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6/6/12 7:54 A

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Is there anywhere he can use a pool? Our YMCA has a teen time where teens can use the pool. Both of my kids do not think of water activities as exercise. Just fun. I know from my own experience that putting on a suit when you are overweight can be hard, but if he is willing then swimming is good exercise. best of luck

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6/5/12 11:20 A

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TY both for your replies...we do have a dog and with the help of our very dear friends,who are also our neighbors, we "trick" him into walking on every nice evening...they just 'drop by' with their dog(who also is pals with our dog) and ask us to join them....so far it has worked for close to a month...its more like fun & less like exercise if he is hanging out with his friend on the walk so he's very willing...

.he began playing basketball when he was 7 and had a few years with wonderful & encouraging coaches....he loved it so much he went to a basketball camp sponsored by a former local athlete who "took his talents elsewhere" and was thrilled to recieve praise from an NBA star...the following season, his coach put all the emphasis on winning & geared the team towards the best players...so even when he had time on the court, my son almost never got the ball...his confidence sank and along with it, his love of the game...he played one more season but felt left out by the "good" players..by the end of the season every practice & game turned into a battle & I forced him to finish the season...since then he has lost intrest in playing sports because he is not "good at it"

I try to get him to work out, hike, or just shoot a basketball in the back yard with me with varried success...It just kills me to see him so unhappy...

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6/5/12 10:56 A

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Welcome.

My 14 (15 in a month) year old son is also a little over weight. As soon as we saw him gain a little weight, we tried to put a stop to it. Unfortunately, my son is not into sports. He doesn't watch and he doesn't play. So, it's really hard to loose weight if you don't do anything physical daily. But, last summer, we signed him for teen boot camp. They made the teens work out 3 times a week and gave them lesson on nutrition and eating habits. He lost a little weight, but not everything he needed to loose. This summer he begged us not to sign him up for that boring boot camp again, So, we made a deal. He has to exercise on our home equipment for 30 minutes per day and takes our dog for a walk for 20 minutes daily. I am hoping he can keep up. Unfortunately, both my husband and I work and we can't tell what he does at home. I hope he will show some responsibility this summer and work out, even when no one is watching.

Oh, yes, he also rolled his eyes at me when I mentioned Spark Teens.

Does your son play sports? If not and he liked sports, I would totally recommend signing him up for something this summer. Good luck.

Olga
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6/5/12 10:38 A

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Good morning Shelley hello and welcome to the Sp family and this team....we're glad to have you join us....

I felt the pain just reading this story and I'm so sorry that your son had to go through this...my 14 year old is slightly overweight and I wanted to get a handle on it before it got out of hand all together....so I suggested very delicately to him that we start walking and playing basketball at the gym...well that worked when I mentioned basketball...he goes to the gym with me now three times a week and maybe he'll go everyday with me now that school is out...He loves it now...when I'm tired he my boost come on mama lets go....I just love his energy....

Do your son like sports of any kind if so suggest he play them...and if you can get involved with some of the sports then go for it....I love working out with my kids now...do you have a dog if so maybe he can walk the dog at least 30 mins or more...just trying to think of some things he can do...maybe some of the other members will have a suggestion for you also good luck to both you and your son....p.s. Spark teens is awesome I signed my son up and at first he didn't visit the site...but then about 3 weeks ago he asked me about it so I think he's thinking of getting on now so give your son some time and he may come around about the site

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6/5/12 3:47 A

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Hi..still a lil new here & so I hope I have this is the right spot...

My son just turned 13 yesterday..& we went to a near by amusement park, at his request, to celebrate. His day was wrecked when an employee asked him to try out the coaster seat at the entrance of the ride to see if he fit....i know the motivation was to save time & embarrassment later if he got to the coaster & couldnt be buckled in...however, my son was mortified..I could literally see him shut down(he suffers from depression) and felt his pain & embarrassment....he was worried about trying to ride anyother rides for fear he might not fit and what was supposed to be a fun day for him turned into a hurtful ordeal...

I'm hoping to try and make a bit of good happen from this & try to help him lose weight....not sure what to do or where to start..I suggested the Spark for teens but was met with eye rolling...i know i cant make him want it...but his weight is hurting him in many ways...any suggestions or stories of personal experience?

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