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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.



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AJDOVER1 10/7/2012 2:22PM

    Good for you! That small child was a brat anyway....

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ALLISON145 10/7/2012 2:03PM


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REGILIEH 10/7/2012 1:29PM

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I'm sure it is so much more fun working out with your 3 girls! Have fun!

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WIFE2BOB 10/7/2012 12:31PM

    Wonderful weight loss all around. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/7/2012 12:30PM

    Good teamwork with your goals! Somehow, having others along for the ride, makes it better. 60# is emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 10/7/2012 10:59AM

    how nice to have such family support ! congrats for the child! emoticon

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NASFKAB 10/7/2012 10:30AM

  great job & best thing you did it as a family

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/7/2012 10:15AM

    Congrats on losing the shadow of a child! That's an incredible FAMILY accomplishment! Spark on! emoticon

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EOWYN2424 10/7/2012 10:15AM

    good for you!

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SASSY_N_CLASSY 10/7/2012 10:14AM


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WANDAH3 10/7/2012 10:13AM

    Congratulations John. It is a real family effort and that makes walking this journey so much easier.


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JILLIEWILLIE1 10/7/2012 10:13AM

    LOL, we need to lose a small child, large dog, enormous cat and a pot belly pig! Most of it is from me...still trying to get the other on the road to health. My husband and son have nowhere near the amount of weight to lose. It is their choices that need to include other food groups and less of others. I am very pleased your family is "with" you.
To your continued success emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 10/7/2012 10:11AM

    That's great John ... Keep up the good work!


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SCHNEBL 10/7/2012 10:11AM

    Good for you! I love that your whole family is supportive, makes the weight loss journey that much easier. Keep up the good work.

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