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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: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 2:10 pm
 

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

So, the other benefit, I bet, will be your daughter remembering the family jaunts around the neighborhood, the idle chats, the plain old family time--which is apparently so 1980s.

LOL...ummm, nope...we tried this before.  When we first moved down here, I tried to get her excited by walking around the subdivision on Christmas eve to look at the Christmas lights, she was incredibly bored.  Now at the age of 19, the last thing she wants is to be around us so we can embarrass her.   I'd think she'd prefer mall walking and window shopping. 

And thank you.  I'm just hoping I can at least be an inspiration for her to drop the ten she has added.  Her father's family had health problems that any extra weight can really jeopardize her life.  Since he passed away from a stroke at the age of 45, she needs to make sure that she does what she needs to do to keep her blood pressure down, etc. 




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2008 12:41 pm
 

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

Not only is it a great undertaking, Momluvs, but I think it's important to pass along the successes to others like you have here. It sounds, too, like it can bring the fams closer as well. Of all my family memories, the dearest and best are the ones where we were all active and enjoying the outdoors. So, the other benefit, I bet, will be your daughter remembering the family jaunts around the neighborhood, the idle chats, the plain old family time--which is apparently so 1980s. Plus, it's a family undertaking and therefore a family success. And shared successes are the best successes, unless, of course, I'm kicking someone's ass at Mario Bros on the SNES; then it's a whole other story.

 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 11:41 am
 

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

Broncofan,

Thanks and good luck with your 10lb weight loss.  I saw the look on my husbands face when someone told him, in a recent picture that he looked like Santa Clause.  Poor guy is only 40.

I wish that I only had 10 pounds to lose.  I've got about 25 more to go before I reach goal, hopefully by Christmas I'll be there. 




Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2008 11:23 am
 

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

Mom:

Kudos on your weight loss!  Good for you--you have inspired me to again work on my weight.  I am not too bad but need to shed at least 10 lbs.

I, too, am embarrased at my beach appearance.  On one of our last vacations, my wife took a picture of me emerging from the ocean.  It was rocky, so I sort of crawled my way out.  The picture looks like a pale walrus crawling from the sea!  She not only teases me about the picture, but sends it to friends and has included it in a calendar at home.  I think the walrus is MR. June!!




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 8:00 am
 

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

Clovdyx,

I personally prefer the young studs that I noticed playing volleyball on the beach...lol.

When my husband was in Maui, he use to get involved in pickup beach volleyball games.  I got to sit and watch him play once or twice.  He was an old man compared to them.

The sad thing was, when I was younger I loved volleyball, I resented that I sat there and watched him play and wasn't playing myself.  Of course that was my own fault, I was still big, wouldn't have lasted the game, and felt really self-conscience about my size that I didn't even think to ask to join in.  :(




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 7:56 am
 

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

Tengeta,

That's awesome what you did.  Congrats.  It does take motivation, the right kind of motivation, to lose weight.  You have to really want to and you have to want to because of you.  You were lucky, you're young and your metabolism helped speed up your weight loss.  Old farts like me have a slower metabolism.

They say a reasonable weight loss expectation is about 1 to 2 lbs a week.  Unfortunately when we go on these get slim quick diets, we notice that we gain the weight right back within a few months.  It's not about dieting, it's about a lifestyle change.  Alot of it is knowing what you're putting in your body and what your body is doing in the form of converting energy.

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. 




Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2008 1:47 am
 

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

2) Helps you meet girls in bikini's.  (Okay, figured that would be incentive).
I'd buy that for a dollar.



Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2008 10:38 pm
 

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

I had this problem a few years back, I was getting fat fast and I was completely oblivious to it. I sat there criticizing people for being overweight and never looked closely in the mirror. One day I noticed that when I weighed myself that 225 was way too high, and I had to figure out what it was. The more I looked in the mirror, the more I noticed the fat, and it disgusted me instantly. I had to get rid of it then, and as fast as possible. The next day I started giving away the dollar at school I used for soda to someone else, and dropped an elective to pick up a P.E. class (basketball in particular). I ran for maybe 5 minutes and realized I was in awful shape compared to what I could do four years before (In Jr. High I was one of the top runners in my city in both track and cross country).  I knew that it was going to be a lot more work to get it off that it was to put it on, so I went to my doctor who is also a nutritionist who recommended I keep away from soda, fast food, and start eating breakfast. I never ate breakfast until he recommended it, my body never seemed to like eating early in the day. Now it seems more willing, it took training but now I can eat 3 square meals a day and it helped  me a ton. I started melting pounds off like it was nothing, I played basketball for an hour straight in my P.E. class and never stopped during breaks, I just shot with myself if everyone else was sitting down for a minute. I wanted my old stamina and ability back and I was determined to get it. I played pickup games as often as I could get to a public basketball court, and at the end of ONE SUMMER I took off 60 of the pounds and by time I weighed myself I was back down to 170. I couldn't have been happier, I went back to school and people noticed it instantly, and commented me as well as asked how I managed to work it off so fast. Unfourtnately I don't think its as easy for most overweight people to get motivated like I did, I was very athletic in the past and didn't want to lose it, so I got it back. I still play Video Games, I still drink some soda, and I indulge in fast food again. I feel safe in doing it because I know I'll be watching too closely to let it come back. I exercise an average of 30 mins to an hour a day, and sometimes 2 if I'm playing something specific. I also plan on trying out for my football team at the local college this year, just to see what happens. I'm aiming for receiver, corner, or safety depending on what they like me doing and if I get accepted.

I think the biggest factor is realization behind motivation. You have to know whats wrong, and you have to realize that being overweight IS WRONG (as much as it is wrong to say as such, its simply true, its not the way we were designed to be). You have to set realistic goals, I don't expect people to drop 20 pounds a month like me, but theres plenty of things and ways to do it. Take a year or more if you have to, it will help your life and longevity in the long run no matter what. Not to mention how much better you feel inside too. The fastest solutions seem to be getting rid of empty calories and setting up a diet that will help your metabolism as much as possible. Some people are recommended to eat up to 12 small meals a day to keep theirs going, I have a friend who did it that way and he started taking pounds off really fast too.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2008 7:54 pm
 

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

lol  the 2nd reason alone is good enough



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2008 6:26 pm
 

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

I know that the schools have done away with mandatory Phys Ed classes, it's good that you're taking up a sport now.  When you get older, make sure you ... move to the ocean and find a bunch of people to play beach volleyball with...a good pickup game in the evening and on weekends in the summer gives you great benefits

1)  Helps keep you in shape

2) Helps you meet girls in bikini's.  (Okay, figured that would be incentive).



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