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11/14/13 9:49 P

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I have a thought on this - only because I am an obese LDS woman.

For me, let's face it - I was always the last person that I took care of.

Now I am a recent empty nester and I realize that it's ok, not selfish, to take care of myself, to treat myself like I would my mom or my daughter - with kindness. So I am. I'm learning everyday to treat my body like a temple.

If I don't take care of myself now, and spend a little exra money for healthy fresh food and good walking shoes, I will be a burden on my kids later, and my healthcare costs will catch up with me in the end.

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I think it's education and a lifestyle. the new ward I just moved into a month ago. I don't see many obese people at all like I have & I've been around the world. they have healthy activities, gardens, happy kids.

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Very interesting topic! I agree with everything below. I would also like to echo one person's comment about more pressure to be super skinny too. This isn't confined to our church, but because our church is such a social one, sometimes thinness becomes part of the "keeping up with the Jones" attitude.

For the most part though, I think there has been a huge movement in the church to promote health and wellness (not just weight loss).

Side note: I'm in the Young Women and my week is inevitably derailed Wednesday nights! I'm going to start bringing healthier stuff like veggies and dip instead of cookies. I always try to make cookies to bring to the activities and not eat them (Ya right!) Those of us who can have a healthy influence on the ward should step up!


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12/14/11 10:37 P

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I think there may be some reinforcing of emotional eating. We love food when we socialize, we show love to others by taking them food. It is a very common way to nurture. But I guess I do wonder if LDS people are really more obese. I agree with the idea that it is more of a cultural thing in our country. I think the Word of Wisdom is a good key to a healthy lifestyle. Since my community is predominantly LDS, it is hard to judge if church members are more obese than others, but our ward is full of people of all sizes.

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12/11/11 10:50 P

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I definitely think it is more of an AMERICAN problem than a MORMON problem... and the Church is a world-wide church... but it is also very American.

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10/27/11 9:56 A

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I have 3 thoughts -
1st - I agree with other posts that say we don't have OTHER outlets to releive stress - when I smoked, I never ate, and I was skinny as all get out. It was after I quit smoking and became an active member - that I gained weight. But it also had to do with health, getting older, a job that requires sitting not working, that contributed to my weight gain.

2nd - I for one find myself so busy, busy with work, kids, and home, that I never have time for myself. Plus I love to cook/bake, and find that I had to do a lot of that over the past 26 years. For this school party, that church function, those neighbors in need, home teaching, visiting teaching, blah blah blah. I was always cooking for others, and my family wants those goodies too. This adds to too many treats always available - (and I think I am a pretty good cook!)

3- actually not a contributor - but a different view, Our stake has a lot of anemic women. Seriously - some of these women are so thin you are afraid to even shake their hand for fear of breaking them. It actually makes me proud to have some meat on me, because they just looks so unhealthy that I feel sorry for them, and sad to say, their daughters who are following in their footsteps. So I will take obese over anorexic any day. Sorry if that offends.

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10/2/11 11:41 A

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Not all LDS are overweight, but I think because we don't do some of the other things the world does to "relieve" stress, drinking and smoking, we tend to go to food for emotional issues. I know that is true with me. I have a feeling if wasn't LDS I would have picked up one of those other bad habits.

I also know that for some members that are converts and had some of those other bad habits, that food is a replacement for those habits. My husband is a convert and gained about 30 pounds once he quit smoking. I know other non LDS people gain weight when they quit smoking. Those who quit smoking rediscover food. Everything tasted really good to my husband.

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9/6/11 12:45 A

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it is very easy to become over weight

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8/16/11 11:45 A

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I agree that obesity is definitely an American thing. I don't think there are a lot of obese members in Japan for example, where they tend to be rather slim. However, and part of this is the culture of America, to tell the truth - I think that Mormons are more likely to eat when they are feeling stressed/sad etc than others who might turn to drugs, smoking, alcohol, etc. (Although alcohol can pack on pounds, too!) I know that it's not a good thing obviously, and there are much more healthy ways of dealing with stress (especially with the Gospel in our lives).

