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Sports/Exercise and children - great way to start them off (no matter their age!)

Thursday, June 07, 2012

My grandson will be 18 mths old June 12th - last week he started soccer. I think this is great - gets kids active and interested in sports from an early age. He doesn't actually play the game per se but he is running and kicking the ball - learning to interact with other children in this type of situation.

So many kids now just seem to sit in the house and play video games and that concerns me.

We have more overweight children now than ever before and it has been proven that in many cases that when these children grow up their children ill also be overweight.

The cycle has to stop - why not stop it now. Get involved in something - start to exercise. Be an example to those that are younger than you - your kids etc. Even if those kids are adults - they still look up to their parents and if they see you doing what you need to get healthy they may also start to do so - which then inspires their children(your grandchildren) and so on.

So remember next time you are out for your walk - someone may take notice - think if they can then so can I. You just might start them on the road to health without even knowing about it.

P.S. - tried to post picture of grandson in his soccer uniform but couldn't figure it out.

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TX_JEN37 6/22/2012 4:59PM

    I defiantly need to get my girls into something active..I'm hoping Fall ball (softball) will spark their interest. They are 11 and 9

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LESLIESENIOR 6/12/2012 6:18PM

    I love this blog. I agree that activity at a young age is vital. We adults are truly the leaders and role models, as you said. My son and wife are committed to being the "active family" for my granddaughter. She understands technology at 14 months, but she is also very active.

Just like you said, I also hope that when I jog people are driving past saying "if that old lady can be out there, so can I". Like Aurlie, I am sure some are chuckling at my slow gait, but I don't care. I also want to be an example for people with joint replacements. It is not the end, it is a new beginning.

Great message,

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AJDOVER1 6/8/2012 5:42PM

    Aw, I'd love to see the little guy in his uniform. Maybe you can upload the pic to your SparkPage (I still haven't figured how to add a picture to a blog either).

You're right about setting an example by walking -- I just recently learned that almost everyone in my office is aware of how much I walk during the day. Some may be laughing, but I really don't mind. It works for me.

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Why can't they package food to match serving sizes?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

How frustrated are you with the sizes of products and the servicing sizes they say they contain?

I know that since I have become more concious os what I'm eating - portion sizes etc I can see why many of are eating more than we think we are - getting more calories than we believe we are. Why many of us do not know what a serving size actually is by looking at something.

Hubby bought some individual ham steaks - thought they would be great because they were only 180 calories - but when you actually look at the serviing size it is for 2/3's of the piece of ham. Just what are you supposed to do with the other 1/3 piece? Maybe it doesn't seem that much but it works out to another 60 calories and those calories add up over the day - the week - your life.

This is true in so many things - Campbell's Light Soup - Can is 540 ml - serving size is 250 ml - meaning that there is 2 servings plus and extra 40 ml - again - just what are you supposed to do with that 40 ml? Why can't Campbell's package it as 500 ml?

Look around and you will see so many items of food that are labelled like this - all that extra food that you eat because you don't want to throw it out. Not enough for another serving so no use saving it etc.

Why can't they package food to match serving sizes?

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STRIVERONE 7/9/2012 6:54PM

    I was going to jump in with "Yes! That is so annoying." until I saw MI-ELLKAYBEE's comment. I have to agree with her. Sometimes you just have take the lemons and make lemonade.

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DFROMTX 7/9/2012 4:03PM

    I'm with all of you.... emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 7/9/2012 3:56PM

    A lot of companies have downsized their packages (instead of raising their prices.) I hate when something says it is 3 1/2 servings - so I just make it 4! Take a little off of each serving to make another one...and you will actually be saving calories and sodium and all the bad stuff. You'll have enough calories left at the end of the day for a treat. Just don't size your portions UP to use up the whole package. God bless . . .

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LESLIESENIOR 6/1/2012 1:57AM

    True, true, true! So annoying!!!

