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Old 01-15-2013, 11:26 AM   #556
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I believe, as a society, we don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. I hear people talking about their "healthy meals" and I am constantly wondering "where are the veggies?" How many servings of fruit/veggies do you eat daily (on average)? If you aren't eating at least 4 servings of non-starchy veggies, how do you think you could incorporate more into your day?



BONUS QOTD:

On last night's episode of the BL, they quizzed the contestants about childhood obesity statistics. Who do YOU think is to blame about today's childhood obesity epidemic? Fast-food restaurants? Parents? Schools?


Off to school! Hopefully I can pop on during the day to chat!............P
Yep, guilty as charged on the fruits & veggies.

I think I have to actually have a "fruit time and a veggie time" to get going in a different direction and a lot of self discipline to force myself to make it. Like when the kids were little we had "snack time". You see things come full circle.

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Who do I think is to blame for the childhood obesity epidemic in today's society?

Wow that is a one complex answer! Quick list...

Low income first comes to mind. If you ever take a trip to the city or rural, no easy access to grocery stores like we have here in the 'burbs.

Lack of education on nutrition, cooking, shopping, what is available, how to cook it.

Time & Self Discipline, which is what I was frequently guilty of and probably will continue to struggle with for a awhile.

It is easier to run through the drive through than spend 3 hours shopping, cooking, and cleaning. I say 3 hours because that is what is taking me right now to plan, shop, cook, clean meals right now. Trying to cook low bad fat & high goood fat is a whole new ballgame.

Lastly I will follow up with the amount of fat, sugar, and other crap in the processed food diet is just not healthy.

It makes you feel terrible, no energy. When you feel awful you are a slug. It is a vicious cycle.
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Pam, the idea of less cardio would have been good! But I read it too late and just completed my 5 km for the day. It went much better than expected, it seems that I am not ill (yet).

QOTD: I usually get 3-4 servings of vegetable/fruit in a normal day. But it is an effort and I need to get it up a little bit! I am still struggling in getting in the amount of protein as I used to have a far to carb based diet.

Bonus QOTD: coming from abroad there are a number of things which I noticed when I travel to the US which I think are part of that problem. I don't want to say that everything is rosy here at home, we do have a problem with childhood obesity as well, just to a smaller level. And there are definitely many more factors to the problem than just two or three. I found all your answers very interesting and agree with a lot and some are factors which I see happening here as well.

First, I get the impression that the blessing of space the US has is not a blessing in this regard. I find that most places in the US are much less pedestrian friendly as compared to most of Europe. Here space is so valuable that everything is just much closer together. Also, I think at times when cars were still very much a luxury here due to the economic hardship that WWII caused in all of Europe they were already a standard in the US which lead to different urban planning in the 50s and 60s. Here in Germany there was only a very short time span when urban planning was "car happy".

Another observation I made is serving sizes. A long time ago my cousin came to visit us from the US. He wasn't very happy being away from home and about nearly everything he commented: "It's bigger in the USA". When I started to travel to the US one of the first things I noticed was that it was actually true to a large extent: cars, streets, skyscrapers, but also portions in restaurants. In 2005 I was travelling with a friend in California and after the first two nights we always just shared one entree - often with a side salad - between the two of us and thought that this was the adequate amount of food. I know have figured out that a lot of people seem to like to have left overs for a second meal at home, but I am sure many people just eat what is being put in front of them. Once the adults are used to these portions, I am sure this also influences the portion size they give their kids.

And thirdly: free refills. Well, not that a free refill immediately makes people obese, I more connect it with the American attitude that soft drinks are kind of staple drink that is cheap. Here in Europe soft drinks are still considered more of a "luxury" item. I have heard many Americans comment on the - from their perspective - ridiculous prices soft drinks cost in European restaurants. It would not be uncommon for a small 8 oz. glass to cost 4 US$. And in Paris you could easily end up paying double the amount. If you want another 8 oz. glass you have to pay again. Since it is still more of a luxury, I think more people tend to drink water as their main source of liquid - or what is very common here in Germany: half fruit juice mixed with half sparkling mineral water.
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QOTD: I love fruits and veggies and in the summer it's practically all I eat but during the winter months I usually only get a couple of servings. I tend to not love them during the colder months. They just taste off to me. I really need to eat them more. Today has been a hard day. I have been battling constant hunger all day.
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Today has been a bad day. My lunch exploded in the microwave at lunch and since i promised myself i wouldn't order lunch out at work i didnt bring any money with me. So i have 3 hours left of work and im starving. This is not good!
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Hi everyone, just checking in!

It's the last week of the semester for me, and for some reason this time of year always seems so hectic! Like we're half way done with the school year also with the semester comes changes in schedules for the students and teachers.

So needless to say, it can be hard to stay on track with good food choices, but I am happy that I've been keeping up with this thread.

Your conversations just help me so much!
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QOTD for Tuesday, January 15, 2013:

I believe, as a society, we don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. I hear people talking about their "healthy meals" and I am constantly wondering "where are the veggies?" How many servings of fruit/veggies do you eat daily (on average)? If you aren't eating at least 4 servings of non-starchy veggies, how do you think you could incorporate more into your day?



BONUS QOTD:

On last night's episode of the BL, they quizzed the contestants about childhood obesity statistics. Who do YOU think is to blame about today's childhood obesity epidemic? Fast-food restaurants? Parents? Schools?


Off to school! Hopefully I can pop on during the day to chat!............P
I'm getting better at getting up to 4 servings a day. I need more at lunch, I tend to not have some then.

As for childhood obesity, all of the above!!

Fast food joints and restaurants because their serving sizes are ridiculous. 2500 calories is the average for one meal at Cheesecake Factory, and that is just the entree.
I was sooooo pissed at Sci Fi Dine In when DH asked for whole milk. Their response, oh we don't carry that, Disney is part of a healthy food initiative. Really?? so DH said let me get this right, I can get free refills on a mega super large soda but I can't get whole milk?? In what world is that right?!?!?
Movie theatre - we get one large soda or they each get their own water and one large bucket of popcorn for the 6 of us. I see people with a large soda and a large popcorn for themselves.

Parents because they don't educate themselves on the value of healthy whole foods. And because their lives are so busy they don't take the time to make good meals. They'd rather grab a pizza, and I will whole heartedly admit I am one of those parents sometimes, but I'm trying to get better.
And they would all rather sit down and watch TV or play video games instead of go outside. Or if the kids do do something like sports or dance, the kids are overbooked and running from one event to the next and they wolf McDonalds down in the car. We had a parent who pushed to have her boys run XC first so they could jet off to soccer right after that. Now they had breakfast at 7, snack at 10:30, lunch at 11:30, recess, gym, ran 1.7 - 2.1 miles at 4pm, then jetted off to soccer for 5. When the heck do they eat? Because the kids didn't have a snack at XC. And this was there schedule every day. Soccer, Boy Scouts, XC, Track, karate. Every single day. And to boot, the mom was a nurse, she had to know no fuel for that long was bad for their kids.

I do blame schools, they allow the gov't to come in and tell us potatoes and ketchup are vegetables. They serve processed crap, because it's cheap and it's convenient. They also don't help to foster kids trying new things. I look at even my kids menu and hot dogs are on there 3 times in one month. And we have a nutritionist as a parent who has helped make the menu better.
I watched that show with Jamie Oliver about the school lunches. He couldn't serve his stir fry because you couldn't measure out the 1/2 a cup of veggies. But every single kid bypassed the "salad", really lettuce, one slice of cucumber and one grape tomato. At least his got some kind of veggie in them. And it was made from scratch, honest to goodness food.

I blame the gov't because they force the schools to qualify kids for free lunch so the gov't can pay for the "food". They then in turn make all kinds of stupid rules, 3 processed "nuggets" 1/2 a cup of fruit (but no more than that), a little bitty container of milk and maybe some yogurt. And you get the same amount wether you're 6 or 12. Then they turn around and fine the school for every item not taken.
At our public school the gov't got involved when we tried to put a garden in. Nope, can't do that. You can't follow the food, what if it gets contaminated. Dude, it's from farm to table. What is there to follow?!?!
Oh and another local school tried to start a slop bucket for the pig farm next door (our school had a slop bucket years ago) anyway. Yeah, gov't got involved with that too and said the food wasn't fit for consumption by pigs. Wait, my kids can eat it but it's not fit for pigs?!?!?

And on top of that we wolf down food in 15-30 minutes. Kids get 15 minutes for lunch. Employees get 30 minutes. I know in Spain and France, lunches can last hours. When DH goes to lunch when he's in the UK they take at least an hour.
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QOTD for Tuesday, January 15, 2013:

I believe, as a society, we don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. I hear people talking about their "healthy meals" and I am constantly wondering "where are the veggies?" How many servings of fruit/veggies do you eat daily (on average)? If you aren't eating at least 4 servings of non-starchy veggies, how do you think you could incorporate more into your day?



BONUS QOTD:

On last night's episode of the BL, they quizzed the contestants about childhood obesity statistics. Who do YOU think is to blame about today's childhood obesity epidemic? Fast-food restaurants? Parents? Schools?


Off to school! Hopefully I can pop on during the day to chat!............P
I probably eat 3-4 servings of veggies on a good day, but the norm is probably closer to 1-2-- bad I know. I am just not really a "veggie" person. And I only like fresh, not frozen or canned, so that makes keeping the available and preparing them more time consuming.

I never really liked a lot of non starchy veggies but I am trying to expand my palate . I have learned to like spinach and broccoli as an adult. I love zucchini, fresh green beans, snow peas, snap peas, carrots and lettuce. I will eat cucumber in a salad but only in small pieces. I am working on ways to eat Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with limited success. I don't like peppers at all which makes a lot of "diet" recipes off limits to me. They aren't the same without the peppers. I don't like the texture of onion either but can substitute onion powder. I love mushrooms, but am not sure if they really count as vegetables? Currently I am trying to find jicima so I can try it. 2 stores I go to don't have it and haven't had a chance to get to the one that is mostly likely to have it.

