We do this regularly, but for some reason this week the 15 year old has missed a few dinners due to going to friends baseball games, we still have breakfast together every morning though, and the 13 year old is home each night for dinner except Sundays and Wednesday's when he is with youth group at church.
current weight: 178.2
Fitness Minutes: (29,420) Posts: 6,763 11/19/13 4:08 P
My week one has gone very poorly. I have a 17 yr old and one that is almost 21. They could care less about being healthy and exercising. They don't want to have anything to do with the diet changes and keep asking for me to buy things that are not at all healthy. My husband is behind me 100% but that's not enough.
How do you get two lazy young adult girls to make changes in their lives when they don't want to have anything to do with being healthy? They spend their whole day either in bed, on the computer or playing video games. I can't get them to change anything. I'm almost to the point of saying it's either change your living habits or find someone else to mooch off of.
Nothing is impossible! If you can dream it, you can do it.
I am restarting this challenge. I have been slowly trying to reduce the screen time and getting them to exercise, but since I am working on keeping going myself we have not had that much luck. Food has been the only part of the challenge that we have been working on. The kids are limited by my lack of buying junk food. This week I am hopeful we will get the 30 minutes a day in! Good Luck to all, AM
current weight: 140.2
Fitness Minutes: (15,789) Posts: 221 7/7/13 1:09 A
I am definitely struggling getting buy in from my 7 year old - no trouble on the activity, we just take her to the park, but I'm afraid screen time has been so bad that weaning them off is a definite challenge. I am still in week 1 here as we haven't had a family discussion about it yet, just subtle talk about eating better, reducing sugar, and making sure we're active every day. Their poor nanny gets the brunt of 'we don't get dessert ever any more!' LOL - but I made healthy blueberry banana flax muffins with no sugar or sugar subs at all and they loved them, so i think the sugar reduction is still paying off :) We got a long way to go as a family, but my husband and I are off to a great start - haven't missed a day at the gym in over a month, and the kids are noticing and that is the most important thing we can do - set good examples!
Wow Perky4life. Your family sounds great. I hope they keep up the cooking for you cos working and running a family is a big job. I just listened to coach nicoles video about looking after yourself and making time for it because you need to plan, and so on. Good on you and a big hurrah for the boys helping out.
doing well, kids are doing okay, middle child asked me why I was doing this to him? realy, the other kids are on board and my oldest is like a drill sargent which is probably aggravating my middle child but this is for all of us, hard to try to let them know not about weight only fitness and health yet they still know they need to lose weight but it is not about numbers or calories in, just fitness minutes and healthy choices.
Pounds lost: 41.0
Fitness Minutes: (7,584) Posts: 6 4/20/13 3:44 P
Thanks! Today is the last day of week 1, and we met all the challenges. We exceeded our own goals.
We went for three family walks and we had so much fun. One of the walks we did was after work one night and I was dragging my feet pretty hard. The boys coaxed, cajoled, teased and challenged me right out of that mindset and before I knew it we were practically run-walking, laughing, thinking up other activities - and we had done 10 minutes extra. My legs and hips were on fire - and it was awesome!
We had a family birthday, and we still all managed to keep our nutrition goals. We cooked together much of the week. My boys are getting a kick out of playing chefs. We discovered all sorts of ways to substitute healthier choices and still have the flavors we love. It's been a really great week! I am so excited, I can hardly contain myself.
This challenge has had a profound impact around our house. My boys (17 and 22, so not actually 'boys') are running at 100% buy-in...and I have to admit I am surprised, and thrilled. We had our family meeting, and immediately went for our first walk together as a family the same day. We're doing another activity this afternoon (they are still choosing, since it's supposed to snow later). We may try a mall walk, or go for a swim at the local pool.
The two of them having been pouring over the cookbook and online recipes looking for healthy dinner recipes to try out. They even agreed to try fish this weekend! (None of us love fish, unfortunately...but, we're going to give it a shot.)
I work full-time, and one of the things we discussed is that I frequently come home and just don't feel like cooking, so we end up eating out. We banned eating out completely for the next 30 days, and the two of them volunteered to make dinner on work nights!
The fact that we made a commitment as a family seems to be having a ripple effect that's continuously motivating all of us. I can't wait to see what week 2 will bring! :D
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