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4/1/13 5:26 A

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We have completed week four! :)

We ate together five times during the week (suppers) and we ate together for breakfast, dinner & supper on the weekend.
Our daughter is involved with the meal preparations and she also enjoys setting the table :)
My husband and I have decided to continue our weekly Friday weigh ins.
March was a great month for us nutritional wise. We've made many changes and have stuck with them.

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2/9/13 4:34 P

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It worked! The boyfriend is no the wii fit and is still in disbelief that he is losing weight. He is more conscious of s portions (my biggest goal) and has stopped eating out off the container and bag. I lost two unds this week... So all is well. :)


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2/4/13 10:39 A

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We've done wonderfully on the nutritional challenges. We have always eaten together as a family more than three times a week (we ate three meals together yesterday). These changes were very easy for us as my kids have always been open to new foods and consistently involved in the grocery shopping and meal preparation. My husband has always been easy to recruit in chores and helps to prep our meals for the week ahead.

The physical activities will be a larger challenge as we are trapped indoors in the winter and certainly lack time during the weekdays. We did have a Wii fit challenge yesterday and the kids really loved it. Being active together will be the one item we will have to continually work on, but I believe we can do it as long as we plan for it.



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Last night we had another "family meeting" about why it's important to make healthy choices and learn healthy habits. My husband and I explained why it's important for us to be healthy and why it's important to us that the kids are healthy. We named some of the health problems that can come with being overweight and stressed that we don't want the kids to experience those when they get older. We told them we don't want them to sit around like a bump on a log and if we have to force them to do activities with us, then we are going to really cut back on screen-time even more until they show that they are making healthy choices on how to spend their time on their own. We ate dinner together as a family and went to the rock climbing wall together. Tomorrow, we're going to cook dinner together to get them more involved. Wish me luck!

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10/29/12 1:08 P

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It took the family a while to do this entire challenge. But the following were accomplished.

We eat every meal possible as a family. No more eating in front of the tv or standing at the counter. We have always ate as a family when I cook, but my husband and I would sometimes eat in the livingroom while the kids ate their lunch at the table. Now I just eat every meal at the table with or without them. I try to do it with though.

The boys have become my "super helper." They help with everything that day in the kitchen. We cook together, set up together and put things up together. We all have chores to do. Last night, My 7yo helped put the butter in the dish and into the microwave to melt then crushed some graham cracker and we mixed it up for a dessert base. He had a great time.

We have learned to eat healthy and enjoy it. I thought I would have a hard time, but didn't have as much trouble as I thought. My biggest surprise came the day I made spinich burgers and a zucchini/squash casserole. They asked for seconds!!!!

We are all in training now. The boys will have a training schedule with ours too. They will have the opportunity to mark their days and times. This starts today, but they have been walking with us on our 'family walks.' Aside getting active outside, we try to do things otherwise together.

Its beena great experience getting myself to reevaluate how much time was spent with them. My husband noticed that we were together a lot! LOL. Its been great and I am glad I joined this challenge.

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We did it! family is doing much better! Long tearm goals look good going to eat at table where there is no tv atleast once everyday. Keep tv on no more then 2 hours a day, and keep finding things to do together to stay active!

Remember, YOU ARE WORTH IT!


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Wonderful! We are walking to school in the mornings, he takes his lunch to school, which he helps me prepare, and we cook and sit down to dinner every night and talk with no distractions. My son goes through my recipes and he chooses one for us to make on Friday Night! This is our "Try Something New Night". So I have my son learning how to cook and tasting new healthy foods by making sure he has a say so in what we cook and eat. It is amazing. His Coach at school has told me he talks to the other kids at school about what we are doing. He is really proud of himself, and so am I.

