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MSMELODY2020's Photo SparkPoints: (2,649)
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3/23/14 8:21 P

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New to the team, just stopping by to say hello :)

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3/3/14 6:48 P

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Hi I'm a single Mom of a (almost) 21 yr. old son. I am helping him raise his 13 month old son.

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11/26/13 10:41 A

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Hello! I'm Meg. I just joined this team this morning, though I've been using spark people off and on since the beginning of the year. I have 4 small children: 2 boys aged 6 1/2 and 5 1/2, and 2 girls aged 4 and 2. My husband and I have battled our weight since childhood, and we want to teach our kids healthy eating and exercise habits early on. 3 of my 4 children are normal weight. However, my 4 year old daughter is bigger, 90th percentile for weight, and has been since she was 3 months old. We do not want to single her out in any way, rather, we want to be active and healthy as a whole family.

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10/30/13 9:42 A

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Hello team!
My name is Mary Ann, I'm 53 and live in Rochester, NY.
I currently live with my boyfriend and 2 of his daughters. They are 13 and 16 (one gets her permit tomorrow!! yikes!)
They lost their Mom to MS about 6 years ago, so I am pretty much their step-Mom. Their Dad and I are both overweight so I have worked really hard to teach them how to not end up like this and struggle. They listen well, and make great choices for health and activity. I'm always at war with the iPod and cell phone usage, but I can let it slide a bit when they both are very active. The older loves basketball and even in the off season spends 4 days a week working out with the varsity coach. The younger is a volleyball loving cleerleader, so we have all seasons covered for her as well.
I'm fortunate to have such great kids and my goal is to help them keep making the choices that will make their adult life easier and more active than their father chooses to be!

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10/21/13 6:15 P

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Hello! My name is Kathryn, I'm 29 and I have a daughter who will be 5 in November! She is really picky and I'm hoping to learn some new ideas on how to expand what she will eat. If it has sugar or if it is a vegetable, she will eat it. I know, that sounds weird but she does love veggies. Everything else is pretty limited though. The only meat she will eat is chicken (in the form of chicken nuggets) or deli turkey. She is ok with pasta if it is macaroni and cheese or alfredo, but not red sauce. The list goes on and on. I know I need to be stricter, but I'm a little unsure how to go about it! So I'm definitely looking to get some advice on some creative ways to get her to eat good food.

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9/29/13 7:51 A

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Hi, I am Karen, I am a mother of 3. One is 32 and out on his own, and our daughter is 20, living the college life out on her own except when she comes home to eat and do laundry. And then there is our 16 yr old son. He was born 11.6 lbs and yes he is a good size boy. I am trying to get my own weight in control (repeat offender), as well as give him good tools but he is resisting me all the way. I talk portion control, and lately really been pushing info on sugar drinks. I asked him to take them out of his diet for a month and he did really well for a week, then last night had 2 but I think he is back on today.So we will see! I have a daycare in my home and we practice 5,2,1,0 so I am accustom to 5 fruits and veggies, 2 hours outside or active play, 1 hour or less screen time ( I leave that for home and do not give any to them) and 0 sugar drinks. It is going well but I can not control home, just send home hand outs. Anyway I am here to learn!

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9/27/13 8:04 A

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Hi! I'm Mary. I am a stay at home mom but all my kids are in school now. I have 4 kids ages 12, 10, 6, and 5. My kids don't play any organized sports but they do like to go outside and play SOMETIMES. They are at school all day sitting in a chair not getting nearly enough physical activity.

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8/17/13 7:50 A

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Hi! My name is Monica and I an a stay at home mom of three. Since I began my journey in January my kids have seen the positive changes that I have experienced. My goal is to get them more active and away from electronics. I am guilty of it too so it will benefit all of us.

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7/19/13 4:26 P

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Hi, I am Lindsay and the mom of three kids ages 12, 10 and 8. My youngest daughter is really struggling with her weight and I am struggling with how to create a healthy lifestyle for my family that is not focused on weight but on healthy living. What a challenge. I feel like we take 2 steps forward and 10 backwards, I am overwhelmed. I make most of our meals at home, all my kids eat lots of veggies and fruit, the challenge is portion control. I hit such a wall of resistance when I say you have had enough, it wears me down--its exhausting!

I feel that my daughter's weight issues are completely my fault. I am the adult, I eat healthy and am a healthy weight, why is it so hard?

I am really "refocusing" on organization of meals for my family-- planning out everything ahead of time in an effort to keep our meals healthy and not last minute which allows for empty calories.

Thanks for all your support!

