My daughter who is 18 is probably in the obese category. I have asked her directly to take a look at SparkTeen but she refuses. What I realized is that the indirect approach seems to have more effect. I make sure to track when she is in the room. I measure my food and she notices because we are often in the kitchen together. Slowly I hope to show good habits, be available for questions and stoke that slow burning fire so that when she is ready she will have the tools and information available.
Teenagers seem to respond to this show me, don't tell me strategy
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One of the most helpful techniques is offering yourself a dual..a challenge...friendly competition!!! When you're feeling like you're in an exercise rut, play mind games with yourself. There was plenty of times that my old chunky self told my new almost fit self, "I bet you can't, I bet you won't, You can't do that, You don't have the stamina, You don't have the energy NOR the flexibility!!!" The reply was/IS always, "I CAN SHOW YOU BETTER THAN I CAN TELL YOU!"216
Use your kids as your motivation. Go for a walk with them, giving them that hard to come by mom time. I have five so if I do some type of activity with each of them, I find that I've taken care of my exercise. Just a walk around the neighborhood works. Besides, nothing is better than having your teenagers tell you how proud they are of you for your effort. :0)
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