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Great Shoe Sale!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Our local "brand name" shoe warehouse has a once a year coupon applicable to clearance items.

First pair is 50% off: second pair of higher value is 25% off.

So here's what I scored!!

1. Classic black medium heel pointed toe pump, microdot suede, regular $120, marked down to $35.99 less 50% = $18.00.

2. Second pair deep orange casual perf leather loafer: regular $100, reduced to $39.99 less 25% = $29.99

3. Bright royal blue medium heel pointed toe pump, regular $110, marked down to $49.99, less 50% = $25.00.

4. Second pair black ruched leather ankle bootie with cute cuban heel, regular $120 marked down to $69.99 less 25% = $52.49.

Total with tax -- four pairs leather shoes for just under $142.00.

My goodness, I love a bargain: and four bargains is even better!!

  
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AMARILYNH 10/20/2012 6:47AM

    WOW - I'm going shopping with my daughter today - I hope we find some good deals like that!!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/16/2012 8:33AM

    Wow! You and I should go shopping! :)

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NANCY- 10/16/2012 8:06AM

    Where is this place... I already have the date on my calendar. :)
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NOLAZYBUTT110 10/14/2012 5:27PM

    I always buy shoes on sale and never have paid more than 29 dollars for a pair pf shoes, but I find I do better at the thrift store.....there I never pay more than 5 dollars a pair of shoes and the best thing about worn shoes is that they are broken in and I dont get blisters. lol and save a ton of money on shoes and get brand name shoes too. susana

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DALID414 10/14/2012 1:07AM

    WOW! Thanks for the virtual discount shoe trip. I can't even remember the last time I looked for new shoes.

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PHEBESS 10/14/2012 12:37AM

    One of these years we will drive across Canada, and I'll visit you - and you and I will go shopping!!!!!

I did think of you when I went to Macy's and found a lovely deep rose pink sweater, cropped, in all cotton - original price $69.99, reduced price $12.47. Yup, I saved over $57 on one sweater! Looks great with slim jeans and a white blouse!

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_LINDA 10/14/2012 12:12AM

    Wow! Fantastic shopping! Good on you! They sound awesome!!! Enjoy! I second that -clothes to match is must, time for more bargain shopping!!
Enjoy your weekend!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/13/2012 9:02PM

    It really is time you started those photographs Ellen. I'd love to see the full outfits with shoes. Great sale shopping though.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/13/2012 8:42PM

    You're SUCH a fashionista!


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CMRAND54 10/13/2012 8:17PM

    I am so jealous. I love shoes, and shoes on sale are the best. I've been looking for some ankle boots.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/13/2012 7:25PM

    WOO HOO! Great shoe bargains are the BEST! Now, here's my question: do you have to buy new clothes to match the shoes? Even so, don't you love a QUEST???

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SLENDERELLA61 10/13/2012 6:51PM

    You are the shopping queen!! Way to rack up! 2 heels, a loafer, and bootie - that's a wardrobe of shoes! I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing them and enjoy them even more remembering your shopping victories!!

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THE most important thing to learn . . . at SparkPeople??

Friday, October 12, 2012

What's the single most important thing we can learn at SparkPeople?

How to maintain.

Yeah. Because all of us already know how to lose weight. We've done it lots of times before.

So if this is going to be the last time: we have to figure out how to maintain weight loss.

When should we start learning how to maintain? From day one.

And where can we learn most about maintaining? Join the At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team. Sure we can. Even before we lose the weight. So we're planning for maintaining right from the beginning.

MAINtenance: maintaining weight loss is the MAIN thing.

  
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MOTIVACTION2 11/20/2012 6:03AM

    thanks for sharing!

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NANCY- 10/16/2012 8:02AM

    That's what I am doing learning how to maintain this lifestyle change. It appears that I am a slow learner... but I am making progress and still have a lot to lose. But once I get to the weight my body was meant to be... maintaining will be a lifestyle habit. Thanks to you for sharing your journey, you have inspired me to keep moving forward... and that maintaining is what is key.
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MEL_UNRAU 10/13/2012 6:52AM

    Awesome!!!

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PHEBESS 10/13/2012 1:05AM

    You've convinced me!

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46SHADOW 10/12/2012 10:31PM

    oh yeah!

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PATRISNA 10/12/2012 9:42PM

    I agree. I have not met my initial goal weight, but I have been feeling lately my body is telling me to start the maintaining part of this journey. Maybe that is what plateaus are really all about. I know SP members talk about a "weight range" they try to stay in once they reach their goal weight.