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SLIMLILA 6/1/2012 12:00AM

    I remember a boss telling me last year that he had these great lo cal drinks and I asked to see the bottle and I debunked that myth by showing his the serving size. Is there some way that we can all get together and get the companies to change this kind of stuff. I just bought those liquid iced tea pkg. that you add to water and ...didn't look at the nutritional info for some reason, (cuz I usually do), but found that it was only half the pack and it was about 100 cal, because the first ingredient was liquid cane sugar... Very disappointing... emoticon

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AJDOVER1 5/31/2012 11:07PM

    It drives me nuts! Today I noticed that the "serving size" listed on the pack of gum I bought was 2 pieces (the pack contained 5 pieces). Seriously, how stupid is that?

Beverages are the same way. A single serving bottle rarely contains ONE serving.

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GRANDMA_STATUS 5/31/2012 2:39PM

    I used to LOVE those mini chicken pot pies. And I looked at the nutrition facts and it say said something like 540 calories and I thought that was pretty decent! Then I saw the serving size was for half a pie.
Who eats half a mini-chicken pot pie?!

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GATORTONE 5/31/2012 2:22PM

    I agree. I buy a single serving cup of grapefruit from Delmonte it is actually almost 2 servings. Who is eating half and then sticking it in the fridge?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Today I did it - I threw away my just in case clothes.

You know the ones - the ones you keep just in case you gain some weight back. The clothes that you start to wear when you start to regain. You tell yourself that you will just wear them until you get back on the diet again - next week - not to wear for anytime long etc.

Who are we kidding - I know I've been there and did that a couple of times - now I am saying no to this. I will no longer give into the cycle - knowing that I have the bigger clothing - just in case.

I had clothes saved from my heaviest - 10 years ago - was almost 220 lbs! Haven`t been back there in 10 years (went down to 150) so why do I save them just in case I do? Is it because I ended up wearing the clothes that I wore as I started to loose - the 200 lbs, the 190 and then the 180's - fearful that I may go back up through the stages and will need them again? I did - thankfully not back to the 220 - but almost to the 200's - hit 196 before I said enough is enough!

This time I have gotten rid of the saftey net of clothing sizes stashed in the back of the closet.

I think a lot of us tend to do this - stash the clothes that are too big - just in case. Keep the clothes that are too small (the ones when you were skinnier than you ever will be again for me that was the 150 - everyone was asking me if I was sick) - for that day in the future etc. But I'm not going to do that any longer. It hasn't worked for me in the past and highly doubt it would in the future.

I still want to lose 13 more pounds and the only clothes I have left either fit ok now or are a bit loose so I will keep them until I reach my goal and then buy new wardrobe. This way if I start to gain again I will have to catch myself and get the excess off before it is too much - otherwise will have nothing to wear and I don't plan on ever buying those 1x or in some cases 2-3x clothes ever again.

P.S. Did not throw the clothing away - I bagged up anything that was still in good condition (3 stuffed full green garbage bags in all) and will give to charity. Some of the clothes were purchased at fairly expensive - larger woman's stores and I'm sure there is someone who would appreciate them.

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CURLYHEAD1 5/23/2012 7:41AM

    Good for you! You are really making progress by making the decision to let those bigger clothes go.

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AJDOVER1 5/22/2012 9:56PM

    You're a great inspiration! I do have a lot of clothes that could be helping someone less fortunate. It would make a huge difference in the clutter in my drawers and closet. I got to overcome my fears, my dread of losing my security blanket. I've got to move on with the life I'm living at the size I am now.

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LYNETTEMOM 5/22/2012 2:10AM

    I totally agree that you need to have your closet full of clothes that fit you, the now you. And rewarding yourself with smaller clothes is probably the best motivation trick there is !

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FARAWAY84Z 5/21/2012 8:44PM

    I bet it felt great to let go and take the next step forward in your journey. I think I need to get rid of somethings myself, but I have held onto all the tiny clothes that were too small in the first place. Time to get some things that actually fit!


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Friday, May 18, 2012

Woo Hoo!!!

I finally got off of the 1 pound lost per week cycle and I lost 2 lbs this week.

Have now finally reached 25 lbs lost goal - actually 25.5 lbs! Started at 196 and hit 170.5 BMI of 27.5 now at 23.8.

This started my day off right - especially since it is also the Friday of a long weekend in Canada and I booked 1/2 a vac day for this afternoon. Sunny - warm days ahead - all is well with the world today.

