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We are going to have an "everyone wins" contest at our house.Everyone who wants to play will weigh themselves and keep a private record on Sundays.At the end of 6 weeks, the winner who loses the highest percentage will be King or Queen.They will choose family meals and fun for all and we all win!

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I have 8 children and 2 of the older ones are practicing good habits and losing weight--I have two more (ages 12 and 14) who have talked to me about losing weight. I want to protect their own self image while helping them be more healthy. It is a tough line to balance on with adolescents.
- Submitted by ENUFF81020 6/20/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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ENUFF81020 10/16/2010 7:11:00 AM

    UPDATE:
My second son won the contest--he is a big guy (6'5") and he lost about 30 pounds over the summer and is now a committed runner. He hasn't done any races or the like, but is going out at least once a day and often twice for runs. As his "prize," we took a family camping weekend and we played outdoors games and sat around the campfire. It was awesome for us all and the nice thing is that three of our other 8 children have also lost some weight and added fitness to their daily routines. Everyone has been successful and I am thrilled that it supported my own goals and weight loss plan over the summer!!
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ENUFF81020 6/21/2010 5:50:00 PM

    I am expecting to see them notice that I've been shopping so they can eat better. the big change that I know that a couple of them need to make is in portion sizes. I am hoping that in their effort to win this contest, they start focusing on that. I'll come back and let everyone know how this turned out. I have done everything I can think of to protect those fragile adolescent feelings. I love my kids and if this helps them to not have to go through what I went through, I have "hit paydirt."
PTCAKES 6/20/2010 6:15:00 AM

    I think it would be interesting to see if the meal choices change after 6 weeks. If by making healthier choices the nutritional value of the meals shift.
ENUFF81020 6/20/2010 3:32:00 AM

    I decided to do this in order to respect my younger children's wants and needs in a way that wouldn't hurt their self images. Everything is private and based on trust. When we get to the end of this round, they will have learned how much they were doing well all along--and about portion control which is what I do see as a problem. They will see how all of the time they both share with me at the fitness center and the pool has been good for them too. In return, even though we will have a winner, everyone gets to share in the "prize." That makes my final emphasis in this "game" in showing how everyone wins when we work together. emoticon
ENUFF81020 11/25/2010 12:26:00 PM

    Recent update:
This activity really made a difference for several of my children. Our 12 year old has gained 4.5 inches in height since we started this--in 6 months. He has also lost 20 pounds--that is an incredible change in his body. He is exercising either at school in his PE class or at the fitness center every day--sometimes twice. He rarely drinks his favorite "Code Red" soda any more because of the calories and is eating healthier most of the time. Our now 15 year old daughter has also lost 20 pounds and has given up all soda. I have one other child that hasn't climbed on board, but I know there is hope for him. I keep modeling and working at this and it is bringing them all on board. I am so glad that we started this game!!

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