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Mother-Daughter Weight Loss Buddies

We More Than Family, We're Fitness Buddies, Too!

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Weight-loss and fitness buddies can be a great source of support as you work toward your goals. They can provide encouragement and motivation, and be there for you when you need a kick in the pants to get to the gym or bypass dessert. Maybe your buddy is a friend, co-worker or someone you met at SparkPeople. But have you ever thought about asking your mother or daughter to be your buddy? In honor of Mother's Day, we found a number of mother-daughter "buddies" who are using SparkPeople together to become healthier. Some have been surprised by the relationship they've developed and how key it's been to their success so far. Here are their stories!

Sandee and Cindy

Sandee (SANDEEKAY02) and her daughter Cindy (SINGLEMOMMO) have been members of SparkPeople since October 2007. Sandee has lost 32 pounds and Cindy has lost 40 pounds since joining the site. Both say it was a natural decision to buddy up because they are best friends and support each other in all aspects of their lives. They are on a number of the same SparkTeams and interact regularly on the site. Sandee and Cindy exercise together at Curves and also cook and share recipes they find on Plus, Cindy's daughter is a member of, so now the whole family is living healthy!

When asked about pairing up to lose weight, Sandee said, "As far as Cindy and I are concerned, it's natural and helpful to do this together because as we do everything together and share our lives together."

"Having a support system is the only way to change your lifestyle," says Cindy. "I don't think of this as a diet, but in fact a lifestyle change. If I am faced with a temptation and my mom is with me, I think twice about it. We have a loving competition between us. It helps to keep us on track!"

Deb and Jennie

Jennie (JENNIFER8998) has been a member of SparkPeople for more than 3 years. After her mom Deb (DEB2448) saw her successfully lose 40 pounds, she decided to join the SparkPeople herself. They live in different states, so teaming up online was a great solution for them to stay in touch and keep each other on track. They started their own SparkTeam a few months ago (Creative Challenges and Saintly Souls) and already have more than 50 members. When Jennie is home visiting her mom, she and Deb cook, track their food and go grocery shopping together.
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Jen Mueller Jen Mueller
Jen received her master's degree in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. A mom and avid marathon runner, she is an ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, medical exercise specialist and behavior change specialist. See all of Jen's articles.

Member Comments

    My mother is 102, she says, as you age, you just aren't so hungry anymore, you eat less, and the weight comes off. She was right. I just make sure to exercise every day. She loved Jack LaLanne exercises, and walking. No starvation diet, no cutting out bread and potatoes. - 5/9/2015 8:03:47 AM
  • I learned my old weight loss strategies from my mom, who is 80 and healthy as a horse. You know what she does? When the scale creeps up, she goes on a starvation diet.

    Personally, I find this an unpleasant way to live, and I've chosen moderation and counting calories. That was after, of course, I said "To hell with it!" and ate whatever I wanted for a while.
    If I'd have stuck with her example, I never would have piled on weight in the first place. - 5/8/2015 11:21:07 AM
  • My daughter is grown. She doesn't feel she "needs" anything, but at this point, she is heading in the same direction I was and I;m 100 lbs overweight. I've decided to take action, I'm hoping she'll join me :) - 4/19/2012 12:50:32 AM
    i'm a single mom of 2 girls we all 3 need to lose weight im 228 my 20 year old is 198 and my 7 year old is 78 the doc says shes border line of being over weight for her size and im considered obese yep it sounds like old beast sucks they could've picked a better nicer name for over weight lol anyways as you can see we all need support hopefully i can find it here is anyone doing the p90 i started may 31st and man was i sore please anyone little help here thanx desperatley asking for support - 6/13/2010 1:27:29 AM
  • My Mom and my daughter are both members of SparkPeople. My Mom and I have SO much fun on our teams and our challenges. It's a nice way to bring us closer together and allows us to keep up with each other quite well since we no longer live in the same state. My daughter is on SparkTeen since she's under 18, so at this time I can't interact with her, but she is enjoying sparking just as I do :-) - 5/31/2010 12:46:13 AM
  • My daughter is 17 and doesn't need to lose weight, however, she wants to be "gym buddies". We start next week!! - 1/30/2010 5:03:19 PM
  • just asked my mom to join with me, hope she will! - 1/27/2010 9:05:37 PM
  • I invited my mom to join yesterday! Fingers crossed she will do it soon. - 5/9/2009 10:55:28 PM
  • My mother is my buddy, so this is a very inspirational story!! - 5/5/2009 9:30:28 PM
  • I'm proud to say that my daughter inspired me to join SparkPeople after losing about 60 pounds her first year. I've always paid lip service to wanting to eat better and stay in shape, but my eating habits were erratic and my motivation to exercise has decreased in recent years. My daughter was able to lead through her own example. Sharing her experience and encouraging me to take better care of myself eventually took hold. It's so great to know she cares so much about me and takes such great care of herself! - 5/5/2009 9:08:59 PM
    This is so sweet of you to do and I love it.
    Thank you so very much for doing this for us and I love reading not only about us but all of the rest of us moms and daughteres that team up.
    - 5/5/2009 7:26:17 PM
  • LOVE this article. My oldest daughter is on Spark and my daughter-in-law and husband just recently joined. I also have two daughters who have decided to join Sparkteens. We are definitely becoming a Spark Family! Two more kids to recruit and we'll be official;o) The support system and having everyone on the same page is such a blessing. - 5/5/2009 2:43:37 PM
  • My dd, Maggie, joined SparkTeens, when I joined Sparks, and she lost 35#. - 5/5/2009 2:09:58 PM
    It was great to see two members of our Moms & Daughters SparkTeam featured in this article! My daughter and I joined in October 2007 and she has lost 30 pounds and I've lost 70 pounds so far. It was great to have her as my Spark Buddy - who would have thought we'd bond more over discussing healthy foods and exercise! - 5/5/2009 11:53:14 AM
  • This is so inspirational. I am concerned about my daughter's health and weight and her lack of concern about it. I try to inspire and encourage her by making an example of myself.This article gave me the courage to keep trying to 'get through' to her about how important it is to be healthy by eating right and exercising. I only wish SparkPeople had been around years ago to help my mother and youngest sister who battled weight problems all their lives. They could have been Spark Weightloss Buddies too! Thank you for this great article. - 5/5/2009 10:09:45 AM

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