01-05-2008, 04:02 AM
I try to stay away from it all too, or at least do some healthy improvising.
Im not saying it works though
ALthough back in september i joined a voluntary marching band-
Drills/marching/playing/all 3 at once in 90 degree weather (back when it was 90 degrees) 5 days out of the week for 70 minutes-i must say i lost like 5lbs.
But its winter, and that insulation keeps me warm now
My mother had the lap band thing on august 14th.
She didnt really want/need it badly, she has SEVERE arthritus in her knees and got it so she would be otherwise as healthy as a horse when she gets bilateral knee replacements. They want her to be REALLY healthy because she has to get them and shes still kinda young and they dont want them to wear and have to be replaced.
She has lost about 70lbs since then, her and I meet up and work out a couple times a week.
Everyone else in my family is getting REALLY overweight, because they take after my father, who eats/watches tv, and doesnt care about what he looks like (i have reason to believe he doesnt brush his teeth much either).
So now my kid 12 year old brother is following in his foot steps--he is in a 38 inch waist!! at 12 years old! To be fair though, he likes his clothes REALLY loose. But still he has gained quite a bit of weight-he was always the skinny one, my middle brother was, well, middle weight wise even though we are about the same height. I was always the heavy older brother.
Now its the opposite. I would rather be the heavy one though-at least i would be able to have the will to lose weight-odds are they will stay like that and get bigger for the rest of their life because they take after my dad.
They went to the dentist yesterday-my youngest brother (who is most like my dad) has SIX cavities in 5 months! I thought my mother was kidding when she called me. Nope. Thats horrendous for a 12 year old IMO. He needs braces, and i have had braces when i was younger, and my mother isnt getting the braces until he takes better care of his teeth- and i told him that, and he said "FINE, ill just NEVER brush my teeth again!"
Well, after the dentist trip sounds like hes making good on that.
Well, if there is a lesson here,
its either A) Monkey see monkey do. Like father like son. Parents-Do right, your kids are always watching.
or B) Just because your father is fat and smokes and doesnt take care of his teeth doesnt make it a good excuse for you to be the same way.
I'm glad my mother and I are making good choices though, i hope the rest of them will follow. But their call. Although this is horrible to say- to some level i like that im not the really fat older brother anymore-all the times they teased me-well karma works like that.
I woulnt tease them though like they did me, im older and i know better.
Anyway, im really ranting, and getting off topic,
BACK TO JUNK FOOD CONVERSATION. LOL.
But i would take iced tea over soda any day-not the powder crap though, the real tea.
Although its a pain to brew because it cant brew in cold water,
yet somehow people do it! i never figured out how without waiting hours,
ill have to start a thread on that....lol, maybe some M-F members drink tea!