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Education With Example

Friday, February 19, 2010

I just read a blog about a survey that says our example of eating properly does not affect our children. Perhaps with older children that may be true due to peer pressure but I would like to know if these children's parents ever talked to them about why the family is eating healthy. We know TV commercials affect what the children want to eat so does Mom and Dad say or do anything about these commercials? When at the store looking for food items is there a discussion about why a food is put in the shopping cart or why it is rejected?

So many mothers cook what each child wants to eat and thus cooks 3 meals for three children! No thought is put into the example this sets for everyone and i do not see how this can be healthy. Children's preference should be noted and incorporated into meals but should not dictate what the family eats.

Allergies should be considered and those foods avoided but there are so many other choices. Teens and others who have chosen to be Vegan can be provided for but that still should be part of the whole meal for the rest of the family.

The bottom line is teaching your child to eat healthy so as adults they will choose to eat that way.

Jane on Guam
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WALNUT5612 2/20/2010 7:09PM

    Wow!!! I just saw a show on PBS about food choices and alot of what the kids want come in brightly colored containers that has exciting pictures on them. She used the example of yogurt. The kids like the yogurt that can be squeezed or in a bottle to drink. This is more costly and it generally has more sugar that if a Mom would get plain yogurt and add fruit....but of course 'plain yogurt' doesn't come in an 'exciting' package. Hmmmm.....you have given me a lot to this about!!!!

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RUSTYSHAW1 2/19/2010 6:56PM

    Excellent blog. As my eldest daughter slowly became more and more vegetarian, I tried to learn as much as possible in order to prepare a meal that addressed all the needs of the family, including her. I never found this a problem but rather she was setting an example of the importance to seek alternative nutritious foods. My younger daughter was the one who wanted more sweet or junk foods and while I tried to have desserts in the house, it was not a priority. Mostly we ate fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish and occasionally meatloaf. Switched to soy milk long ago for my daughters and then I realized it was a good choice for myself as well. I can't imagine cooking separate meals for each child - I could barely get food on the table for all of us. What is this world coming to? My weight did not come on until after they were grown and gone.

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Hard

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I have been depressed for a few weeks. There is an issue that i cannot deal with that has caused it. I find that I am eating when I should not be and going over my calorie allowance. I have gotten in my exercise at least walking because i hurt my back a couple of weeks ago so the yard work went by the wayside for awhile.
Sorry this blog is so down but thank you for allowing me to vent.
Jane on Guam

  
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RUSTYSHAW1 2/18/2010 2:03PM

    Jane
I am so sorry you are feeling down. This may not help but hope you will believe me your journey has helped me and so many other spark members.

As RENEWME10 said, we are living in a depressing time and there are times we just have to find a spark of happiness somewhere. I would venture to guess that having so much pain with your back makes everything so much worse for you.

Keep talking to us. You have to much to offer. Are there any happy memories you would like to share? I love (I am sure there are more people like me) to hear other people's life stories. Or if it is a bad, sad time and you don't want to write about it on your spark page. You can write to your most trusted spark friends via sparkmail.

Just writing about something is so helpful.

I wish I was there and could take you out for a healthy smoothie or visit a local lovely garden, or admire your very own garden.

I feel at a loss for words, but want you to know I do care. emoticon

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AFMILWIFE 2/18/2010 12:36AM

    It will all get better. Keep your head up!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/17/2010 1:20PM

    Sorry to hear that you are having a tough time right now. How can we - your Spark Family help?

We are here for you and care about how you are doing.

Hugs,
~JJ~
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MAGA99 2/17/2010 9:30AM

    You will get back into the groove of it I BELIEVE IN YOU

what I try to do now is to have snacks in the house with little calories I've come to love rice cakes

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KALATHIA 2/17/2010 8:15AM

    Sorry you're having a down time. Don't worry about venting. Just get it out so you can move on. We're all here to listen.

Kathy

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11-RENEWAL-20 2/17/2010 7:57AM

    Jane...We are living in a depressing time and have to use any thing we can to relieve our worries. There are problems that are not of our making, but that affect us in negative ways. Since I cannot do anything about them; I try to keep them out of my thoughts as much as possible. When I can make changes, I will, but until then it's one day at a time, stay busy, read, pray, take a walk, take a nap and "talk" to my friends on Spark People...it helps to share your good and bad times...you never know when someone might offer a solution to something that is bothering you...in other words, vent all you want ; we are here for you. Take care... emoticon Sharon J

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My Clothes Are Too Big!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Two years ago I was given a nice dressy dress that I would never have bought for myself but really enjoyed wearing. I have worn it a few times and at first it was tight. Today I tried it on to see what I looked like in my new full length mirror. It is too big and I do not know how to fix it up so I can wear it again. In some ways I am disappointed and yet I am really glad I have reached this milestone.

This is true of a lot of my clothes. I need to clean out my closet but I am not sure what to do with the clothes that are still wearable.

I do not buy clothes on Guam because I like cotton and there is little that is cotton in my size. I will not be going stateside until summer and if I keep loosing all my clothes will be toooooo big.

I have mixed feeling but will continue loosing to get healthy.

Jane on Guam
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LITTLE_DEBBIE 2/14/2010 8:17PM

    You are doing fantastic! What a wonderful problem! Can you sell some thingsd on eBay? Maybe get some money back out of the almost new items.

I treasure hunt at Ross, lots of good deals, but you are so right about being limited on our beautiful island! I'd be saving my pennies for a trip to the Mainland, that's for sure! emoticon

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DOTSLADY 2/14/2010 1:59AM

    emoticon emoticon (I hope to have your problem one day. It inspires me to watch you shrink, to hear you say the things you do.)
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CAROLEDENTON 2/12/2010 11:23PM

    What a wonderful problem to have.. Way to go! emoticon

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HONEYBEE56 2/12/2010 7:51AM

    You have done a magnificent job at losing! Baggy clothes are a wonderful reminder of that. Be sure to save an item that you used to wear for comparison once you have reached your weight goal.

You are a great inspiration, Jane! emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/7/2010 3:42AM

    I found a friend who would like to have the dress. The other things will go to a charity of other people who do not have money for things.
Jane

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/6/2010 9:02PM

    Jane,

I do understand your mixed feelings, but "good on you" for all the wonderful progress you have made. Do you have a charity in your area that might be able to put the clothing you have outgrown to good use?

Hugs,
~JJ~
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MZZCHIEF 2/5/2010 11:22AM

    Its always hard to give up clothes that you've loved as you move into smaller (gah, or larger!) sizes!

This is why there's belts... and why the majority of my clothes are knits with spandex in them... so they grow or shrink with me!

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Keep up the good work, save your dollar for when you come stateside and plan on buying yourself a new wardrobe. Less for you to pack! If you shop Ross Dress for Less, TJMaxx or Marshalls, you will find a ton of beautiful clothes at rock bottom prices. Something to look forward to!

: )
Mzzchief

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WALNUT5612 2/5/2010 12:41AM

    I like clothes to big rather than clothes to tight! Wonderful, your weight loss!

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CLAVINOVA 2/4/2010 11:19PM

    Congratulations Jane! I have a whole new wardrobe now too - check out my big pants picture on my spark page - they actually used to be tight on me! You'll love shopping and fitting into smaller sizes when you get a chance to shop stateside! So glad you're also thinking about your health as being the main goal though - at our age health is a big issue!! Have fun this month and keep that spark spirit strong! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGA99 2/4/2010 11:15PM

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One Year of Counting Calories

Monday, February 01, 2010

I joined SparkPeople in November of 2008 and started drinking 8 or more glasses of water every day. At the beginning of January 2009 I add exercise, starting with 10 minutes of yard work that winded me. I had not gained any weight during the holidays but had not last either.

On January 31, 2009, I started counting calories and the weight started coming off. As of January 31, 2010, I have lost 75 pounds! When I consider my thyroid condition I am very pleased.

I want to thank SparkPeople for all the articles, blogs and other encouragement that they have given and I want to thank all the friends I have met here who have encouraged me through this year.

I also want to thank Honeybee56 for introducing me to SparkPeople!

This is a great group that has been there when I needed the help.

