I wanted to share something useful and beautiful from the Sleekgeek community. A total inspiration.
One of our loyal Sleekgeeks Seone Maskell from KZN, who has undergone her own person journey to health with our community (read her awesome personal story here), has recently embarked on a mission to get her young daughter healthy.
Young Tyra Maskell expressed that she as not happy and mom sprang into action on a project that has had the Sleekgeek community on Facebook delighted for updates.
Tyra is now 11.5 kgs down and looking like a happier and more confident young lady 🙂
Our friends Reebok and I decided to say well done with this R1,500 Reebok Voucher. ENJOY IT TYRA AND WELL DONE! #sleekgeekKids
I think it is very important that parents consider the health of their children as much as their own.
As you know kids copy what you do and not what you say.
Seone has conducted this intervention with grace and care like the Sleekgeek community role-model she is.
She was very kind to post 11 useful tips from their journey so far. I have transcribed them from her original Facebook post.
Seone was very kind to post 11 useful tips from their journey so far. I have transcribed them from her original Facebook post.
Seone’s 11 tips
Still feeling our way and will add more as we go along. It is a learning process for mom too!
1. First step was to put together a star chart and discuss very gently that we are going to get “healthy” together.
I told her that I am not trying to change her as she is beautiful the way she is! But is was all about being healthy and feeling fit!
2. Discussed Rewards
a. Major incentive ..my iPad!
b. Weekly award – R50 RAND
c. 14 DAYS award – something she would like. For example a toy.
3. Drill the importance of water. No fizzy drinks at all. Treat is 100% fruit juice but rather water, water, water.
I bought her a water bottle to carry around.
4. No processed or junk food
5. No bread
6. Always carry snacks for her and for school- Strawberries, carrots , few almonds, chicken pieces, cucumber, yoghurt (Flavoured – hard to give kids plain yoghurt).
7. Allowing a weekly treat – I would rather not but it is something she looks forward to.
8. Getting active – getting involved sport at school!
9. Giving loads of praise telling her how proud I am of her, how amazingly well she is doing… like every 5 minutes.
10.Having breakfast is very important.
11.Getting everyone on board – Everyone is eating healthy and NO-ONE is allowed to eat rubbish around her.
Making a start
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass