I know what it's like to be afraid that you'll reinjure yourself and I know that you are not foolhardy. Keep on keeping on! It only matters what YOU say is best for you! Rock it!



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IRONBLOSSOM 9/18/2012 11:56AM

    Very good information. I also get irritated with the naysayers, I always think "you don't know me!" But then I realize that we're here building/taking part in a community and the whole point is to share our perspectives and knowledge and information to help each other along the way. One person telling me to work out more or less or eat more or less or differently is just another perspective that I should consider, and then do what's right for me!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/18/2012 11:56AM

    Well put. The bottom line is knowing your own body and being aware of what it is saying. Becoming more acfive is one of the best things I ever did for myself;. You keep going, you are on the right track!







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SKNYMOMWANNABE 9/18/2012 11:55AM

    So my left knee has 10% cartilege-arthritis. My right calf has the tendon pain going on, not Achilles but 'ouchy" none the less. I get that being fat adds to the misery, I get that working out relieves stress, helps with the weight loss and basically re-affirms your ability to succeed. I will not tell you what to do. I can offer you some tips from my first half marathon and subsequent 10K's. I found that past about mile 7 for training purposes my body, knee especially was hating it. I tried a brace. ice, heat, Aleve(my bff) pretty much to no avail. My running form when I'm in pain is less than ideal so then I ran funny, got some blisters, tweaked my right calf a bit more. I did my half, it wasn't pretty, nor elegant but I finished. I decided that the half distance was simply too far to train for on this knee of mine. I dropped back to 10K's. For the most part I enjoy them. They are a bit farther then I would run without being chased by a bear and I can cross train for them! Cross training is the magic pill for fat, injury prone folks of a certain age. I read the book, run faster, run less. I adopted it to work for myself. The premise is that whatever you do to cross train you need to do at the SAME intensity as your run. Therefore a heart rate monitor is an ideal accessory. I had a fantastic 10K in May with running 3 miles at a stretch and doing the elliptical for the other 3 miles. Illness, aches and pain dulled my training and I basically just ran the same race last weekend. I killed my back for the first time ever, because my form wasn't great-I was blah and tired and overall not feeling it. By all means don't stop what you're doing, just be aware there are other methods to accomplish the same thing that are a tad bit easier on the chassis!

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TARANITUP 9/18/2012 11:51AM

    Great rationale - and I love the title "The One...." like all of the Friends episodes :)

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POISONGIRL999 9/18/2012 11:47AM

    Glad you put this out there. You know your body better than any of us. Hope it gets better over time.

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SHERYLDS 9/18/2012 11:40AM

    You are a smart lady ...and no one knows your body better than you do.
I'm sure that if your body complains, you will listen to it and do another form of exercise to keep your progress going. There are lots of ways to keep joints mobile and still boost your metabolism. You go Lady. Go for it

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FRENCHIFAL 9/18/2012 11:38AM

    Good for you! I am one of those people who always cautions people to be careful - not to walk after dark, not to overdo it, etc. And many times, my family has yelled at me for being a "hypocrite" because they think running with a knee injury is very bad for me, and that there are better ways to get in shape.

I'm with you -- it's YOUR body and you know what's best for you! Running has really helped me strengthen my knee, as have the lunges and other ST exercises I do. It didn't do any additional damage, it helped me heal -- and I think you'll find that it will do the same for you!

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RUNNER12COM 9/18/2012 11:22AM

    This is good-to-know information for runners and non-runners alike. Just because we are a bit dinged or bruised doesn't mean we have to revert back to our old life of sitting around.

You know your body and you have enough sense to navigate around these minor setbacks.

Keep on a rockin!

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Le Sigh

Monday, September 17, 2012

Well, I've gotta be honest. This day really kicked the crap out of me. I came off a terrible night of sleep, awful dreams about hurtful people from my past, woke up late. Ugh. Seriously considered skipping my swim this morning and sleeping more...but, as I said in my status, I've never missed a scheduled workout and I don't intend to start making excuses now. Especially since this morning's workout was supposed to be a run, but I'm protecting my tendon until it feels 100% perfect. So I got my butt up and went to the YMCA.