Off to see my FIL on Sat - taking my son-his wife and grandson there for a visit. He hasn't seen his great-grandson for about 5 mths so he will see quite a change - now running around like a terror. He has a huge property so Spencer will be keeping us all running to keep up with him. Will have some of hubby's family over for a bbq etc. Will be a good day - other than I probably will eat more calories than I should but that is what a cheat day is for.

Now - I just need to loose another 13.5 lbs to reach my final goal weight of 160 by July 1st (I am 6' tall so that is a healthy weight).

I know I can do this and that I will do this.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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SLIMLILA 5/22/2012 1:44AM

    emoticon emoticon So close, keep on trying and you will succeed....WooHoo!

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AJDOVER1 5/19/2012 1:56PM

    Congratulations! Getting your BMI into a healthy range is awesome! It sounds like you have a great weekend ahead -- enjoy!

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REJ7777 5/19/2012 6:58AM

    Congratulations on getting rid of 25 unwanted pounds! emoticon

Enjoy your long weekend. I plan to enjoy mine! emoticon

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ZOORHO 5/18/2012 10:13AM

    Good job

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JAIRIE813 5/18/2012 8:35AM

    emoticon 25 pounds! That's awesome!! Enjoy your weekend!

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Mother`s Day - Bittersweet

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother`s Day - has not been the best day for me this year.

Just over two weeks since I lost my mom suddenly so still pretty raw. Have had to go through the last two weeks of Mother`s Day commercials in my face etc. Today would have also been her b`day - 82 - so adds even another layer to a difficult day. To add to that - it is the first Mother's Day without my BH's mom as well - difficult for both of us.

I had my grandson overnight while my son took his wife out to dinner - it was nice to have him here this morning - help me get through it. How can you think sad thoughts when you are looking at the smiling face of an 17 month old child who doesn`t have a care in the world?

Unbelievably the funeral home called my house this morning - my husband answered thankfully. They wanted to know if it was okay to accept payment through my dad`s credit card over the phone. He told them to go ahead but then said maybe they should think things through before they call someone on Mother`s Day to ask about paying her funeral bill. I think I would have lost it on them.

But on the other hand - something good also happened - Went out on my front step today and what did I see in my garden - my Iris` bloomed for the first time this year. My mom`s name was Iris so it was a bit weird (do not believe in signs from god etc) but I guess it is about the usual time of year for them - used to always make sure one one was in with the flowers I gave her to mark Mother's Day and her B'day.

My son came by and brought me a couple of cards - one for mom and one for nana and my daughter did call and leave a message whle | was out. I'm sure she will try to call again later as well.

Now off to do some work in the back yard - feel the sunshine on my face and feel the grass under my feet - life does go on!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/14/2012 11:44PM

    So sorry for your loss! Glad your family was there with you! Take care and enjoy that garden, the sunshine and your family. emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 5/14/2012 9:56PM

    so very sorry for the loss of your Mother, I lost mine 22 years ago this month, and I still think about her nearly every day, Mothers are special people, but I have wonderful memories and I am sure you do also.

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REJ7777 5/14/2012 7:38AM

    I'm sorry about the recent loss of your mom! emoticon

It's lovely that your iris bloomed precisely on Mother's Day, and that your beloved grandson brought some joy into your sad day. emoticon

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MRSBUCKEYE 5/13/2012 9:53PM

    I truly understand where you're coming from .... it just blew my mind this morning that I lost my mom in 2003 You'll always miss your mom (she was my best friend) but as time goes on, you heal and your life will go on.

I have broad shoulders if you ever want to chat


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NJJAZZ 5/13/2012 9:27PM

    yes you ar right................. life just goes on. very good blog. so sorry for your loss

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AJDOVER1 5/13/2012 4:30PM

    I understand how difficult things are for you right now. It's nice the freshly bloomed iris and your grandson are there to lift your heart a bit.

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JAIRIE813 5/13/2012 3:45PM

    So sorry for your loss. You are right, life does go on. However, healing comes in baby steps. Honor your Mom today by cherishing all the precious memories you have of her. Thoughts are with you on this and all the difficult days ahead. emoticon emoticon

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