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Biggest Loser

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I've never watched Biggest Loser in my life. For some reason, I started watching it this season and caught up on recordings of the first two shows and am now watching the third. Something unexpected happened, my children are fascinated with this show. It's interesting all the conversation that has been sparked. They love exercising while watching and today, we're watching it after school and they're snacking on grapes and sunflower seeds. During the part where the doctor is throwing all the junk food in the house in the trash - one kid says 'I understand why they're throwing it out, but couldn't they at least donate it to a food pantry or homeless shelter?'. Then my 9 yr old son chimes in and says 'WHAT? and make all the homeless people fat? It's junk, just throw it away'. I beamed... as he is the worst eater of all the 5 children in this house! None of my children are overweight, but aren't perfect either. I do love though how they are enthusiastic about healthy eating and exercise. I actually moved all my weights and jump ropes and such right into the living room and they randomly pick them up and do exercises all the time. It doesn't go with the so called decor, but who cares!

This is a picture of my kids at the top of Enchanted Rock - a nice hike/climb that wore them out but they loved it. Yes, I am raising kids who go hiking and camping and play OUTSIDE, and are NOT video game junkies. Yes, we have video games and Nintendo DS and XBOX Kinnect, but it does not rule their lives. We also read books and visit parks and ride bikes and allk inds of things.

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    I am very impressed with how you're raising your kids. Some day they will be thanking you big time! We never exercised growing up, and I think that is part of why I am not a huge fan of the gym--although I do love to walk!

    Great job!
    1891 days ago
    Hiking with your kids is so awesome! Great that they love it. My grandson, who is 12, and my younger granddaughters also like to watch Biggest Loser with me. I'm really glad they have kids on there this season and addressing issues kids deal with. I was a fat kid and know exactly what they go through. I wish I could have had some really positive encouragement and help when I was growing up. My mom and I would go on fad diets together that never really worked, but I didn't learn the basics. But then that was a long time ago and they didn't know then what they know now. Kids were just as mean to overweight kids back then though.
    Great job on what you're doing with your kids!
    1892 days ago
    I love the way you're raising your kids! Mine are the same way. :)

    I admit, I"m not a fan of the Biggest Loser show. I like the principles involved, but they lose weight so fast it seems unrealistic and unhealthy, and unlikely to stick in the longterm. When you lose weight that fast, it comes back on! Plus, the only episode I ever saw, they exercises so hard that they threw up, and I have a vomiting phobia, so I've never watched another episode!
    1893 days ago
    I love your blog (your kids sound great) I am doing the same (stationary bike) My youngest of 3 just went off to college, but was home for the first 2 shows and had to call this week to see how it went. Isn't it funny how when your watching it you feel like you should be exercising to emoticon Thanks and have a great week we will see how they do next week?
    1893 days ago
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