Thursday, October 21, 2010
I have a 13 year old daughter and a 15 year old son, my son is physically active as he's been playing hockey since he was 4 years old. My daughter on the other hand would avoid any physical activity like the plague. I worry about her because she is considered "obese" for her age. I had always tried getting her to walk, go bike riding with me, etc....but she never wanted to. That is until a few years ago when I started dropping some weight. I figured how could I tell her to be physically active when I was not. My highest weight was 192 lbs a few years ago and slowly in the last few years I have gone down to (once) 155 lbs but I hover mostly around 160 lbs. I still want to lose at least another 40 lbs so I need to step it up again and not get into my old habits.
As my daughter seen me losing weight, going for long walks, exercising at the gym she then decided she wanted to join in. We would take our ipods with us and go for daily walks together, at first she couldn't walk too far but now she can keep up with me without any complaining and we worked ourselves up to walking to over an hour at a time.
This past summer I have enrolled her in Karate which she is really enjoying. I honestly didn't realize how hard they work them during those karate sessions but she is able to keep up with the rest of them!
To give you a little history, my daughter had been complaining of extreme pain in her stomach and this past summer she was brought to the hospital because she was dehydrated. After the doctor had run some tests it was determined that she has gallstones. *Yikes* So our family doctor sent us to see a GI pediatrician and he told us that he wasn't surprised that she had gallstones because she is obese, yeah we already knew that and had been working on it! I tell ya, I felt like the worse mom in the world. I felt so bad for her because she kept telling me she was fat and ugly. What bothered me the most is that we had been working increasing her fitness level and I had been packing her healthier lunches, trying to cook healthier meals, etc.. My daughter was so depressed for a couple of weeks and didn't want to bother exercising anymore and said it wasn't even worth it because nothing she does helps her lose weight or inches around her stomach anyway. I had tried explaining to her that it's not always about weight but your physical stamina as well. Some girls are very tiny and skinny but probably could not keep up with what she can do. We are well aware that she needs to lose some inches around her waist and drop some pounds but it is so difficult when it comes to girls. The last thing I want her to have is an eating disorder......
On a happier note, she is back to working hard at karate a couple times a week, she takes the dog out for brisks walks first thing before school and I had bought her some Julian Michael dvd's (she loves Julian Michaels) which she has been doing on a regular basis. I am so proud of her for realizing that exercise is the way to go and she's also been reading all of the food labels and checking to see how many calories, fat and sodium contain in the food products and I got say we've all been eating healthier because of her determination to lose weight. I no longer have chips, cookies or anything of the sort in the house. I have to admit though it's very difficult when I see potato chips on sale to not want to buy a bag or two to watch our hockey games on a Saturday night. (I won't tell her that though)
It's actually a little ironic because the last few months I have fallen off the wagon and had not been exercising and my daughter is the one who has been nagging me to get back into shape and telling me if I'm not careful I will gain all my weight back. So I really need thank her for all her nagging and reminding me of how well I did because I've finally gotten back into the whole exercising thing and I feel better for it!