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9/5/12 9:54 A

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Week 4 for us is going great. It happened to coincide with the kids going back to school which made this a great challenge and helped us get started with a real focus on nutrition. The kids are all onboard with taking their lunches to school each day (the school's lunch just isn't a healthy option regardless of their so-called guidelines). We are eating dinner altogether at the dinner table every night. Directly after dinner, each child participates in fixing their lunch for the following day. They are actually responding really well to making sure they have fruit and vegetables in their lunch as well as choosing healthy snacks from their own snack basket of healthy stuff. The fact that they have choices but guidelines is really helping them feel empowered about it and sure that they are getting something healthy. The best part of doing this Healthy Family Makeover is hearing the kids starting to explain to us what is healthy about their choices without them even being prompted. They are soaking it up like a sponge (ages 10 and 6) and I am really optimistic about this school year having a great impact on us all. Thanks for all the guided help and if we feel like we are slipping we will definitely come back and do the challenge over again!

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8/19/12 10:15 A

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I completed week 4 and am so proud. I've lost 11 pounds, my mom (who lives with us) has lost 10 pounds, my hubby is taking an interest in healthy eating and my son, well he's a different story all together (we have to work to put weight on him) is at least eating meals with us.

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We restarted the challenge the week after Cameron ( my 11 year old son) got out of school we were doing great till week four. Every Sunday we plan to complete the challenge...this week and this has been going on for weeks. He was at Camp for a week, I know it wasn't going to happen that week of course. I am having a delima...perhaps the coaches can help me out. We can not find a meal to change to healthier. The least healthiest meal we have now is baked salmon or tilapia and baked tater tots with 1/2 plate vegetables (frozen). In the previous weeks we have cut out 90% red meat. Our down fall in that category is we enjoy steak. We have that cook on the George Foreman. We have it with new potatoes and green beans or a baked potato or a sweet potato. We have cut out all pork (eventhough I love pork loin and chops) I have trouble with potions with pork so we just decided not to have it anymore. We started eating turkey instead of hamburger. This change was welcomed by Cam. He's not a big meat eater. We had a suggestion to add tofu. I was a little reluctant at first but we love it . We have added nuts and decided natural peanut and almond butter are not evil ( just the price). We find ourselves a lot of nights eating a pb toast with our evening tea because we have not are enough protein. Since the temp came down today I actually got him to eat more than fruit and vegetables ( I am one lucky mom). Any suggestions anyone. please send me a message.

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6/18/12 10:10 P

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We are still learning. May
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My family has responded well. I think this healthy eating and activities are becoming a habit!

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1/23/12 11:38 A

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It's going okay but could be better! We eat most meals together. What I'm having a hard time with is getting us together to be active. I'm havig a hard time getting everyone in the family to participate. We are going to do the 4 week challenge over and over again until we are all participatig and we are all doing better.

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Going good. We are eating together for the majority of dinners. And we are trying new meals once in a while. The kids help at times when I am making dinner.

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8/5/11 11:28 A

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Happy to say it went well but I think i am going to start back over so that it sinks into my daughter. ha ha! Snacking is her weakness and I think it is something we are going to have to repeat over and over.

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7/13/11 7:06 P

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I'm still on week 4. We eat as a family almost every day. We do fun fitness stuff at least 3 times a week. We have set some goals as a family. I have not finished the step on including my son in on cooking. My husband cooks dinner, and he doesn't really want the help. My son and I do clean up though. I'm going to work this week on how we can all help a little with the cooking without driving my husband crazy. He's been so incredibly supportive in my efforts to get fit, so I really don't want to push this on him.

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6/25/11 7:03 P

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Hi Team!!

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I really appreciate the recipes included in the resources. All really simple but not stuff I would come up with on my own! We still aren't eating together (unless it's with a movie) more than two or 3 times a week, but I think we are doing ok. Our snacks are healthier and so are our meals. I have been much more mindful of what the kids are doing/eating and what kind of example I am setting. And I am SO THANKFUL we got a membership to the pool!!!

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Week four is going good. My kids love to help in the Kitchen. We are lucky to be able to eat dinner as a family every night! My kids help with the grocery list and we do our grocery shopping together as a family. They are allowed to pick an item each from the store that is not placed on our list. It usually is a sweet item that I usually would not buy such as a candy bar or cookies, however yesterday my younger daughter picked oatmeal, and my older daughter picked mangoes, cant beat that!

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6/11/11 8:20 P

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My kids always love to cook with us! Love this week. They are also really enjoying our nightly walks--but tonight it was raining so they raced through the house for about 30 minutes!

