Saturday, January 29, 2011

Change is Possible

I had an AWESOME experience with my daughter today at a fun family event. She did something that made me so happy!

A little background, in case you haven't read the whole blog: when my daughter was smaller, I used to often stop at McDonald's for meals and snacks. Yeah, McD's was my best friend for awhile. As a result, she ate a lot of Happy meals. It was our special time together: I'd go through the drive through and get our food and we'd go eat at the park and have a picnic. She loved those nuggets and fries! Well, about a year and a half ago I flat out swore off fast food. And oh man, she had a FIT. A fit I tell you. She was 3 years old and every day she asked for a Happy Meal. Every time we drove past those golden arches (which was almost daily) she would start kicking and screaming and crying for her nuggets. But I held out and after a week or two, she quit asking. One time, she was given a 'special' prize at her dance class... a coupon for free McNuggets (gee thanks). So I decided to let her have them. She ate them, and she got such bad diarrhea from it she proclaimed she would NEVER eat them again.

Anyway, that was a year ago. Since then we've often talked about the yuck factor of fast food and how unhealthy some things are. She knows we don't eat cookies or donuts for breakfast, that she needs protein at every meal, and that fruits and veggies are good for you. We still have our special picnics, but we pack our food from home: hummus, wheat crackers, cheese, fruit. It's even *more* special. She gets now that some foods are good to eat every day, while some are just okay to have once in awhile and others, never. Well, today at this event, guess who was there? Ronald McDonald! We were walking around, getting lots of freebies and doing activities, when all of a sudden this guy comes up to my daughter and goes to hand her a coupon for a FREE ice cream cone at McDonald's. She saw the picture of the ice cream, and the guy said, "Here, you can get a FREE ice cream cone!" Her hand reached out just a bit, and then she saw the golden arches on that coupon. She pulled her hand away and shook her head. "No thank you." And we walked away. She said to me, "We don't like McDonald's." I said, "You're right, we don't."

It totally made me smile! Two years ago I never would have believed that would come out of *either* of our mouths. But see? Change is possible!

21 comments:

Kathy said...

Great story!! Children learn what they live and you are an awesome example to her!!! Way to go mom!!

Karen said...

Awwwww!!! What a wonderful lesson you have taught your daughter, one which will help keep her from ever having to fight the battle of obesity!!!!

violinista said...

You're my hero for instilling great health habits in your daughter! She's lucky to have you for her mom:)

RickGetsFit.ca said...

That's awesome Lyn - thanks for sharing that. You taught her well! Cheers, Rick

Annie said...

That is fantastic!!

FatGirl said...

aww :)

mk said...

such a sweet story! i'm so excited to raise my son up to be like your little girl. :)

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Crys said...

It doesn't get any better than that! It will take her many years to understand the gift she's been given.

Thrice Blessed said...

That is so awesome! I need to do a better job of enforcing healthy eating with my kids, so that someday they will grow to prefer healthy food.

Linda said...

I am just starting my journey to lose 40 pounds----so glad I found your blog...somehow, I am going to stay with it...

pinkvision said...

That's such a sweet story. Yay! to your daughter, and Yay! to you. A proud moment in both your lives. :)

Ellie said...

Thats awesome that your daughter is following in your footsteps. You are a great inspiration and teacher.

Diandra said...

Great!

Yesterday, when going into town, we saw a huuuuuge McD* advert showing a kid eating cake at McD*, with the slogan, "5 minutes of peace". The BF did not understand why that made me angry. He's maybe A LITTLE LESS obsessed with good food than I am.

(Ha, since we moved in together (almost exactly one year ago) his McD* visits have gone from several times per week to less than once a month. Blame it on my cooking. ^^)

LN said...

Oh, the best part of the story is the "We" - We don't like McDonald's!! Yes!! WE certainly don't!

A New Dawn For Me said...

Great that your daughter is learning such valuable life lessons from you while she is so little
Dawn

Hanlie said...

I'm sure that must have left old Ronald speechless! Good job for sticking to your guns on this. It has certainly paid off.

............. said...

You've got one smart kid there, Lyn. You've taught her invaluable lessons that hopefully she'll pass on to her own kids. We teach what we know.

spunkysuzi said...

Your gives us hope!

Steelers6 said...

Haha I LOVED this Lyn! Sitting here reading this post totally grinning from ear to ear!

I love that she simply said "no thank you" to the costumed character. Soo polite and mature. And loved her side comment for your ears only! hee hee So darling.

Wow. In two years. And would have been what the 30 something mother would have said, and WAS what the FIVE YEAR OLD said! Woo hoo.

I've been "health aware" or "food aware", or conscious instead of unconscious! for 3 years now, and felt like it was being reflected by my 14 yr old daughter in conversation tonight. So so valuable to me, bc I did not want to turn her against good choices. [trying not to be fanatical, but rather "easing it in there". She's been pretty receptive or tolerant!] I am so thrilled, as I know you were too yesterday.
Chrissy

Weighing in w/ my .02 said...

Wow. I totally needed to read this. On of my biggest fears is passing my food obsession onto my daughter and this just goes to show that they are absorbing everything you do and say. Thank you.

Ronnie said...

Great story! Very inspirational, I hope to instill the same values in my children when they're old enough to really understand it. :)