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Friday, March 05, 2010

It's amazing what a difference it makes in my life. I've totally fallen off the bandwagon the last few days. I haven't eaten too horribly in terms of calories, I've been mostly within range. But the crap I'm putting in my mouth that makes up those calories is INSANE. And when I track, I find that I do eat better. So it's not simply about numbers, it's that mental writing down exactly what's going in my mouth. Especially because I'm in high stress time.

So I'm at work and a member just rolled in who hasn't been here in like 6 months. It turned out she took six months off from here and work because her 14 year old daughter had anorexia and cutting problems.

Granted, her issues were more about control than weight, but still I found it so interesting that such young girls have such issues these days. What is happening in society that is perpetuating this kind of behavior? I love this member and granted, we don't always know their home lives, but she is really a wonderful lady. She works in a high power job at the state department, yet tries to make it home for dinner EVERY night and took off six months for her daughter, so that tells me that she's a good mom. So it must be so weird to be working toward health and have your daughter in such a position.

Well, I just went totally off topic, but that came up and I just thought I'd share my sadness that girls are getting so much younger. Although, I say this and my hit with depression was when I was nine. So I suppose I shouldn't be all that surprised. But I've worked with young folks since I was young, being a crisis counselor in high school.

Maybe that's what I want to do with my life... help people get healthier again. There is no way in heck I"m going back to school for 10 years though. I've got to think this through.

Random return to the daughter - she was 80 pounds. Cathy just said, I've spent the last six months spoon feeding my newborn 14 year old, getting her from 80 to 97 pounds. WOW.
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    Tracking does help me quite a bit, especially when I track a day or so in advance!
    It is sad what girls go through and the peer pressure for model bodies, emoticon and sadly even though they are perfectly fine and gorgeous they just can't see that. I hope that ends!
    3969 days ago
    Crazy story but what a dedicated mom. But yes, on a happier note - glad to hear you are back to tracking. Definitely helps me!
    3969 days ago
  • AWOLF24
    That girl is really lucky to have such a great mom - she is fortunate in that way, at least.

    On a happier note - emoticon for tracking! It definitely helps me too.
    3969 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Wow what a story. I am sorry to hear about it! What a great mom though you are right. I hope everything gets better with them!
    Now, as for you missy! I'm just kidding:) Its ok to take a couple days off but I hope you get your motivation back soon! Have a good weekend!
    3969 days ago
    Wow is right. It's amazing to me that with all the knowledge awe have and all the resources available to combat these issues, the pressure young girls feel about their bodies is so overwhelming. It's heart-breaking. Even at 31, as I worry about how big my butt looks in the jeans I'm wearing, I KNOW I should be more focused on health and wellness. It's good to know that this mother dropped everything to get her daughter back to being healthy and well. The world needs more people like that. Thanks for sharing, it's a good reminder that our lives and happiness should not revolve around our weight.
    3969 days ago
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    Stories like that are really eye openning. Its a crazy world out there - u never know what may be goin on behind closed doors.
    3969 days ago
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