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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 21, 2008 12:06 pm

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

Congrats on your loss jonyork,

I agree, alot of times we tend to quit our "diets" or lifestyle change because we're not getting that instant gratification.  We stay on them for the first ten pounds but then when the weight loss starts slowing down, we tend to chuck it. 

I started out replacing refined sugar and used splenda in it's place myself.  Funny, I started finding myself having more energy when I did this too.

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2008 11:58 am

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

While I was losing weight, my family seemed to have gained weight.  My daughter fell victim to the "freshman 10"

Even more impressive and difficult to lose weight when hubby and daughter, when she's home, aren't with the program.  So much more discipline is needed with high carb food around the house.  Sounds like daughter may have discovered beer at college.  lol.  That's what did me in my freshman year.

My son has way more electronic friends from his gaming community networks than local friends.  He's 6' 0" and skinny (160lbs maybe) versus my 5' 10" not so skinny (225lbs at the moment), so it would sound hypocritical if I complained.  I was impressed that he decided to go the the prom next month.  Apparently his problem wasn't that he didn't have anyone to ask, but that he couldn't decide which girl to ask.  He came to I think a not so tidy decision and asked them both!!!  A kind of double date I suppose.  They know each other and are okay with it.  He should lose a couple of pounds on prom night keeping up with both girls.  lol

You are so right about setting an example.  At least I walk 9 holes usually 2x per week for some exercise.  I'll walk even if others in the group are driving.  I don't care if I hold them up a little.  I need the exercise.

Very courageous putting up your before picture.  Thanks for that.  Maybe Lyman can help you by marrying up an after pic with your before pic so we can all easily see the difference.  lol.  Of course with the power of Lyman's photoshop, rather than seeing a weight reduction we might just see a weight shifting to the chest.  HAHA  lol.


Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2008 11:55 am

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

So to burn fat, you have to really work out hard.

Not really hard, but you do have to work out.  The more you work out, the more you burn.  The problem is if you start to work out too hard, you tend to burn yourself out and don't stick to it.  If you start off slow and then work up to an hour a day, then you've not only got yourself into a routine, but your body has time to adjust and you're less sore the next day. 

Thing is with these diets that are out these days that in the small print (which we tend to fail to read, it says...for best results, a combination of exercise and diet)...


Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2008 11:52 am

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

Good on ya mom!

If I can share my tale...  I am in my early to mid 30s.  Last summer we decided to take my daughter (she was 4) to a water park.  I was looking at the park online and saw that many rides had a 265lb limit.  My wife (thin) has a scale, but I hadn't been on in years so I hopped up and.....  270 was the number.  A coupla weeks later my doc's office confirmed it - 272.  We went to the park, I didn't say anything and due to a bigger frame I carry the weight well (when I was in peak shape/athleticism in my 20s I couldn't go lower than 205) but I was still ashamed and decided to make a change.  I changed my diet, and found alternatives when my high metabolism wife/daughter wanted to go out.  In January I added 3 days a week of weight training/light cardio and 2 days a week of extended cardio.  I am down 40 pounds.  I don't expect to reach that 205 - that required a lot to maintain, BMI says I need to be less than 227 and I want to be 215.  So I have around 15 more to go.

It is a bummer that it takes such dramatic things as health or being to heavy for a water slide to open someone's eyes, but it's good when it happens.  It's never too late, and it's never too much weight to have to lose.  The most difficult part is the realization that it won't happen overnight and takes a lifestyle change.  Once it's started though, it really gets easier and things like iced tea with splenda (0 calories) instead of soda become second nature.


Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: April 21, 2008 11:50 am
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