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We've Lost A Child --- It's A Good Thing!!!

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

I walked into the kitchen one afternoon in late August to find my wife and daughters sitting with their arms crossed. After close to forty years of marriage I smelled only one thing trouble for me. When Joan begins with Let me start by telling you how much we all love you.. it usually means its the last positive thing Im going to hear for the next half hour. I was half right, lol. She realized Id been through a lot in the past six months with my dad passing away and my back injuries, but, she added, my weight had ballooned to a really unhealthy number. Id gained back the eighty pounds Id lost plus added another ten pounds to that. Like the government, she and the girls were here to help.

Their proposal was simple. We would all make a real conscious effort to live and eat healthy from food choices to exercise options. Maybe that would help me get back on track. We did the ceremonial cleaning of the cabinets and stocked it with good stuff. Katie and Maggie both joined Weight Watchers. Its what works for them. Katie is a lifetime member having reached her goal weight and keeping it off for a year a long time ago but by her own admission she had slipped a bit. Maggie said it would be good to feel good again. Joan has major food allergies so eating is always a challenge for her. She has always used a high protein diet with success and of course I use Spark People.

Our goal wasnt to lose weight as much as it is to live healthy. In the past six weeks we have eaten out much less, gotten rid of the sugar and carbs that always tempt us and its been fun working out with my adulate daughters a few days per week. Its been nothing to adventurous walking and swimming. Joan and I exercise together in the pool three to four days a week and she and the girls have their own regimen. Everyone is much more relaxed. Its good to turn to either side of me and know I have support at home as well as here at Spark. When I open the cabinet I see healthy options rather than all the junk. We go out to eat, as a family, every two weeks, and the options are healthy ones, fresh fish, chicken and veggies. The French fries are fading in the rear view mirror.

I weighed myself yesterday a 1.4 pound loss for the week and a total of close to 16 pounds, in the past five weeks. Katie sat back and said, Between the four of us weve lost right at 60 pounds. Thats a small child.

Its a child Im glad to be rid of.

Namaste

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LIBBYL1 11/11/2012 10:45PM

  Thanks for making me laugh!

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MAZDAWD50 10/16/2012 11:41PM

    Congrats and keep up the good work. It's great that it is also a family affair.

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JLLOVETT 10/16/2012 9:44AM

    You are all inspirations!!! emoticon

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FATHINSN 10/14/2012 9:18PM

    One of lost things that we can celebrate happily is pounds losses :D I like that your family wanted to intervene in your life, to make everyone in the family has better lifestyle :D I'm still trying to do same thing with my parents and elder brother, have inches in progress and miles to go!

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ADELE66 10/13/2012 1:21PM

    Sounds like you have a wonderful family!

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KARRENLYNN 10/13/2012 2:16AM

    Hi John,

Congratulations on your decision to be healthier and your progress so far. Having family support is really important to our success. Keep going and we'll be cheering you on!


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IFEOMA4 10/12/2012 5:14PM

  emoticon its nice to have home support.

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DRAMAGIRL32 10/12/2012 12:59PM

    Great job! I love how it's a family effort to be healthy. That must be helpful and a great bonding experience for all of you.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/12/2012 10:14AM

    glad you have such nice support!

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MANILUS 10/11/2012 5:42PM

    Congrats on your progress and you are blessed with a supportive family! I am an individual champion. Keep up the great work!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 10/11/2012 3:53PM

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SPIRALDOWN 10/11/2012 12:29PM

    Very positive...WTG

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TASHANCARRION 10/11/2012 8:50AM

    WAY TO GO!!! Doing it as a family is awesome. Thanks for the motivation!!!!

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CHANGINGELAINE 10/10/2012 8:59PM

    It's great that you are on this journey as a family!
I am lucky that my husband has joined me also on a path to better health.
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ANASNEWBODY 10/10/2012 8:20PM

    Thank you, I enjoyed your blog. Continue your success and happiness. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NESARIAN 10/10/2012 8:04PM

    emoticon Such a loving family unit! This was so sweet to read about!

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2TIGRE 10/10/2012 3:17PM

    What a great story!!! I love reading posts like this - they're so inspiring and motivating. Keep up the good work.

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MIPALADY23 10/10/2012 3:08PM

    Sweet!! Nice job!! I'm soooooo excited for you!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/10/2012 12:18PM

    So glad the entire family is in on this together! There is no better support system than that of a family who is working together for the good of each other:)

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ONEATATIME3 10/10/2012 9:58AM

  Lucky to have a loving family who cares so much for you. emoticon emoticon

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STEADFASTNSEE 10/10/2012 8:50AM

  Great Job John! And I too was tricked by your title a bit. HUGS!

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KANOE10 10/10/2012 8:11AM

    Great support with your family.

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 10/10/2012 7:38AM

    Thanks for sharing. Yes, it is a family affair...cannot have two different eaters in the house it doesn't work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRIKATE 10/9/2012 5:23PM

    Yay and BIG BRAVO to you and to all your 'girls', John -- what an inspiring bunch you are! Hang in there, knowing that you've helped me and no doubt others too to get back on track starting Now.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/9/2012 2:52PM

    You and your family are doing fantastic!! That is an amazing amount in 5 weeks.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/9/2012 11:53AM

    This was so beautifully written, and what a fantastic inspiring story! Your family sounds wonderful and caring and committed to one another. I don't want to sound cheesy, but this was really heartwarming to read. :) Thank you for sharing. And congratulations on you and your family's weight loss! LOL I love the comparison to a small child. I always like to think that I've lost a teenage girl (120 lbs), and I envision myself carrying around one of my cousins on my back all day long as the way I used to be when I was 244 lbs. I really enjoy comparisons like that. I'm glad your family lost this child! :)

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KIMPY225 10/9/2012 10:59AM

    Traffic job! keep up the awesome work!

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WALKINGCHICK 10/9/2012 8:11AM

    Well done you - on hearing the sentiment from your family, on acting on this sentiment, and on making the progress that you have in this short time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/9/2012 1:46AM

    Good for all of you !
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 10/9/2012 12:22AM

    love that it has involved the entire family. Awesome accomplishment


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PCASEY7 10/8/2012 11:28PM

    Good for you all! You must be really proud! You're a great example of getting back up, dusting yourself off and trying again! Keep up the great work!

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ROCKYCPA 10/8/2012 11:26PM

    Good job - congrats on losing a "child".

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WORKINGSTIFF 10/8/2012 10:46PM

    John-

How great that you and your family are there for each other. Alone we can do a lot, but with the help of others, each can be unstoppable!

Thanks for sharing.

Helen

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MELLABELLAS 10/8/2012 10:34PM

    Great job!

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ROCKETGIRL229 10/8/2012 9:01PM

    Congratulations! I hope this week is great to you!

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CHUM48 10/8/2012 8:28PM

    Great support system you have there!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/8/2012 8:25PM

    Very awesome!

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