I also love most fruit but since I limit carbs I do limit the amount I eat.

I agree with all the observations that people have made regarding childhood obesity so don't really have anything to add to that.

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Bonus QOTD: coming from abroad there are a number of things which I noticed when I travel to the US which I think are part of that problem. I don't want to say that everything is rosy here at home, we do have a problem with childhood obesity as well, just to a smaller level. And there are definitely many more factors to the problem than just two or three. I found all your answers very interesting and agree with a lot and some are factors which I see happening here as well.

First, I get the impression that the blessing of space the US has is not a blessing in this regard.

Another observation I made is serving sizes.

And thirdly: free refills. .
Thanks for sharing this -- it is great to hear about the differences.

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Today has been a bad day. My lunch exploded in the microwave at lunch and since i promised myself i wouldn't order lunch out at work i didnt bring any money with me. So i have 3 hours left of work and im starving. This is not good!
That really stinks! Can you keep an "emergency" stash of healthy snacks in your car or at work so if there is an issue you at least have something you can eat? Or tuck $10 away somewhere and promise to never touch it unless it is an emergency?


I am so sleepy. I really just want to skip dinner and go to bed, which may happen-- I am too tired to even chew right now. But had a good on plan day. No chance to walk after school but it was busy I am pretty sure I burned some calories since I was on my feet all day.

Have to go to the dentist tomorrow. Kind of looking forward to lying back in the chair, closing my eyes and not having to think for an hour. I will have to tell the hygienist to wake me up if I start snoring or when she is done!
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What is your creative outlet in life? How often do you find time for it? Is your family supportive of it?



Bonus QOTD: Do you have any sort of weird/strange food combinations that you just love?
I am not really creative at all, so I'll stick with baking. I love to try new recipes, especially pies, cakes, and cookies. But, I do have a problem taste testing, so I don't bake as often now.

I do not have any weird or strange food items. Guess I'm boring


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QOTD for Tuesday, January 15, 2013:

I believe, as a society, we don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. I hear people talking about their "healthy meals" and I am constantly wondering "where are the veggies?" How many servings of fruit/veggies do you eat daily (on average)? If you aren't eating at least 4 servings of non-starchy veggies, how do you think you could incorporate more into your day?



BONUS QOTD:

On last night's episode of the BL, they quizzed the contestants about childhood obesity statistics. Who do YOU think is to blame about today's childhood obesity epidemic? Fast-food restaurants? Parents? Schools?


Off to school! Hopefully I can pop on during the day to chat!............P
I usually get enough fruits and veggies. I love all fruits and usually eat a salad at some point in the day. However, I have noticed days when I get no veggies. I still get fruit, but I guess I'm not in a veggie mood those days?

I think it falls largely on parents. I teach in a city in which every student gets free breakfast and lunch. These same kids are eating Ramen noodles for breakfast and drink sugary drinks (Kool aid). These are items that are ridiculously cheap & ridiculously unhealthy. The other day, a girl brought pizza rolls for breakfast and a Lunchable for lunch. Hello? I'm not saying the school breakfast & lunch are any healthier, but then when she wasn't feeling good I reminded her maybe she should eat a little better. People say eating healthy is too expensive, but when I decided to eat a lot better and cut junk food out of the house (with a few exceptions for DH & kids), I saw no change in my grocery bill. I think parents are too busy or too lazy to cook. We ate a home cooked meal every night growing up. Fast food was a treat, however, there were only 2 or three fast food places. In our small community, we now have so many fast food places. I'm not perfect and we do eat out about 2 times a month, but I plan meals for every night. Even tonight, we had to run to Old Navy and Sam's Club (about 20-25 minutes away) after school/work. We packed "lunches" for our kids to eat so we didn't stop for fast food. It took all of 5 minutes to make dinner to go.



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Don't worry about being wordy! I was REALLY interested in the answers that you all had to offer. I am thinking ahead to when my new job may entail me working with overweight youngsters and teens and I want to understand where this is all coming from. Parents blame the fast-food restaurants and the cereal/junk food advertisers. The government blames parents and soft-drink manufacturers. We all want to point a finger, but I don't see many folks/industries/places/groups finding SOLUTIONS!

I was just thinking about your new job. Do you know when you start? Can you tell us any new info?

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Well..... I found a few minutes without my student (I am a 1-on-1 today), so I am caught up!! I just need to answer my own QOTD and the day will be complete!

Praying that this day goes by quickly. This little child is sweet and has a lot of needs, but it just isn't my "cup of tea". Tht said, I spend the day trying to treat him as if I would want MY child treated if he/she were in this same situation.... lots of love, patience, tenderness, understanding and learning opportunities!
How sweet of you to think about how this child needs to be treated! Coming from a special education teacher, sometimes it is very hard to be patient and understanding as they are testing your every last bit of nerves!!


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Will be reading and catching up in the next day or so but thought I would share this with you from the official Run Disney Facebook page of our very own WISH Scream Team from Sunday.



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Whoohoo! I saw this on Facebook last night and showed DH. He asked if I knew who anyone was, but I didn't. I just showed him again & said I do know someone! Thanks for cheering on the runners!


