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

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

If there

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2008 9:10 pm

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

Glad to see this.  As a PE teacher, it is a sad state we are in as a nation with regards to our youth and activity.  It is sad to drive around and not see kids shooting hoops in the driveway or throwing the football/baseball around or playing a pickup game in an empty lot or field.  Thanks a lot to the video game age and rise of the computer!  Even high school kids can hardley be pulled away.  I have a kid going to play at a small college, but he is better at video games.  Sad

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2008 7:07 pm

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

The Booboo eats healthier than any kid I know but Hubby and I need to follow his example a little better.Serious?  Your little boy's nickname is booboo too?  Pronounced like Yogi's little friend, right?  I can't get away with it anymore, but called our son booboo for the longest time.  Great nick name.  Enjoy it while you can.  lol

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 6:23 pm

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


My husband has the opposite effects with his meds, basically, because when he's on them, if his stomach is empty, he starts feeling ill.  I think weight is less important though then mass.  I'm solid also and I can carry 160 lbs and look okay with it, so like you, I understand the difference between "paper weight" and proportional weight.

Good for you that you were able to lose the baby weight.  I was 125 when I had my daughter (19 years ago) and had gone up to 212 when I gave birth.  Carried it ever since. 

I agree every little bit helps, parking further away, taking the stairs instead of the elevator. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 6:17 pm

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thanks, and yes, I know about the soda's (yes, it use to be pop for me too) contribution to osteoporosis.  I'm hoping all the cheese I eat offsets  (Chocolate and cheese, my downfall).  I do try to limit the amount of sodas I drink in a day though.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 6:15 pm

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Jelly Donut,

Funny you mentioned about the grocery store.  The other day I was chatting with a woman who was on a lifestyle change in the produce department.  She was then again behind me in line at the cashier.  I had all this fruit and fresh veggies and we both kind of laughed when I reached for my weekly Dove chocolate bar. 

As far as me being an inspiration, not sure about that.  The one thing I knew was that I had alot of weight I wanted to lose when I first started and realized at that time that it was going to take a long time for me to lose it, so I just made sure that I had patience...and my journal.  Not always easy when you're a stress eater (as I was).

I switched out my kahlua and creams for wine...much, much, much lower in fat and calories then the kahluas.

Good luck on your vodka diet

Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2008 4:54 pm

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

Good for you, all of you that have been able to put a dent in reaching your weight goals.  I'm jealous, weight has always been an issue with me though not in the traditional sense.  My friends all say I'm skinny but I am admittedly overweight on paper.  I am 5'2" and 145 lbs.  My family is built solid though.  We are all big and carry weight well.  I went on an antidepressant a few years back that caused weight loss, I eventually had to switch because I got so thin I looked sickly.  A picture of me from that year shows how big my hands looked while my arms and wrists were like sticks.  At that point I was, on paper, a 'perfect' 115lbs for my height.  My healthiest weight is between 135-140. I am softer than i want to be and two years after the baby I should probably get rid of the extra few pounds but I'm not so worried about it.  (I gained 76 pounds with him) Now I wear a size 6 so I'm right about where I want to be.  Hubby is a big guy (6'3" 290) and the baby at his two year check up was solid at 36 inches and 36 lbs.  Even though we are all at a good spot we need to be healthier.  The Booboo eats healthier than any kid I know but Hubby and I need to follow his example a little better.

I try to add small bits of exercise to normal activities when ever I can.  Even just taking the stairs instead of the elevator twice a day will raise your heartbeat and help burn calories.  I used to live in a split level house so I took the stairs by two.  The old trick of squeezing the quarter at red lights can work for commercials and page loading breaks too.  Volunteering to run messages to the office upstairs or across the street.  Be the one to walk to the coffee house for the meeting snacks or whatever.  Every time you can raise your heartbeat from a resting state will add to the health of your body as a whole.  Find those opportunities- they really are everywhere, you just have to be on the lookout for them (kinda like recycling).  Little things will make the hard things like an hour work out easier and you may not need to devote as much 'extra time' to the gym.

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2008 3:22 pm

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>>>now I can have my soda and diet too.  <<<

Congrats on the weight loss mom.  But too much pop (as we call it here in Ohio), specifically the phosphoric acid in it contributes a lot to osteoporosis.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2008 3:00 pm

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While Mom's post is intended to be an inspiration for all, losing 25% of your body weight as mom did, with expectations of losing another 25 lbs, is nno less than extraordinary.  Not many of us will have the level of dedication required to accomplish that feat.  I didn't .  With that said, losing 23 pounds or 10% of my weight as I did in going from 235 to 212 really made a difference for me in my general well being, blood pressure, and overall attitude.  I was even able to put on certain pants I basically had outgrown. 

If you're thinking about dieting, my suggestion would be to give yourself a modest goal, hit that goal, and then decide what you want to do from there.  The only way to eat an elephant one bite at a time.  lol


Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2008 2:47 pm

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

You're right about getting rid of the empty calories.  I used to drink a whole lot of soda.  When I first started dieting, I got rid of the soda and lost 5 lbs within that first week.  Then they came out with Coke Zero and now I can have my soda and diet too. 

I've noticed at the grocery its the thin people buying the diet soda and the heavy people buying the sugared soda.  The difference, something like 1,000 calories per 2L bottle!   As a result, the thin stay thin and the heavy get heavier.  It doesn't matter if you eat or drink your calories.  Carolies are calories.

A couple of years ago when I went from 235 to 212, it was really just low carb and diet beverages.  NO BEER.  NOT EVEN LIGHT BEER.  When I really wanted a drink, I put some vodka in with my diet ginger ale with a spash of lemon/lime for flavor.  Vodka is relatively low in calories versus bourbon or sweeter liquors.  Now that I'm back to 230, it's time for another round of the same.  Vodka anyone?  


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