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This week was difficult for us. We had some really stressful family issues re-occur. We didn't eat too much however, felt a bit guilty afterwards so I did some stress exercises.

I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!


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Having a rough time, this week. Trying to eat more grilled food and veggies.

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Lead by example is finally paying off. Both my son and my wife are coming to the party. Their commitment is becoming more real with each passing week.

I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!


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Going good...ish. We sit down at the table together but since my children are sit very young its very hard for them to understand that "Dora" is not apart of the family. LOL

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It is going good so far. We eat together as a family almost every night. We eat more fruits and vegetables. Now that Spring weather is finally here we are outside walking or playing almost every day. We are all healthier because of these things.

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I agree LADYBUG-DR. The change in my life is now becoming my passion and I see it slwoly changing the ideas and thoughts of my family. Great comments and inspirational.

I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!


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What a GREAT Family Challenge!
So sad that it has to be a challenge rather than a normal way of life.
This has definitely made me think more of my family and getting them eating healthier and more involved ..... as a family not just in individual activities.
Spark Challenge may be over but I will strive to make this a lifestyle that feels normal to everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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This has been a great challenge-Life changing

I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!


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Great to finish this today. We have come a long way since I started the challenge! emoticon

Youngest son still grumbles, but it is just that, grumbles. He is finding the activities fun once he gets out of his rut :)

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Habits are now formed for a healthier family...I'm SO blessed!
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Tings are still going really well. Our lifestyle is changing for the better and we are all getting more physical. I'm so glad I took this challenge, because I am now constantly thinking about how I can help to motivate myself and my family. We have to keep trying to vary our choices and integrate them into our very busy work and church commitments. We are lovin our food.

I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!


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Week 4 is going very well. I think is will always be week 4 at my house. Due to my sons' work schedules we don't get to eat as many meals together as we use to. We have learned to make the most of the time we do have together.

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Our family has progressed by leaps and bounds thanks to the motivation of this challenge. We've bonded together in a different way as a family and everyone is feeling good about it. It appears that each of us is making an effort to remember our goals...Good for me; I'm not a "nagger."
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This challenge has been a saving grace for my family and myself. Things are slowly changing and we are now eating together more frequently. I do most of the cooking and once a week my son plans the menu and helps to prepare ad cook. We are all feeling much healthier and happier. Thanx SP.

I am a different man today because of SP. I loving life and am able to do things that I haven't been able to do for over 30 years. Everything is better and I do mean everything!


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Now that my step-daughter is here, it's going much better. My hubby actually is willing to do some exercise, and I'm getting Morgan into the kitchen now. Last night we made Jello (not the healthiest, but it's a treat for today), and she'll probably help my parents with the roast beef dinner we're having tonight. My dad likes to do the "mashed potato shuffle" with her - she stands on the chair beside him, and he holds the bowl for her while she shuffles around and mashes the potatoes. She's enthusiastic about getting active, and it's rubbing off on all of us.

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This week is going great. I am so glad I decided to take part in this challenge. It has brought my family even closer together. My daughter gets excited and looks forward to dinnertime because she knows I will be cooking a good meal. She also gets the chance to help out. My long term goal is to continue to cook . I want to increase the amount of times per week to at least six times. Another goal is to get my daughter more into cooking meals. She is old enough to handle some tasks on her own. Thanks for the opportunity. emoticon

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We always sit together at the table as a family, so that wasn't new for us. Also we don't watch TV while eating... maybe once in a blue moon for dinner and a movie night.

I have to work harder on have my boys help me cook. You think this would be easy, but I feel I don't have the patients for my oldest. My youngest is great! My oldest LOVES cooking, so we try to do "cooking classes" with him, but he is TOO excited and doesn't listen (12 years old). I know it's the excitement, but when rushing to do dinner every night, it's hard for me. On Saturday or some Sunday's I try harder. So as I said, I have to work harder on this one, and I will!

I have noticed a huge change in all of my family! I have tried to do this so many times, but my husband was NOT on board. Now he is, so it's working this time. We are eating better, exercising and trying to stick to the rules... hee hee. The fun part we all love is making our old favorite meals, healthy!!! We have tried 6 of them and everyone seems to enjoy them, so that's good!

