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So Deprived....

Sunday, September 02, 2012

It was my grandson's birthday party yesterday, and one of my daughter's friends bought him a bag of junk food because she thinks that he is being deprived due to the fact that my daughter does not purchase those cheap boxed "treats" on a regular basis.

However, being deprived of eating junk food is one thing that parents should focus on, especially considering the health crisis the nation is having nowadays. The truth of the matter is that my grandson is far from being deprived of eating low-nutrient, high-calorie so-called foods and that is the reason why my daughter wants to limit those things and does not bring them into the house on a regular.

Studies are now indicating that sugar is addicting and I believe that to be true, especially seeing my grandson's behavior change for the worse whenever he wants and does not get his fix. The other day, we celebrated my granddaughter's "half" birthday (she is now 10 1/2 years old emoticon ) and I purchased a small cake for her. After we had a small piece, my grandson climbed up onto the counter so he could get some more. I had to leave and since dinner time was in an hour and half, I took the leftover cake home with me so he would not keep trying to get another piece, trying to save my daughter the battle she would have with his determination to eat some more cake.

The next day, he was so naughty and kept running down to my house (we live next door). I kept hearing "Coco-numnums" all morning long. I'd give him a banana, peanut butter toast etc whenever he would ask for something and then send him back home. Finally, about the fifth time he ran away, my daughter followed him and said that he knew I took the cake home yesterday and he wanted a piece. Of course, I knew that all along but did not want to give him a piece.

I took the cake out of the fridge and asked him if he wanted a piece. He got so excited that he actually shook. To me, that is a sign of an addiction. We all had a small piece of that cake and my daughter and grandchildren went home and there was no longer the struggle to keep that little boy home after that. He had his fix and he was content.

So, when that family friend bought him all that junk food for a birthday present (3 years old); I was a bit upset. She purchased it because she thinks he is being deprived of junk food and my daughter is being a mean mom because she does not buy Little Debbie's, Ho-Ho's etc. on a regular basis.

How come people do not think of kids being deprived if they are not getting regular servings of broccoli, green beans, lettuces, peas, cauliflower, squash? I watched several documentaries that stated that we are a nation of over-fed and undernourished population. Observing the items on the grocery store shelves, I can see how that has happened. Most of the items on the shelves have little or no nutritional value that would support a healthy lifestyle. So much of our food supply no longer resembles food in its natural state and comes in a box. We are told to check the labels so we can make healthy choices, but often those labels are very revealing as to what we are actually being deprived of: vitamins and minerals.

Too often, the focus is just on protein, carbohydrates and fats. We are led to believe that when the manufacturers add in vitamins and minerals then that product is better for us. The truth of the matter is when the item needs to be "enriched and/or fortified, then it is an item we really ought to leave on the grocery store shelf.

I am thinking today that being deprived of junk food (low-nutrient, high-fat, additives added to give it a longer shelf life, etc.) is not a bad thing.

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FRAN0426 9/2/2012 4:46PM

    I can't invision giving such a gift to any child, as that junk food shouldn't be encouraged for children to eat ( thats exactly how poor habits are formed--giving foods that aren't a food requirement to children). She would have been better off giving a healthy food donation in his name for a family that needs it, instead of trying to create a sugar problem for your grandson. Then she could have given your grandson a birthday card with some money and a note saying she gave a healthy food donation for a family in his name. Haven;t met a child that didn't like money, and he would also learn the gift of donations.

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CHRISTINASP 9/2/2012 4:08PM

    There's no doubt in my mind that sugar is addictive. I experience it in my own life. Good for your daughter for trying to raise her children without it.
That's a touching story about your grandson. If he was naughty, THAT too was probably the influence of the sugar. I get that way too after having eating sweets, the next day I'm awful to be around!
Maybe next time get a sugar free treat for the birthdays (and half-birthdays)!

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CIRANDELLA 9/2/2012 12:35PM

    Congratulations on doing so well! Yes, there's always the pang of that feeling of deprivation, isn't there? And sometimes it just feels so acute! But from what you've written here, you've done beautifully - emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 9/2/2012 11:01AM

    great blog, and I agree completely, even when it wasn't the fashion to stay away from those things, I did not buy them, I did treat my son occasionally with candy or cookies, but the constant ho ho's etc were not purchased in our home.
But somewhere along the way, I too have acquired a sweet tooth addiction, I have found myself when around candy ( the chewy caramel kind) actually reaching with my hand and putting my hand up toward my mouth and having my hand empty, wierd, and kind of scary to me. I was given (by a good friend) a 4 pound bag of hot tamales (jelly beans) for my birthday in July, I ate them all with very little help in less than a month, and honestly I was so surprised when I discovered they were gone. Very sad, I know.
anyway,m I joined this team today to mend my ways, and I will need all kinds of help

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My first time coming in last...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Yesterday was race with my grandchildren day, and it was awesome. The first was a 5k with my granddaughter. The decision to run it was made the night before. But it was like a practice run for my granddaughter because in three weeks we will be doing a chip timed race.

It was a small group, and judging from the conversations and appearance of the others, it looked like the group consisted of high school and competitive runners. This translates into my granddaughter and I took the tail end within the first tenth of a mile.

My granddaughter turned around and saw no one running behind us. I said, "Yes, we are last." Then she took off running, too fast for me to keep up. So, there I was trailing behind my granddaughter. For the first two miles, I was not sure if her motivation was not to be last or to beat me at the finish line.

