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Family Weight Loss Monthly Update: Sorry No Sensational or Catchy Title That Might Offend Someone

Saturday, November 10, 2012

At the end of September I blogged about our family weight loss and how well we were all working together on getting healthy. At the time we’d lost a combined weight of 60 pounds. My daughter Katie compared it to losing a small child. I blogged that comparison and caught all sorts of heat from some folks who thought it was cruel for me to compare weight loss to losing a child. Someone suggested I compare it to 60 pounds of blowing balls. I just couldn’t visualize that. I’m not a bowler. But, anyway, the life lesson there was that you can’t please everyone. I went back and checked the date on that blog and found to my surprise it’s been a tad bit over a month since I gave ya’ll and update. (That last phrase is southern for “It’s been awhile since I furnished each of you with an update.”) So here is the tale of the tape. Or scale as the case may be.

In the past month Joan, Maggie, Katie and I have lost an additional 30 pounds. The running total is 90 pounds since September 1. During that time Joan and Katie participated in a “biggest loser” type competition at our gym. I am proud to say, (Close your eyes and imagine my chest puffed out and my face awash with pride……… Okay maybe you shouldn’t) that Joan took first place and Katie took second place. For their effort Joan won a year’s free gym membership and Katie won a six month membership.

Here’s what I learned from a family-get-healthy- initiative:

It’s easier to get to the gym when you are going with other people especially when one of them is your wife who looks at you and says “We ARE GOING to the gym.” It becomes a no brainer and you have three other people to walk, run, swim and work out with.

Food choices get simpler when you buy and cook lottsa good, healthy stuff. There’s support in three other people saying “Nope, we aren’t taking the lazy way out tonight and eat out, one of us is going to cook dinner.”

We have all had losses and we have all had gains and each of us draws wisdom from the other. Katie and Maggie utilize Weight Watchers, I use Spark People and Joan samples from both process. Each of us is doing what is successful for us personally and supporting the other people in the family with their journey. We are not ashamed or embarrassed to take someone to task for slacking off. No pious platitudes, no “isms,” just common sense and a lot of love, sprinkled with the joy of watching someone you love grow the right way, inside rather than outside!!!

In many respects Hillary Clinton was right……….. It takes a village.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GEEMAWEST 11/16/2012 10:53PM

    Did someone really suggest you compare it to 'blowing balls'? That's just weird. They probably meant bowling balls. LOL

It is so great that you have that support. I am hoping to get DH on board in the near future. He is finally realizing that his health isn't what it used to be.

P.S. In the physical therapy room at work they have weights that you can wear around your waist or ankles, etc for exercise. When someone loses 10, 20 or however many pounds they put that amount of weight on the person to carry around. It's amazing to know what 20 pounds feels like when you have to carry it around all day. I'm just saying that it's better than a bowling ball.

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HLPRATT 11/13/2012 10:35AM

    That's a great way to do it!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2012 7:40PM

    Congratulations to your entire family. You are doing great!!

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NASFKAB 11/11/2012 11:15AM

  awesome news family doing it together

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SHERIO5 11/11/2012 9:51AM

    So awesome to hear of your family 's success! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 11/11/2012 9:43AM

    First I would have used the same analogy.

Second - Congratulations to all of you. It does make it easier when everyone is striving for the same thing.

best wishes to you and your family

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WALKNLOVE 11/11/2012 3:31AM

    So happy for all of you! Keep up the good work!!!

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REGILIEH 11/10/2012 10:26PM

    You all are such a wonderful family! I always love hearing about your family activities!

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AMARILYNH 11/10/2012 6:12PM

    Wow - awesome job!!

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JENAE954 11/10/2012 5:47PM

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CARTOONB 11/10/2012 5:39PM

    Congrats on the team work and the successes!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2012 4:46PM

    Great job, all of you!!!!

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HDHAWK 11/10/2012 3:14PM

    Why are people so darn touchy. It was just a comparison for crying out loud. Other than that, congrats on your consistency. It helps to have the whole family on board. I'm married to a junk food eater so the house is filled with things I shouldn't be eating. Hubby doesn't exercise either so it sometimes makes it harder for me to be motivated to do it BUT those are all things than can be overcome. emoticon

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SIMPLY-4-ME 11/10/2012 2:54PM

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I think you're all doing terrific!!

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CRYSTALJEM 11/10/2012 2:26PM

    Oh some folks just have no sense of hee haw! Congrats on the wins and losses emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy! CJ

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LYNMEINDERS 11/10/2012 2:26PM

    Woohoo...awesome...well done to you all...
I adored your parallel to 60 pounds....
Like you I need something I can visualize....don't be put off sharing your visuals with us just beccause some peoples brains operate differently....
You can't please all of the people...some people you will never please...

ve reading your blogs......don't change them

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/10/2012 1:39PM

    Very insightful blog : )
Congratulations to all of you for making this a family thing--you're right, it makes the whole journey so much more do-able.

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ANATASHIKI 11/10/2012 1:36PM

    wow , great news ! you're lucky , my mom just cooked caramel custard which is my favorite sweet in the world. luckily she ate it fast emoticon . no one in my family needs to loose weight and more or less around me , we are just starting to get fat as a nation lol so I don't expect much support . and may I say that people get too easily offended? emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/10/2012 1:31PM

    Sounds like you have a lovely and positive situation going on in your home -- that's great! Keep up the good work:)

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LINDA7668 11/10/2012 1:19PM

    Congratulations to you and your family!! I believe that losing weight is easier when the whole family is on board.

Personally, I'm not offended by the small child comment. It's an analogy that most people can understand. But, for those that were offended, here is another one. A large bag of mulch weighs 50 pounds- so, to date, your family has lost almost almost the equivalant of two large bags of mulch. That is a huge accomplishment! Ya'll should be proud of yourselves.

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POPSY190 11/10/2012 1:18PM

    Great blog.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/10/2012 1:13PM

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It's great that you all have each other to support one another (and lay donw the law as the case may be!).

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SENIMMO 11/10/2012 1:13PM

    90 pounds! Wow! I should say you're proud of yourselves! You'd better be, lol. And the comparison thing? Take it with a grain of salt. I understand your daughter's meaning, and the people who were upset took it literally and personally, not in the spirit it was intended. Don't sweat the little stuff. Have a great Holiday season!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 11/10/2012 1:11PM

    Congratulations!! You guys are doing great!!!

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