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/12/2012 8:52PM

    So very true.

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CMRAND54 10/12/2012 8:17PM

    Maintaining is harder than losing, but I'm working at it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/12/2012 7:07PM

    Absolutely! You can maintain your way to a healthy weight, but you can't lose your way to maintaining... at some point we have to stop at a "healthy lifestyle"! Nicely stated, and totally agree this is the MAIN thing! emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/12/2012 6:41PM

    Amen, sister! Amen.

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DALID414 10/12/2012 3:57PM

    Thanks for the lesson.

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_LINDA 10/12/2012 1:08PM

    emoticon You got it! And you are one of the shining examples we can follow on how to be an awesome maintainer!!!
Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/12/2012 12:53PM

    You SO danged right!
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SLENDERELLA61 10/12/2012 12:02PM

    You are so right! Well said!!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/12/2012 10:01AM

    Love it! I found SP right at the end of my weight loss efforts. While I wish I would have discovered this site much sooner, I am so happy to have SP and especially AG&M, TM (ok, the name could use some work LOL) to help with maintenance. I feel like I have such better understanding of what I need to do this time.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/12/2012 9:46AM

    I think this makes so much sense but it is counter to the way most of us are taught to think about weight loss! The media tells us weight "melts" off and then you are done! Most commercial diet programs tell us that we should lose ALL the excess weight and then start a maintenance program.

I think it is a real paradigm shift to think about maintenance from day one. But even though I haven't lost all the weight I need to, I've "maintained" my nearly 30-pound weight loss for five months, and that's worth a lot.

I promise I'm going to join that team TODAY!

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DDOORN 10/12/2012 9:27AM

    Imagine the collective TONS we have all lost here within our global SparkFamily....

Well there are AT LEAST that many TONS of collective wisdom gathered together "At Goal and Maintaining: Transition to Maintenance Team"...!!

Join in and pay your 2 cents forward! :-)

Don

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    emoticon Agree with this so much!

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    You got that right! emoticon

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YOGAWITCH 10/12/2012 9:19AM

    I hope I get to the point I need to maintain but I notice a lot of people here do so I will definately stick around.

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Worn Out Size 8s! Sure Sign I'm Maintaining . . . .

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I was happy this fall to slide back into my winter 8s and 6s without a hitch.

But: I also realized that I've now actually maintained weight loss long enough that I'd completely worn out some of my initial weight loss stuff. And needed to replace it!

The first "big weight drop" happened between 2001-2002, when I went from 230 to about 155 or so. Sure there was a little blip up in 2009 to about 172, "pity party" weight gain after breast cancer dx, just before I started Spark. But I took that off pretty quickly between May and July of 2009 while going through radiation. I got right back into those size 8s (and generous 6s) and have maintained from 2009 to present, plus taken off a few more and am still hovering around the 142 point pretty steadily. (Yeah, I'd like to be 138 but having achieved that brief glory, have had to decide that 138 may have been "lowest achievable" but it doesn't seem to be "lowest sustainable"weight. For me.)

So: from 2002 to 2012 is long enough at size 8 that my old purple suit is totally worn out. Had to replace it. My old pink suede jacket was worn out too: right through the right elbow. Had to replace it. And a few other items like that.

Of course there's never any way I'm paying full price for anything. It was right to Etsy, ebay and thrift stores!! Pronto. I've found some great deals.

Kinda funny: when I first lost the weight, it took me over 5 years to accept that it was really gone, and it was not coming back. Which meant it was OK to divest myself of the 20s, 18s, 16s, 14s, 12s. (There are still a couple of "small" or vintage 10s in the mix too . . . ).

But this fall it took me no time at all to begin the process of replacing those worn out 8s!!

I'm maintaining. Yes I am!!

  
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TINAJANE76 10/12/2012 3:39PM

    Although I haven't been maintaining as long as you have, I'm starting to see some of my 'maintenance' clothes get a bit worn out and I also think it's thrilling! We're doing it. We're REALLY doing it!

Congratulations and may you have many more years of worn out 6s and 8s to look forward to!
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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/12/2012 9:43AM

    That's awesome!! Congrats on maintaining for such a long time - I hope I can do as well as you have with maintenance!

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MOBYCARP 10/11/2012 9:57PM

    Congratulations, and thanks for the warning. If it happens that way for me, that means there will come a year when I have to replace most of my wardrobe at the same time, without the excuse that it's because I lost weight. That's not something I look forward to.

