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Here's the introductory paragraph from drbloodaxe:

The premise is simple.  I'll post a weekly review diary around 10-11 EST Saturdays, wherein we all share our experiences over the last week in getting in better shape physically.  Nutition and exercise are the most likely subjects of comment, but we want to know (if you're willing to share) your start weight and goals if you're trying to lose weight, or your BMI, or your starting exercise plan and goal, or however else you're measuring your progress.  The more of us supporting each other there are, the more likely each of us is to meet our own individual goals, or so we hope ;)

I hope you guys know that I usually post around 7ish MDT, which works out to 9ish EDT (or 6ish PDT). :-)

This week, I'm thinking about Mother's Day (in part because I get to have a few glorious hours along with my dear mother when we go out to brunch tomorrow without my kids... don't worry, we'll do our thing with them later).  Mothers are pretty important figures in our worlds, hopefully for better and not for worse.  

I got started thinking about my own mother and her looming health problems... she's obese, has high blood pressure, and is "pre-diabetic"...  Her doctor is encouraging her to do the South Beach Diet (big emphasis on staying away from unhealthy carbs, sticking with lots of fruits, veggies, healthy proteins and healthy fats) and to get more exercise.  As I've alluded to in the past, I'm pretty concerned about her.  Overcoming years of unhealthy habits is going to be pretty hard for her.

Ironically, though, she did help me form some healthy habits growing up.  Although meat was a prominent part of every meal, we always had two veggies (and generally a salad).  We ate whole wheat bread and brown rice.  She signed me up for swimming and tennis lessons, little league softball, basketball, and soccer.  When I got to junior high, she encouraged me to try out for the team sports, and so I became a 3-season athlete through jr. and sr. high.  And she shuttled me quite willingly to all these activities.

After I left home, my parents divorced, and both of them experienced a degradation in their eating habits.  They both ate more processed food and less produce.  They both put on a lot of weight.  (My dad is diabetic, and he has some serious bone degenerative stuff going on, I suspect in part because of how heavy he is.)  I, on the other hand, became a vegetarian and a recreational runner and hiker.  Very different paths.

Anyway, back to my mom.  My support for her changes is pretty darned important.  I'm hoping maybe I can remind her of some of the habits she was trying to instill in me when I was a kid:  eat your veggies, apples are good snacks, etc.  It will be hard, though.  We live about 40 miles apart, and it's easier to have more influence when there's more physical proximity.  She's scared, though, and so far, she's sticking with her plan.

In the comments, let us know about good (or bad) things you learned from your mother, as pertains to your health and fitness.

(And last but not least:  check out the Daily Kos University for more links to more great diaries and diary series on fitness, health, and a wide range of topics.)

Originally posted to kkmama on Sat May 09, 2009 at 06:03 AM PDT.

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  •  Go Mom! (10+ / 0-)


    A female candidate is no substitute for a candidate who cares about women.

    by kkmama on Sat May 09, 2009 at 06:03:26 AM PDT

  •  exercise is essential (7+ / 0-)

    I've backslid a bit, but this week have started a daily jogging and every-other-day weight program. Feel better already.

    My mom taught me to stay away from processed food and to make and freeze my own soups.

    I feel a bit of post-partisan depression coming on. Krugman

    by coral on Sat May 09, 2009 at 06:15:29 AM PDT

    •  Starting up is hard, but the pay-off is pretty (1+ / 0-)
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      quick.  I felt kind of YUCK when I started up again (in Jan.), but within a couple of weeks, I had so much more energy.

      A female candidate is no substitute for a candidate who cares about women.

      by kkmama on Sat May 09, 2009 at 09:40:15 AM PDT

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  •  I'm sort of aimlessly working out :-) (4+ / 0-)
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    jiffykeen, sberel, kkmama, earicicle

    I suppose it'd be more productive if I actually had some goals I was trying to accomplish.  As it is though, I just try to do some sort of fairly rigorous exercise 4 or 5 times a week.  I played basketball a little while ago.

    I live in Japan normally but just came back from a trip home to Oregon.  I ate mostly unhealthy food while there though somehow I managed to lose about 4 lbs.  Not sure how that happened.  It seems really difficult to eat well in the US.  The amount of junkfood there is astounding.  Now that I'm back in Japan, I need to try eating healthier.

    American overseas? Request your ballot at

    by YoyogiBear on Sat May 09, 2009 at 06:33:48 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for the series! (2+ / 0-)
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    sberel, earicicle

    I've signed up for membership at a new gym in my neighborhood, only $16 month as a promotion to get people interested, but doesn't open until June. Yesterday I also signed up for wt watchers at work, I figure the weekly accountability will be helpful. I've never been on wt watchers before, still learning the point system, but first day on it was fine. Had a good recipe for veggie soup in the first week booklet which is 0 points. I made the soup last night and it was delish!

