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My Daughter is about to make me proud..

Friday, January 08, 2010

I was sitting with my daughter the other night and we are always talking about exercising and weight loss. My daughter is having a hard time sticking with a routine. I always help her as much as I can and I think I am a good role model for her but she is so stubborn sometimes. She asked could we join a gym together but I told her it takes money and money is tight right now. So I asked her why every time I ask her to come walking with me she turns me down. She said I get up to early but I told her that is the best time. My daughter is 15 years old and she weighs 210lbs. She has even join Teenspark and has not been on. So like I was saying the other night she said that her school should have a weight loss class to help young girls learn about good nutrition and exercising. She feels that if she can get some of her friends involved she will be more motivated because school is were they spend most of their time. She feels that weight is a growing problem with teen girls and some are feeling really down about themselves. She want's to start an after school program that is dedicated in teaching them how to lose weight, excercise and eat healthier and also how important it is for their future. I told her to start by writting a letter to the principle and start a petition to see how many girls are interested. I was so excited about this when she told me. She said "MA" calm down because I need to think it through first. I told her all they could say is no, what have you got to lose at least you made an effort to help. I even told her maybe I could talk to someone at Spark who can help out by coming down to the school and talking with the them. Maybe that would get them motivated even more. I hope this works and I am so proud of my daughter for coming up with this idea to help herself and others. I LOVE HER!!

If anyone have any suggestions feel free to let me know.
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    I would be so proud too! Just by sticking to your program and being a good example you've Spread the Spark to her and possibly a whole group of teen girls! You should be excited. I would definitely encourage to her to start the group. Even if it's small, it can always grow and once people start to see their results, believe me it'll grow! You raised her right! emoticon
    3238 days ago
    Sounds like my daughter whose about to turn 18. She did a teen program last year January - May through a non-profit organization that got a grant through The Children's Trust. Her group was the first pilot program. They're starting the 2nd session now due to the success and letters of the first participants. The worked out at a gym 3 days a week, 2 days with a personal trainer in groups of 6-8 kids, 1 day in a group cardio class. She loved it, it was her senior year and several girls from her school was involved. She loss 25#s and although she slacked over the summer she's back at it and it's through the things she learned in the program that she's better equipped to do it. We now workout together and help each other. I love walking outside and strength training, she loves DVDs. So I brought "us" the Wii for Christmas and Turbo Jam which we love. Find something your daughter likes - probably with good music for most young people. Talk with a local gym or fitness instructor person that may be interested in assisting your daughter. If not at school, your local park, church or your home would be a great place to gather. I hope it all works out for her.
    3238 days ago
    she is thinking good, positive thoughts--Kudos to her! and to you for encouraging her!
    3238 days ago
    That is AWESOME. You might want to check the Y or local gyms to see if they have fitness experts that would come down and talk to the girls and/or give them pointers.

    I wish her the best and I'm proud of you and her.
    3238 days ago
    That is so fantastic! Do you think she'd be ok with maybe you talking to her group of friends. If the principal doesn't agree to do something at school maybe she can start an after school program with you leading or supporting. How great is that...she may actually use this down the road on her resume or in her career choices. I'm happy for you!

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    3238 days ago
  • RAVEN227
    That is awesome...I hope it works for at the school. That is an excellent idea.
    3238 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    That's wonderful but even IF the school doesn't agree (due to budget or whatever), she can still start her own support group with the girls at her school...

    Maybe on the weekend they can meet over someone's house to talk about how to eat healthy, recipes, and other concerns...they could journal their weight struggles and share with one another(it's a familar setting with friends right?), ask for tips, come up with exercise goals, etc...

    There is a lot that can be done even if the school says no...good luck and again, be proud of her...she can (and will) make a difference!!!
    3238 days ago
    Oh Monique you have quite a daughter to proud about, and she has you for a role model. What a wonderful idea. If she needs time to think it through, sounds like she is getting organized in her mind as to what to do first. I know you'll be there for her giving her advice when she asks for it. Please keep us posted as to how this goes because it is a wonderful idea.
    Jo Ann
    3238 days ago
    First I want to say Happy New Year...May this year be a prosperous one for you and your family in all your endeavors...
    I have to say although I don't know your daughter...I'm proud to see a teen as herself think something like this up.
    We hear about obesity on the news, and what should be done about it..however there aren't any necessary steps being taken to combat this problem that plague our children.
    Sure, it starts with the parents and how we educate our children...but society doesn't make it any easier throwing vending machines in school filled with snacks that shouldn't be consumed on a daily basis by adult or child all throughout the day. Ok I don't meant to ramble on about this, but please tell your daughter that she can do this. She's doing a great thing there.
    3238 days ago
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