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3/3/13 12:05 P

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Buterflikises,

Welcome to the team. This is a wonderful, supportive group of people and a great site for help with your weight. I've got two kids -- 14 and 10. Yes, my 14-year old is embarrassed, sometimes, but it comes with the age, right? I like to tease him, too. It's mom's privilege, I think. (: It is hard for me to have time for myself, too. I've had to let a lot go since getting serious about dropping the weight, again, in November. It's difficult but I guess that's how it has to be because this Mom can't do everything and still take care of herself, too. Now, if someone could tell me how to get my son to eat more fruits and veggies.... Again, emoticon emoticon

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2/21/13 5:03 P

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Thank you so much!! I am so glad that everyone here seems to have a great sense of humor and wonderful personalities. Maybe if I had made friends like this before I wouldn't be here today huh? LOL It sounds like you really just walked into your house one day and took the bull by the horns...That is wonderful!! My hubby wants me to be healthy, but when I make certain things he looks at me and says am I a rabbit, or is this more of that low fat stuff? I just wish that he would understand that he can't have it both ways...in order for me to really be successful I have to change everything or nothing for now...I guess only time will tell :)

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2/21/13 2:15 P

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buterflikises - I love that song by the way! Welcome! So glad you have joined us! Lets embarrass our kids together because that is what we are supposed to do, LOL LOL LOL!

I have 3 boys, 17 13 10, and my daughter is 2. My husband has type 2 diabetes but wouldn't eat properly. I have an aunt living with me who recently had a stroke, and couldn't get her blood pressure down for anything her whole adult life, she is 58. I have 100+ lbs to loose. So I had to do something with my family and the healthy eating/exercise. Since November 2012 I have done pretty much the same as 1fiestymama. I stopped buying processed foods, and started exercising. Everything else is falling into place. My aunt's doctor is so happy with her health. The numbers shock the doctor every time we go. My middle son, who was the chunkiest of the kids, has thinned out nicely! He was very over weight and complained about everything hurting all the time. Now he always checks himself out in the mirror and says he is sexy, lol. My husband takes his A1C test this month and we will see what happens. I have lost major inches and am feel good in my skin for once in my adult life!

The subtle changes you are making will definitely pay off! Welcome!



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2/20/13 12:24 P

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I'm glad you feel the love and support here. I come here for the same reason.....I need to do this for me....with or without hubby. I totally get it. Hubby has always been more fit, he's one of those weirdos who crave going to the gym. He can eat anything and it never shows. He works our for 2 weeks and all of a sudden you see muscles bulging.

I love the man, but I could strangle him with my envy sometimes. hahaha

On here, I can whine about kids, life in general, work, and oh yea....the weightloss thing. hahaha



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2/20/13 11:22 A

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LOL I do constantly remind them that it is my job as their mother to embarrass them...I try to remember that I want to do this, but you know how being the mom you never really do much of anything for you, well I guess that's where it comes in. I have spent so much time and energy doing for everyone else that for once I am really trying to do for me and it is very hard. I can see that I did make the right choice in joining this site, because I have to tell you just the last few days I have gotten more understanding, encouragement, and support than i have in a long time. My hubby is a great support, but I want him to know that I can do it without him if that even makes sense.

Thank you both for your words of encouragement, and I got some good ideas from you (fiestymama). Looking forward to another day :)

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2/19/13 8:48 P

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emoticon to the group. I have four kids ages 17, 16, 14, and 12. My two year maintenance anniversary is coming up in April. I lost 40 lbs and have kept it off thanks to Sparkpeople.

This is a great place and very supportive! I know emoticon . When I lost my weight I did it for me. You need to do it for YOU! It's nice to think that your kids won't be "embarrassed" by you, but as a parent there is always something we can do to embarrass them! emoticon I remind them of this fact when I need to!! emoticon

Think about how much healthier you will feel! Hang in there. You have a lot on your plate, but "fill" your plate with healthy things! emoticon

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2/19/13 5:30 P

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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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2/19/13 2:50 P

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Hello to everyone! I just joined SP this month, and am really enjoying it so far. I have 100lbs to lose, but taking it one day at a time. I am a full time college student working on my ADN. I have a wonderful man that loves me, but after watching me sabotage myself for the last 11 years he's getting a little frustrated. I have two children, 12yr old girl and 14yr old boy. My son is embarrassed by me, and my daughter well she is exactly like me. I want/need to get this under control not just for them but for me. I need my daughter to know that it isn't okay to give up, and so I am trying to show her that I haven't. I am really hoping that this site is a key in accomplishing my goal. Wish me luck because here I go!

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