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Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

Posted on: April 21, 2008 11:29 am
 

I have a confession to make.  A little over 18 months ago I weighed 200 pounds.  Medically speaking I was obese and because of it had faced some major health issues.  I had borderline high blood pressure, was experiencing sleep apnea, was out of breath more often then not and was facing Type 2 diabetes, but hey, my cholestoral was fine.  At the age of 45 and after carrying that weight on me for 18 years, I knew that I had to do something about it.  And I did.  The avatar that you see of me now, as you read this blog, was me before I decided to do something about the weight.  Now, 18 months later, I've lost approximately 50 pounds. 

As I enter my final stretch to lose my last 25 pounds, I'm going to have company in my diet.  They're kind of resigned that they're going to have to do this.  They're resigned that they'll have to get away from the computer, the tv and their game stations for at least 30 minutes a day to go walking with me.  Yes, my family is going to have to suffer with me this summer.  While I was losing weight, my family seemed to have gained weight.  My daughter fell victim to the "freshman 10" and my husband faces one of the side effects of his medications, which is weight gain. 

It's no secret that America's biggest health issue at the moment is the rise in the rate of obesity in America and the weight related health issues that arise from it, to include the increase of Type II diabetes.  It's not just a problem with adults, but also in children.  As the winter starts to give way to spring, around the country various programs have started surfacing in order to address this issue.  Public service announcements have popped up, using well known athletes to encourage kids to get outside and play.  The American Heart Association has also developed a PSA addressing adults exercising an hour a day, which adds years onto an individuals life. 

Over the past few decades, America has evolved into a seditary society and have passed along our bad habits to our children.  Not only in our nutritional habits but in our daily activities.  We've allowed our children to swap their bicycles for the game stations, we've swapped the playgrounds for the tv.  We've supersized our meals up, instead of watching our portions.  We've allowed ourselves to believe that we're spoiling our kids or giving them a treat when we take them to McDonalds or Wendy's.   And we've also provided the wrong example for our kids when they see us sitting in front of the computer or tv all evening. 

If we allow ourselves to continue, then we're only doing ourselves an injustice.  For our own sake and for the sake of our children, maybe it's time for us to step away for an hour a day. 

 

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Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2008 11:48 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

That's great though jonyork. I'm sure your wife is enjoying the new you as well!! Great job!



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2008 10:50 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

I'm sad to say that a change is already evidant.  In China we have the big three; McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and KFC, all of them are packed all the time.  Unfortunately most things "Western" are very popular here, which means all the "cool" kids want to eat fast food all the time.  I have little doubt that obesity will a problem of this generation of Chinese (only in the big cities).  One other interesting point is that obesity is also a trend that comes with wealth.  In China's case the youth of today in the big cities are the 1st ones to grow up considerably wealthy.  In most cases (were genetics are not considered) a person must eat a lot in order to become obese, which means that person must have the financial resources to buy the extra food.  For most of China's history that was not a reality.  As China's wealth increases to grow its waistband will too.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 4:28 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

ca_matt,

Thank you, and I do agree about the asian diet.  It use to be one of the healthier diets in the world.  You see it in China, Korea and Japan, etc.  Not only how obesity isn't a problem, but also look at the longevity of life there.  One now has to wonder, how the introduction of McDonalds and other americanized fast food places will change (if it does) that.




Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2008 3:25 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

1st off congrads on your journey of fittness and weight loss, its amazing the physical and psychological beifits you will recive from it.

I was born and raised in America and the number of obese youngsters is scarry.  6 year olds weighing 60 lbs and holding a 40 oz soda.  We are a super size nation and until that changes we will have to deal with the consequences.  The other problem, is one you pointed out, Americans are sooooo seditary!!!  Adults drive a car to work, ride an elevator to their floor and then sit at a desk all day.  Kids don't play outside and often have more "virtual friends" than real.

I have been living in China for a while now, and I still find myself in awe of seniors and middle aged people here.  There are many factors but I willtalk about the most important ones.  1.  The diet here is perfect.  It is based on rice/noddles, served with lots of vegitables, and a little meat of fish.  Protien needs are easily met with To Fu and eggs.  I will admit I'm human and sometimes I really miss a big steak but quickly learned its not the end of the world.  2. Probably the most important, the majority of people don't own a car.  I see 70 year olds riding bikes with their grocereys all the time.  Unless it's raining I (like everyone else I know) will ride my bike for miles to work and back.  Because of this seniors are much healthier and active in their later years, and middle aged obese people are uncommon.

While everyone in America giving up their car is unrealistic, we could stand to learn a few things from the Chinese, starting with our diet.  Any changes made now will add significant quality to life in the future.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2008 9:21 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

Thanks mystabrixx,

Actually there is hope for the gaming crowd...Wii has come out with a Wii Fit game that actually incorporates fitness into the videogames.  Sony got smart with their dance dance revolution.  Not too bad to get things "melded" in enjoying the benefits of exercise and the gaming process at the same time.

As you stated, moderation is the key.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2008 9:18 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

redawnt1,

Isn't it the truth, the older we get, the longer it seems to take to lose.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2008 9:17 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

RockChalk,

I'm not sure what made the schools get away from the mandatory PE classes (probably all those school superintendents who didn't want to dress for PE when they were young).  I think it's unfortunate that they're not required to take them anymore.  Luckily around here, now that the weathers nice, at least in this subdivision, kids are getting involved in games of pickup baseball games on the street or the basketball in the driveways.

Hopefully your kid will do well playing (and studying) at the college he's playing for.




Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2008 8:49 am
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

DEFINATELY TRUE!!!  CONGRATS ON UR WEIGHT LOSS MOM.....  TIME TO GET ACTIVE AMERICA!!!  ONE HOUR A DAY MAY NOT CUT IT, BUT IT'S A GOOD START!!!  ESPECIALLY FOR OUR YOUNGER GENERATION!!!  TOOOOOOOOO  MUCH TIME SPENT INDOORS, DOING NOTHING PRODUCTIVE!!  VIDEO GAMES, T.V. , AND THE INTERNET ARE OK,  IN MODERATION!!!



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 2:51 pm
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

Oh my goodness! CBS is having technical problems again. As I was saying Mom, if there is one thing that is hard for me to loose it is the baby fat. After 3 kids, it is not easy thats for sure, but since I've started walking more during the week and trying to eat a little healthy I can see improvements. My kids also go along with me at times, so they are always getting some kind of exercise. It just takes time now, especially when you over the age of 30.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 2:44 pm
 

Step Away from the Computer...the TV...the XBox

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