Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am embarrassed to admit that I am setting myself up for personal diet failure. Worse than that, I am setting a terrible example for my children. Self obsessed for all the wrong reasons… there is no reason to be obsessed with how my body looks but rather how healthy my body is and the importance of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. The main idea of healthy is to be, well, healthy.

I want to point out something that annoyed me today. I was watching Fox 25 news (MA) and they had a segment about “Eating like THE King”…books about Elvis and how he ate. I know that many love the king, and so sorry to offend, but he did get fat. Hollywood images are very skinny, I am convinced none of them eat, that they actually hook themselves up to nourishing IV’s so they don’t die. We are sold skinny all day, every day, BUT we are also sold food in immense portions with too much sugar, fat and overall yummy butter and oils. Even if we cook for ourselves and grill our food, we are smothering our food with dressings that Bobby Flay has shown us to make. What is my point about the books…here it is, the King ate poorly. He smothered food in chocolate and stuffed French toast with cream cheese. Pastry was at the top of his list and this book gives you recipes to actually eat like this at home. As the saying goes…eat like a King for breakfast, a Queen for lunch, and a pauper for dinner. We are fat because we think King means heavy carbs, sugars, and added fats…we forget that it means a healthy mix of everything.

Here it is, my goals that I am sharing with the spark community…
1.) I will set a healthy example for my children by NOT complaining about how fat my body is, eating a healthy and moderate diet, and maintaining a healthy exercise routine.
2.) Change the amount of lazy days I have and reduce the trips to Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds for breakfast, Chinese food lunches and Mall smoothies.
3.) Promote healthy play for my younger children by shutting off the TV, adding outdoor park time and nature walks just for fun.

Hopefully this will result in weight loss, I have caused a painful foot condition that is pleasantly caused by being overweight. My goal for myself and my body is to reach a healthy physique, I am done looking for a specific weight since I am convinced that there is no formula that truly can depict what is right for each of us.

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    It's great that you're working on fitness while your children are still small enough to learn from example.

    Just remember to NEVER, NEVER say anything about your body that you don't want to hear them say about theirs. They're such immitators!

    Kids will do anything if you convince them it's fun...take long walks/runs, play one-on-one soccer in the back yard, eat broccoli like a giant eats trees, bite an apple that's floating in a bowl of water.

    As for the KIng...didn't he die before he was 40? Not a good health example!

    Best wishes on your journey!!
    2018 days ago
  • DEEJON123
    WAY TO GO !!
    2018 days ago
    emoticon You have Great Goals, and with Spark People the Tools to help you achieve them!!
    emoticon I think my FAVORITE Line in your Blog was about the "Nature Walks just for FUN"!! When you make it Fun, all of us would be more Active and Fit!!
    2018 days ago
    You are so right--we are sent mixed signals by the media. Those cooking shows promote all the heavy sauces and cooking methods with tons of calories and then they tell us to eat healthy and be skinny. I agree with you too about those Hollywood stars, they must never eat. I feel like I don't eat much and I know I weigh 30-40 lbs. more than almost everyone of those impossibly skinny women!

    Good for you on your goals. Like you I started my journey to lose weight just to get healthy. But along the way I discovered all the things I had forgotten about that are part of living in a normal-sized world. I love buying clothes and dressing up. Once again I'm wearing make up and getting my hair colored! But I'm also enjoy having the energy to do so many things that I had given up long ago due to my inability to do much walking. And that is the best part.

    So hang in there, you have time to set that good example for your kids. I'm afraid that ship has sailed for me. All 3 of my grown up boys struggle with weight problems, some of them are more successful than others in controlling it. They grew up eating lots of fast food, pizza and having all sorts of high caloried snacks always available. No wonder they all have weight problems. Good luck!
    2018 days ago
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