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7/17/13 9:38 P

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Hi! I'm Amy, I have a 21 yr old son (out on his own) 8 yr old daughter and a newborn grandson (yay! Grandbabies are so FUN!). My daughter is very active, loves to run, bike, scooter, plays softball but is absolutely HORRIBLE with food. I call her my absolute carnivore, she'd prefer to eat NOTHING for every meal but a big slab of meat and then as much junk food as she can find in the house. I curb the junk food as much as possible with things like cheese snacks, fruits, etc but getting a vegetable down the child's throat is like the camel thru the eye of the needle! I love veggies, like LOVE them but still haven't won the veggie war. Although I've used Spark off and on for a couple years, I'm just figuring out how to use the more social aspects of it.....meaning, I NEED MORE MOM FRIENDS! *g* Especially those who can sympathize with the picky eater...and those who have good eaters who'll tell me their secrets!

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
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6/23/13 7:06 P

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Hello. I am Tammy and I am a 41 yr old single mother of 3 boys. 20, 17 and 4 1/2. My older children eat pretty well balanced meals. But my youngest is a challenge.. He has his own mind and prefers to eat hot dogs and chicken nuggets most of the time. He will eat most fruits and dairy products.. but green beans, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli are about it with the occasional potato for veggies. I am working on my eating habits to set a better example and to lose weight so that I can me more active and healthy.

I look forward to getting to know you.

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4/4/13 11:37 A

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Hi! I'm Michele. I'm a 42-year-old mom with four children ages 3,5,8, and 10 -- and a husband who travels on business Monday through Friday each week. Solo parenting during the week, I frequently feel overwhelmed, and in an effort to get something on the table FAST, I tend to rely too heavily on pre-packaged stuff to put on the table. My kids don't have any health or weight problems yet, but I'd like to KEEP it that way by encouraging more healthy nutrition and fitness habits for all of us. I love the focus of this team, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the people here!


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3/9/13 8:27 A

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Hello everyone. My name is Steph I have four wonderful kids and a husband named Nate.The kids are ages 9-13 and addicted to all the electronics. I am wanting to get them all five away from them and get active.

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3/7/13 12:23 P

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Hi everyone, I'm Skee. I'm a working mom of two tweens and a husband. (Yes, you read that right). Our family is kind of healthfully schizophrenic. A typical grocery cart will have stuff like quinoa, bok choy, swiss chard, fish, lean ground turkey and fruit...but also mega stuff oreos, ice cream and fritos. DH is a very fit gym rat who eats lots of junk food. I tend to eat healthier with lots of fruits and veggies, but I NEED a taste of something sweet daily. A teeny tiny portion will do. No wonder the kids are confused. So we preach health and fitness but still buy junk food. In turn, they have structured activities and clubs that keep them active but they HATE to "workout". Family walks/runs are not something the kids look forward to. Instead, they love to veg out on the couch and eat ice cream or cookies. Thank God I've at least gotten them on the portion control wagon...

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2/17/13 6:53 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Cat. Mom of Dusty, who is 4.5. We live an active lifestyle and enjoy the outdoors quite a bit. I'm looking for a community of moms to share ideas, interests and positive mom skills. I really enjoy being a mom. I would like to promote healthy eating habits in my little guy. Biggest issue with food is the amount of sweets he eats. Seems every month is a CANDY holiday! Without taking away the "fun" of childhood, I am really done with the candy. What I'm looking for is support in sticking to my guns over the candy issue. Trying to nip stuff before he changes to video games and junk food.
Thanks! Cat

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2/16/13 9:54 A

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Hi, I'm Melissa a working mother of 2. My son is 10 and my daughter 3. I have never been the most active person and I am sports challenged.I have been out of shape since I had my son and have started lots of exercise routines and diets, but never stick to them for more than a few weeks. My kids are becoming less and less active and I want to change it asap. My husband enjoys sports, but watching and playing on PS3 more than physically playing them. I am looking forward to the family challenges and finding the support and motivation a team can provide.

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2/1/13 3:43 P

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My name is Kristy. I'm a 32 year old mom. I have one daughter named Katie who is 2.5 years old. She is extremely active. My husband is trying to lose 40 pounds and I'm trying to take off that last little stubborn pudge from having Katie. We had gotten out of eating healthy in favor of fast and easy and we both have full time jobs. It's no excuse and we've gotten rid of all the "bad for you" foods in our kitchen and I reduced my soda intake over the last 4 weeks. I haven't had one for five days. No easy feat for me. We don't want Katie to become a statistic and we want to provide the example, and that's why I'm here. Howdy team!