Thanks so much for this team! I LOVE it and will keep checking in. Good luck to you all.
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It's so much fun to see the kids get excited about the prospect of a new healthy meal we are trying out! They are loving this journey. I feel empowered to bring healthy to the family in such a positive way! Spark on!

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I spend dinner with my family more often than not now. We always did before, but now we don't focus on the TV. It's a nice way to catch up with one another.

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Well it's going pretty good. My husband works night so we all eat dinner together on his 3 nights off. My daughter likes to help in the kitchen a little, it depends on how excited she is about whats being served. We are getting better at getting out as a family and being more active...my hubby and I have made this a goal we intend to accomplish but it still needs work.

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We are doing pretty good at this challenge. We always eat together as a family barring something major. My daughter and I are enrolled in a family chef cooking class for the third year in a row (and she is only 4) she has been helping mom cook for quite awhile. I am blessed that she is a great eater and enjoys helping out. My husband is the challenge he eats at the table with us but is not a cooker - he took the class with us in previous years but now has to work during the class - On a positive note he is working out with us a few times a week so that is helpful. The things we need to continue to work on are to make sure we find time to be active as a family, rather than watch shows (not so hard on the weekends but somewhat of a challenge during the week - we do not have much time together so it is hard to fit it in and also just have time to relax as a family (we have about 2 hours to make and eat dinner, get bath or shower for daughter and then try to find some time). I also want to work at trying new recipes as well as modifying our current favorites to make them healthier. We are doing a good job but will continue to try to improve.

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Pretty good - we're trying to get outside (despite the snow) with our 2 1/2 year old more for exercise as a family. We've been slowly introducing new foods into the mix and revamping some old recipes for less fat overall. We're keeping up with good habits we had all along - no TV at dinner, eating dinner together nightly...

I would like us to focus on less eating out now. We both work long hours and still find it "easier" to grab something on the way home than cook some nights. It's not really easier, it just seems that way!

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We tried the whole wheat pita pizza, it was a hit! Dinner as a family went well today. I made turkey burgers, yum! My husband not so thrilled, he still wants beef burgers after not having them for almost a year now, but he's dealing. Tomorrow we have salmon on a bed of satueed veggies.

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Week 4 is going well for my family and I. Helping cook is nothing new to my son, he's 7 and I started getting him involved in the kitchen when he was 4. He really loves it and I found that including him made him eat more veggies so I was all for it. Eating together has always been a problem because of different schedules but with in this past week we have made a real effort and ate dinner together yesterday and plan to do so again over the weekend, our schedules just don't allow the rest of the work week. We've been doing great on the second helpings though because we've been bringing a bowl of fruit or extra veggies to the dinner table.
Tonight we try whole wheat pita pizza!


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My daughter is LOVING the idea of getting to help cook. Washing salad greens and using the salad spinner is now one of her official jobs.

Eating together has never been a problem for us, it is what we eat and the portion sizes that we wwere getting wrong. This challenge has inspired us to take a closer look at what we re putting on the table and in our belly's.

We look forward to getting more healthy, and trimming our waistlines this winter. By spring time we will be a fresh new family. I am most looking forward to planting a bigger better garden with a bigger variety of produce.

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Week four has gone extremely well. My housemate who suffered a stroke the last week of July is doing well and after reading the many articles and looking over so many posts I have been able to put together a semi routine of getting him involved in cardio, strength, etc and at this point he is getting his own heart healthy breakfast.

He is a Sparker and while he has not been able to focus long periods of time without tiring, I have been able to use the trackers to count sodium levels, fats, etc...and he will be able to do so for himself all going well by March.

This has been a particularly good challenge because the action steps and the articles I've been able to read to him and because this info is from a "third party" meaning Sparks, slowly but surely he is pitching in to help and that in and of itself is great therapy.

Many posts here have given way to new ideas to help in his recovery and to give him a chance to see how other families do things together...this is his favorite challenge thus far.



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We have started "your turn to cook" All the kids get a night to cook our evening meal--this includes planning for the meal---grocery list, budget, everything! Because of sports, ,and I have five kids with hectic schedules, it is only one night per week (1 night per month per kid basically) But they really enjoy it and start pouring over cookbooks, or looking online a week or more before it is even their turn!