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8/13/11 9:25 A

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We don't particularly have a problem in England with obesity within our Stakes/Wards.

We tend to have the general mix of people from all walks of life, all heights, all sizes



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IS obesity particularly prevalent in the Church? It seems to be more an American phenomenon than anything.

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I hope that it will do well for you this year.

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12/16/09 6:39 P

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We only had 4 participants in the Triathlon last year but have BIG HOPES for this year.


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I have been a scoutmaster for 5 years and its important to teach these young men and woman that excercising is not to play the wii. its important for us to get them moving so they will continue thoughout their lives.



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Great ideas. I live in Tooele, UT. We had a Sprint Triathlon for the Varsity Scouts last summer. It was VERY easy to organize. We have it scheduled again this year. Hopefully, I can find more volunteers to staff the event and I can be a participant!

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12/16/09 2:17 P

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That is good! Exercise is very important and watching what we eat!

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Our Stake even had a Half Marathon and that was great!


......Mike.......
Stand Steady..... and see it through
---- Jade Dragon -----
Co-Leader of Hood to Coast 2010 Team
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Personal Best races
Hillsboro Invitational 5k 25:06
Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
Champoeg Park 10K 54:37
Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

Races coming up
HTC 8/27,28
Best Dam Run 10k 9/25
Victoria Half 10/10


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I have was always overweight until the doctor said I better do something. It has taken 2 years to get the weight off. I was close to 300 pounds and sit at 205 now and I am am in the best shape of my life even though I am 52. I have discovered running and it helps keep the weight off. like you said the secret is take the weight off gradually and tone as you lose. fat turns to muscle. I am now at a point where ists harder to lose wieght. I am not restricted in what I eat - its all about choices. I have been spokes person for Spark many wards members have joined spark - some do good and others still struggle. its all about exercise for me 4-5 days a week. Good luck to you! if you have questions let me know?

I live in oregon where do you live?



......Mike.......
Stand Steady..... and see it through
---- Jade Dragon -----
Co-Leader of Hood to Coast 2010 Team
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Personal Best races
Hillsboro Invitational 5k 25:06
Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
Champoeg Park 10K 54:37
Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

Races coming up
HTC 8/27,28
Best Dam Run 10k 9/25
Victoria Half 10/10


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12/16/09 12:25 P

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I want to do something for the ward.

NEVERTHELESS, I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE TRUSTED. (II Nephi 4:19)

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2010-Stansbury Days Triathlon Sprint-1:24:45
2010-Layton Marathon 4:20:59 (PR)
2011 Salt Lake City Marathon 4:19:41
2011-Utah Valley Marathon 4:09:55
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12/16/09 12:24 P

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Interesting. I think the best thing about Sparkpeople that has helped me is the "common-sense" you can splurge a little. I have attempted in the past, to PROHIBIT sugar from my diet. I have done it two non-consecutive years in the past. 98% perfection, the difference was about 15 lbs. When I eat sugar uncontrolled, that is the amount it equals for me. This year started out the same--Sugar Prohibition. It is still pretty much intact, but I am learning to FORGIVE myself and actually CONTROL the splurges. At work today, there was a plate of cookies with a holiday wish to "take one". I disobeyed. I broke the cookie in quarters and took a quarter. And, surprisingly, I am good. I don't even want the rest of it. I am hoping this is the kind of control that can be established.
The other big addition for this year is EXERCISE. I have NEVER in my life exercised so consistently. It feels great and it is FUN! Previously, it has always been TORTURE.

NEVERTHELESS, I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE TRUSTED. (II Nephi 4:19)

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183 lbs--Wet Suit
178 lbs--Road Bike

2010-Utah Valley Marathon 4:46 (Baseline)
2010-Tooele Freedom Run-22:29 Min (PR)
2010-Stansbury Days Triathlon Sprint-1:24:45
2010-Layton Marathon 4:20:59 (PR)
2011 Salt Lake City Marathon 4:19:41
2011-Utah Valley Marathon 4:09:55
2011-Top of Utah Marathon 4:35:38


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12/16/09 12:18 P

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A big part of it also is that we have gotten so used to instant gratification that we beat ourselves up so cruelly when we aren't putting up numbers like on the the Biggest Loser. I like that show but I fear that it promote unhealthy expectations. It's healthy to lose 1 or 2 lb's per week and sometimes none. But I see it in my own family. My sister went on a liquid crash diet and lost about 50lbs. She is now a size zero but on the other hand she can't eat certain foods without getting sick now and she doesn't eat anything at all during the day until she is lightheaded. You can't talk to her though. She manages to go for a walk about once per week and thinks it's enough. I admire her commitment though even if I don't agree with her methods.