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1/16/13 3:48 P

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Hi! My name is Trish. I am a SAHM to 2 sons ages 7 and 3. I try to make it to the gym at least 3 times a week. I am currently dusting myself off after falling off track. As long as I get back up and try– I always will– I know that no matter how many times I fall I will still succeed. I currently have my 3 year old in my lap trying to help me type, lol! He says, "HI!" I am trying to pull my family into my routines with family fitness one day a week. It's so much fun together.

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1/15/13 11:09 P

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Hello! I'm Mary-Catherine, and I have two children. My son is 9 and my daughter is 7 (both have birthdays in the spring). I've been trying to get our whole family more active and focusing on cleaning up our diets as well. I'm looking forward to getting to know some other parents and finding some great ideas!


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1/7/13 10:59 A

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Hi! I am a SAHM of 2 active kiddos, my son is 5 and my daughter is 4. I joined this group for encouragement and inspiration to be a better mom, and active mom, and get creative ideas to keep my kiddos living a healthy and active lifestyle.

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1/2/13 5:24 P

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I'm a single mother of a 12yr old girl and 10yr old boy. Both are active Scouts and I'd like to be in better shape so I can participate with them. And though we eat pretty well and THEY get plenty of exercise each day, I am having difficulty getting in my workouts, especially after moving half-way across the country away from family and friends. On my own with 2 kids is harder than I thought! But I'm a fighter. I just need so help.

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12/20/12 12:50 P

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Hi, I'm Miranda. I'm a full-time single mother of 2. I work full-time as well. I have a 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter. My son was just recently diagnosed as obese. emoticon
And I am the one to blame. I am overweight and have been since he was born. I've gotten to a healthier weight a few times but then quickly fallen off the wagon. I've had a very hard time sticking with any kind of exercise or diet plan.
I vow to change that. I need to lead by example and I will get us BOTH to a healthy weight again. I may have lacked the motivation to do so for myself, but now it's my son's life at stake and I WILL NOT FAIL HIM. He is all the motivation I need. I would appreciate any and all support and advice. Thank you and God bless.

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11/11/12 9:02 P

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Hi, I work full time and have a 2 year old son. Finding myself exhausted and looking for some motivation to get up and move to teach my son good habits! With the cold weather coming I need some indoor fun ideas!

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11/3/12 11:20 A

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Hi yall I am a stay at home mommy with two girls oldest is almost four and the baby is five months!! I am very lucky to finally get to be home with my girls. I am having a hard time to find motivation. now that I dont have to work I have that 'day off' mentality. it feels like everyday is supposed to be my day off lol. trying hard to get moving and get my mind switched over to this new life!!!

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10/4/12 8:18 P

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Hi I'm Sarah and I have 2 young boys. I'm looking for some fresh ideas for healthy family recipes and activities!

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9/28/12 9:51 P

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Hi, I'm Jenny and I'm a single mama of a 7 year old boy. We concentrate on enjoying our food, and learning to listen to our bodies when we had enough, or if it isn't the right type of food or drink that our bodies need at the time. Because I have a binge eating disorder and am a recovering bulemic I am very careful not to pass on my love/hate relationship with food (or our bodies) to Crusoe, consciously anyway. So in our home their are no good or bad foods, just yummy, yukky, and foods to have as a treat! We love to make our meals from unprocessed fresh foods. We are both low dairy, low gluten vegetarians. Activity would be our weak spot - well, MY weak spot.

Crusoe is keen to join these challenges and add more to my 'other goals' tracker. He is such a chart boy! I am keen to join anything that will aid my consistency and keep me focused on my monthly goals.

Jenny (SUNPANTHER) from Melbourne, Australia

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9/26/12 4:50 P

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Hi, I have three beautiful daughters (5,6 and 8). We are an active family and eat well! Looking forward to meeting others, getting more recipe ideas etc!

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9/21/12 11:49 A

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Hi everyone,

I'm a mom to an 11 year old boy and twin 3.5 year old girls. I've tried spark people a few years back, did not really use the site as it's meant to be used and was not committed. I really need to set a good example for my kids. We all eat too much junk and are not active enough. I have one very picky eater, one that will eat anything and one in the middle. Hoping this time I can be motivated enough to change our lives for the better.

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9/19/12 8:36 A

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Hi, I have 2 daughters - ages 10 and 12. I've been trying to work with them to understand the importance of a healthy diet, but am struggling. My younger one appears healthy, but only eats white foods - rice, pasta w/butter (no tomato sauce), mac and cheese, bread, etc. My older one eats everything (healthy or not.) I've been on SparkPeople since early March and have lost 22 pounds...8 more to go!