The swim was grueling. I am not even sure how I eeked out my regular 30 lengths in 30 minutes, but I managed to do it...and add on two more extra lengths in the last minute. It was hard. I suppose I powered through mainly because I was aware that there was an Ironman swimming in the lane next to me (my friend, Sue, who is currently training for her 3rd trip to Kona Ironman World Championships). It always helps to have a hero one lane over, whose mere presence makes you push yourself harder.

My body felt wonderful, but I got to work and the exhaustion returned. Perhaps it's the gloomy gray sky out my window or maybe the 40 or so e-mails that were begging for my attention or the pile of paperwork from last week on my desk that was waiting for me patiently and demanding action. Maybe it had something to do with my boss's quick visit, where she expressed frustration with some of our records (which are in my care and it's my job to keep). She would never point the finger at me to make me feel bad, but she is also under a lot of pressure. I don't have negative feelings against her, but I pretty much started out my day feeling disappointed in myself.

The minutes and hours ticked away and I worked and worked and now the work day is over and I still feel defeated. I feel immense pressure to comfort eat. I will really really try not to tonight.

I just want to go home, eat dinner, ice my ankle, take a hot shower, cuddle with some kiddos, go to bed and start fresh in the morning.

Sorry to be negative. Just one of those days. If you were standing in front of me, I'd totally ask you for a hug.

  
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EARTHTONED84 9/18/2012 11:11AM

    No worries, we all know what it's like to just have a blah kind of day :) Very inspiring to hear that you did your swim despite the weather being cruddy and you were tired. So much so, that I am looking into my local recreation center about how much it would be to drop in and swim three times a week. Keep up the great job and remember, we are here for you!

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EBURGITE 9/18/2012 10:54AM

    hope today is better! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/18/2012 10:54AM

    Everybody has days like that and it's good to be able to share both the ups and the downs here. I always am kind of suspicious of someone who's totally up all the time LOL! Life happens. Hope today is a better day for you.

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SWEETEYES0601 9/18/2012 10:35AM

    emoticon No worries. You are the Sparkiest SP member next to the big man himself I know! Don't let the turmoil of life keep you from remembering how inspirational you are to so many of us!

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NDKARIKARI 9/18/2012 10:13AM

    Keep your head up, Leah. It's one of those kinds of days, but you went through it and today is a completely new day.

sending happy thoughts your way,
Nana

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NEWMOM20121 9/18/2012 9:32AM

    I pray you got the rest you needed and today is a better day.

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KATYDID412 9/18/2012 9:21AM

    Sending a virtual hug your way. Hope today's better and you kick its a$$ instead of vice versa.

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NILLAPEPSI 9/18/2012 8:49AM

    Ugh! We all have days like that. Unfortunately, it's just a part of life. Yesterday was also a bad day for me & I was super grumpy. I almost decided not to go to the gym at the last minute, but I had my water & my gym bag in the car & I went anyway. I felt so much better afterwards (as I always do). Exercise really is a mood booster. I was in a good mood by the time I got home to hubby.

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AUTUMNBRZ 9/18/2012 8:12AM

    I loathe days like this one you had. Big hugs hon. Things will look brighter! Hopefully they already do!

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HEALTHY4HIM 9/18/2012 7:33AM

    REALLY sending hugs your way.
I hope that dinner, showers and cuddles are exactly what you did and that this morning starts out better for you.
We all have days like that, Leah... hang in there.

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/18/2012 7:31AM

    And I would give you one emoticon Good for you for going swimming anyway : )

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Hang in there, Leah. You're doing really well.

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 9/18/2012 6:08AM

    Glad to hear you got your swim in.for the day and I hope youbwoke feeling much better this morning. hugs to you!!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/17/2012 10:39PM

    If you were standing in front of me I would totally give you a hug when you asked for it! Good for you for still working out even though you didn't feel like it. I hope work gets better. Hang in there!

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Believe me...we all have those days. Spark on my friend.
Hugs, Rhonda

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ADARKARA 9/17/2012 10:03PM

    I can give hugs! emoticon

It's been a rough week for me due to hurtful people, so I have an inkling as to how you feel.

It's a good thing you exercised anyway. I haven't exercised in a few days even though I know it will make me feel better.

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CHANGINGEMMY 9/17/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon Everyone has bad days but I'm so proud of you for going ahead with your swim!! It doesn't take much for me to just stay in bed. You're so motivating in all of your blogs and sometimes we just need hugs. :) Hope tomorrow is a wonderful day and you feel much better.

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    emoticon Rough and tired days are the worst but you made it through the day! emoticon

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    And I would so totally give you one!!
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AUSFAM 9/17/2012 9:24PM

    You are not alone! Hugs to you and just drink a glass of water, take a deep breath, and go to bed early. Tomorrow is a new day--you can do this!

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 9:23PM

    I can so relate. ((((((((YOU)))))))))) : )

You have high expectations for yourself. It's why you perform at such a high level compared to everyone else and yet feel defeated some days. But don't lose sight of how great you are, what a valued employee you are, and how much you are appreciated. And remember to appreciate yourself.

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KIPPER15 9/17/2012 9:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I hate when the week starts out this way. Turn it around. think good thoughts, smile, it really does help. Attitude can change things from bad to good or the reverse if you stay in a funk. emoticon emoticon

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I hope you have a much better day tomorrow.

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PURSUEJOY 9/17/2012 9:07PM

    That WAS a rough day ~ and exhaustion is such a trigger for comfort ANYTHING!!!

Good for you to not miss your swim and for pushing extra hard!
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We are in this together ~ and we are cheering for you!! Have a wonderful night's sleep!!
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JUNEAU2010 9/17/2012 8:56PM

    And I would totally give you a hug!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 8:38PM

    Sounds like you need to veg with the kids in front of a really funny family movie. I'm glad you exercised even when you didn't feel like it. You are an inspiration. I hope everything at work gets sorted out.

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YOGAGIRL289 9/17/2012 8:34PM

  Good for you for doing your swim even though you didn't really feel like it! I hope you have a nice evening and a better day tomorrow.

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MDOTZERO 9/17/2012 8:29PM

    Yep, follow through with that end of day task list and hit the hay. Tomorrow will be better!
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    Tomorrow is a new day and it will be a better one. Hang in there. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/17/2012 8:27PM

    We all have days like this, weeks even. HUGS tomorrow will dawn brighter. HUGS

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    And you have a hug from me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRITTEEG 9/17/2012 7:58PM

    emoticon Good for you powering through the funk and getting your workout in. *insert words of inspirational wisdom here* It gets better, just keep moving toward your goals.

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LINDAK25 9/17/2012 7:53PM

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Some days are just like that. Life is so much easier when you've had enough sleep! Sweet dreams.

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    Hope your evening is better with the sweet kiddos. emoticon

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ANDASI 9/17/2012 7:34PM

    This is not negative it is real life and that is why we need spark it keeps us aware of our feelings so we dont eat them.

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NARNIAROSE2003 9/17/2012 7:23PM

    It's OK, sugar! Friends understand our need to vent - and we are your friends. You should be so proud of yourself for continuing to do so well when you're feeling bad. Most people cannot do that! *hugs* Tomorrow will be better!

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ROSES4ME1 9/17/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon A giant virtual hug for you!! Get some rest - tomorrow will be better!

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FITFOODIE806 9/17/2012 6:42PM

    Well I hope you got to do exactly what the end says. A cuddle with kids always seems to help. I hope tomorrow is brighter.
And huge high five on getting that swim in! Further proof of what a dedicated athlete you are.

