Thursday, November 19, 2015
I remember being a teenager and being hungry all the time. I ate everything I could get my hands on, and my body flourished. Normal healthy teenage stuff.
Our 15 year old is like that, except she's also much more athletic. She plays competitive soccer year round. In addition to formal team practices and games, the hub trains her every other day: to build up strength, fitness, skills. And lately he's been teaching her tennis as part of her cross-training. Which is all to say, the kid is in great shape. Her abs are rock hard - I know, I've poked her! She has very strong muscular legs, and everything else is thin and trim.
The kid is kind of dangerous because she's still got some little kid in her, and sometimes she wants to wrestle me ("I feel like attacking you, Mom!") and sometimes I end up injured. I have the advantage of mass and experience, but her legs are lethal so I have to try hard to stay out of her way. "Wrestling" usually means tackling and tickling, and she's also a lot more ticklish than I am, so as long as I can avoid being kicked, she's in trouble.
The kid is also kind of dangerous because I like to have treats in the house for her. Her meals are very healthy, lots of veggies, lean protein, usually a healthy starch. She has fruit and dairy for snacks. But I also like to have some of her favorite non-healthy treats around because she's a teenager, and hungry all the time, and "YOLO" and all.
The problem is that her treats become my treats. I have finally gotten her flaming hot cheetos under control. I give in about once every week or two, which for me is not so bad. The extreme cheddar goldfish crackers were tough for a while. They were so more-ish; I was eating some as a night-time snack daily for weeks. But I haven't had any for two weeks so I'm hoping that's under control. The big problem now is her new fascination for white cheddar popcorn. OMG. These are kicking my dietary butt! I am really, very grateful that Costco doesn't sell monster bags of these or else I'd be in critical danger!