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CMRAND54 10/11/2012 7:11PM

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STRIVER57 10/11/2012 4:38PM

    really terrific!


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TRYINGHARD1948 10/11/2012 4:17PM

    You truly are inspirational Ellen. Congratulations on your positivity, your maintaining but most of all the great blogs you write. emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 10/11/2012 2:11PM

    Wow look at all the comments and congratulations AND all of them earned!!

What a great story. Glad I ran into out here in Sparkland!! You give me hope.

Vandal

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VERONICAVW_140 10/11/2012 11:44AM

    Way to go!!!! At one point in time I had gone from 220lbs to 138lbs myself. My closet looked like a store because I had sizes ranging from 20 to 4.haha
I am glad you are maintaining so well. That is so inspiring! Keep up the good work. :)

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DDOORN 10/11/2012 10:48AM

    You sure are doing your best in joining the ranks our our SparkPeople Rockstars of Maintenance! :-)

Sounds like you are bouncing back from your flu...? Hope so...one benefit I've found from living a SPARKED lifestyle is that the bugs come along far less frequently and hold me back for much less time.

Don

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TIFFANIE150 10/11/2012 9:27AM

    SUCH an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NANCY- 10/11/2012 9:00AM

    What a wonderfully exciting Thankgving discovery. . I love when things sneak up on you like that.
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TEENY_BIKINI 10/11/2012 8:46AM

    You are quite the inspiration!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/11/2012 8:23AM

    You deserve to be proud! You are the success story we ALL want to be!

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    emoticon that is a sign of long-term successful maintenance!

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    What a success you are! Keep on Sparking and sharing emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/11/2012 6:24AM

    Wow!!--You are a great role model!--Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/11/2012 6:20AM

    Love it! I'm finding a similar phenomenon... having to replace clothing... two pair of jeans recently... IN THE SAME SIZE! Hooray for the Spark-success and MAINTENANCE!

You go, Ellen!

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ROOSTER72 10/11/2012 3:46AM

    Yay - shopping time.
Well done on your maintenance record - you are doing so well!

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_LINDA 10/11/2012 2:25AM

    Yes you sure are! Size 8 is an awesome size! Its what I fit -no 6's tho, so you have me beat there! You go girl!!!
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PHEBESS 10/10/2012 11:42PM

    VERY exciting!!!!!

And I think, since you are maintaining, you definitely deserve a splurge or two - like buying something new at full price!!!!! (NO, I did not mean a food splurge!)

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/10/2012 9:46PM

    Really impressive! Congratulations! I got rid of everything size 14 and up, but right now am hanging on to 12's-8's. Probably I shouldn't, right? I'm still trying to figure out why I'm hanging on to them. But so cool that you have maintained for a decade!
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CRYSTALJEM 10/10/2012 9:45PM

    Now that's exciting. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 10/10/2012 9:40PM

    Congrats on such long term maintenance that you have to replace your small clothes!! At 5'10" I'm sure size 8 and 6 is plenty slim. Hooray for you! I sense that your confidence in maintaining is growing by leaps and bounds.

Thanks for commenting on my exercise tracking blog, too. Appreciate good sense and support! -Marsha

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SLUNDQUIS 10/10/2012 9:03PM

    Way to Go!


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    You be STY-lin'!!!
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SUSANS706 10/10/2012 8:41PM

    emoticon Hope I can get there!!! working my way back to my 8's!!

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    Go, Girl!!!!

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Canadian Thanksgiving Flu By

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Bad timing, really.

Long weekend, a bit cool and drizzly but the leaves are still glorious, my bright yellow chrysanthemums looking gorgeous in the garden except for . . . flu.

Yesterday it was hard to stand upright. I'll spare the gruesome details. Suffice it to say, I've looked at life from both ends now. And don't want to do that any time soon again.

Today's better in the plumbing department but I think I'm developing that fluey cold: drippy nose, sore throat, generally achy.

I did make a large pot of (pretty bland) soup, Don't want to challenge the digestive system, do want to soothe the throat. It's tomato lima bean lentil celery carrot brown rice. Could not possibly look at meat. Or consider my usual zingy spicing.

Tomorrow has to be better. But the turkey can wait for another weekend! Thank goodness I hadn't invited anyone to join us . . . DS is away at school, DD and DH are pretty understanding (and, in DD's case, vegan in any event).