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Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Excuse me, Obesity? Could I have a word with you please? Thanks.

As you probably know, I've had some issues with my tendonitis flaring up since my last run. I've been bewildered by the feelings of frustration and anger that have been rising up inside of me.

Why am I angry? Good question. I'm so glad you asked because I've been dying to say this for a couple days now.

I'm so angry at you, Obesity. I loathe you. I detest you. I'm angry that you have a stronghold in our country and in our world. I'm angry that I had so little respect for myself that I let you into my life and allowed you to take control. I'm angry that you are not being labeled correctly by our media as a disease. I hate that you are a killer. I truly believe you are linked to cancer. And I hate that cancer has hurt so many loved ones.

See, I don't just hate the physical effect that you bring (like my ankle issues or heart problems or diabetes, which destroys so many lives). I hate the emotional baggage you bring. I hate that you make us hate ourselves. I hate that we feel powerless against you. I hate that you bring hopelessness. You are evil.

You have tried to destroy me. And I finally woke up and decided that enough was enough. But you wouldn't just slide away quietly into the night. You had to have your vengeance and inflict injury upon me. You knew my sweet, little tiny ankle bone couldn't handle over 600 lbs of pressure while running. Thanks for the souvenir.

But, here's the deal. This is what's going to happen. I have two races to get through between now and October 20th. I am going to train cautiously and intelligently, using bike and swim to build my endurance if necessary. I'm not going to expect fast times or PRs on the next two races. I'm going to take it easy and finish, no matter how slow I am. I will no longer be a slave to you and give into fear and quit just because you're hanging around.

What's more...after these races are over, I have an entire winter to lose weight, heal, crosstrain and pretty much get you out of my life forever. And that is what I plan to do. So...you can flail around and give me your best shot for the next little while...but, rest assured, you are leaving soon. And I won't ever see you again once you're gone.

Even better...after you are gone from my life, I will make it one of my life's passions to drive you from every dear friend or family member's life that I come in contact with. I plan to do everything I can to disarm you and pretty much annihilate the fear and hopelessness that you spread over your victims.

You are going to be so sorry you messed with me.

  
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ALEX3440 10/3/2012 11:12PM

    beautifully written

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GIRLIE603 9/21/2012 11:46PM

    Wow . . . I absolutely love this blog entry. Amazing . . . excellent . . . well worded!

You are my hero!

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JENNIMOORE2 9/21/2012 9:35PM

  I like the idea of obesity being a tangible enemy, I think it's helpful.



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QTEALADY20031 9/21/2012 6:30PM

    Excellent, very good thinking, obesity is or will become a disease. Good for you. I wish you the best on your upcoming races! emoticon emoticon June

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NIKKIG3 9/21/2012 5:38PM

    this was so powerful to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!!

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KASPER10779 9/21/2012 3:12PM

    Thank you for sharing!! Keep up the good work!!

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JUDSTERF 9/21/2012 3:00PM

    Good for you!! Give it to him!! He has no business in our lives!!! Great job! Keep up the good work.

Judy

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EAGLES_WINGS 9/20/2012 4:32PM

    Keep up the good work! You will get there!
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FAVORITEAUNT84 9/19/2012 1:01PM

    Yep, that's how I feel. Awesome blog post.

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LRSILVER 9/19/2012 11:35AM

    Thank you this is great. Just what I needed.

Awesome!!

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JEWELMAKER1 9/19/2012 7:37AM

    Excellent! I like how you expressed yourself. Keep up the good work.

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LJONES025 9/19/2012 12:28AM

    Bravo for you! I'm so glad I read your blog. It brought me to tears. Happy tears to know that someone is not going to stand for it anymore. I want to be like you. I don't have a bad ankle but I do have a bad back from being so heavy and a hernia which acts up every time I'm luck to lose a couple of pounds.
This will be my hardest goal in my life and I hope I win the fight!
Thank you for sharing this with us! emoticon

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GLUECIPHER 9/18/2012 4:38PM

    Wow! i really liked this. you have inspired me!

