Tomorrow is my first Saturday guest here, so today I’ve got lots of thoughts to share.
A MERRY WORKOUT PLEDGE
The A Merry Workout Pledge was great. It’s still not totally finished as I think a couple more people are doing it today and this weekend. But so far we hit 145 miles. That’s a lot of miles I wasn’t expecting! Once again, thank you. I’m really proud of this community! We are definitely doing it again at the end of the month! More details on that later. :)
HOLY HOSPITAL BILLS, BATMAN!
Last night I mentioned on Twitter that I got my hospital bill. Since it was an unexpected expense it’s not one that I can easily pay. I’m already strapped trying to save money for the New Zealand move, pay my bills, and help my family at the same time. So the hospital bill didn’t make me happy. What was worse is that two days after I was in the hospital the healthcare bill was signed into law which put me back on my mom’s health insurance plan. I have insurance again and I’m very grateful, as obviously this was one of the main reasons why I was losing weight. Being rejected for health insurance because of my weight was one of the most crushing experiences of my life and a real eye opener to the importance of becoming healthy. I feel a lot better now that I’m covered, but it doesn’t help me with the bill I now have.
On Twitter someone asked about giving donations. I can’t make myself do donations. I just can’t, even though I know some of you want to help me. But I do need some help with this, so I can give you something in return for your help. I’ve decided to open up rotating 125 x 125 advertising spots for $15/month in my sidebar for anyone who wants to help me. That way you get something in return and it’s not just charity. If you are interested in grabbing a spot to help me out, send me an email!
Additionally, my ebook is finished and going to come out next Tuesday. Just so you aren’t shocked when it launches, it’s going to be $27. You can buy that to support me as well as learn a ton about blogging. It’s over 60 pages long and full of freaking awesome information, if I don’t say so myself. There will be more details about that next week, but I just wanted to let you know it is finally coming.
Sorry for all this money talk. It’s on my mind, you know? It’s the one thing that is keeping me stressed right now. And as you know, stress isn’t good for weight loss. =\
KIDS AND CALORIES
Last night I was babysitting two kids for a few hours. The youngest is a girl who is 6 years old (her 6th birthday is today). I adore this kid, she is really great, but one thing happened that threw me off guard – she starting talking about calories. She told me she was hungry (despite having just eaten) and wanted something to eat. She went in the kitchen, grabbed a slice of white bread and came back saying, “I’m going to eat bread. It’s healthy. Not a lot of calories.” Chomp chomp chomp, she ate her bread slice and was a happy kid.
The whole thing kind of shocked me. I mean, I’m not the best at hearing everything people say but I know she said the word calories. For some reason I don’t expect 6 year olds to know about things like calories. Healthy food? Yeah. I think it’s great if parents teach them that things they eat are healthy and will give them energy to play and feel good. But talking about calories? At age 6? That just can’t be good, can it? Kids don’t need to be on diets or obsessing over calories. They need to eat balanced diets. They need to not worry about the things grown ups worry about. At least that’s my thoughts on the situations.
I want to know yours. I’m obviously not a parent yet but many of you are. Do you talk to your kids about calories? Or about eating healthy foods? How does one approach the idea of teaching your kids to eat well without setting them up to be a chronic dieter or disordered eater?