She did not have the endurance to keep up the pace and I caught up with her at the end of mile 2 and we ran/walked the last mile. (She became a bit shy at the final stretch and tried to hide behind me. )

I usually look at previous times before I sign up for a race and then join if it seems like I won't be the last one coming in. But, you know what? I did not care this race. It was not a bad feeling coming in last because my granddaughter had a great time. She beat her mother's 5k time by almost 2 minutes and her previous time by over 7 minutes.

It wasn't my best time, but it was a good run for me because I pushed myself so I could keep up with my granddaughter in the beginning. I knew it was too fast of a start for me, but I could have ran faster that last mile, but I could not leave my granddaughter behind.

After the 5k, there was a kid's fun run and my grandson wanted to run it. He is not quite three and I think he is beginning to love to race. I know he likes to run with grandma but yesterday, I realized he is actually understanding the concept of racing.

The distance was about .45 miles and he ran the whole distance, even after he tripped and fell and skinned his knees. He just got right back up and continued to run. What a lesson for me! Despite what some would call a failure, he just got right back up and continued on. There was no moment of self-pity or poor me. He did not even take time to brush off his knees. Although he did need some comfort because we ran hand in hand for a short while.

He understood that he had to run to the finish line and run he did...

The one thing I like about running races is finishing each one is an accomplishment in itself. Sure, it is nice to have a new PR but constantly striving for a new PR each and every time takes the fun out of it. Being last in not a bad thing, but giving up and feeling sorry for yourself is.

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ELIZRN 8/27/2012 4:07PM

  Terrific lessons taught & learned....for all of us!!

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MIRAGE727 8/27/2012 12:38PM

    I love this and I live it! Thanks for sharing!

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CIRANDELLA 8/27/2012 12:38PM

    What an adorable little guy! And you're a pretty wonderful grandmother, too :) Keep on running; it's fantastic that you're able to do this!! emoticon

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ROSET491 8/27/2012 11:11AM

    What a great Grandma you are!! How fun for you to be able to do a race with her no matter where you finish!!


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LIVNFITNHAPPY 8/27/2012 10:52AM

    Thanks for sharing! Wonderful story and great lesson for us all!

You know, there really is no such thing as Last.
You are way ahead of me. There will always be someone "ahead" of us and someone "behind" us in anything we do.

So, glad you had a wonder-filled time with your family!

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LIV2RIDE 8/27/2012 9:17AM

    You might have come in last in the race but in your Granddaughter's eyes you are first. Spending the day with her and running WITH her made all the difference. Congratulations!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 8/27/2012 8:58AM

    Sounds like it was a wonderful day! It is always great to spend time with family!! Your little grandson is a cutie!!

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JANEMARIE77 8/27/2012 8:36AM

    wonderful times thanks for sharing

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Granddaughter's (10 years old) 5k finish

Monday, August 27, 2012

This race was a last minute decision. It was a small group and the other runners were a bit faster then my granddaughter and I. So, we took the tail end almost from the start. Despite that, it was a PB for my granddaughter and she beat her mother's best time.
Time: 34:36

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YOYONOMORE1 8/27/2012 7:30PM

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Determined to run

Monday, August 27, 2012

My grandson is not quite 3, but he is loving starting to "race". He did a fun run yesterday and is so proud of himself for his accomplishment. And what a runner he was. The distance was about .45 miles (according to my garmin) an he ran the whole distance. He started to look tired and when I asked him if he wanted to walk, he shook his head. He was determined to run.



I still cannot fit into my skinny jeans

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Last year I purchased the smallest size in jeans that I can remember for my adult life. Even with the vanity sizing, it was small. But, this year I cannot get those things past my hips.

It must be that when I was going to the laundermat last winter that the dryer must have shrunk them. emoticon

I honestly do not know if I will ever get them back on. I took my measurements today and, if I recall correctly, I am about the same size. I weigh about 5 pounds more than I did back then. However, after I had an 8 pound weight gain this spring (courtesy of Peanut Buster Parfaits from the Dairy Queen), I got serious about getting rid of the extra pounds. I started strength training.

So, it must be I am gaining muscle. emoticon

I have no clue as to whether or not I'll ever get back into those jeans but I do know now that I am exercising more days of the week, I feel a lot better. Also, I am cutting back on my morning coffee and am noticing that I am sleeping better than before.

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CIRANDELLA 8/20/2012 9:37PM

    Never mind those jeans...they're never the barometer of who we are - or who we're becoming - in life. Dryers are such mean things, aren't they? Grrrr... but CONGRATULATIONS emoticon emoticon emoticon on building that muscle!! THERE'S a real accomplishment, one which will serve both you - AND your health! - well. And, I just nominated you as a motivational member, because you ARE! Spark on!!

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LIV2RIDE 8/19/2012 9:10PM

    What a great year! emoticon

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    My dryer tends to shrink my clothes, too (lol). I agree that maybe it's muscle - toss those jeans!

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1954MARG 8/19/2012 9:37AM

  If you are a healthy weight and feel well, ditch the jeans. It is better to reach and maintain a realistic and healthy goal than to set yourself a goal that is unachievable and then beat yourself up about it. Buy yourself a pair of jeans that fit how you are and use them as your fit-me measure instead.

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NANADERRICK 8/19/2012 9:35AM


You have a great attitude. and actually it will do your health much more good to gain muscle than to fit into those jeans.

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