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5/2/14 5:33 P

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Unfortunately with kids I think the only way to get them into exercising and healthy diet is by making it fun for them. If they're friends are active and healthy it does have an impact. For me I have myself been active whole childhood because I was surrounded by healthy eating and sports.
My little brother unfortunately hasn't been so he is overweight. But he has been forced to try different sports and the ones he has chosen/likes the most he goes to practices few times a week. His weight makes running harder so that makes him not really enjoy exercising because he isn't as fast or as good as other kids. But overtime when he does succeed at sports he slowly started liking to go to practices.
So I believe that if she gets feeling of accomplishment and being good at exercising she will slowly start to like it. But first she must try different exercises to find what she enjoys. For kids exercising as exercising is boring, it has to be fun, it has to be playtime. When you are having fun time flies.
How about you try to play with her lets say football, basketball, rollerskating and such?
I hope this is in any help for you.



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5/2/14 1:00 P

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Hi, I'm new to the forum (actually, new to the site). I had been on SP some years ago, had success with it, but fell off the bandwagon and back into plus-size clothing. A year and a half ago, I lost about 70 pounds in four months. I'd love to say it was due to wonderful eating habits and exercise, but it was more a result of the stress of my divorce and going from being a stay-at-home-mom with way too much time spent within walking distance of the fridge to being a single mom of two working two jobs. Regardless of why it happened, it felt really great. About a year ago, I lost both jobs in the same week and decided to go back to school. Around the same time, my house was broken into four times in the same month and I decided to swallow my pride and move back in with my mom until I finish school (I have a year left to go.) Now, I love my mom dearly and I'm so grateful that she was willing and able to take us in. However, her eating habits are terrible, and there is ALWAYS junk in the house, there are hidden stashes of candy everywhere. (My mom is one of those people who had weight loss surgery, lost a lot of weight, and then gained it all back.) I've managed to pack 30 pounds back on over the last year. My oldest daughter has gained a lot of weight, as well. She is six, and when we moved in a year ago she wore a 6/6X, and I just had to buy her some jeans in a size 12. I had to buy capris so the length would fit. This is in ONE YEAR. I don't know what to do. She is a finicky eater, doesn't want to exercise, and doesn't understand that she is not healthy right now. It's not an aesthetics thing that I'm concerned about - our pediatrician pointed out to me that three of the biggest risk factors for diabetes are being overweight, having a diabetic parent, and being of Hispanic descent. All three of these apply to my oldest. (My youngest is at a healthy weight, but if she adopts the same poor eating habits, she'll be in the same boat.) I feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. How do I insist that she works on changing her lifestyle and not act like a slave driver? How do I make her understand the severity of the situation without saying something that will damage her self-esteem? How do I have my kids in my mom's house, with three other adults and one other small child living here, where they are surrounded by junk food (my stepsister hasn't eaten anything that didn't come through a drive-thru window or a takeout box in months), someone always has the idiot box turned on, and tell them that they can't touch any of it? It's so stupid - I know that as the parent, I should be in control of the situation, but I feel like it is completely OUT of my control.

Okay, I'm sorry for the rant. I got a little carried away - I feel like I can't really talk to other people about it, IRL... They would think I'm such a heel for wanting to put a first-grader on a diet and exercise plan. I hoped maybe people here would understand - thank you for listening! Hopefully I will learn a lot from this group!

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