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Pam, the idea of less cardio would have been good! But I read it too late and just completed my 5 km for the day. It went much better than expected, it seems that I am not ill (yet).

QOTD: I usually get 3-4 servings of vegetable/fruit in a normal day. But it is an effort and I need to get it up a little bit! I am still struggling in getting in the amount of protein as I used to have a far to carb based diet.

Bonus QOTD: coming from abroad there are a number of things which I noticed when I travel to the US which I think are part of that problem. I don't want to say that everything is rosy here at home, we do have a problem with childhood obesity as well, just to a smaller level. And there are definitely many more factors to the problem than just two or three. I found all your answers very interesting and agree with a lot and some are factors which I see happening here as well.

First, I get the impression that the blessing of space the US has is not a blessing in this regard. I find that most places in the US are much less pedestrian friendly as compared to most of Europe. Here space is so valuable that everything is just much closer together. Also, I think at times when cars were still very much a luxury here due to the economic hardship that WWII caused in all of Europe they were already a standard in the US which lead to different urban planning in the 50s and 60s. Here in Germany there was only a very short time span when urban planning was "car happy".

Another observation I made is serving sizes. A long time ago my cousin came to visit us from the US. He wasn't very happy being away from home and about nearly everything he commented: "It's bigger in the USA". When I started to travel to the US one of the first things I noticed was that it was actually true to a large extent: cars, streets, skyscrapers, but also portions in restaurants. In 2005 I was travelling with a friend in California and after the first two nights we always just shared one entree - often with a side salad - between the two of us and thought that this was the adequate amount of food. I know have figured out that a lot of people seem to like to have left overs for a second meal at home, but I am sure many people just eat what is being put in front of them. Once the adults are used to these portions, I am sure this also influences the portion size they give their kids.

And thirdly: free refills. Well, not that a free refill immediately makes people obese, I more connect it with the American attitude that soft drinks are kind of staple drink that is cheap. Here in Europe soft drinks are still considered more of a "luxury" item. I have heard many Americans comment on the - from their perspective - ridiculous prices soft drinks cost in European restaurants. It would not be uncommon for a small 8 oz. glass to cost 4 US$. And in Paris you could easily end up paying double the amount. If you want another 8 oz. glass you have to pay again. Since it is still more of a luxury, I think more people tend to drink water as their main source of liquid - or what is very common here in Germany: half fruit juice mixed with half sparkling mineral water.
I read your response to DH and we just had a nice conversation about it. Thanks for your perspective of our culture. I agree with everything you have said, although I didn't realize that soda is expensive in Europe. I told DH that if a 2 liter of soda cost $5 instead of $1, I bet a lot less people would buy it! Also, I think someone else in a previous Biggest Loser thread mentioned that the US has very sugary cereal & it is regulated in Europe? I also found this very interesting.



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Oh no! I hope you made it through the day okay!


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Hello everyone! I am just confessing right at the get go...I haven't exercised much at all. I told myself that I would do a dvd or elliptical at home, but I haven't yet. I have been so busy and am exhausted at the end of the day. In fact, I am getting ready to head to bed soon.

I feel like I have a lot going on this week with grades due, 2 IEPs to do and no internet at work to do them, DH finishing school & graduation next week, DSs sports/lessons, PTO meeting, 2 doctors appointments, and leaving for wdw next week. I think I'll pack my gym clothes & hit the treadmill right after work tomorrow, come home to shower, eat & go to my meeting. I just hate not seeing my kids much on some days

It sounds like everyone is doing well. And, Hi Christopher Good to see you back for another round!

I'll try to pop on tomorrow. Have a great night!

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I believe, as a society, we don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. I hear people talking about their "healthy meals" and I am constantly wondering "where are the veggies?" How many servings of fruit/veggies do you eat daily (on average)? If you aren't eating at least 4 servings of non-starchy veggies, how do you think you could incorporate more into your day?



BONUS QOTD:

On last night's episode of the BL, they quizzed the contestants about childhood obesity statistics. Who do YOU think is to blame about today's childhood obesity epidemic? Fast-food restaurants? Parents? Schools?


Off to school! Hopefully I can pop on during the day to chat!............P
When I focus on my eating, I eat 4-5 fruits and veggies. I tend to eat more fruits and I think I need to rethink this. The scale isn't moving downward as fast as I would like it.

Bonus: I agree with everyone above. It is a real complex problem. I do tend to focus more on parents and taking the time to focus on healthy eating at home.

My middle son has weight issues and we have been part of a study for the past 5 years. We see a doctor once a month and talk to a nutritionist at times. It is hard having a child that struggles with his weight while his brothers do not. My husband and I are not happy with our weights but we don't struggle like my son does. So ... all of our doctor's visits have made our whole family aware of what we eat and how to live healthier lives. Now, my son is about to turn 18 and knows what to do in order to be healthy ... does he do it all the time? ... no. But, I think he has become more aware and I pray that when he goes to college next year, he takes what he has learned and doesn't gain a lot of weight.