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We tried a "Biggest Loser" in our ward two years ago, but it kind of fizzled. The winner has gained it all back now. That might be a good idea to rekindle--maybe examine why it didn't last.

One reason is that we did not share our numbers. Not enough accountability...I think.

NEVERTHELESS, I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE TRUSTED. (II Nephi 4:19)

MY INCENTIVES
193 lbs--Convert 8mm Films
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183 lbs--Wet Suit
178 lbs--Road Bike

2010-Utah Valley Marathon 4:46 (Baseline)
2010-Tooele Freedom Run-22:29 Min (PR)
2010-Stansbury Days Triathlon Sprint-1:24:45
2010-Layton Marathon 4:20:59 (PR)
2011 Salt Lake City Marathon 4:19:41
2011-Utah Valley Marathon 4:09:55
2011-Top of Utah Marathon 4:35:38


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It really is all about priorities. Losing weight really doesn't rate to high on things that need to get done. Our Ward as taken exercise by the horns. Afew people have lost alot of weight me included and it gets contagis. Others want to do the same. We even did a 5k race last may for the ward and many came to run/walk it was great. I guess when others see what others are doing = They know it can be done. Its all about setting a good example - sound familiar.

Good luck to everyone!



......Mike.......
Stand Steady..... and see it through
---- Jade Dragon -----
Co-Leader of Hood to Coast 2010 Team
______________
Personal Best races
Hillsboro Invitational 5k 25:06
Turkey Trot 4 mile 38:20
Marine Drive 5 mile 47:02
Champoeg Park 10K 54:37
Smith Rock Half 2:14:21

Races coming up
HTC 8/27,28
Best Dam Run 10k 9/25
Victoria Half 10/10


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12/16/09 11:41 A

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Agreed. I think in a certain way, we have many restrictions as to what we take into our bodies. Food is left mostly to the individual--few strict prohibitions--and that is when agency kicks in.

NEVERTHELESS, I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE TRUSTED. (II Nephi 4:19)

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193 lbs--Convert 8mm Films
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183 lbs--Wet Suit
178 lbs--Road Bike

2010-Utah Valley Marathon 4:46 (Baseline)
2010-Tooele Freedom Run-22:29 Min (PR)
2010-Stansbury Days Triathlon Sprint-1:24:45
2010-Layton Marathon 4:20:59 (PR)
2011 Salt Lake City Marathon 4:19:41
2011-Utah Valley Marathon 4:09:55
2011-Top of Utah Marathon 4:35:38


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12/16/09 11:04 A

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Because deserts are the easiest to prepare and take to functions as well as least expensive. Not to mention the candy that comes from the bishop's office ;)

Really in all seriousness though our bodies were designed for hard labor not the modern lfestyles we have which have us glued to our couches with remotes and kids who don't play outside or get dirty anymore.

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I do not think everyone is "fat". Alot of it is our diet ...we have to eat healthy foods...and we have to exercise!

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Why do you think we are so fat?

NEVERTHELESS, I KNOW IN WHOM I HAVE TRUSTED. (II Nephi 4:19)

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183 lbs--Wet Suit
178 lbs--Road Bike

2010-Utah Valley Marathon 4:46 (Baseline)
2010-Tooele Freedom Run-22:29 Min (PR)
2010-Stansbury Days Triathlon Sprint-1:24:45
2010-Layton Marathon 4:20:59 (PR)
2011 Salt Lake City Marathon 4:19:41
2011-Utah Valley Marathon 4:09:55
2011-Top of Utah Marathon 4:35:38


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