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BIKECHIC1 9/18/2012 2:52PM

    Love your blog. Well done !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EARTHTONED84 9/18/2012 10:43AM

    This is an awesome blog! Obesity can go suck it! :P I, too, felt very emotional when I read this blog. Thank you for addressing so many of the same feelings I have with Obesity. emoticon

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ARIMIETTA 9/18/2012 10:37AM

    Thank you so much for having the words I couldn't find before.
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~Ari

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    FIGHT ON !!! emoticon emoticon

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CHULETA1981 9/17/2012 7:52PM

  Such a good idea put a face ie obesity to be able to put in its place. Good to say and share how you feel. It helps reaffirm your intentions & impowers you. Keep up the good fight, you can do it. thanks for your honesty

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NURSEPIRT 9/17/2012 7:33PM

    This was just what I needed to read. Thanks for this blog.

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    Telling Obesity off = fantastic! emoticon

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    emoticonIntelligent, blog! This is creative writing at its best! emoticon

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LUKEDADDY 9/17/2012 3:02PM

    Great Blog! I love your rational approach to this.

Keep it up!

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KAHLADANIELLE 9/17/2012 2:56PM

    This was beautiful, and I teared up when I read it! Thank you for sharing! And you can do it! :)

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MADRIGALS9803 9/17/2012 1:18PM

  Love how you wrote this. It allows you to be able to step back and fight the Obesitiy Monster instead of feeling like you are fighting with yourself.

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    Well said woman! emoticon

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JOANIEBUG46 9/17/2012 12:24PM

    YOU CAN BE SO PROUD OF YOURSELF!!!! Love your attitude!!!

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TURTLETRACK 9/17/2012 11:33AM

    Good going you said it all and for all of us who are as sick and tired of being Obese. emoticon emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/17/2012 10:25AM

    Good Job!!!

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3G1RLS4ME 9/17/2012 9:09AM

    Wow what a great way to face all of our demons lol good job and well said!

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GODIVADSG 9/17/2012 8:56AM

    That's what I am talkin about! You go girl!!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/17/2012 8:52AM

    Phew! I bet you feel better having written this because I KNOW I feel better having read it! Thank you! This post is empowering to all of us fighting this disease called obesity. WE CAN WIN! WE WILL WIN! WE MUST WIN!

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FARIS71 9/17/2012 8:33AM

    Holy crap! I'm with you!

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TAMMYINPA 9/17/2012 8:30AM

    Thanks so much.


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    Excellent!

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4RASCALS 9/17/2012 2:46AM

    Well said Leah, & so very true
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ARIZONAROBIN1 9/17/2012 12:03AM

    LOVE your blog - I am just starting Sparkpeople - Yet again - and you are a WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!!! emoticon

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REENIE131 9/16/2012 10:21PM

    So true!

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    Wooohooooo love your blog

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It All Adds Up

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

OK, so I found Spark Article GOLD, friends...it's a detailed explanation of HOW SparkPeople calculates the calorie allowances in our Food Tracker. For those that don't trust anyone (like me)...or just curious minds.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie
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I encourage anyone who commented on my blog yesterday and said you could relate to my struggle with the scale not moving to read through this and do the calculations step-by-step on your own. To be honest, I had heard of all of these concepts already and had done bits and pieces of all of them, but had never seen them put together in such a cohesive and understandable way.

Here are the facts:

I have been eating roughly 2,000 calories per day (mostly healthy stuff)

I burn about 2500 calories per week in exercise (yeah, I know...that sounded high to me too but I checked and re-checked and this is accurate. I'm insane...enough said.)

I want to lose about 2 lbs per week, with the hope of meeting my goal weight of 145 by July 6, 2013 (my 35th birthday). I've got 77 lbs left to go.

Using the calculations from this article (which I can say is backed up by several other sources that I've come across in research over the past few months), I should be shooting for a target calorie range of 1300 - 1600 per day.

WOW. I've been so far off! It totally makes sense now why I've been in maintenance mode.

It's simple math, at this point. I need to control my urges and stay within my calorie range. I need to make sure those calories are healthy, good fuel for my body since I'm using so much fuel for exercise. And I need to not miss any workouts. The end.

If I faithfully do this, I can expect to see my scale moving in the downward direction in within the next couple of weeks. My new mini-goal is to lose 10 more lbs before my half marathon on October 20th. I believe this is doable.

I'm done playing games and I'm ready to do whatever needs to be done to get where I want to be. Who's with me?

  
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THETROUT 9/18/2012 10:11PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/18/2012 9:14AM

    Don't forget to mix up your workouts so you might avoid plateaus.

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I read this article awhile back. And, totally shocked at how much I was overeating number-wise. I was 300 calories over what I needed to be in weight-loss mode. I was also in maintenance mode.

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SHIRE33 9/17/2012 6:29PM

    That's what I've done! I aim for 1350 calories a day. That way, if I make a mistake, I know I'm still under 1500.

My calorie burn varies between around 2000-3000 calories per day. Really? Yeah. I have an Exerspy device, so it isn't guessing. A zumba class for me burns 400-500 calories. A spin class burns around 300-400. So if I do both (which I do, twice a week), that's 700-900 just for exercise. On my long run days, I can burn well over 1500 in two hours. And I'm doing heavy gardening at least a couple days per week prepping for my market days. I run 3 days per week. So, according to my Exerspy, which counts *all* activity, I am averaging about 2500. I'm not satisfied if I'm not averaging that amount, so I use that number as a goal.

Oh, and it's important to note I did NOT start out there. I started out with walking, then added a one-hour class at they gym twice a week. Then I started running (nearly killed me), then I added in another gym class, etc. It's taken me 18 months to get where I am.

I do plan to overeat by 300-500 calories a day for 3 days about once a month. That seems to negate the plateau problem.

It makes me feel good to see you aiming for the same kind of thing. Maybe we've really figured this out! :D


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MICHELLE73101 9/17/2012 5:50PM

    Yes! I learned a few years back that it is ALL MATH!! When you have a 3,500 calorie deficit you lose a pound. It clicked.. then I got obsessed! i am sure this will boost your success!!!

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SKINICOOK 9/17/2012 1:51PM

    Makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.

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TERRIJ7 9/17/2012 2:35AM

    Numbers don't lie! Thanks for the link--I'm going to check it out.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/16/2012 10:05PM

    Thank you so much for the link!it was explained very well.

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FIT@401 9/16/2012 3:46PM

    Great article. Seek and you will find. I am going to go look at my setup. I don't think I have my exercise adjusted correctly. Thanks

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NEWCHINELO 9/16/2012 3:36PM

    all the WAY!You can do it . . .girl

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CAMAEL100 9/15/2012 1:58PM

    Can't argue with the facts!! Good to be reminded what it takes to get the scales moving. Thanks

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SLFGOLF 9/15/2012 1:01AM

    Thanks for posting this. Very helpful.

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NURSEREUTER 9/14/2012 11:41PM

  Together we can! Thanks for the info!

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CAROLZ1967 9/14/2012 10:38PM

    Plan sounds realistic. You can do it!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/14/2012 10:17PM

    Thanks for posting this....

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HEARTS116 9/14/2012 9:48PM

    I'm with you on this!

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NIKO27 9/14/2012 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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DRAK416 9/14/2012 8:34PM

  Good job

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    It really is just simple math - sticking to it is the hard part emoticon

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JURASSICSUE 9/14/2012 4:52PM

    This is brilliant - thanks so much for sharing it. I've been on SP for years and never seen this!
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BANDMOM2012 9/14/2012 3:37PM

    very good explanation of how everything works together

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/14/2012 3:18PM

    good info! I will be using it, but not until my next weigh-in, cuz I refuse to weigh in too frequently. emoticon

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CASEYTALK 9/14/2012 2:49PM

    It is always interesting to see how the math works out. Of course, your body is a very complex organism and sometimes will burn more or less fuel just living.

