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angiev
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Hi all. My kids and I are still trying to cook together [...]

Posted by @angiev, Mar 2, 2016

Hi all. My kids and I are still trying to cook together and motivate each other to keep going for walks every day. We have been working on it for about a month and I feel like they are starting to feel better about themselves but does anyone have any ideas for keeping them motivated to continue? I don’t want us to slip back into our old habits and I feel like that might be happening.

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lendychapman
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Posted by @lendychapman, Mar 2, 2016

Hi! I wonder if something that may be helpful would be to ask them if your concerns are correct. See if their perception is that the cooking and walking needs to be traded in for something new and then see what their ideas are. Maybe they need/want to try new recipes or engage in a new activity. Just continue to stress the importance of continuing to make the choices each day to be active and eat well, even if it’s not the same every day 🙂

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MichellesJoy
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Posted by @michellesjoy, Mar 6, 2016

Hi @angiev. I agree! Check in with your kids and see how they are feeling with the routine and their progress. Maybe changing up the recipes or the activity will help keep everyone motivated and interested. Perhaps you could start up some kind of competition with the family for the most activity in a week or the best new recipe. The winner could then get some kind of reward. A little friendly competition could be great motivation! Keep us posted if you find something that works for you!


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Posted by @CourtneySchmidt, Mar 29, 2016

@angiev This post written by our dietitian, Holly Malcom, was partially inspired by your journey with your kids. Hopefully, this will help you maintain the healthy changes you have made. See what Holly has to say, here: http://www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com/blog/how-to-help-your-overweight-child-develop-healthy-habits

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angiev
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Posted by @angiev, Apr 1, 2016

Thank you very much. There is a lot of good information in the article. I liked the parts about how to talk to your kids about their weight. I also never considered that how I talk to myself could reflect on my kids as well. We are still eating better than we were before and taking walks. We have had some set backs but we try to keep each other on track. We are trying to think of it not as a diet but more of a lifestyle change. Thank you for all of the support.

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MichellesJoy
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Posted by @michellesjoy, Apr 1, 2016

@angiev I am sure what you are doing isn’t always easy but you are doing something amazing for your kids! We are all rooting for you and please keep us posted!

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