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The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

Friday, October 16, 2009

This was in my inbox this morning. If you don't subscribe to the Family Health email, read on!

The 10 Commandments of Healthy Eating for Parents

It's as simple as counting to 10!

1. Thou shalt not force, bribe or coerce thy child to eat.
2. Thou shalt set a good example by eating at least five fruits and vegetables, three whole grain products, and three dairy servings per day thyself.
3. Thou shalt make mealtimes pleasant.
4. Thou shalt encourage thy child to help in meal planning, preparation, and cleanup.
5. Thou shalt back off when mealtime becomes a power struggle.
6. Thou shalt accept food "binges" as phases that will eventually pass.
7. Thou shalt accept the fact that thy child is an individual and thus will dislike certain foods (and there may be many).
8. Thou shalt not give up on introducing thy child to new foods. Thou shalt realize it sometimes takes 10 tries to get a child to accept a food.
9. Thou shalt use this division of responsibility for eating: As the parent, thou art responsible for deciding when and what to serve. Thy child is responsible for deciding how much (if any) will be eaten.
10. Thou shalt give thy child a multivitamin-mineral supplement if he is a picky eater.


I missed my 2 year Sparkaversary!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Only by a few days though. emoticon

I joined in October of 2007, but I didn't really get into changing my life until mid-2008 and early 2009. This site has been amazingly instrumental to my weight loss. I'm a healthier, more active, happier, more confident and better looking woman, mother and daughter because of SparkPeople. The food and fitness trackers, articles, blogs, motivational members, team encouragement and involvement, and most of all, the accountability of this site are all individual parts of a well-oiled machine (erm, website) that help so many people every single day.

I still have a long way to go, but I've come so far that I think that needs to be honored. 2 years ago I was at least 230 pounds, I suspect it was more, possibly up to 250, I only know it was at least 230 because that was my weight when I went to the OBGYN in January of 2008. Talking with one of my friends who has been on a similar lifestyle changing path (she's the one who turned me onto spark), neither of us realized how overweight we were. Looking back, I can't believe I let myself get so unhealthy. I'm so thankful that this site exists and that I'm almost halfway through my goal.

Thanks SparkPeople! emoticon emoticon

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NEWANDIMPROVED 10/13/2009 10:52AM


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JIBBIE49 10/12/2009 3:36PM

    This is my 2nd Sparkversary so I know what it is to keep going! But this 3rd year will be better.

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LJOHN44 10/12/2009 6:35AM

    Happy Sparkaversery!!! It doesn't matter that you weren't here on the exact day, what matters is you are here now and halfway to your goal. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Keep up the good work!
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NISSANGIRL 10/11/2009 7:23AM

    Happy Two year anniversary! take care and keep on Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/11/2009 12:21AM

    Congratulations on making it this far in your journey!

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Prompt: Do you enjoy exercising? Why/why not?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I DO enjoy exercising. I don't know why I dread it some days. When the weather is bad, I don't like to get out, but I still have a gym membership to fall back on. Some days it just takes so much more to drag myself out of a chair...

Once I get going though, and for the rest of the day after I'm done, I feel SO good! I put on some music and blast my way through, a good song can really get me pumpin. Group classes and activities always make it even more enjoyable too (provided that it's something that doesn't require too much coordination - LOL!).

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GIANT-STEPS 9/20/2009 10:04PM

  The one activity I genuinely enjoy is cycling. I love cycling, in fact, even if it wasn't good for me I'd still want to do it. I would cycle just to cycle rather than to reach other goals.

Other activities are more of a drag for me. The thing I like about strength training is the results. No other activity produces noticeable results faster (for me anyone). The thing that gets me through cardio is music. This is the only time in my day when I can listen to the kind of muisc I like as loud as I like it. Music motivates me into an exercize frenzy. Without music the idea of 20 minutes on a stepper sounds like torture.