And being a teacher, it is so hard to see what our school lunches serve. When we started going to the weight clinic for my son, we ended up telling all our sons that we were trying to save money and were going to start packing their lunch. Our real reason was to have them eat healthier! At first the boys were upset ... but when I started asking about which of their friends bought lunch ... I found out most of their friends were packing too!

Okay ... a lot of thoughts on this question.

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I don't like peppers at all which makes a lot of "diet" recipes off limits to me. They aren't the same without the peppers.
While it won't help for any recipes, but have you ever tried roasted peppers? I can only tolerate raw bell peppers (and only yellow and red), I love them roasted. One of my favourite dishes is just a medley of all kind of vegetables with some potato junks roasted in the oven. I usually eat it with a quark (low fat German dairy product), but one could easily make it with greek yoghurt dip as well.
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I read your response to DH and we just had a nice conversation about it. Thanks for your perspective of our culture. I agree with everything you have said, although I didn't realize that soda is expensive in Europe. I told DH that if a 2 liter of soda cost $5 instead of $1, I bet a lot less people would buy it! Also, I think someone else in a previous Biggest Loser thread mentioned that the US has very sugary cereal & it is regulated in Europe? I also found this very interesting.
I am glad that you enjoyed it. I must admit that I don't know about the cereal. I remember a recent article though where an organization was complaining that cereals for kids had about 50% more sugar than those for adults.

However, one thing I noticed is that I find most sweet things in the US to be sweeter than what I would experience at home. But I can't really verify that. It might just be that I am not used to overly sweet things anymore - even when I bake something myself I usually reduce the sugar content of the recipe by quite a bit. I often think that things taste better when you can taste the other ingredients better and not just the sweetness.
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I have updated the first page. If something doesn't look right please send me a pm and I will correct it.

Thank you to Pamela for being our coach this week. I am sure she is doing an amazing job as always.

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When you pm your weight this week, please send me your current weight. That is what I plug into the spreadsheet to calculate percentage lost and I don't want to make a mistake.

Thank you to so many of you who asked about the race. Just like any race there were parts of it that went really, really well and parts that didn't. If you are interested I will type up a mini-report.

I am not going to read back on the thread, but rather read forward from here. Someone tell me if I missed something important.

I am going to work for a couple hours today and head to the gym. I am on day 16/365 for my run a mile (at least) a day challenge in 2013.
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Good morning!

I have updated the first page. If something doesn't look right please send me a pm and I will correct it.

Thank you to Pamela for being our coach this week. I am sure she is doing an amazing job as always.

Just a reminder:
When you pm your weight this week, please send me your current weight. That is what I plug into the spreadsheet to calculate percentage lost and I don't want to make a mistake.

Thank you to so many of you who asked about the race. Just like any race there were parts of it that went really, really well and parts that didn't. If you are interested I will type up a mini-report.

I am not going to read back on the thread, but rather read forward from here. Someone tell me if I missed something important.

I am going to work for a couple hours today and head to the gym. I am on day 16/365 for my run a mile (at least) a day challenge in 2013.
I would love to hear about your run! I've heard from a few others from a different site & chat.

Congrats on the 16 days! I'm finally heading to the gym for a run today after work. I love running but lack motivation after the temps fall below 45

I hope you have a good day at work & can adjust back to reality easily after your magical weekend!

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Hello to all!

Will be reading and catching up in the next day or so but thought I would share this with you from the official Run Disney Facebook page of our very own WISH Scream Team from Sunday.

That is me with the strategically placed the sign.


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Pam, the idea of less cardio would have been good! But I read it too late and just completed my 5 km for the day. It went much better than expected, it seems that I am not ill (yet).

Hope you stay well!

QOTD: I usually get 3-4 servings of vegetable/fruit in a normal day. But it is an effort and I need to get it up a little bit! I am still struggling in getting in the amount of protein as I used to have a far to carb based diet.

If you push one fruit serving and one veggie serving into every meal, that will be a good start! Add a fruit snack at least once a day, and you are up to 7 produce servings!

Bonus QOTD: coming from abroad there are a number of things which I noticed when I travel to the US which I think are part of that problem. I don't want to say that everything is rosy here at home, we do have a problem with childhood obesity as well, just to a smaller level. And there are definitely many more factors to the problem than just two or three. I found all your answers very interesting and agree with a lot and some are factors which I see happening here as well.

First, I get the impression that the blessing of space the US has is not a blessing in this regard. I find that most places in the US are much less pedestrian friendly as compared to most of Europe. Here space is so valuable that everything is just much closer together. Also, I think at times when cars were still very much a luxury here due to the economic hardship that WWII caused in all of Europe they were already a standard in the US which lead to different urban planning in the 50s and 60s. Here in Germany there was only a very short time span when urban planning was "car happy".

Another observation I made is serving sizes. A long time ago my cousin came to visit us from the US. He wasn't very happy being away from home and about nearly everything he commented: "It's bigger in the USA". When I started to travel to the US one of the first things I noticed was that it was actually true to a large extent: cars, streets, skyscrapers, but also portions in restaurants. In 2005 I was travelling with a friend in California and after the first two nights we always just shared one entree - often with a side salad - between the two of us and thought that this was the adequate amount of food. I know have figured out that a lot of people seem to like to have left overs for a second meal at home, but I am sure many people just eat what is being put in front of them. Once the adults are used to these portions, I am sure this also influences the portion size they give their kids.