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9/18/12 2:47 P

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Hi I'm a mom to 2 -- 12 yr old boy and 4 yr old girl. I'm new to SparkPeople but I've been working on my health and fitness for the last two years. In that time I've lost a lot of weight (55 lbs) and kept it off, through adopting a sensible diet and regular exercise. My kids are healthy but need motivation to stay active, especially the pre-teen boy who would prefer to spend every waking moment in front of his computer. So I'm lookin for fun ways to keep him motivated to maintain his health and fitness, as well as getting my younger one excited about an active lifestyle. To her, being active is play, not a "work" out, and I'd like to keep it that way!

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9/4/12 9:05 P

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hello. i'm a mom of two cute little ones. i have a 3.5 yr old boy and a 13 month old girl. neither are good sleepers and i'm exhausted so i have a hard time finding time to exercise. i have been trying to lose weight since december, i was down 11 pounds and i have been in a plateau since march. i am becoming motivated again. i need to do this not only for me but for my family. :) i will do this.

i am doing this!

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8/15/12 4:45 P

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I am a mom of two boys, aged 8 and 11. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes type 2. I am losing weight and eating much healthier. I am also committed to my excercise. In examining my own habits, I realized that my kids need healthier habits too. They (and my husband) are going with some of the food changes I am making for the family, but there is some push back on giving up some things. Looking for tips to change things.

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7/30/12 3:07 A

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My name is Zoe. I am 38 years old mom with 3 kids. 2 boys ages 13 and 9 and 1 girl age 6. Like Kristen I really need to work on the ammount of screening time. They only have 1 hour each on the computer and they are ok with that but I really need them to get out outside more often.

I blame all the technology that we have these days. I remember when I was a kid I wasn't allowed to watch the tv during school week. At weekends if the weather was nice the tv was switched off and out we go.The tv was put away underneath the stairs from Sunday evening till Friday evening. They don't put the tv away now becuase they have grandkids but they still make sure that our children are outside rather than inside. Maybe I should bring that system back in.

I know that there isn't much for the kids to do around here where we live. It's a small town and I don't drive. The town where I live is really meant for walking becuase they have lovely places to walk eg. the river bank. The weather isn't that much great either ( live in Ireland ).Rains most of the time.

I hope to make new friends here and to help encourage my kids and myself to go outside more.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

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6/28/12 10:03 P

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Hello everyone!

My name is Kristen. I am 24, mom of a 2 1/2 year old little man and have another baby on the way! My son is very happy and very energetic! For the most part he has a rather healthy diet, with the occasional snack in there that's not so healthy. What we really need to work on as a family is reducing the amount of time we spend in front of screens. My husband and I are often on the computer while our son watches movies. We need to get outside more often and spend time together as a family!

I look forward to getting to know everyone else on here!


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6/25/12 10:55 A

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Hey, my name is Stephanie and I am a single mother of an 8 year old little girl. At her most recent physical she was on the 85% for her height and the 95% for her weight. She is a very active child and for the most part eats very healthy. We do not drink sodas or sugary drinks, eat plenty of vegetables, lean meats. Basically I'm here to try and find new ways to help her drop some of this extra weight. We tested her for diabetes and she is borderline so it is even more impotant that we get it under control before it can progress

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6/4/12 3:44 P

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Hello I'm Brook. I am married and a mother of 2. A 12 year old boy & a 2 year old girl. Stepmother to an 11 year old boy that will be with us throught the summer break. I am very active when I can be, was even a jock in high school & was at a school for the arts and my major was dance. Being stuck at a desk job and trying to take care of the family does propose it's problems with time constraints on staying active enough. However my true big problem is my love of food!! I rollercoaster diet for years and am now just really ready to find something slow and steady to stick with. My son 12 struggles with his weight, something I never had to think about at his age. He has spent very much time at his great-grandmothers while I was working full time and his eating habits are terrible. I am trying to really encourage him too. I find that he sneaks foods and when he is at school and with his father's family every four days (four days with me four with him). I can't help monitor what he eats. I have been told by them that he sneaks food. Our house really doesn't have much to sneak usually. In any case I'm here to start trying to get moving after work while I usually do at lunch break workout I really need to get my kids moving. He struggles with bullies because of his size & his step-brother makes mean remarks when he is here. We have tried the akins diet for him & he really didn't lose. Doctor tested his thyroid & it was fine, so this is really my last resort to help him. Thanks & I look forward to gettintg support.