Should be hitting my stride again by Tuesday and back at the gym!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 10/9/2012 1:37PM

    I've got all the same symptoms except the "both ends now", which just had to make you one miserable Mellen! Hope you are doing better. Your soup combos always sound so interesting. There's nothing like a pot of soup. Mine this week is sweet potato. I've been adding 1/2 tsp. of garam masala to my mug but TC doesn't care for that spice profile so he gets the bland soup!

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ID_VANDAL 10/8/2012 4:46PM

    Sorry about that but it sounds like you are doing the best you can under the circumstances. You know the routine - water, rest, more fluids but then you are already doing that so keep it up!!

You can share our Thanksgiving so you won't have to miss it.

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NANCY- 10/8/2012 7:45AM

    I wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you had enjoyed the long weekend.
But now I just wish you a speedy recovery.
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IMAGINE_IT 10/8/2012 4:11AM

    Sorry to hear that you are sick Ellen emoticon drink plenty of hot tea...try taking some vitamin c ....and rest..rest ...rest.... emoticon

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ROOSTER72 10/7/2012 11:10PM

    Look after yourself!

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DABLUECAT 10/7/2012 10:46PM

    Awwww feel better soon!
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PHEBESS 10/7/2012 9:48PM

    Feel better, sweetie - I usually find a few days of toast and tea lets the digestive tract recuperate. Plus you need extra liquids for the respiratory part of the flu.

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So lots of hot tea, maybe a drizzle of honey for your throat. And stay in bed!!!!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/7/2012 9:24PM

    Ouch, yuck... and better just in time to get back to work.... sigh. emoticon Besides I ate enough for both of us emoticon ... but I stuck t the healthier fare (as if there is much! emoticon ) and had a very thin slice of emoticon . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/7/2012 8:52PM

    I'm sorry you're feeling so bad. Take care of yourself.

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CMRAND54 10/7/2012 8:46PM

    Sorry about your flu. I hope you're better soon.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/7/2012 8:35PM

    So sorry. At least I feel "Thanksgiving" that you are doing better now.

Of course I had you in mind in my Thanksgiving status quote, dear Ellen.
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/7/2012 8:28PM

    Believe it or not, the soup sounds good... OK, I might add a FEW more spices, but I often like things a little on the bland side.

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NORWOODGIRL 10/7/2012 8:20PM

    Aww. Eat your wonderful soup then pull the blankets over your head and try to sleep away that nasty bug. emoticon

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Parents Don't See Fat Kids Because Fat is the New Normal

Monday, October 01, 2012

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-
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the-new-normal/article4576071/


Wow, what a hard-hitting article in this morning's Toronto Globe and Mail!

About two-thirds of the adult Canadian population is fat: overweight or obese.

About a third of kids and teenagers (3 in 10) are fat: overweight or obese.

And that apparently means that 63% of parents of overweight kids think they're normal weight: 63% of parents of obese kids think they're just overweight.

I know as a parent of 2 kids, one skinny and one . . . um . . . not . . . that I found it hard to treat them fairly, equitably, and make sure that the skinny kid got enough calories while the other kid learned to manage a tough metabolism. Wasn't entirely successful, either: then or now. I KNEW and recognized the weight problem of the overweight kid . . . but there really is only so much you can do. Without making your overweight kid utterly self-conscious and miserable. Without making overweight a source of conflict spilling over into too many other areas of life.

We focused on good nutrition and keeping active.

It is so easy to blame parents. Most of whom are sincerely trying to do the best they can. While working and commuting and engaging in the community and running their households and . . . . so much more.

But because overweight and obesity have profoundly serious life-long health consequences for kids beyond social disapprobation . . . all of this is pretty important.

Not easy. I don't have solutions, that's for sure. Other than modelling healthy exercise and nutrition and hoping eventually it rubs off.

  
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DDOORN 10/4/2012 10:28AM

    "Modelling healthy exercise and nutrition" is HUGE and I think the most potent influence we parents can exert on our children. I kick myself for not having done better when my son was younger, but am doing the best I can now! :-)

Don

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SWAZY33 10/3/2012 9:09AM

    My kids are healthy weight now but trying to instill in them that "teenage" metabolism is not going to last forever and to start making better choices now so they don't end up overweight like I was and then have to really fight and work to get those pounds off later. Especially with family history of breast cancer, it's so important for them. The both recently signed up for Myfitnesspal and it was so cute to have my son burst into my room saying...omg...that milkshake I had was 800 calories...i'm going to choose something better and look up the calories first next time! That was a winning moment for sure...guiding them... but hoping they also figure some things like that on their own!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/2/2012 8:04PM

    Growing up fat had many painful moments for me. I don't know if it is worse now, or because it is more common perhaps it isn't as socially painful. Either way, it isn't healthy.

