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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”- Arnold Schwarzenegger
“The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

FIGURING OUT THE FIFTIES.... SO THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT.......

Sunday, 31 January 2010

New Shoes.. Sad News...

Did the usual Sunday waterfront run/walk thingy first thing this morning, and right after I rant and hum about enjoying running my body decided to show me just how much it could take and ache and hurt and act like its nearly 50 or something... whats with that.. stupid hips... so the walking was longer than the running today but I trotted along with Hubby going further than I have in ages so I figure that the maths probably worked out the same... :o)

Once again we were planning on taking the Harleys out for a play today and once again the rain and wind told us that we were going to have to make different plans... I had mentioned to Hubby that I had noticed the bounce had left my running shoes and wondered if it was time for a new pair...

That and the hint of visiting the Puma store at DFO set his mind racing and his heart pounding as we all know what a total shoe slut he is and so that's where we headed... Even after he had announced that DFO stood for Destructive Financial Outcome LOL

So yes I replaced my Puma running shoes with another pair... I couldn't really find anything that I really liked or felt totally comfortable in in the ladies area and Hubby was off in the mens area talking to the assistant to find the best running shoes, next thing he turns up with a pair of mens shoes which he told me to try and although I really didn't think they looked that great they felt like a dream.... So we ended up with him having some cool hightop sneakers that look like cartoon shoes and I came hone to find that the mens shoes I bought were identical to my old ones except they were white and the old ones were purple... see I just knew they felt perfect LOL

Finished off the day with the weekly posing session, just Julie and me today, not sure what happened to the others but hey we got the practice in so we are still rocking for the comps..

On the way to DFO I was reading the Sunday paper and saw one of the saddest stories I have seen in a long while...

The new Queensland Childrens Hospital is opening the first dedicated Child Obesity Service

This is horrendous!!! Not that they are doing this but that it is needed!!!

One in five children between the age of 5 and 17 are overweight or obese.... WTF!!!

I am appalled, I am shocked and I am incredibly sad at the thought of these poor kids, how can this happen??? This is totally preventable! Surely with the information available there should be no reason for FIVE year old children to reach the stage where they need an obesity clinic.. FIVE for shit sake!!!

What are the parents doing??? How can a parent let their child reach this point and not think "shit I'm totally screwing something up here, maybe I should not feed my kid this shit anymore... Maybe I should make them get off their arse and get outside and live, run jump and play"

What ever happened to "Eat your vegetables - Zero desert till you do!"

What ever happened to "No you can not have that lolly" end of story - adult has spoken...

What ever happened to "Turn that Tv off and get outside to play!" Yes we were allowed lollies but we had to walk to and from the shop to get ONE, just one, not a whole 300gram bag!

I love veges and fruit so much because this is how I was raised, my daughter craves greens if she doesn't have them...

I would given anything to have the ability or the chance to help these kids and to educate their families on good clean food, bloody hell... apples cost less than shit food!!!

How can we help this generation of children so that they will live healthy long and happy lives...

Hell I'm just so sad and wish I knew how I could help... I thought about the ripple effect, if maybe I could reach one family teach one set of young parents how to change their lives so that they were healthy and they kids grew up fit and strong , then when those kids spoke to their friends maybe it would move out from there...

Hell an obesity clinic for children... sad...

5 comments:

Sandra said...

Hi Cathy, Great post.
The obesity thing in children saddens me too...something that saddens me almost as much is being accused of being too obsessive about weight when it comes to my children... My fourteen year old loves her food (like her mum ;), and although she is very tall, she has a tendency to carry extra weight on her lower half. I have been explaining to her that if she wants to have a treat, it should be a weekly thing, not daily. I also emphasize the importance of just MOVING...she plays two games of basketball per week and has started walking about half an hour a day. During the holidays she actually cut out most crap from her diet and filled up on beautiful fresh fruit. As a result she dropped about 4kg and has started the school year with a lot more energy...am I doing something WRONG by making her aware of a healthy weight range and healthy eating/exercise habits...?...apparently I am "gearing her up for an eating disorder in later life"...You tell me.
xxx

Raechelle said...

That is appauling! We hear about it all of the time but dang an actual clinic for kids.
Yes, what happend to the days when mum made the same dinner for the whole family? these days it's "well, bobby won't eat any vegetables, so he gets a plate of pasta, and Jenny won't eat fish so she gets some fruit and crackers" and yes what about 'GET OUT OF THE HOUSE NOW'

I'm feeling for ya on the hip thing...hubby's hip did a yell out at him this week...TRYING to remind him he'll be 50 this year (dang!) fortunately it was temporary...but yep-occasionally we have to make adjustments...but, just adjustments... :-)

Kerry W said...

Hmmm...read that article too Cath. Yes, sad, very sad indeed. What a legacy to be leaving your children...an early grave, and a life filled with anguish and self loathing. :(

Laynie - The Marketing Muscle said...

Hey, what a topic Cath. Driving through a coastal suburb near where I live, I saw 3 generations of the one family. I almost stopped my car to slap them all. They all had the same round ball shape and waddle happening. From the young girl to grandma. As large as life in their swimmers walking down the street. Absolutely no shame. If they choose to ignore their health and their bodyfat, that's their choice. Just don't expect my taxes to compensate the medical system when their bones break, or their heart needs "assistance". Did you know the medical prediction for the next 20 years for Australia is crisis numbers of people suffering diabetes, leading to either kidney failure and/or blindness? This is soooo wrong when the answer is clean whole foods and exercise.

An obese child ... is just symptomatic of the bigger problems in our society where no responsibility taken, no discipline given.

I grew up with a mum who grew our veggies, which I had to pick for dinner each night. That's why I am a green veggie girl ... love my green beans.

Back to basics for a healthy life, I say.

mq01 said...

witchazel, sounds like your heart is speaking out about this clinic and need, so im wondering, will they be offering mentoring big sister kind of support? maybe you want to be a part of it? or something like it? hmmm...