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6/2/12 11:17 P

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Hi Jen! Welcome to the team. Sorry to hear about the challenges with your kids health recently. My cousin's son was recently diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, which I'd never heard of beforehand. Pretty scary stuff. But I'm glad to that your working on creating a better and healthier lifestyle from your family.

I understand the struggles of having to work full time while taking care of kids. I wish I could home with my 2 little ones, but I need to work. I work with mostly males too. And while I have male friends at work to talk to, I struggle with having close female friends in the workplace and people to hang out with outside of work, since a married woman hanging out with other men outside of work really isn't acceptable, nor something I want to do.

Don't ever regret never being that party person. While I did drink in college, I don't really drink now except an occasional glass of wine at home. I'm not much of a party-er either and my DH and I don't attend many social functions with co-workers because they tend to become big drunk fests which aren't our thing. Where we live now, it's hard to find some people who are more like us, although we are lucky enough to live near family who are like us. But at work, I often don't fit in because I'm not like a lot of the people in lifestyle choices. I try to find other common interests to discuss with them, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. So, I know where you are coming from.

As for looking for things to enjoy, how about some fun activities with your kids? I don't know their ages to make good suggestions, but how about bike riding? Rock wall climbing? Hiking? Just some thoughts. Sometimes some gyms or Y's will offer parent-child fitness classes that are geared to make it fun for both parent's and kids while getting in a good workout. Do you have a WII or X-Box? There are a lot of good interactive games on those that make good workouts. When you are bored at home, come up with some sort of activity or game with the kids to get you moving and not thinking about eating food. Do scavenger hunts or play outside or something. Just some thoughts, hopefully they can help you out.

Anyway, glad you are here and lots of luck with all your goals!

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6/2/12 7:36 P

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Hi. My name is Jen. I am a mother of 3. Not only am I trying to make healthier choices for my own well being but this past year has brought many new challenges with the kids health. Learning to cook better foods and spark a more active lifestyle is my goal. The doctor's recently discovered a prolonged qt interval on my daughter's ekg. She has undergone 2 holtor monitors which all takes a ridiculously long time to get results back on. It's scary stuff but we are trying to just deal and keep moving forward. My son had Kawasaki disease back in November. He was 12 years old which is not normal so his case was absurdly difficult to diagnose, treat and so forth. He is better now but a healthier lifestyle would benefit him as well as he now struggles with the weight gain from all the prednisone he had to take.

I am working full time again after being out of work for 2 years. So I am adjusting to the changes of less time to myself, and trying to make friends in a new place. My self-confidence is probably the highest it has been in years but that doesn't make making friends any easier.

I am a person who has never smoked, never drank to get drunk partying kind of stuff so I just don't fit in. I struggle to find things to talk about and as I get older I start to wish I had partied a bit to get some of this recklessness out of my system that I seem to eat over a lot. I am bored with being home all the time. But struggle to find things I enjoy doing.

Ok that's me. Hello team. I look forward to working and meeting you all.


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Been down this road so many times. Stopped, restarted, gave up, quit, doubted, pretended. Time to do it for real!

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Hi Jacquie! Welcome and congrats for taking some first steps in getting healthy for you and your family. I've been using this website for a few years and I love it. Good luck in all your getting healthy goals. The best advice I've heard is to make small changes at a time so not to overwhelm you and everyone else. Make sure you connect up with people on here, that helps quite a bit.

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5/27/12 5:50 P

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Hi, I'm Jacquie. I just joined spark this last week because I am trying to get healthy and get my family healthy. I have been married for 19 years and we have an almost 16 yo daughter and a 9 yo daughter. The 16 yo has always been skinny but has started eating sooo much junk food in the last few years that she is starting to put on a little weight. She is by no means obese but her eating habits have gone wacky! My youngest daughter unfortunately takes after my husband and I and is overweight. We are not very active at all although summer is the time when we do more things active together -- my youngest and I LOVE to swim! In the last year or so we have gotten into a lot of really bad habits -- little to no activity, eating a lot of fast food and convenience foods, etc. My husband suffers from depression and is an alcoholic and has been dealing with all of that in the last 6 months.....I have been dealing with the stress from all of that AND all of the family and house stuff plus work because he hasn't been able to. Needless to say, I am an emotional eater and all of this has ended up making me even more overweight, unhealthy, lethargic, and probably cranky! My husband is working on getting his stuff back on track and now I am going to spend the summer working on getting the family healthier. I really like this site...great tools and everything. I look forward to getting to know people on here!