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Prompt: Do images of celebraties and models make you feel bad about yourself?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Um, not really. :-)

I have seen and heard about what some celebrity women go through after having kids to get back into shape, and I don't feel bad in the least that I can't do that. They have a full time staff of nannies, trainers, nutritionists, etc. who get them back there. I can't afford that, nor do I want my life to be centered around my body image!

Now, when I see the shows like Biggest Loser, Ruby and Big Medicine, it motivates me, because I see that others are struggling like I am. If they can succeed, SO CAN I!

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SWIMGIRL 7/10/2009 4:27PM

    I totally agree with your thoughts about celebrates. Thanks for sharing.

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JANI-LOU 7/10/2009 3:57PM

  A very good point! Thanks for sharing this. You really made me think. :-)

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NEWEVERYDAY 7/10/2009 3:05PM

    Models/actresses do bother me because I haven't always been overweight & it makes me wish I had not gone into denial, that I had gotten control BEFORE I had to do this work.

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My Series of Unfortunate Events

Friday, June 26, 2009

Starting a couple of weeks ago, here is what has happened:
1. Got a speeding ticket. (I WAS speeding, I was distracted by Gabs, so I can't argue with it)
I'll do defensive driving to take care of it, but it's still $142
2. Got in a wreck.
The idiot cut me off to slam on his brakes twice so hard that I couldn't stop in time. No injuries, just pissed me off.
3. Lost my job.
Final round of layoffs - I got cut. I made it through 3 other rounds before that, so I guess I'm thankful for that, but now I have no job, bills to pay, mouths to feed....... And my S/O is gone until November 30.
**EDIT** 4. Flat tire on I30 in the dark with no shoulder in Royse City, Texas on the way back from my Papa's on Father's Day.
This was the first time I have been glad that Jackie likes to have the extras on everything, because he carries Emergency Roadside Assistance on our car insurance.
5. My Great Uncle Jack died last Friday.
The viewing and service were in Lubbock (Wolfforth, really), and the military graveside service was in Keyes, Oklahoma. I left Tuesday and got home last night. (thanks again for checking in on Harley Barbara!)

So those 5 things have combined one after the other to leave me with a mountain of things to do. Papers are piling up. School work is being turned in half done so I can get SOME credit for it. Bills are due. WIC doesn't have an appointment until JULY 23. Had to put my gym membership on hold, so now in the heat of the Texas summer, I have to figure out how to exercise with a 2 year old and a large dog at home. I walk in the evenings with them, but if you have ever tried to do a workout with a 2 year old in the house, you know what my issues are there. Orkin keeps giving me excuses for why they aren't coming when they say they will. After being out of town, my house is a mess (thank you Harley), I have a ton of laundry to do, mail to open, email to sort, pushups to catch up on (hundred pushups challenge), the list goes on and on.

I have lost some weight lately, so I'm very thankful for that - except that I haven't weighed myself since being out of town - and we ate out a LOT (I chose healthy options, but it's still not as healthy as I would have been at home).

Long story short, if you pray, meditate, send good vibes, ANYTHING, please keep my family and sanity in your thoughts/prayers/whatever. And if you hear of anyone who is hiring at $40k+ a year, PLEASE let me know!

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8MORE2GO1 6/29/2009 3:35PM

    I'm so sorry to hear all of that! I will keep you in my prayers! Good luck on finding a job and hopefully things will be back to normal soon!

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SWIMGIRL 6/28/2009 1:28PM

    When it rains it pours. Sorry it's such a rough time for you. I'll keep you, your family & your sanity in my prays.

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    All the church ladies are praying for you :) I know it sucks right now but "This too shall pass".

The public pool is cheap and swimming is great exercise. If you want to go give a a call.

Hang in there!! emoticon

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WISEWIFE 6/26/2009 3:20PM

    OMG! That's way to much for one person to handle! I'll be keeping you in prayer!
And if I knew of a 40k+ job I'd be putting in for it! But I do hope you find work that makes you feel good about doing it!

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LOGANDRYLSMOM 6/26/2009 3:15PM

    Bless your heart! Goodness sakes! Good luck with everything.. its GOT to get better, right?? Take care and have a great (safe) weekend!

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