Monthly Archives: October 2011

What to do next?

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The year is over, the wedding is over.

Married life begins, the weight loss struggles continues.

I read last week, I can’t remember who blogged/tweeted/facebook it:

“Just because you got the monkey off your back, doesn’t mean the circus has left town”

the weight will be a struggle as I get closer and closer to the ideal for my frame.

But what to do next?

The blog name no longer fits our life.

I don’t feel abandoning it is a good idea.

I think we might purchase a domain name, merge our homeschooling blog into this one, redirect.

Decisions, decisions.

 

So many overweight kids at Disney

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Now, this brings me to something I saw at Disney that really, really disturbed me. I cannot count how many times B and I saw overweight children in strollers. Seriously. There were many comments between the two of us that basically amounted to wanting to walk up to a parent and say “Sir/Ma’am, your overweight 8 year old in the stroller… well, s/he is probably overweight because they’re 8, and in a stroller.”

We were both thoroughly disgusted by this practice, and while we both know there are kids out there with health issues that cause weight gain, we are certain that these were not these children. They were everywhere. We saw kids too old and too big to be in toddler strollers every few minutes. Both of our children walked everywhere. The only time either of the children weren’t walking was when Miss H took a nasty spill at the Polynesian resort and really banged up her knee and a few nights when we were at 9 pm in a packed park watching fireworks. Only on those occasions did B put Miss D on this scooter with him because she was tired and we wanted to keep her close to one of us while trying to mill through a huge crowd of people.

They have feet on the bottom of their legs for a reason folks, you should let them use them! If kids go to Disney and they are already overweight, the walking is going to be hard on them. Some overweight children have problems with their feet, ankle and standing in general. There is a proactive solution to this. Stop feeding them crap, start walking more with them and get them involved in some type of physical activity. It’s not hard to do if you start at a young age. Miss D *hates* sports, really doesn’t like gym class, doesn’t like to run around on a field. Solution, dance class and riding lessons plus walking every night with B or I. It keeps her active and healthy and it doesn’t feel like a sport to her.

It’s not hard if you start early. Stop setting your child up to fail. Get them out of the stroller and outside to play. It’s just that simple. Love your children enough to raise them to be healthy adults.

Everything is cooked in fat (or… what we ate at Disney World)

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It’s no great secret that a lot of restaurant and theme park food is bad for you. Spending almost 2 weeks living at Disney (as we did for our honeymoon, we had the basic meal plan) has basically ensured that we both now hate take away food.

Finding food at disney that isn’t deep fried or veggies that are not cooked in some sort of meat was tough, in fact, most of the time I either ended up just eating the same stuff everyone else was eating or I was at the hotel googling the nearest vegetarian restaurant (and there aren’t many near Disney.)

Most of the time I was able to load up at salad bars but I quickly realized that walking an average of 12 miles a day is damn near impossible on salad and the small amount of low fat protein they offer there. By day 3 I had given up almost entirely and just ordered whatever I could that wasn’t deep dried (except at hoopdeedoo musical review, it’s ALL deep fried there.)

Despite the fact that I sought out as much of the healthy stuff as I could, I consumed a lot of high fat, high calorie foods while I was on vacation. By the time we hit Savannah, GA on our way home I was so sick of the food we were consuming that I spent a lot of time on Happy Cow trying to plot out better choices along the route.

But here’s the thing… it just doesn’t happen like that. Trying to eat well in a car, trying to eat well at a resort like Disney, excluding the fruit, veggies and water we bought along the way as snacks, is hard. It’s even harder when you’re on a time schedule. I will have a better plan of attack on future trips.

While I ate poorly for the standard days at home, I ate well for Disney. If you’re sick of the fried crap, you can ask any of the Disney staff for the vegan option. If you’re trying to lose weight at Disney, best of luck. I was shocked when I came home to my scale and found that I hadn’t gained weight.

When the options, normally at lunch, were limited to what amounts to take out food we often opted for buying the kids (yes, the kids were with us but so were our in laws and we did get our own time to be out and about along) one adult sized meal and splitting it between them. The children portions are huge and almost never included veggies or fruit, so this was a good compromise for them. There were much healthier options for adults and the kids had more than enough food to eat splitting one portion. I would have done the same for B and I, but he needs to eat an average of 3500cal per day to maintain his 152lbs. On most days he ended up finishing what I didn’t eat from my meal.

After all of that, I am so glad to be back to our regularly schedule dining program!

home

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we’re home

late last night

slept on couch (yes, both of us)

forgot that we removed the a/c from the bedroom window before leaving, and left in on the bed

tired from the long drive

loved the time off

will try to write more later

going to coffee with a friend