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1/1/13 1:46 P

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I have an almost 14 year old too (his birthday is in April). I also have a 19 year old. My oldest boy is FIT. He's always had a lean body type, no matter what he eats. My youngest has a harder time, mostly because the arthritis slows him down, and all the flares lately have meant a lot of steroids.

I'm starting over, and making sure that I serve healthier meals that will be good for all of us. Helping him will help me and the hubby too!

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12/20/12 11:31 A

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Good blog! I have four kids and each are so different. All eat well and exercise, but like your son, they are growing.

It's great that your son followed your example! (My oldest became a vegetarian at the age of 11. She just quit one day and hasn't eaten meat since and she'll be 18.) Kids are funny!

Keep up the healthy lifestyle and being such a good parent!!

~Mako~


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12/18/12 2:54 P

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ive noticed to my 13 year old has started really losing the baby fat I had to double take him the other day I thought wow you are starting to be a handsome boy. ok i work 2nd shift so i really dont see him that much until the weekend. but his pants he got for school are too big now he got a few inches on him . he watches how i eat and i give him some pointers like small bites and slow down and its not going to kill you to add some green beans to that plate.

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12/16/12 8:22 A

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Hi everyone. I am new to the group but I have been a "Sparkgirl" for a couple years. When I first started, I joined the 6-11 year-old parent group. By the time I came back, I had a teenager! Talk about a time warp! My "bundle of joy" will be 14 in one month and for the last year or so I swear this kid has gone from my baby to that young human squatting in my house! Don't get me wrong, he is still a sweetheart and I love him to death but sometimes I KNOW his brain completely shut down. Poor kid needs a reset button. But he is my only child and my healthy inspiration. I have always been active. From sports in high school to the Army...I was fit most of my life. Then I left the military and threw myself into mommy and wife mode and physical activity took a backseat. Don't even get me started on eating. If a veggie or fruit was on my plate, it was looking for directions. Then my son grew up...and I mean GREW! Over this summer he grew about 4 inches, dropped 20 pounds of "baby weight," got a girlfriend, started working out, joined the basketball team, and cut out junk food! No struggle. No hesitation. Just decided and did it. Same kid stopped eating pork after a trip to a pig farm 6 years ago. He quit, cold turkey, at 7 and never looked back. He is his mother's child. I tend to go from 0 to 180 in 3 seconds too. Which is how and why I lost 33 pounds in the last four months. (I'm hoping to lose 15 more by April...the plateau is here!). I saw my baby (who is now 3 inches taller than me and ripped!) get it together and I wanted to be a good example. My husband got in on it too. He had lost over 50 pounds. I think it has something to do with the fact that we are a competetive but supportive family. We want to show our son that we support him and care about his and our health. We also want him to know that no matter how old or tall he gets, we can still kick his but in basketball, running, and jui jitsu. You gotta keep teenagers in their place! Motivation!

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