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Week 4 should go pretty well. I have been making a habit to turn the tv off after I watch the news in the morning until about lunch time. It's neat to see the kids imaginations at work playing games with eachother instead of sitting in front of the same cartoons they see every day. Instead of driving to the library to drop my books off we took the dog on a walk and dropped it in the box, which my daughter enjoyed. Come to find out that whole section of town is just over half a mile away. In good weather I know now that there is no good excuse to drive the car.

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We are working on less electronic time and more fun family time. My kids participate in sports and are active. I walk/jog daily. I was playing racquetball ocassionally with my husband but he injured his back and is not able right now. We eat healthier and I buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. We eat together as often as possible with the busy sports schedules. My oldest 2 daughters help cook and 1 is taking a cooking class right now. My little ones help here and there. I need to incorporate their help more often.

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This has been great! We have been able to eat together every night and I noticed that my kids are more willing to try new foods as long as my husband and I are sitting at the table watching them! They are loving helping out and they have decided to start getting up earlier so that we cn walk to school in the mornings before the weather gets too chilly! Very positive so far. It's stuff you already know, but sometimes you get so caught up in everyday life, you forget to take the time to offer the kids a chance to help in the kitchen and what a difference it makes to just sit together and eat!!!

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My son and I have been working well together, I still have to get him to try new veggies but other than that he has increased his protein intake. My husband on the other hand, he still sucks down his 2 liter bottles of mountain dew and has his chocolate cake weekly, he is pretty good about eating what I make but goes in and gets a mixing bowl full of cereal abut 2 hours later. My son and I are active, he plays outside and I workout at the gym. We are going for a bike ride together this weekend. He is at the age where mom isnt cool anymore. At least I get a few minutes of activity with him. I hope as we continue to grow healthy together as a family that things will change. emoticon

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It is not going as well as I expected it to. My husband is the hardest one to get motivated. We do the gym together and our son goes to the play area...and we do things together as a family activity-wise...but my husband isn't great with eating well. He is thin, slightly below average weight for his height so he doesn't really care about what he eats. He'll eat healthy if I make the food, but horrendously if he's left to his own devices. He has started looking at labels, but doesn't seem to understand how to interpret them. (Like, he was explaining to me how Poptarts really aren't that unhealthy....uhhhhh????)
Oh well... I'm not giving up! And maybe one day, he'll catch up with the rest of us!

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We've been walking the dogs and biking together, and we've been planning our weekly meals (we only get to eat together 4-5 times a week though). This has definitely helped us be healthier!

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This challenge has been a lot of fun for both of us. We are doing active activities more often than before and we've been talking more, which is a great plus! As for week 4, the hardest part has been trying to get Donna to help out in the kitchen more. She is totally resistant to the idea. My long term goals are to keep up the together time and convince her that cooking can be a lot of fun if we do it together. emoticon

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The best thing I learned from this challenge was to plan meals for the whole week ahead of time and put a calendar on the fridge so everyone knows what's for dinner. It forced me to make healthier meals instead of just looking around the kitchen for something to make, or people just making frozen dinners.

We were already doing pretty well eating dinner together as a family, so that part was easy, but it's just too hard with schedule differences to eat other meals together, except once in awhile on weekends. But now instead of 3-4 dinners a week we're pretty much 6-7 per week, so that's good.

The hardest part though was the exercising or doing things active together. One member of the family can't exercise at all due to health issues, but my mom and I have both been walking in the evenings, although she's slower than I am. :D

I don't have kids or a husband, so my "family" for the challenge is myself and my elderly parents, with whom I live and am more or less a caretaker for (my dad especially who is in poor health.) But even though I couldn't really do some of the parts exactly, it still made me think about things that I could do, like instead of getting kids to help me cook meals, both myself and my mom would take turns preparing meals, or one person would do one part (like a salad) and the other person would do the other parts. And we all were involved in what we were going to eat so everyone was happy (if it was up to my dad though, it would be spaghetti every night, he's a LOT like a kid in some respects.)