Even if you don't manage 2 lbs a week in order to reach your goal by your birthday, think how great it will be even to be close! Keep your goal, because it will be a great birthday present to yourself, but I hope you'll still have a happy birthday if you're at least much closer!

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IAMRADIOGEEK 9/14/2012 2:46PM

    Thank you for this blog! I went through and recalculated things for myself and, yup, I've been eating too much! Glad it's straightened out now, though!

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KENAZFEHU 9/14/2012 2:43PM

    I am most definitely with you!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/14/2012 1:23PM

    I just "re" found this link this week as well. It is very helpful. I am so glad you explained this so well for everybody.

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NIKI778 9/14/2012 12:24PM

    I love this article, I had found during my first month on Spark people and I really love it so much, it just puts all the numbers out there in a way that makes perfect sense and explain show why it is so important to be accurate when setting up our program with how many calories we burn weekly because it could result in easily eating too much or too little, another thing that is very important to do it to make sure that if we have any large increases or decreases in activity we update spark and update our spark plan to make sure we are eating the correct amount of cals to achieve our goals!

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TRICKER20 9/14/2012 11:29AM

  I'm in! I found the same article when I was stuck in a rut and this finally helped me get out of it! I didn't realize that as I loose weight, the callories I eat should also decrease. Once I did the math, I found I was overeating too!

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SUNGIRL822 9/14/2012 11:05AM

  Best of luck!!!

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ELISAJANE57 9/14/2012 10:23AM

    It's amazing what new things you can find on the Spark site everyday. I'm always learning something new. I was surprised when you said how high your calorie range was. It is good you have at least been maintaining and working hard. Now that you have your new range figured out I'm sure the pounds will start falling off again! emoticon

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MANDALORE 9/14/2012 8:45AM

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/14/2012 8:19AM

    emoticon . I'll be right there next to you doing the same thing! I really appreciate your source and explanation.

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AJB121299 9/14/2012 7:58AM

    thanks for the info and good luck

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CLUMBOY 9/14/2012 7:05AM

    thanks for the link!

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FLASUN 9/14/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon Blog! I went back to re-read that article. I was never very good in math and it looks very complicating to me to figure all that out. I' 5'1 inches, weight is 148 this morning. I need to start doing something because I keep gaining instead of the other way around......not sure of my calories for the day, so will start to keep track again & watch what I'm eating. It does all add up fast!!!
emoticon for the MOTIVATION to start moving again!!!!

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TORTISE110 9/14/2012 6:43AM

    Facing reality is such a shock, and then it isn't. You are on your way. Seems like a milestone. Hard work ahead, and i know you can do it!

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EWL978 9/14/2012 6:27AM

    That's GREAT!!! I'll check back to see how you're doing... Keep on Keeping on... that's what it takes. emoticon

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MUSOLF6 9/14/2012 6:06AM

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THEIS58 9/14/2012 5:43AM

    Totally with you! Eating about 1100-1300 cal per day & burning about 1800 cal per week in exercise and need to adjust to lose another 5 pounds for new goal weight...

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BLUEJEAN99 9/14/2012 1:53AM

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PCASEY7 9/13/2012 11:50PM

    Great blog and thanks for sharing! Best of luck reaching you mini goal by Oct 20! I'm sure you'll be successful!

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MARYJEANSL 9/13/2012 11:13PM

  Wow - good for you! It's tough to commit to lowered calories and exercise. Best of luck reaching your goals!

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SH9719 9/13/2012 11:05PM

    No one has ever promised you it would be easy or a straight line to your goal. A huge part of this journey is self education. With the help of the community you have learned important lessons. Just continue to continue on. Even though it seems like it you are not at ground zero. You know more and you are not starting out at zero conditioning. Good luck!

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