And thirdly: free refills. Well, not that a free refill immediately makes people obese, I more connect it with the American attitude that soft drinks are kind of staple drink that is cheap. Here in Europe soft drinks are still considered more of a "luxury" item. I have heard many Americans comment on the - from their perspective - ridiculous prices soft drinks cost in European restaurants. It would not be uncommon for a small 8 oz. glass to cost 4 US$. And in Paris you could easily end up paying double the amount. If you want another 8 oz. glass you have to pay again. Since it is still more of a luxury, I think more people tend to drink water as their main source of liquid - or what is very common here in Germany: half fruit juice mixed with half sparkling mineral water.
VERY interesting to see it from another perspective. Thanks for taking the time to share those insights with us!

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QOTD: I love fruits and veggies and in the summer it's practically all I eat but during the winter months I usually only get a couple of servings. I tend to not love them during the colder months. They just taste off to me. I really need to eat them more. Today has been a hard day. I have been battling constant hunger all day.
I try to keep hot drinks nearby when I have days like that. If I keep my belly full of tea, it helps. Hope the day went by quickly.

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Today has been a bad day. My lunch exploded in the microwave at lunch and since i promised myself i wouldn't order lunch out at work i didnt bring any money with me. So i have 3 hours left of work and im starving. This is not good!
NOT GOOD! Could you call anyone at home to bring you something? Could you ask a friend if they have any healthy snacks at their desk? I know that I often will carry an extra Babybel cheese, apple, or snack bar with me, just in case.

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Hi everyone, just checking in!

It's the last week of the semester for me, and for some reason this time of year always seems so hectic! Like we're half way done with the school year also with the semester comes changes in schedules for the students and teachers.

So needless to say, it can be hard to stay on track with good food choices, but I am happy that I've been keeping up with this thread.

Your conversations just help me so much!
Glad we can help!

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I'm getting better at getting up to 4 servings a day. I need more at lunch, I tend to not have some then.

As for childhood obesity, all of the above!!

Fast food joints and restaurants because their serving sizes are ridiculous. 2500 calories is the average for one meal at Cheesecake Factory, and that is just the entree.
I was sooooo pissed at Sci Fi Dine In when DH asked for whole milk. Their response, oh we don't carry that, Disney is part of a healthy food initiative. Really?? so DH said let me get this right, I can get free refills on a mega super large soda but I can't get whole milk?? In what world is that right?!?!?

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Movie theatre - we get one large soda or they each get their own water and one large bucket of popcorn for the 6 of us. I see people with a large soda and a large popcorn for themselves.

Parents because they don't educate themselves on the value of healthy whole foods. And because their lives are so busy they don't take the time to make good meals. They'd rather grab a pizza, and I will whole heartedly admit I am one of those parents sometimes, but I'm trying to get better.
And they would all rather sit down and watch TV or play video games instead of go outside. Or if the kids do do something like sports or dance, the kids are overbooked and running from one event to the next and they wolf McDonalds down in the car. We had a parent who pushed to have her boys run XC first so they could jet off to soccer right after that. Now they had breakfast at 7, snack at 10:30, lunch at 11:30, recess, gym, ran 1.7 - 2.1 miles at 4pm, then jetted off to soccer for 5. When the heck do they eat? Because the kids didn't have a snack at XC. And this was there schedule every day. Soccer, Boy Scouts, XC, Track, karate. Every single day. And to boot, the mom was a nurse, she had to know no fuel for that long was bad for their kids.

I do blame schools, they allow the gov't to come in and tell us potatoes and ketchup are vegetables. They serve processed crap, because it's cheap and it's convenient. They also don't help to foster kids trying new things. I look at even my kids menu and hot dogs are on there 3 times in one month. And we have a nutritionist as a parent who has helped make the menu better.
I watched that show with Jamie Oliver about the school lunches. He couldn't serve his stir fry because you couldn't measure out the 1/2 a cup of veggies. But every single kid bypassed the "salad", really lettuce, one slice of cucumber and one grape tomato. At least his got some kind of veggie in them. And it was made from scratch, honest to goodness food.

I blame the gov't because they force the schools to qualify kids for free lunch so the gov't can pay for the "food". They then in turn make all kinds of stupid rules, 3 processed "nuggets" 1/2 a cup of fruit (but no more than that), a little bitty container of milk and maybe some yogurt. And you get the same amount wether you're 6 or 12. Then they turn around and fine the school for every item not taken.
At our public school the gov't got involved when we tried to put a garden in. Nope, can't do that. You can't follow the food, what if it gets contaminated. Dude, it's from farm to table. What is there to follow?!?!
Oh and another local school tried to start a slop bucket for the pig farm next door (our school had a slop bucket years ago) anyway. Yeah, gov't got involved with that too and said the food wasn't fit for consumption by pigs. Wait, my kids can eat it but it's not fit for pigs?!?!?