So now that this is the last week of the challenge, it's time to keep those good habits going.

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This health challenge was great for me and my family. I have embarked on making my family gradually become more healthy and make better choices. I was happy to find that most of the steps I had already taken were part of this challenge. To keep it going, I am going to continue to exercise in at night with the kids and stretch in the morning. they seem to like it alot. Plus I will also make sure that we cook at home and eat dinner as a family. I invested in a table big enough to fit all 6 of us so I really feel that we can continue with the healthy habits. Thanks to all who have provided information on this team!!!

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These last 2 weeks of the challenge have been a REAL challenge for me. Right now, I only have 2 of the 3 kids at home. My oldest is living abroad for a year and my husband is with him for the start of his new journey. So I have my 10 & 12 yrs old to contend with. They are not the easiest to convince I tell ya! I have been incorporating more healthy snacks into their lunches and I haven't hear too many complaints, but I think they may be sneeking snacks behind my back!!!
Since the whole family is not around it has also been a challenge to get them to sit and eat as a family (because they say we aren`t a family anymore since dad and big brother are away!!!) So you see my dilemma!!! They also don`t think they need to exercise regularly and shut off the TV and computer because they are not overweight...they are actually smaller compared to kids their age. I have been trying to convince my 12 year old that he needs to get healthy because he`s starting to develop a small pot belly! He says it`s just extra skin mom!!!

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We're just starting week four but I've been grateful throughout the challenge to find that we've been doing many of these things already!

My eldest is 13 and currently in season for football. His challenge in all of this has been making healthier food choices. He's agreed to try packing his lunch more often because his school doesn't have the greatest offerings.

My middle one is the picky eater but fortunately he's working on changing that. He helps cook more often and has agreed with a vegetable addition to the standard back up meal. (The standard back up meal is one of my mother's ideas. My sister was a picky eater. She had to take three bites of whatever we were having and if she still wouldn't eat it she had a peanut butter sandwich. Our standard back up meal is now no-sugar peanut butter on whole wheat no-sugar bread with a side of baby carrots and fat free ranch dressing. I always have it in the house and he'll always eat it!)

My four year old loves to cook and play. She's added a scheduled Celtic dance class to her regular routine and her self-imposed "practicing" is enough to wear me out looking at her!

I've been Sparking for almost a year and my husband for a little over seven months. We've decided to make fitness more family oriented and to be willing to sacrifice heavy cardio time for longer bouts of family speed walks and playground time.

Overall, I've loved this challenge! It's good to include everyone in our new lifestyle.

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Week 4 was great.
1. We walked more, 2.5 miles/day.
2. We started the Fall Garden Clean-up, doing 45-60 minutes work per day!
3. And we're eating a lot more fruit and veggies, cutting back on snacks.
This has been a great Challenge. Thanks for the Fun!!
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We are doing great. We got off to a bumpy start thanks to my evening classes, but we are finally playing and eating together as a family and I am seeing a change in my 5-year-old's attitude toward fitness and food! Daddy is finally getting it the spirit, eating healthier, and slowing down so that we can spend our entire meal together as a family.

By being more involved in to cooking process, our son (the habitual picky eater) has been more open to trying new foods.

The more I exercise at home, the more our son wants to join in. This weekend we played baseball, went running, and did sit-ups while watching tv.

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Week 4 went well, my kids have always enjoyed helping me in the kitchen..They do make a mess but it's all part of the fun..


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What do you do with a family who has fought you tooth and nail for most of this challenge? I think all I heard were whines and complaints and I don't want to's, and why can't I watch tv! Everybody else seems to have had a positive experience...I haven't! Do I let them continue on in their poor choices or do I force it? If I force it, then will they turn away completely in their adulthood because they hated it so much when they were kids?

My husband doesn't want to help, he loves to sit in front of the tube and eat a whole bag of chips! He gets upset when I try to get him to do something active, because he has an active job everyday. My 11 year old is copying him. Constantly sneaking food when no one is looking, quietly going upstairs to play video games when I think he's outside playing. My husband is a tad overweight, my 11 year old is more overweight.

Out of ideas...

But at least I have an 8 month old who I can start from the beginning!

