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2/3/14 7:20 A

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she was eating anything and everything. I think she was sneaking food for a little bit. but, now that I've finally taken the focus off of food and making it an issue, she seems to not over eat.

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2/2/14 7:49 A

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What kinds of foods has she been snacking on? I love to snack on anything crunchy, so I try to make sure to have air-popped popcorn or veggies (baby carrots and snow peas are my favorites) instead of chips or crackers. I went to Weight Watchers 10 years ago and they had a list of 0 point veggies, so any of those are good snacks. If a child is eating low calorie foods and still gaining, I'd ask the doctor to do some blood work to make sure it's not a medical issue such as diabetes or thyroid.

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1/29/14 7:31 A

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it seems now, she worries less about how much she is eating, and she isn't overeating anymore. she is motivated by the money. She loves it when I do my zumba, because she will dance around the whole time, and I figure as long as she is being active everyday, and I am also, that we are both getting fitness in. she seems to be more worried about how active she is than how much food she is eating. I had to take the attention away from the food. Thank goodness it seems to be working so far.

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1/28/14 8:25 P

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I don't know how much I helped. But no prob. Its hard. But I love your idea about the activity points. Smart.

I'll have to keep it in mind!

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1/27/14 7:43 A

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Thanks for the advice. I decided to stop fighting her on her eating, and went about it a different way. I am encouraging her being more active. We count the minutes she is active ( her and her brother) and each minute is a point. Whomever gets the most points at the end of the week gets $2. The runner up gets $1. So they are working towards something and she is being more active without me talking to me about her weight. and it seems she is concentrating less on eating and more on how she is going to get more points than her brother.

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1/24/14 7:15 P

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Hey, its a tough one. My daughter is 11 and she is a constant eater as well. Now, with her I did the whole "kitchen is closed" concept. After dinner, that's it. Its closed. Just water. My kid had a bad habit of constant munching. Which is my fault. I'm the same. (was, now I'm working on that)

So now with "Being healthy" we discovered snacks that she likes. Celery sticks with salad dressing, almonds, multigrain tortilla chips. I'm looking for a healthy, make yourself salsa. Adrianna (my kid) loves smoothies, there is where I put ground flaxseeds to fill her up. She also likes wraps. So I make her healthy wraps with lean chicken or turkey and fill it with lettuce, tomatoes and a slice of low fat cheese. I get her to make it. (try having your daughter, make her own - I bet she will get a kick out of it.)

I find when Adrianna gets tough with me, is when we don't agree on something together. If I impose, like a dictator. She gets stubborn like a mule. When we talk it over, if I explain, if I share and we decided together. She sticks to it. (mostly emoticon ).

I talk to my daughter about my journey to weight loss, about being healthier a lot. This helps her understand how important health and BMI etc are important. The health repercussions of being overweight on my heart. This has helped her relate this whole thing about being better, healthier. I'm a single mom. So Adrianna, just has me. Its important for her for me to be healthy and active with her. I joke with her about my arms being so floppy, that my triceps are detached from my arms and that if I jiggle enough I could fly like a bird. Makes her laugh every time. I tell her we are all struggling with our food intake.

The other thing that makes me think, maybe its not about the food. Maybe its about comfort? Maybe she is coping with something. Did something happen at pre-school? Could something happen with a class mate that made her feel bad and is handling it by eating? My kid went through a time where another kid in her class was teasing her pretty bad. I had to step in and during that time, Adrianna was so unlike herself.

These are a few thoughts, suggestion and insights. Let me know how it goes...

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1/20/14 1:33 P

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My middle child (a daughter) has always been the petite one. Then, when she started preschool last year, I noticed that she wasn't as active and put on a few pounds,and the doctor said that she was concerned because she had put 12 pounds since the year before. Then spring came along and we were outside a lot and she didn't gain anymore weight and seemed to get a little bit taller. Fast forward to starting kindergarten: she seemed to be eating a lot. Not just a growth spurt eating, but eating constantly. Always wanting more food. Throughout the holidays, I know I did not help with buying some junk food and snacks that the kids wanted.
Then after the holidays, I told the family that no more junk, no more cruddy food, that we were going to get healthier. I didnt' say anything about losing weight, just healthier. It seems that my 6 year old daughter has really packed on the pounds. I know she is overweight. And in the last month, we have been trying to limit her food intake. And she is fighting us on it.
If we tell her no, there is no way she is hungry, she just goes and cries. And it seems now she just eats when we are sleeping. I don't want to keep this power struggle up with her. I don't want to make her closet eater because she is afraid we will tell her no. How do I talk to my 6 year old and tell her that she cannot eat so much food. I know for a fact she isn't hungry. Last night, she ate a small portion of potatos and then 5 minutes later asked for a meal. she cried herself to sleep. I don't want her to feel bad about her weight, but she has to learn that health and activity is more important. We go outside when we can, but it had been a bad winter with lots of cold and snow. She runs around the house like crazy, she doesn't just sit and watch tv all night. Any advice? Please I need help.

Edited by: FLYINGTOFREEDOM at: 1/22/2014 (13:13)
1 bite at a time = 1 choice at a time.
Choice is in our power; take the power and run.

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Nothing is forever why not live for today and make it the best day ever.

I am my best friend.


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