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7/8/11 11:29 A

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hi, i am a retired mom of three who had almost finished raising my kids when it became necessary (and an honor) for me to adopt my oldest granddaughter. many things have changed since raising my little ones and some challenges have come with raising a grandchild that didn't exist with raising my children but all in all it has been a very rewarding experience. she is now 10.5 years old and very precious. i am hoping to pick up a lot of pointers on how to motive her to exercise more and eat a little less. emoticon thank you for being here emoticon

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7/7/11 2:07 A

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Hi!
I am a stay at home mom of 5 (one 21dd in college, 19 yos, 16yod., 15yod., 12yos.). I rejoined SP back in January. I just found this team after a rare late night SP surfing spree. This is a great idea! My oldest has really struggled with her weight once she turned 13yo., even though I had her on the local recreational swim team during the summer, and then she played softball throughout most of her high school years. My 19yos is the energizer bunny in the family. He is constantly moving from the womb and wiggles and roots around his world. He recently graduated from highschool. He is skinny and lanky. My challenge with him is to get him to slow down enough to eat well. He currently is working 3 jobs, and plays soccer with a group of friends whom he recently graduated with from highschool. My 16yod, and 15yod are not skinny, but aren't overweight either...although they certainly carry their own curvy teen figures, and will face weight issues once they reach their 30's (if not before). However, they are currently involved with Volleyball (16yod.) and softball (15yod). They also both help coach Upwards teams at a local church. My 12yos. certainly has a tendancy to struggle with his weight. He plays local rec. baseball, loves to play rec. football, and enjoys staying active.
As many of you know, the real challenge is figuring out how to keep the kids active when their sport isn't in season. We have lots of land for them to roam and play on. My youngest is the only one left who takes advantage of the opportunity to run and roam through the woods and creeks. My teen daughters are no longer interested.
When we started our family, I poured my heart out and into our children. I was unaware that I was neglectig my own health (namely, letting my weight get out of control). Then, about three years ago I began to actually see myself in the mirror and wondered how in the world I got fat so quickly!. I now have about 65+ pounds to loose. I have been seeking out a new lifestyle and diet. However, it is hard for me to stay consistent with anything long enough to make any significant changes. I have been able to make the most progress with SP, and in spite of checking out several other options, I keep coming back to SP. It is by far the best that I have found. It is just that my home life changes so much between fall sports, spring sports, summer when all the kids are home out of school, then back to the fall school schedule that alters from year to year as the kids get older. In many ways, I feel that I am on my last homestretch to have the time and space needed to make these changes. My dh recently faced some serious health issues about 5 years ago. It has been a bitter season for him. He is much like my oldest son...was always on the go at work. At home, he would crash, not having much energy left to participate with the family...he would regroup and renew to run full steam again at work. Now, after neglecting his diabetic issues and suffering from a heart attack and then 42 hours later suffering a cardiac arrest he is forced to slow down alot more. His job actually calls more out of him now more than ever. The temporary task that he has been put on will end in March. I just hope his health with hold out til then. He is finally making a conscious effort to make some healthier choices while he is gone. He is gone from Monday through Friday. It really makes me appreciate the military families who have loved ones deployed overseas for long term tasks. Wow! My hat is truely off to them.
Anyway, I have a habit of talking too much, so I will end it here. If you have made it this far to read about me and my family, I hope that you will do me a favor and send me a note to let me get to know you. Also, you are welcomed to visit my SP page. Until then, have a wonderful day! Thank the Lord for giving us a new day to start over.

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