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Completed week 4 of this challenge. Mostly it involved a lot of discussions between my husband and I about our vision to raise Zoey in a healthy and active lifestyle. Coincidentally she is just starting to eat so we had fun these past few weeks introducing her to foods and family meal times. She has been sitting to watch m\us while we eat at the table and then we sit her for her meal on the table in her babyseat. She loves her beef baby food!!! Our pediatrician told us meats are recommended first now for their iron content. We didn't think she was gonna go for it, but she thinks it's great!! We hope she loves fruits and veggies as much. Also, we walk together and watch less TV. This challenge gave us alot to think and talk about and we had some very special faily time while we were doing it. Fun!!



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Completed week 4 today. I think overall it was good - the boys did not like it as much, as my youngest does not like the idea of portion sizes! And the new focus of eating a variety of colours (including purple and green) freaked him out a little lol

We will continue on with the steps we have taken, I think it was awesome.

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I bought my 10 year old an apron and you would have thought that he had won the lottery! We always eat together, but they have been cooking more and going over recipes with us to decide what to cook for the week. This has been a great experience for them in the kitchen - no mishaps (knock on wood)!

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Pretty good! My kids enjoy cooking as well, and are really starting to take notice to how much work it is to prepare meals and nutritional information!

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My kids love cooking with and are always looking for recipes to make!!

Keep it up and start everyday as a new day!!!


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My kids love cooking with me! We have been talking about eating healthier, and how important it is. We have also started exercising together, mainly inside right now, as it has been in the high 90's or 100's most of the summer. It's been a great experience so far, and I think that the long term goals that we have as a family of eating healthier, cleaner and exercising will stay!

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My husband and son were a little leary at first when I told them about the challenge but have really had a great time with it. It is funny to hear my 5 year old talk about how many vegetable and fruit servings he had for the day and plan what he will have the next day. They are helping more with the chores so that we can play more as a family.

This challenge has helped us focus on more active family time.

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Week 4 has been a more difficult to execute because of our busy summer schedule. We're not managing many meals with all 4 of us together, but we have a meal available every night thanks to my lovely husband who has jumped on board with this. Sometimes its just he and I, sometimes one of our young adult "kids" manages to join us, and a couple of times we actually had all 4 of us there.

I have one 19 year old who is resistant to cooking, but she's definitely making better choices with her grab and go foods.

Our long term goals as a family are to work on getting enough sleep each night, keep healthy foods available in the house, and try to get at least 30 minutes of activity in a day.

All in all, I think we're doing well. :)

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I enjoyed this challenge because it made me more aware of my family's health, and helped us get moving on a healthier path together.

My husband got on board with eating dinner at the kitchen table together relatively easily (he likes to eat in the living room watching tv). We work different shifts, so we aren't able to breakfast or lunch together as an entire family, but dinner is the time we all come together so that's been great.

I'm making a conscious effort to keep fruits stocked for snacks (still working on having veggies on-hand all the time...) and my boys seem to like that. Also, my (almost) 1 year old is eating more regular food now and I'm really trying to make sure we have a healthy variety of foods he can eat. I was so happy yesterday when he gobbled down pieces of grilled chicken breast like it was the best thing ever!

And, since it's summer it's been relatively easy to keep the tv off and encourage active, outside play. We've been taking the boys swimming almost every day, my older son joins me walking on the weekends, and we encourage him to play outside with his friends rather than stay in playing video games.

The hardest part of this will be keeping my family active in the long run. Once swimming season is over, and it starts cooling down a little, I want to try geocaching. We were doing weekly family hikes earlier this summer, but it's getting too hot to be out for long now, so I'm hoping to either pick up the hikes again or incorporate some geocaching in with the hikes.

But, in the winter when it's snowing I'm not really sure what to do. We go to the mall and walk, but we can only make it on weekends. And we have a small townhouse, so we don't have room for indoor exercise or big play equipment. But, we do have a Wii, so I think I'll try a family game/sports night a couple evenings a week and see how that goes.

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I am setting my goals for our family. Since it is only me and my grandson (10 months). These are the decisions I have made.

We will fix meals togather. Until he is able he can sit with me in the kitchen while I cook.

We will at least walk 30 minutes a day. If it is raining (Oregon) we will hit a mall but stay out of the stores. We will walk to church on Wednesday and Sunday for sure unless the weather prohibits it.

We will go to a park at least 1x a week to play and swimming at the center 1x a week as money permits or if I can qualify for another scholorship.

We will eat our meals together. He is learning to eat people food so it has been a little difficult but if we learn now to have all food together then it won't be so hard when he gets older.

No TV during meals. Noah loves music and so do I so music it is.

I know it won't be easy but these are the things I have written down to start. The challenge has been good for me to see what I need to do to start Noah out on the right foot. I didn't do this with my children and both have problems. I want to make a change now.

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7/1/10 9:54 A

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Week 4 went good here also.

My long term goal for the family is to clean up the food I feed my kids. For example: Last night we have veggie and black bean enchiladas. First of all... my oldest won't eat anything resembling a taco. Second, zucchini and black beans would turn them both off. So I made the enchiladas for my hubby and I and the kids ate chicken nuggets, corn and watermelon. So my goal is to have the kids try things I don't think they like and also have the back up plan be a healthier option. Chicken nuggets do not need to live in our freezer.

I am also buying a kids cook book for my youngest's birthday next month. She is very interested in helping me so I think we should be able to pick some things out that she can help with.

Julie

“You will never find time for anything. You must make it.”

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6/29/10 1:20 P

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same as here.... Today is the last day of my challenge.. And i'm happy i did this! the kids and i are enjoying each other more and more.

Gwen

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6/28/10 10:02 A

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Been good seems more happy around here eating at the table together, not to many snacks through out the day playing outside more enjoying time we get to spend with dad before he goes out of town we see him on weekends

When the end of the journey seems impossible to reach, all you need to do is take one more step.

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6/27/10 11:04 A

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So my kids aren't technically "kids" anymore...18 and 21...but are living at home while attending college. I think we're doing very well with this. My 21 yr old ds took some time out yesterday to go for a long walk. My 18 yr old dd has given up soda, chips and other processed "junk" food, and my dh is doing fabulous with the grocery shopping. I was really proud yesterday when I looked at Clean Eating magazines article on "Clean Refrigerators" and discovered that ours is stocked with totally 'clean' food.

Its difficult for us to eat together during the week, but we've designated Sundays as family day. We eat together and find some activity to participate in together. I hope we can actually keep this going once they've moved on to their own lives. We'll see.

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6/27/10 10:23 A

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week 4 has gone well. We eat together for dinner every night and breakfast on the weekends. We've cut out a lot of junk food from ever coming in the house. Long-term, I'm hoping the kiddo will start choosing more fruit instead of cookies/candy as snacks and keep packing lunches for my hubby to take to work so he doesn't have to rely on the crappy fast food on base.




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My long term goals are to be more involved in my kids lives...we now cook together thru doing the healty cooking challenge...we're eating together as a family and turning off the tv just a little more during the week while the summer is here since this is not much of a problem during the winter months...this is the most important challenge out of all of them that I've joined....To spend more time doing things as a family

If You're tired or starting over stop giving up

Tema - Matteson IL

"Tenacity is the quality displayed by someone who just won't quit -- who keeps trying until they reach their goal. Anything really worth doing takes persistence, perseverance, and stubborn determination! I AM a Tenacious Jungle Tiger and these are my survival skills!!"

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6/24/10 9:14 A

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that's pretty much our schedule fishinglady. :)

Gwen

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Week 4 is sailing along just fine. We eat breakfast together every morning and we are eating healthier foods. We also eat dinner together. Lunch is when we do our thing.

Irene from Missouri

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It's been great! We eat breakfast and dinner together as a family.. Lunches is still depending on school or the hubby working.. But we've made a point to meet up with my husband at the park down the road from his work so he can interact with the boys for awhile and i bring him a healthy lunch. :) all in all ....coming together nicely!

Gwen

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Hi everyone!

For those of you in Week 4 of this challenge, how is it going? Have you been able to eat as a family this week? Have you set some long-term goals for your family to work toward?

Use this thread or start a new thread in this forum to discuss Week 4!

Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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