I do try to be a good role model for my grandkids, but I am disappointed that they often don't seem to follow. Tonight we had fresh asparagus, but I didn't get either one to take a bite. They did eat baby carrots and peas, though.

I tried so hard to feed my own child right. As a teen she had a perfect weight. However, she was and still is a very picky eater. There are many good healthy foods she won't eat (tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, sugar snap peas, eggplant, etc.). To lose weight now, though, she doesn't even need to track, she just cuts out doritos and cokes and she loses. On the other hand, there is really no food I won't eat due to taste. If it is good for me, I learn to like it. However, I don't know when to stop eating and have to weigh/measure and track.

Excuse my rambling. Thanks for another interesting blog.

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CRYSTALJEM 10/2/2012 12:24PM

    You said it! Didn't get a chance to read the article yesterday when I saw it but now I'm going back to it. One thing I personally think is that as humans, many of us avoid and ignore what's staring us in the face. We wait until it's elephant size (maybe a bad analogy?) and we can't get around it anymore. In otherwords, none of us become obese overnight - it's usually a pretty gradual thing. Slow metabolisms and other medical conditions can really add to the challenge, but most of us that suffer from weight, got there simply by not taking action sooner. Both my kids are thin. Doesn't mean they always make good choices.

I try to teach and thankfully they try to learn what is "good" and what is "bad". They understand about how their bodies work and that their bodies will change and so will their metabolism. They see that both of our families have their share of heavy people - who used to be thin, in some cases scrawny. I let them know you don't have to be skinny, but be prepared, this CAN and WILL happen to you unless you do the things your whole life to AVOID it. One of the few times I think avoidance is a good thing. The "right" things are put more good stuff in your body than bad - by a lot. Move more than not. Do NOT get hooked on "convenience" - convenience food, convenience transportation, convenience remote controls, convenience helpers (aka mom could you get me... _fill in the blank _)

Now that I've FINALLY seen the scale move in the right direction rather than holding steady for what seemed forever, I AM NOT going to let that number creep up again. It might fluctuate a bit here and there, but it's not coming home to roost. No way, not here, not me. I'm paying attention now... no sneaking up on me this time!

If we start our life with the right habits and knowledge we will be a lot less likely to end up in the position where we are "suddenly" facing obesity.

Right now I'm seriously trying to get this through my wonderful DH's head. He is at a stage where he comes in and sits, and drinks and eats after supper. We were looking at pics less than 10 years old and boy - what a difference, it's just "crept up" but now here it is - all hanging over his belt. Is he fat? No, is he terribly obese? No, is he at a healthy weight? No, Does he look as cute as ever? No - but all the potential is still there. He's still cute, but.... you know what I mean. emoticon

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NANCY- 10/2/2012 8:24AM

    Ah so pudgy cheeks are not so cute. Modeling healthy behavior is the way to go. Even though I am still well over 200 lbs I go the pool. It motivated my 23 year old son to get off the computer and and got to the pool. My other son requested celery for a snack. Things are changing in this house.
When it comes to child we love them no matter what their size, sometimes we just don't see it because love is blind.

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KANOE10 10/2/2012 7:13AM

    Great article. It is true in the US also..but it seems to me that fat kids are ridiculed in the US. This was very interesting. The more info we have the better.

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PHEBESS 10/2/2012 2:46AM

    As a teacher, I saw very thin students, very short (as in appearing to be several grades younger) students, and extremely obese students. And the parents often didn't seem to notice that their children were in an unhealthy weight group.

Our school started a special class for overweight students, with a fitness component as well as nutrition. Parents attended periodic meetings, and were apprised of their child's involvement in the class. Some parents opted out. Other students tried to get in to the class.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/1/2012 10:20PM

    We need articles like this kept in the spotlight. So many are in denial and there are more and more apologists for the obesity epidemic. Unless we face the dangers head on, we're in for some serious problems as a society.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/1/2012 7:48PM

    Like you, I have no answers. It was my kid that motivated me to do something about my own issues... what would I have done if he didn't? I feel for all people who struggle... because I do, too! And one thing I had to let go of was trying to live someone else's life for them or to control them... so... that said... still hard news to read.

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