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Hi everyone! My name is Kim and I have a wonderful husband Tom and 2 boys, Logan who is 4 and Cody who is 1. I am blessed that both of my boys are non-picky, healthy eaters. If I put a plate of pizza and fruit in front of them, they will gobble up the fruit, ask for me while half the pizza is sitting their untouched. My husband and I try to be active with the kids by spending time outside, hiking, walking, bike riding, etc. Things we did growing up. I'm excited to be here and hope to encourage my kids and others to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

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5/10/12 10:03 A

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Hi my name is Sara. I am the very blessed mother of two boys Grayson (3) and Isaiah (2). My husband and I work very had to try and make sure that our children are eating the right things and are getting an early taste for the "good" stuff. I have read several articles on if a child is offered the fruits and veggies on a regular basis that they will learn to prefer them over the sweets and candy.
I have been on SP for a little under two years now. I started it shortly after my youngest son was born. I've managed to loose around 50 lbs in that time period which I am very proud of, but I still have a long ways to go.
I am so excited to see a site on SP just for moms!

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Hi Karen, I am Heather. I just joined this team. I have four daughters (2 biological and 2 step). My husband and I too are both overweight but only one daughter the oldest Maggie (12) has a weight problem.
I have tried and tried and tried again to lose the weight. I start off strong and then like you did, fell off the wagon (Yes, it is painful). I have been on this site for quite a few years now and so many people have helped me, encouraged me and been there for me, especially back in 08-09 when I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter.
My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes so there is a strong need for health and exercise.
Here's to starting strong again but NOT falling off the wagon this time. :)

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5/4/12 4:23 P

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Hi my name is Karen and I fell off the wagon. (ouch, that hurt!) But back again on Spark and need to stick with it. Both my husband and I are overweight, but we are so blessed that our kids, Jonathan (7) and Genevieve (5) are not.

We started off well this year with a Daniel fast, eliminating all processed foods, dairy, meat, sugars, white flour, sodas, etc... That was a good start to the year and we did add some dairy and meat back in so we are eating relatively healthy.

We need to amp up our exercise. Fortuntely both kids are playing baseball right now so they are exercising a lot with the games and practices. They also LOVE LOVE LOVE to be outside playing with friends instead of inside on the computer or TV. It's just my husband and I which need to get our game on!

Tonight I will go home and take the kids out to the park and practice catching, throwing, and batting. It's good to work on baseball skills, it satisifes their need to be outdoors, and I will also get some exercise.

It's good to be here. :)

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4/30/12 8:20 A

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Hello! I have 2 girls. Kyra is 11 and Cassie is 8. Unfortunately they are both overweight. I don't really understand it. I believe they are eating healthy. Not too much and they both get activity in at least 3 days a week. I need to know how to get them motivated to do it themselves. If I push them they will shut down. Any suggestion would be appreciated! Thanks!emoticon

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4/24/12 12:36 P

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Hello I'm Kelly. I have a 7 year old daughter Kyra. In the past year or so, she has started to get very involved in extra-curriculars - swimming lessons, soccer, gymnastics and volleyball. We have started talking about a balanced diet and even talking about serving sizes and portions!
In highschool I ran track and played volleyball and a few years ago I ballroom danced, but her activities have started to take up most of my time now.

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4/22/12 10:46 A

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Good afternoon, I am a proud mom of a 8 yr old boy! He keeps me very busy. I have been using spark people for 8 weeks and have lost 14 pds.

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Hello, my name is Anne. I am a wife to a fun guy named Michael, two amazing kids named Logan, 9yo and Sylvia 7yo and a adorable dog named Zhanne. We are an active family. My children are in several sports each season. They are a part of other activities too like boy scouts and girl scouts. I am also active, more so since joining SP, I go to the gym about 5 days a week and also have a workout room in my home which all four of us use. And out of the 3 game system we own, I usually only play with my kids on the Wii.

I highly recommend "Active Explorer" my children and their friends are having so much fun they don't even realize they are exercising. Believe me some of the required moves are similar to my kickboxing and Zumba classes. Except my feet hurt because you are bare footed or just wearing socks. Children never complain about their feet.Hummm wonder why? LOL! As for DH his is a very involved dad. He works out in our workout room and occasionally goes for a run with us on the HS track. And yes, he plays the game systems with the kids including Wii games.

Mostly we are eating adding fruits and vegetables to our meals, including snacks. Yes we give our kids, "junk" snacks too but monitor the intake. We even put a hold on their school lunch accounts to NOT allow them to buy any snacks but fruit.