    Garden vegetable soup
    2/3 cup sliced carrot
    1/2 cup diced onion
    2 minced garlic cloves
    3 cups fat-free broth
    1 1/2 cups diced green cabbage (I used red cabbage and shredded, not diced)
    1/2 cup fresh green beans
    1 Tbsp tomato paste
    1/2 tsp dried oregano
    1/2 tsp dried basil
    1/4 tsp salt
    1/2 cup diced zucchini

    Spray a large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. Heat. Saute the carrot, onion, and garlic over low heat until soften, about 5 minutes. Add broth, cabbage, beans, tomato past, basil, oregano, and salt, bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat, simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in the zucchini and heat for 3-4 minutes. Serve hot. 4 Servings.

    (I used 1 tbsp olive oil instead of the Pam spray so my version is probably 1 point per serving). I also used fresh basil and oregano.

    I have lost 7 lbs since January, kinda stalled lately so I hope both the wt watchers and the gym will keep me going.

    So how about you all, anyone have an opinion about WW? How are you progressing?

    •  Good luck with WW! (3+ / 0-)
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      jiffykeen, sberel, kkmama

      It's a smart program that channels common sense into an easy-to-follow system. Tracking is key. It feels artificial at first, but it's really the only way to make yourself accountable, and really focus on portion control. I tracked for 79 weeks straight, and now my eating habits have permanently changed. The little spiral bound journals were MUCH better than using the weekly slips of paper.

      Not fessing up to my totals here...but they're, um, huge. I'm at a--GULP--basically normal, healthy weight.

      The recipes are terrific. (And I'm a picky eater and cook.) I have lots of the cookbooks, and mined the website for great recipes when I was a member.

      Exercise is a key, of course, as well--another thing I love about WW. "Activity points" incentivize you to build as much exercise into your life as you can. I'm a regular gym rat now...and rockin' the booty shorts around the weight room! ;-)

      Sweet are the uses of adversity...Find tongues in the trees, books in the brooks, and good in everything. -Shakespeare, As You Like It.

      by earicicle on Sat May 09, 2009 at 07:59:53 AM PDT

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    •  Gym is great, so is accountability. (2+ / 0-)
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      jiffykeen, sberel

      And thanks for the recipe!

      I think any program which works for you is good.  I have friends and family who have done WW with good results, also some who haven't had great results (but didn't put in the effort).  The effort is required no matter what method you use.

      A female candidate is no substitute for a candidate who cares about women.

      by kkmama on Sat May 09, 2009 at 09:42:29 AM PDT

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  •  I missed a couple of days, but I take Banjo (2+ / 0-)
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    for a morning walk/run on about a 1.2 mile loop before I go to work.  New management makes it impossible to take off to the gym on my lunch hour anymore.  

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Sat May 09, 2009 at 08:00:04 AM PDT

    •  Ug on new management. (2+ / 0-)
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      My mom works part-time at the place she used to work full-time before she "retired."  She told me they just installed a gym in the office, with very nice equipment, showers, and everything.  I think they realized that healthy employees probably get sick less often and are more productive.  Plus, if the gym is RIGHT THERE, it's probably cheaper for them and more convenient for the employees.

      A female candidate is no substitute for a candidate who cares about women.

      by kkmama on Sat May 09, 2009 at 09:44:12 AM PDT

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  •  I started my program March 18, not NYD.... (2+ / 0-)
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    but things are progressing well.

    I have lost 25 lbs in 7 weeks, normalized blood sugar levels and followed a consistent 5 day/wk exercise program.

    I rotate through several basic workout routines:

    1. Longer, slower 40-45 min treadmill run (60%-65%) effort level.
    1. Stairclimber--either 35-40 min by itself or 20-30 min and combine with another 20+ min on the treadmill doing a walk/jog interval hill routine.
    1. Treadmill--40-50 min walk/jog interval hill routine (28-32 min of running).
    1. Cross trainer 25-30 min + strength training.
    1. Treadmill--20-30 min, higher intensity run (70%-80% effort).

    1400-1500 Kcal/day eating plan. I am 6'1", started at 255 lb, currently 230 lb, goal is 185 lb by October.

    If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible...tonight is your answer.

    by Azdak on Sat May 09, 2009 at 09:03:00 AM PDT

  •  Hi there! My mom and I have come full circle. (2+ / 0-)
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    When I was growing up, no one ever talked about/encouraged exercise.  My dad was obese with very bad eating habits and no exercise habits at all.  My mom was overweight, she didn't cook healthy at all, and also never exercised.  I've inherited a sweet tooth from them but it's very important to my peace of mind that I exercise.  

    My dad passed away last June.  Recently my mom moved in with me -- she's now 85 and I have doubts about her ability to live independently, plus there was a bad situation with my brother.  She's lost weight, generally because I cook healthier food, and I'm getting her to go up and down stairs once a day (doesn't sound like a lot but at her age and in her condition it is a big deal).

    Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, discussing outdoor adventures Tuesdays at 5 PM PDT

    by indigoblueskies on Sat May 09, 2009 at 09:33:32 AM PDT

    •  My future is probably in there somewhere. (2+ / 0-)
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      My mom is a dear, and I can see her living with us someday.  I wish I could cook for her now, because I know she'd lose weight.  I think the living alone and cooking for herself is not something she enjoys (okay, she does enjoy the living alone part).

      A female candidate is no substitute for a candidate who cares about women.

      by kkmama on Sat May 09, 2009 at 09:46:16 AM PDT

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