Jane on Guam
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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/2/2010 1:38PM

    emoticon You are setting the bar for us girlfriend!

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 2/1/2010 8:05PM

    emoticonThat is fantastic, Jane! emoticon

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CASPER61 2/1/2010 11:24AM

    Way to go

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GRAYGRANNY 2/1/2010 9:02AM

    Happy Counting Calories Anniversary to you!!!!!!!!! What a terrific job!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 2/1/2010 8:50AM

    emoticon Congratulations Jane, you should be so proud of yourself, you set the path and followed through! You are truly an inspiration to all of us!

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JOANNS4 2/1/2010 8:37AM

    You have done so well and are a true inspiration to so many.
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KALATHIA 2/1/2010 7:51AM

    Happy Spark Anniversary, Jane, and congratulations on a world of success. Here's to another year of friendship, support, encouragement, and a healthier, happier you!

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MAGA99 2/1/2010 7:32AM

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U DO INSPIRE ME

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ZENMIND7 2/1/2010 3:28AM

    Congratulations! Glad Spark has worked so well for you. I've been here 2 months and it's working really well for me, too!
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Happy Sparkversary to you!

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Teachers/Parents Beware/Be Aware

Friday, January 15, 2010

Many years ago while teaching kindergarten I had a little girl come into my class at the beginning of the school year. She was exuberant and a delight to have, buuuuutttt. When I started teaching the children songs she sang a half a note below me aaannnd a half a beat behind me in a very loud voice. Now most teachers would have stopped and corrected the child and told her to listen and perhaps not sing until she could do it right. Some how I realize that I needed to ignore her and let her sing. She did this for weeks. There were times that I ended up going off key because I was listening to her too much. When I did that I would stop the group, apologize for doing it wrong and start again. I never mentioned that this girl drug me down. By the end of the year she was singing on key and with me.

The bonus to this is the following year when she was in first grade her class preformed at the annual Christmas Program. She sang a solo! Afterward I told her teacher what had happened the year before and we both were delighted with this child's progress.

Too often we correct instead of ignoring and encouraging. Many of us have the loop that reminds us that we can't do something and perhaps should not try. Perhaps if we remember with our children and each other that given time and encouragement others will learn we don't have to put a negative loop into their lives.

  
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FITMAMAOF4TOB 2/4/2010 11:13PM

    I loved your blog. I've got 4 kids and I need to remember this! Thank you!

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THE_SILVER_OWL 1/20/2010 12:34PM

    Oh how this reminded me of something that happened to my little sister when she was young. She was one of those kids that "could not carry a tune in a basket". Back in those days every child took "music class" and each grade participated in our Christmas program.

The teacher politely asked my sister to just "mouth" the words, while every other child in her class sang.

To this day she will not sing. Perhaps if she had encountered a caring and compassionate teacher such as yourself, she may have experienced a different outcome.

Thank you for sharing this, and especially thank you for the gift you gave that child...


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RUSTYSHAW1 1/16/2010 6:54PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. While I taught Special Education because of my '5th year' credential in California (credentialing was not the same across the U.S.), my Michigan credential was in Vocal Performance/Music Education. I had some pretty closed minded professors of Music Education that I just could not adhere to their thoughts of telling the child what they were doing wrong. That is why I changed my focus after reaching California. Anyway, your closing summary speaks to my heart. Did you have the opportunity to read the blog by Nancy Howard, "Poll: Should Slow Runners Be Allowed to Run Marathons too?" I am encouraging all SP members who I know to respond to her article. It really moved me. Seems a coach (not of SP) felt slower people ought not be allowed to participate. This really 'pushed' my buttons. Hugs emoticon

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MOMFAN 1/16/2010 5:33AM

    Yes, yes, yes, I agree we need to focus on the positives!

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LITTLEWIND53 1/15/2010 1:09AM

    So true, and not just with the arts.

My younger brother had trouble reading and his teacher was very hard on him. He got so he not only hated school, but never did enjoy reading. He never learned how to spell and it showed in his adulthood when he tried to go back to school. He did ok, but it was a struggle. And to think it was all because a teached wouldn't take the time to encourage him.

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