We try to practice what we preach as well. Mostly portion control and being sure we are actually hungry or just thirsty. Michael and I drink lots of water and seltzers, flavored water and flavored seltzers. The children have access to all these but are also can choose milk, low fat chocolate, garerade (usually just at sport practice and games along with water) 100% fruit juice, they love V-fusion. Oh yeah, Michael and I also drink G2 and V-8's (kids won't go near it!)

Last but not least Zhanne our pooch, she is 10yo and most people thinks she is still a puppy. She still runs around our backyard just for fun. Of course, she loves showing off that none of us can still catch her! But as she gets older and our children get bigger and stronger I am sure she will be caught one day!emoticon

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4/17/12 5:18 P

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Hello... my name is Tracie and I am the mother of three little angels... 8,8,7... girl/boy/boy(she likes everyone to know she's a minute I have been on and off again on Spark and I am trying to be consistent with my logging. I am a massage therapist and my husband is a chiropractor soon to be nutritionist... so, I know what I am supposed to eat/drink, but I don't always do it... I am also gluten intolerant... We are trying to teach our kids how to read nutritional labels and make healthy choices... Such a hard thing in this day and age. I am at my maintenance weight, but I struggle with regular exercise... usually exhausted after working long days and my motivation stinks... so I love Spark... the people are great and we all help to motivate each other which is HUGE! Thanks for letting me chew your ear off for a bit... hope to find some Spark friends out there to keep motivated and to motivate :-)

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Hello my name is Sharon and I am new to this group..second time on SP..I have a 10 year old little girl and need lots of help in getting her on the right health path. Any and all advice is welcomed. I just received sad news about some lab work that was done for now is the time..i dont want her to have to fight so hard when she gets older!! Thank you so much for letting me be apart of this group

Doing this "little"

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I would recommend the book: The 90 Day Fitness Challenge by Phil and Amy Parham, recent winners on Biggest Loser. I have their book, The Amazing Fitness Adventure for Kids, and it's great. Let me know if I can help at all with your journey to a more healthy lifestyle!

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I am a Mom, Wife, Blogger and Entrepreneur. I'm the founder of Family Fitness News, a new organization dedicated to educating families about proper health and wellness and bringing the family unit back together. I'm interested in finding out how the SparkPeople community is working together, both on the internet and at home to create a healthy environment. Please feel free to contact me any time! I'll be posting lots of questions and hopefully, some good tips! Also, I'm attending school to get my Master Elite Trainer certificate as well as my AS in Exercise Science. Looking forward to chatting with everyone and proving that health is fun and contagious!

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3/2/12 10:16 A

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I am a happily married 30 year old mother of two. I have a son who is 6 and my daughter is 4. My family and friends mean everything to me and I would like to be with them for a while. I want to lose weight, so I can be active with my kids how I used to be, be around to meet my grandchildren, and feel good about myself again. I also want my children to learn how to live healthy lifestyles, so they can live long, healthy, happy lives.

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Don't think I've actually stopped by to introduce myself to the group. My name is Sam and I am a 33 year old Mom of two girls aged 3 and 4. I have a wonderful, supportive husband of 7 years. I have struggled with my weight, depression/bi-polar, and fibromyalgia since my teens. I joined SP quite awhile ago but still have not made the changes I need to make in order to make my life a healthy one. I want to be a good example for my girls and a support to my husband but I also want to do this for me. I really want to know what it feels like to be a healthy weight. I currently weigh 325 and my goal is to be between 150 and 135. I look forward to getting to know you and for the support that I know this team has to offer.

Every journey begins with a single step. Make sure it's one in the direction you want to go.

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2/15/12 1:02 P

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Hi all!..I am a 40 y/o mom of 11 y/o boy/girl twins. I am currently unemployed but actively seeking employment - I am so ready to go back to work. I am currently taking online Business Administration course with the community college where I live.

My weight goal - 135 lbs before/after pregnancy. I am currently 156 lbs. I am realistic in my weight loss, right now I'd be happy just to lose 10 lbs.

I also want to learn how everyone is introducing their children to healthy eating. My daughter is very picky as to what she will eat and I want her to eat veggies but I don't want to force them on her. My son, he will try most things.

My son is a second yr wrestler and enjoys it. He now wants to play baseball. My daughter is a second yr bsketball player and enjoys it. She wants to start modeling - shes 5'3" and tller than her older brother...for now.

I would like to see how everyone else plan their meals - weekly, bi-weekly, etc..and make meals that my children would enjoy eating.

