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I think often about my growing up years. My mother was a good cook and I think our meals were probably balanced. I got plenty of fruits, vegetables, meat and yes sweets too, and yet I grew up not skinny but thin as were my mother and dad. My brother for whatever reason tended to be chunky. I can't remember him really overeating, although he must have. My parents and I tended to develop a weight problem sometime after our 40s.
One of my favorite quotes is the one below -
"It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny." - Jean Nidetch - WW Founder
Shirley C - St. Louis, Missouri
"It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny." - Jean Nidetch
"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." - The Bible and The Reverend Robert Schuller
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13
I read a Spark article called "Expert Solutions: Overweight Kids," and would like to share the following quote. It's just as applicable to adults as it is to children!
"Healthy nutrition and exercise doesn't have to be brought up in terms of physical appearance... this is one of the problems adults face now. A healthy lifestyle is attached too much to appearance instead of vitality. There are numerous other ways to get (kids') attention on this topic... "
Like one of the examples in the article, I remember when I was a kid, my Mom would tell me to eat my vegetables and oatmeal (and liver - YEECH!) to be strong when I grew up. I wonder when our daily food changed from the simple stuff you eat to live, to trans fat, cholesterol, added corn syrup, sodium-laden dynamite? I guess when the changes are gradual, we don't notice until our hindsight catches up with us!
My son Scott's memorial:
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."
"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain."