Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hard Work Pays Off

If you've been following me for any length of time, you know that my 9yo. plays football. If you know anything about youth football, you know that for safety reasons the boys are grouped by age and weight. If you know anything about children, you know that two children the same age can vary GREATLY in size. If you've been paying attention you know that my 9yo is the child that doesn't just break the bell curve, but shatters it when it comes to height and weight, and always has.

Since early summer we have been attending conditioning practices for football because we knew that HB#2 needed to get in shape, which included losing some weight so he could make weight for the age team that he should be on. Yep, he needed to be under 110 lbs. So, yes, we've been working on it all summer long. Last week when the team had a scrimmage they did a test weigh in and he was down to 112. Not bad, but he had plateaued.

While at the Gatorade Moms session I learned a few things about weight loss for kids, and when the league said we had to change a few things, I kicked it into high gear. Full protein breakfast with a little fruit, veggie/protein lunches, 2 small dinners, balanced with extra protein. (Remember, too that he has started school, and works out for 2 hours every night.) With weigh in next Saturday we only had about a week to pound this out.

Well, it worked! Today when he got up he weighed in at 107! WooHoo!

I'm so impressed with his commitment to football and his maturity in knowing, (and putting into practice,) what it takes to achieve his goals. Me thinks there is a life lesson in that, don't you?

Let's go Saints!
Headless Mom


Shannon Entin said...

Way to go!! Hope he has an excellent season. :-)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

He should be very proud of himself.
I hope he appreciated all of your help with this. You did a great job!