And on top of that we wolf down food in 15-30 minutes. Kids get 15 minutes for lunch. Employees get 30 minutes. I know in Spain and France, lunches can last hours. When DH goes to lunch when he's in the UK they take at least an hour.
I SO agree with everything you are saying!!! Don't even get me started on school lunches!!

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I probably eat 3-4 servings of veggies on a good day, but the norm is probably closer to 1-2-- bad I know. I am just not really a "veggie" person. And I only like fresh, not frozen or canned, so that makes keeping the available and preparing them more time consuming.

I'm with you on the fresh, but I've tried to put my "cheap self" on hold and buy already prepared veggies to help when the schedule is nutty. Costco sells a big bag of broccoli already to rinse and dump into a pan without any cutting, etc. Sure it is a bit more per pound than at the regular store, but no waste and no extra time needs to count for something! Same with the green beans I buy. Already washed and snipped and all I do is dump them on a pan with a bit of EVOO and roast the up. Sure they cost a bit more, but it saves me a bucket of time!


I never really liked a lot of non starchy veggies but I am trying to expand my palate . I have learned to like spinach and broccoli as an adult. I love zucchini, fresh green beans, snow peas, snap peas, carrots and lettuce. I will eat cucumber in a salad but only in small pieces. I am working on ways to eat Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with limited success. I don't like peppers at all which makes a lot of "diet" recipes off limits to me. They aren't the same without the peppers. I don't like the texture of onion either but can substitute onion powder. I love mushrooms, but am not sure if they really count as vegetables? Currently I am trying to find jicima so I can try it. 2 stores I go to don't have it and haven't had a chance to get to the one that is mostly likely to have it.

Mushrooms certainly count! There really isn't any vegetable out there that doesn't have at least some redeeming quality to it (except maybe iceberg lettuce ).

I also love most fruit but since I limit carbs I do limit the amount I eat.

I agree with all the observations that people have made regarding childhood obesity so don't really have anything to add to that.


That really stinks! Can you keep an "emergency" stash of healthy snacks in your car or at work so if there is an issue you at least have something you can eat? Or tuck $10 away somewhere and promise to never touch it unless it is an emergency?


I am so sleepy. I really just want to skip dinner and go to bed, which may happen-- I am too tired to even chew right now. But had a good on plan day. No chance to walk after school but it was busy I am pretty sure I burned some calories since I was on my feet all day.

Have to go to the dentist tomorrow. Kind of looking forward to lying back in the chair, closing my eyes and not having to think for an hour. I will have to tell the hygienist to wake me up if I start snoring or when she is done!
I was looking forward to relaxing a bit at my dentist appointment yesterday, but they were trying a new "tool" to help eliminate bacteria below the gum line and at times it felt like she was cutting into my gums with a razor! And I am not particularly sensitive, I don't have any gum/teeth issues, so the dentist isn't usually a big deal. But I had to tell her that it HURT! Hope they don't use that on you so you can rest!

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I am not really creative at all, so I'll stick with baking. I love to try new recipes, especially pies, cakes, and cookies. But, I do have a problem taste testing, so I don't bake as often now.

I do not have any weird or strange food items. Guess I'm boring

I usually get enough fruits and veggies. I love all fruits and usually eat a salad at some point in the day. However, I have noticed days when I get no veggies. I still get fruit, but I guess I'm not in a veggie mood those days?

I think it falls largely on parents. I teach in a city in which every student gets free breakfast and lunch. These same kids are eating Ramen noodles for breakfast and drink sugary drinks (Kool aid). These are items that are ridiculously cheap & ridiculously unhealthy. The other day, a girl brought pizza rolls for breakfast and a Lunchable for lunch. Hello? I'm not saying the school breakfast & lunch are any healthier, but then when she wasn't feeling good I reminded her maybe she should eat a little better. People say eating healthy is too expensive, but when I decided to eat a lot better and cut junk food out of the house (with a few exceptions for DH & kids), I saw no change in my grocery bill. I think parents are too busy or too lazy to cook. We ate a home cooked meal every night growing up. Fast food was a treat, however, there were only 2 or three fast food places. In our small community, we now have so many fast food places. I'm not perfect and we do eat out about 2 times a month, but I plan meals for every night. Even tonight, we had to run to Old Navy and Sam's Club (about 20-25 minutes away) after school/work. We packed "lunches" for our kids to eat so we didn't stop for fast food. It took all of 5 minutes to make dinner to go.

Good for you for packing the dinner to go. I do that a LOT because of our schedule and I know many folks have said to me "isn't that a PITA?" or "Doesn't that take a lot of time?" But when I stop and think about what a drive-thru meal would cost me (at least $20 for 3 of us) and how very, very much I do NOT want my kids to eat it.... it is definitely worth the extra time!

And I can't even TALK about what kids bring to school for meals/snacks! It makes me insane! You know "little Bobby" who can't sit still and disrupts the entire class all day? Take a look in his lunchbox.... there is a good chance that morning snack is a Capri Sun, a Froot roll-up, and a Little Debbie treat. And lunch is peanut butter and fluff on white bread and a package of cookies! No wonder he can't sit still for math!!!!

