WOW!! Your post really touched me!!
1st ---- WELCOME!!!
2nd --- I've been on this journey for several years (7 years with SP). I lost 15, then quit tracking to have another baby, then lost some and gained it back several times over. Now, I'm finally serious about it again and ready to lose more. I'm having success. Total, I'm looking to lose 40 and I'm almost to the halfway point.
My boys are 14, 9 and 5. I'm finishing Organic Chem right now (my last pre-req before starting a nursing program). I really want a BSN since I've been attending college off and on (more on than off) ever since graduating HS in 1995. I changed my major a couple of times so I have enough credits for a BS degree if it were all in one field. I'm considering an ADN program and then continuing BSN online after getting the RN license but I'm worried hospitals will overlook ADN and prefer BSNs. I also plan to get a CNA job while working on the nursing degree so maybe I can get a foot in the door and they'll take me first regardless of the degree.
I haven't decided yet so I'm trying to leave my options open.
My oldest is a little on the thick side and VERY sedentary. He could stand to lose 20 himself but he has a lot of growing to do and I don't want to do anything that'll hurt his ego. He's pretty tender-hearted still. I have started making their lunches (this used to be his chore) because I make healthier choices than he does. I want them to develop a liking for healthier foods while they're young so they naturally reach for them when they're older. I also started walking with hubby and then the middle one wanted to walk (he's in the running club at school and parents can log extra miles), then the baby wanted to do it because the middle one was doing it. Now, we're dragging the oldest along and claiming it's family time. =) The younger 2 boys are skinny minnies but so was my teenager until about the age of 10. I want my kids to develop a liking for exercise right along with that liking for healthy foods.
We still have junk food in the house and we all eat it but I focus on portion control. Have 3 pieces of candy instead of 3 handfuls of candy. Grab a handful of chips, not the whole bag. If you eat a whole meal and are still hungry, eat fruit. I keep lots of fresh and canned fruit in the house (canned is always in juice, never in syrup). I only make dessert once a week, and not every week. Dessert is a treat to be enjoyed once in a while, not an expectation to conclude every meal.
Because they're young and impressionable, I'm trying to make subtle changes that encourage more exercise and healthier eating. If both are enjoyable, then maybe they'll keep it up when they're adults and they'll just naturally maintain healthy weights/lifestyles.
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