Serial Trainer

{January 1, 2011}   Half Ton Teen

This show hits me very hard. I watch it and my heart hurts for children and adults alike who are going through this battle.

Firstly, I’ve gone through the weight battle personally. If our society will not take personal responsibility for this epidemic then we are ALL in denial.

Parents are just as guilty if not more so than the child. But its not a sole liability. Lack of empathy, lack of education,  lack of emotional skills all contribute to it. How many commercials do we sit through every day that tell us a new diet or a new pill that will miraculously whittle away the “problem”.

This isn’t something we can continue to ignore.

I’m offering right help anyone who is struggling like this. If you think there is no help please contact me and I will give you the help you need to battle this addiction.

I’m not a doctor but there is a medicine that anyone can prescribe without a license: Hope.

This is my goal for the new year. To teach as many people as I can how to be alive.


{July 30, 2008}   let’s get real

As you can see, most of my posts are pretty light hearted. I like to keep the stress out of fitness. It’s not that serious, right?

Yes and no. Your health is serious business. So is your child’s health. So let’s take this moment to get serious and be real with one another. If you’re a parent that comes home and sits on the couch with a bag of chips, a large coke and zone for the rest of the night after dinner? Chances are, you’re not teaching your kids any better habits. Children, for the most part, live what they learn.

If you’re a parent that snipes at your child to get off the video game and go outside, turn that wagging finger around to yourself and ask a hard question. When is the last time you went outside and “played”? If you’re overweight and your children are overweight, ask yourself how you all got that way.

I want to warn you right now that this post isn’t going to lighten up. It may cause some very serious reactions and I hope that once your anger or sadness dies down, you make positive changes. I was guilty of a lot of these mistakes, myself. It makes it that much easier to say these things to you because I know first hand what it did to myself and my family.

First and foremost. Go outside. There’s nothing keeping you from going for a family walk (unless there’s a serious handicap). Even if you’re in a wheelchair, go with your family on their walks. This gets you away from the electronics and may even inspire some nice talks.

Teach your children to throw a ball. Race down a hill together. The point is to move. You don’t put on the pounds because you’re active. Is this making sense?

We sit and wonder, “I’m always busy, why can’t I lose weight?”

The answer is simple. We’re busy in our mind. In this age of technology, our minds are always going but our bodies are sitting. We sit at a desk, then rush to the car. We rush to the car to sit in traffic. We rush from the car to sit at home. We only think we’re always going. The amount that you move right now is nothing. No BS here folks.

The average person, who is sedentary, is only burning 700-1600 calories a day. One Super Sized meal is 1500+ calories. That’s one meal a day.

Do yourself a favor. Write down everything you ate yesterday. Now add up the calories. Was it 1000? 2000? Now, how much did you move?

I want to address the parents once more. Stop feeding your children fast food. You’re poisoning your child. Harsh words but it’s the infallible truth. If you cook your meals in advance, store them in the fridge/freezer, you can cut your cooking time in half and they will always have a home cooked meal. There are no excuses. Cut up veggies and leave them in the fridge. Buy fresh fruits and leave them for the kids. Tell your child no when they ask for fast food.

The biggest mistake parents have made is making the children feel that fast food is a reward. “If you’re good we’ll go to McDonald’s”. Right? This sound familiar?

What parents looks at their kid and say, “If you’re good I’ll pump you full of fat, processed food, and poison.”

What? No show of hands? Would you hand your kids a pack of cigarettes? No? Why? Because you know it’s not healthy. So start knowing that fast food is not healthy. There’s nothing that they can give your family that you can’t give them at home, in a more healthy, suitable way.

Eating out is not to be banned. People enjoy it. But “Fast Food” is not eating. It’s binging. If you go out to eat, share a plate. Most restaurants are serving you plates with servings for 2+ people. Learn your portion sizes and teach your children responsible habits.

Sit down and learn to read a label with your family. Take them grocery shopping and have them read labels of their favorite foods and see what they’re eating. This is a harsh wake up call.

Do you realize that our children are developing Type II Diabetes? Let me explain that, quickly. Type II diabetes was usually reserved for adults who developed diabetes as a result of diet and lack of exercise. Our children are dying.

Children these days are obese. Not chunky. Not fat. They are obese.

Look at yourself in the mirror. You’re probably saying, “I just want to get to my HS weight”. That’s the majority of us, not all of us. Some of you have always struggled with a weight problem. If your child is already overweight, that’s a predisposition to diabetes and other heart related problems. They will be struggling their entire lives to get into a healthy weight. You’re not teaching them any discipline if you’re allowing them to eat whatever they want in mass quantity.

Chips, sugar, candy, fast food, large portions. These are killing yourself and your child. When are you going to stop? Psychologically, what is this doing to your child? When you have to put a child on a diet and they are crying because they are hungry, explain to me how that is fair to them. Why can’t they play sports? Why can’t they feel good about themselves?

Because we allow it.

Become a parent who sets boundaries and regains control. Show them that you love them by participating. If you have weight to lose, lose it with your child. Even if they are a healthy weight, exercise is crucial to being healthy. Nutrition is the second part. Eat smarter and start to change what’s coming into the house. Healthy food is more expensive but think about how much money medicine and doctor’s appts will be.

You owe this to yourself and your child, alike.

The following information was taken from CDC.

Table 1. Prevalence of overweight among children and adolescents ages 6-19 years, for selected years 1963-65 through 1999-2002

Age (years)1


















1Excludes pregnant women starting with 1971-74. Pregnancy status not available for 1963-65 and 1966-70.
2Data for 1963-65 are for children 6-11 years of age; data for 1966-70 are for adolescents 12-17 years of age, not 12-19 years.

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start kids on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

[ taken from Mayo Clinic ]

The increase in childhood obesity over the past several decades, together with the associated health problems and costs, is raising grave concern among health care professionals, policy experts, children’s advocates, and parents. Patricia Anderson and Kristin Butcher document trends in children’s obesity and examine the possible underlying causes of the obesity epidemic.

[ taken from The Future of Children ]

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