National Childhood Obesity Month: (Repost)How the love of the game beat obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Month and I thought this post I shared with you all last year would be appropriate and motivation for any parents dealing with a child fighting obesity.

As my daughter continues to count down the days until her 17th birthday I can’t help to rejoice on how far God has brought us.  I was over hearing her, my husband and son talk about all of her challenges and how they helped her be who she is today.  Often times when we’re talked about and looked down on, we never think of the positive impact it can have if we persevere and not allow it to penetrate our heart (the core of who we really are).

I wrote a post before on the reaction my daughter received when she returned to school this past school year.    From the age of 6 my daughter struggled with her weight…..

Husband teaching her how to cut hair at an early age

Of course we would watch what she ate and make sure we all ate the same way, but I think my daughter’s main problem was not enough exercise. Up until she was 5 yrs old we lived in the city. The public school she attended had gym and recess, but I don’t remember them changing for gym. I also think there was a time that the didn’t have gym at all.

When she was about 8yrs old we moved to the suburb. She participated in gym as well, but during the school year she didn’t go outside to play very much.  As she got older her weight would fluctuate, but she was still overweight.

These pics are from Take Your Child To Work Day (11yrs)

 

During the summer after she finished 6th grade she went to a basketball camp.  She realized how much she enjoyed it and tried out for the 7th grade basketball team.  Since she never played any sports before, she had a lot of work to do.  Most likely the reason she was allowed on the team was because of her height.  The nicked named her “Tumble Weed” because she fell all the time.  If you notice most heavy athletes are slow(running).  She sat on the bench ALOT!!!!!!!

As she continued to play ball she slimmed down a little bit.  We thought that she was just going to be a big girl.  From her freshman year all the way up until her junior year, she would practice with the freshman team, sophomore team and varsity everyday.  She said when she asked the varsity coach her freshman year could she practice with them he looked at her like he saw ghost.  Her sophomore year she received a gym rat award because she was in the gym everyday after school until it was time to go home.  Her drive to work hard had nothing to do with losing weight.  It was all because of her passion to do her best and her growing love for basketball.

She said other teammates told her she couldn’t play, she was fat and other things that would normally kill the spirit of a child.  However, she kept going.  Some kids would start on the varsity team as freshman because they were so good.  I would tell her to wait until her turn.  It’s not always good to move so far ahead of yourself that you miss out on development.

Last summer she played with an AAU team that ran the hell out of them.  These girls ran and ran and ran and ran……….Before you knew it we looked up and was like……”You look skinny!”  We were baffled!  Not only did she loose a lot of weight ( about 35lbs we’re still not sure because it snuck up on us), but she was faster.  Every college coach complimented her on how fast she was.  Again we’re baffled!  This wasn’t the same little girl that I’d want to slap somebody Mama if they said a negative comment about her at a game.  Yep!  They did it!  One parent yelled out, “Stop her big &%?!”  Actually I took that as a compliment because they thought she was gonna run they butt over!LOL

I know this is probably the longest post I’ve ever written but I have come to realize that keeping our kids active is one way to keep them healthy, but if that action can be fueled by passion……….It’s a done deal.  Not only are they healthy physically, but mentally too.  Child athletes endure a lot!  As a parent being there to encourage them and left them up when others are tearing them down is the way we help them fight through their adversities and all of the foolishness.  I’m so proud of my daughter and every time I think of her journey, I cry.  Tears of joy!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Are the Strong4Life Childhood Obesity Ads Shaming Obese Children?

I think it was a couple weeks ago I received an email from Bookie Boo over at Mamavation regarding Childhood Obesity Ads of obese children posted in the state of Georgia (see some over at Strong4Life.com.)  She was outraged at their marketing strategy and felt that shaming children was not the way to solve the issue.  As you all know my daughter overcame obesity through sports and we are currently fighting it with my son through sports as well.

When I saw the ad it didn’t outrage me as it did many other bloggers.  I felt since the parents allowed them to pose for the ads, it was their way of dealing with their obesity crisis.  So, I read the article and moved right along.  Until today, while going through my feeds on my iPad I ran across an article from Resourceful Mommy, Still Ashamed.  Her post’s featured picture of an obese girl drew me to read the article.  She was explaining how many bloggers took a stand against Strong 4 Life and asked them to remove all ads of obese children.  She went on to say how it led to many disrespectful comments to her blog. Which in turn she deleted because of the lack of respect and name calling.  I totally agree that the comments were unacceptable and we should all be able to agree to disagree.

However, there was one section in her post that took me back.  She mentioned how she would have loved to tell them how her kids never sipped pop, she doesn’t have cookies in her home and her children have perfect height/weight distribution, but instead she deleted the rude comments.  What took me back was the thought of how her statement would make a mom feel that is dealing with obese children?  Since the whole purpose of standing against Strong4Life is to not shame obese kids and their parents who are dealing with the issue.  My kids have never been perfect in height/weight distribution.  They have sipped on pop and we do allow cookies in our home on movie night.  However, my kids obesity came from them not having enough play and exercise which is our reason for keeping them involved in organized sports.

I did leave a comment and not sure if it would get published or deleted.  What I wanted to express is if, we’re going to stand against or build a campaign, no one should be shamed when the ultimate goal is to help someone.  My comment was respectful and if it is somehow deleted, it would have me to assume that maybe I should keep my opinons to myself.

Maybe Georgia isn’t dealing with the obesity in a politically correct way.  Do they get any acknowledgement for effort.  Also, what if coming against Strong4Life causes the parents of the children in the campaign  to become shamed when they thought they were fighting for their children as well as others?  Remember they thought it was OK to allow their children to take part in the campaign in the first place.

Lastly, for those of you that wish to leave a comment on this post feel free to do so.  We can agree to disagree.  I will not delete any comments not even the rude ones because what happens on the internet stays on the internet 😉 (unless they are spam.)

 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Sports Physicals No Longer Covered

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The first day of school is approaching & getting kids physicals & sports physicals are mandatory.  Last week I called to make an appointment for my daughter’s sport’s physical and was notified that insurance companies are no longer covering sport’s physicals and we would have to pay out of pocket.  Of course there’s nothing I can do, but pay.  However, I thought it was a bit sad that they’ll no longer pay for something that benefits our kids.

With childhood obesity on the rise along with other childhood diseases that are the side effects from it.  Participating in sports keeps children active, fit, out of trouble and I can go on and on about all of the benefits. But….. they feel that this isn’t important to be covered under insurance!!!!!  I shake my head in utter amazement!

Has anything changed with your health insurance lately?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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