TRUE STORY: In Kindergarten here last year we had a child who was bringing a large prepackaged cinnamon roll for snack nearly every day (and ordering chocolate milk with it, of course). One day I took a peek at the wrapper. Nearly 300 calories and 20 grams of fat, not to mention a slue of unpronounceable ingredients.... for snack time for a 5 year old!!! What are we doing to our children????



How sweet of you to think about how this child needs to be treated! Coming from a special education teacher, sometimes it is very hard to be patient and understanding as they are testing your every last bit of nerves!!

We got through the day just fine and hopefully he wasn't too bored!

Whoohoo! I saw this on Facebook last night and showed DH. He asked if I knew who anyone was, but I didn't. I just showed him again & said I do know someone! Thanks for cheering on the runners!

I read your response to DH and we just had a nice conversation about it. Thanks for your perspective of our culture. I agree with everything you have said, although I didn't realize that soda is expensive in Europe. I told DH that if a 2 liter of soda cost $5 instead of $1, I bet a lot less people would buy it! Also, I think someone else in a previous Biggest Loser thread mentioned that the US has very sugary cereal & it is regulated in Europe? I also found this very interesting.

Oh no! I hope you made it through the day okay!
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Hello everyone! I am just confessing right at the get go...I haven't exercised much at all. I told myself that I would do a dvd or elliptical at home, but I haven't yet. I have been so busy and am exhausted at the end of the day. In fact, I am getting ready to head to bed soon.

I feel like I have a lot going on this week with grades due, 2 IEPs to do and no internet at work to do them, DH finishing school & graduation next week, DSs sports/lessons, PTO meeting, 2 doctors appointments, and leaving for wdw next week. I think I'll pack my gym clothes & hit the treadmill right after work tomorrow, come home to shower, eat & go to my meeting. I just hate not seeing my kids much on some days

It sounds like everyone is doing well. And, Hi Christopher Good to see you back for another round!

I'll try to pop on tomorrow. Have a great night!

Jill
I'm not sure what I would do if my choice were to spend more time with my kids or to exercise. Hopefully you can find a healthy balance.

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When I focus on my eating, I eat 4-5 fruits and veggies. I tend to eat more fruits and I think I need to rethink this. The scale isn't moving downward as fast as I would like it.

Bonus: I agree with everyone above. It is a real complex problem. I do tend to focus more on parents and taking the time to focus on healthy eating at home.

My middle son has weight issues and we have been part of a study for the past 5 years. We see a doctor once a month and talk to a nutritionist at times. It is hard having a child that struggles with his weight while his brothers do not. My husband and I are not happy with our weights but we don't struggle like my son does. So ... all of our doctor's visits have made our whole family aware of what we eat and how to live healthier lives. Now, my son is about to turn 18 and knows what to do in order to be healthy ... does he do it all the time? ... no. But, I think he has become more aware and I pray that when he goes to college next year, he takes what he has learned and doesn't gain a lot of weight.

And being a teacher, it is so hard to see what our school lunches serve. When we started going to the weight clinic for my son, we ended up telling all our sons that we were trying to save money and were going to start packing their lunch. Our real reason was to have them eat healthier! At first the boys were upset ... but when I started asking about which of their friends bought lunch ... I found out most of their friends were packing too!

Okay ... a lot of thoughts on this question.

Thanks for providing support! I dream of running that race someday. I hope all our runners did well!
I'm sorry that your son struggles with his weight. But how wonderful that you have been leading him in the right direction for so many years. I'm sure that will pan out in the long run to help him become a healthy adult.

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While it won't help for any recipes, but have you ever tried roasted peppers? I can only tolerate raw bell peppers (and only yellow and red), I love them roasted. One of my favourite dishes is just a medley of all kind of vegetables with some potato junks roasted in the oven. I usually eat it with a quark (low fat German dairy product), but one could easily make it with greek yoghurt dip as well.
I love roasted veggies as well!

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Good morning!

I have updated the first page. If something doesn't look right please send me a pm and I will correct it.

Thank you to Pamela for being our coach this week. I am sure she is doing an amazing job as always.

Just a reminder:
When you pm your weight this week, please send me your current weight. That is what I plug into the spreadsheet to calculate percentage lost and I don't want to make a mistake.

Thank you to so many of you who asked about the race. Just like any race there were parts of it that went really, really well and parts that didn't. If you are interested I will type up a mini-report.

I am not going to read back on the thread, but rather read forward from here. Someone tell me if I missed something important.

I am going to work for a couple hours today and head to the gym. I am on day 16/365 for my run a mile (at least) a day challenge in 2013.
Welcome back! You were missed! Love to hear more about the race!

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Happy SNOW DAY friends! Yup.... no school and no morning swim practice for us because of snow! We all have lots to do though. Mid-terms are next week, so DD will be studying, etc. and DS will be making flashcards and organizing his binders (although he doesn't know this yet ). And of course I will have a fun day with things like laundry and housework. The extra nearly 4 hours of sleep were DELICIOUS! (

Off to post the QOTD, pour some coffee and feed the troops!............P
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