I'm so glad to meet everyone.

Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
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I'm Nicole and I'm a mom to 5, bonus mom to 3, and extra mom to my niece (we had/have custody of the bonus kids). They are 23, 20, 20, 19, 17, 16, 13, 11, & 8. Overall we're a healthy, active family despite 3 of us being considered obese. Since this is about the kids .....

23 DS - tall & skinny - issues w/ too skinny - grad college works in neighboring state
20 DN - has lost 110 lbs, min of 100 to go (raised on fried foods until she came here)
20 DS - short & skinny - issues w/ too skinny - only active when officiating ball games
19 DS - decent weight now, struggles w/ being too skinny - active duty Air Force
17 DD - overweight, struggles w/ it - not very active right now - in Italy for senior year
16 DD - considered normal weight but getting pudgy & rolls on her back - sings & in drama
13 DD - amazing body super active - plays soccer, runs track, archery team, in drama, sings
11 DS - struggles w/ being too skinny - active soccer player but loves screen time
8 DD - one solid muscle, she's a competitive gymnast & on archery team

I'm a part of the Healthy Families Challenge and I have some things I'm working on - a couple of them are ....
1) Menu planning again - I used to but this past semester was almost too much so I stopped and we just threw it together at the last minute.
2) Reducing screen time - have an idea we're going to try and implement to see if it will help

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177 by Jan 15, '12 ~ DD17 Home to Visit ~ MET!
175 by Feb 14, '12 ~ V-Day ~ MET!
173.75 by Feb 29, '12 ~ DS11's Name Day ~(MET ahead!
171.5 by Mar 17, '12 ~ St. Pat's Day ~ MET ahead!
169 by Apr 7, '12 ~ DD8's 9th B'day ~ MET ahead!
168 by April 21, '12 ~ DD17's 18th B'day ~ MET!
167.1 by May 4, '12 ~ DS23's 24th B'day ~
165.5 by May 27, '12 ~ Memorial Day Wknd ~
163 by Jun 30, '12 ~ My Birthday ~

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1/1/12 2:20 A

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Hello all. I'm C. I'm a single mother of two third graders. My son and I are both significantly overweight. So far, my daughter is tall and thin, but I want to make sure I'm ahead of the curve so to speak. We currently have a membership to the local YMCA (thank you Grandma!); my son plays football in the fall, and my daughter participates in weekly recreational dance classes. I go to school full time and share custody with my ex-husband, so time is of the essence. And to be honest, I'm not the best at time management. Also, I'm a big nerd: I'd MUCH rather read a book, any book, than do anything active. I've been tracking my food and doing daily cardio and/or strength training for about 4 days (this time around). I'm getting frustrated though, 'cause I'm not seeing ANY progress. You may also notice that I'm posting this at nearly 1:30am... maybe I should mention that I don't have the greatest sleep habits either. Anyway, I could use all the help I can get. I've been on this site for a couple of years now and always seem to give up after a week or two.


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Hi everyone. My name is Jennifer. I am a full time stay at home mom right now and I am also going back to school full time online. I have one son named Larry who just turned a year old. He is the joy of my life. I am extremely overweight and trying to change all fo our eating habits. I am learning more about good nutrition for me and my family. My fiance and I live togehter with our son. My goal is to get the weight off and keep it off by learning to live and eat healthier. Any tips anyone has would be great. I look forward to making friends here and having more support for my weight loss journey.

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12/22/11 6:27 A

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Hi my name is Amanda and I have been on SParks for about a week. I have a 17yr old with terrible eating habits partly my fault I admit and a 4yr old who won't eat lol. I not only need to change habits but their habits as well. I know that the chances are better for Avery(4), Abby (17) resists everything I suggest of course but I keep plugging away. I find if I let Avery help with the cooking no problems but learned with Abby the moment she would see something she would decide that she didn't like it anymore even if she had been eating it for months (big sigh) needless to say she was banned from the kitchen emoticon I hope that by chnging the way I eat and drink may encourage their chnages as well. Also no longer buying junk food REALLY helps no matter how often they complain that there is no food in the house.

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Hi, I'm Julia...been here on SP for awhile. DH and I have a son who is 13 now, in the 8th grade, and he's a bit tubby. I'm deaf, everyone else is hearing, and none of us sign. So there's a lot of communication issues... lots of stress... Son is very disrespectful, DH never would allow me to discipline him as a baby because I grew up in a troubled home with a certain amount of abuse of various sorts... I'm not really certain that I'm in the right team...

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But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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