So Proud of Her

I am so impressed with my daughter. She’s working a grueling schedule and going to school. And she focuses on healthy eating and exercise.

Guess I did OK.

This last weekend we were laying low. She’s been sick lately and decided to double her healthy eating efforts. The girl is really serious.

We were discussing what to have for dinner Saturday night. She wanted teriyaki chicken. I wanted something different. What we ended up with was teriyaki marinated chicken with red bell peppers, onions and broccoli served over rice, and a side of green beans (she took the picture.) We washed that down with some V8 and then went out for pie.

Hey- you gotta have balance!

We went shopping for lunch and snack stuff for the week. I had tried some organic snack bars that I found at Walmart – so we went and got a bunch of those. I would tell you the name except I already took them to the office. I found them in the produce section.

We found this new oatmeal. Its BetterOats, and it really tastes good. It doesn’t have all the crap in it, and it is probably the best tasting oatmeal we’ve ever had. She found a dark chocolate. I’m not so sure about that one…chocolate and oatmeal? We’ll have to let you know on that one. I like the blueberry one.

She got nuts, granola, and dried fruits for her afternoon snacks.

She makes wraps for lunch, or takes leftovers, or falls back on Healthy Choice.

She reads labels. If it has corn syrup or soy, she puts it back on the shelf.

She hates a messy house and takes pretty good care of her dog.

For a 20 year old? I’m pretty impressed.

I often lament that I haven’t been able to do more for her. I had planned on paying for college, and buying her a car. That didn’t materialize. She points out that when I was making more money – she was becoming a spoiled brat.

Its never comforting to go through hard times – but often we find that it makes us better.

There is a quote that says something about when preparation meets opportunity. While I don’t remember the exact quote, it is something I’ve taken to heart. I keep working at imporving my skills knowing that as some point its going to pay off. I get tired and frustrated. I take breaks, but I don’t quit.

And I hope that I’ve been a good role model.

 

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8 Responses to So Proud of Her

  1. Dan says:

    “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” or “Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity” but in regards to your daughter I think Proverbs 22:6 “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” is appropriate. Unlike a lot of parents it also means you paid attention to her and she respects and loves you.

  2. Carole says:

    Thanks Dan!
    I forgot about the Proverbs one. I’ve always tried to do that. It doesn’t always make you very popular, but the rewards are better in the long run.

  3. Dan says:

    I’m almost ashamed to mention my daughter’s first public recongnition of a public building was McDonalds. What is weird is that the only time we ever visited a McDonalds was when we went on a trip, which wasn’t that often back then. Maybe it was just the advertising on TV? Anyway she is a Veterinarian now and you couldn’t find her anywhere near a fast food joint. (She does love her Philly Cheesesteaks though.)

  4. Carole says:

    we all have our weak spots. I have a lot of them actually -
    We’d love to hear more about your daughter!

  5. Clarice@theskiingblog says:

    I spent my whole day long going at the office and work.work.work, I already forget my balance diet and happy fitness activity… I don’t know what to do…

  6. Carole says:

    Hi Claurice,
    I do too. Then I come home, eat, and sit down to work on my internet businesses. Here are some tips -
    1. Bring healthy foods to the office.
    2. Plan a fast dinner before you leave.
    3. Take some time to relax and unwind.
    4. Try to take a walk or do some exercise.
    5. Make some time for fun every week.
    Carole´s last [type] ..Thank you for your support

  7. Patti Carey says:

    Hey There Carole,
    On a similar note,, are more “disunited” than “united”?

    it upsets me that we can’t and don’t have the guts to stand up to people and say?

    “WE ARE PROUD TO BE BLACK WOMEN”
    Cheerio

  8. Carole says:

    Thats interesting. I think we’d all be a lot more united if we got rid of the labels.
    Carole´s last [type] ..Thank you for your support

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