My daughter, Danielle, is joining the Slimmer This Summer challenge. I wasn't sure about it as she just turned 14. In some ways, I don't think a 14 year old growing girl needs to be counting calories or dieting but she is overweight and needs to learn how to eat correctly. My hopes are that over the next 12 weeks, she will become more aware of what she is eating and learning better how to eat. She doesn't eat horribly and she is only slightly overweight. I do see an upward trend though if she continues this way. So I think this may be a crucial time to 'become aware' and get into gear.
She is 5'4" and just a little overweight by the guidelines. She certainly is sporting extra fat around the tummy and sides that would be nice to go away. As she is a teenager, she is becoming more aware of this and self conscious. We're not going to do anything extreme and I don't want her to be "hard core" dieting but we're going to write down everything she eats, portion and weigh things and get in some regular exercise. She doesn't have a blog so I'll just be entering it for her here.
Like me, for her regular exercise has been hit or miss. She did run a 5K last fall and she did awesome! Her attitude towards exercise is great, it just tends to get pushed to the side without reminders.
So together we're going to do help each other. We're both looking forward to it! I'm not entirely sure the difference in calories that a 14 year old should have compared to an adult so if anyone wants to help, let me know. My plan as of now though is just to eat well balanced meals in "normal" portions with healthy snacks. Isn't that really what we all should have?