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July 27: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Son update and Medjool Dates

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Highlights include:

* Yesterday was day 165 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak
* Today is day 105 of 109 (96%) blogging for this challenge (details below)

Thanks so much for all of your prayers and positive wishes about my son (see yesterday's blog if you missed this and are interested). I really appreciate it! We took him to the doctor today. She said things look good, but there's still too much swelling to tell if he'll need surgery or not on his leg, so he'll have to wait until early next week to determine that. This will be a rough several days because with only a splint vs. a full cast, any tiny movement leads to a lot of pain -- making it hard to even fall asleep. Ooooh it's hard to hear your kid bawling from pain knowing he really does have something to cry about :(.

I gave him an interesting challenge today to think about: he started reading my mini-book the other day. So I told him if he works on doing some form of a fitness minutes streak during his recovery he can think up some reward (not necessarily daily since he could have some tough days). I have a few exercises he can do already including the hand grip and hand extensors (I need to write about this exercise soon because it's really important). This would then give him a strong grip and forearms so he can start doing more pushups post-recovery which has been a goal. One of my goals is to give him something simple he can do to feel good about himself during this tough time.

Somewhat random question: any fans of Medjool dates out there? Wow those dates are so good. I was taking something downstairs and saw our jar of them and had a few as a snack.

It's incredible that a fruit can taste so much like candy -- almost like caramel. I'm not exaggerating about the flavor -- give some a try and you'll see what I mean. Can people who have had these back me up on this in the comments? :)

Medjool dates also have great health benefits as well (in moderation since they are high in sugar), including:
* Decreases cholesterol
* Prevents and relieves constipation
* Natural energy booster
* Reduces triglyceride levels
* Alternative natural sweetener
* Boosts bone health (hey, I need to give some to my son!)

Here is an article with much more information on these benefits if you are interested:
draxe.com/medjool-dates/ (oops, I just fixed this link -- sorry about that!)

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Chris (SparkGuy)
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  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
    1211 days ago
    Madjool dates filled with almond butter are the best!
    1217 days ago
  • LIS193
    1218 days ago
    Costco sells the best Medjool dates, hands down. I use them sparingly to sweeten desserts I bake or no-bake protein bars I make.
    1220 days ago
    Sending tons of Healing Vibes your way 🌈🌈🌈🌟🌞
    1220 days ago
    1221 days ago
    emoticon for your son.

    Medjool dates are the greatest!
    1221 days ago
    1221 days ago
    hope your son doesn't need surgery. And I love dates!
    1221 days ago
    I have friends who are vegan. They use Medjool dates to sweeten their desserts. They use nothing processed, not even sugar or flour. Their chocolate pudding was so decadent, but a bit too sweet for me. Oh well. I've never tried one plain, like you did. I guess I should check that out. :) I'm sorry for your son and his leg break. Just keep smiling at him, encourage him to smile some, and he'll heal very quickly. Hugs to you and your family, Chris! :)
    1221 days ago
    Sending prayers for your son.

    I love cooking with dates.
    1221 days ago
  • MARGIEB221
    1221 days ago
    Sending positive thoughts and prayers for your son! Good idea about the upper body workouts! Yes, those dates are the best! I love Spark People! emoticon
    1221 days ago
    Hope your son feels better soon!
    1221 days ago
    1222 days ago
    My son had a spiral fracture of the tibia from a biking fall. He is NOT careful. One thing the surgeon pointed out was that when the tibia heals it becomes even stronger where the break was. Active boys and casts are a challenge! At least he got half the summer in!
    1222 days ago
    I hope that your son gets through the pain stage soon!
    1222 days ago
    Sorry about your son's leg. Hope you get news soon on treatment options. Children and pain I never could handle it. So AI did not work pediatrics unless it was an emergency. I have too much empathy for the wee ones. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
    1222 days ago
  • no profile photo GREYTDOLPHIN
    Have never had those dates, must try them. My treat of the moment is the Ranier cherry. I got them in Sarasota, Florida in a little Amish fresh fruit and veggie place. If anyone is in Sarasota, stop by Detweiler's. They're the greatest family run business. And those delicious cherries were only 99 cents a lb. We also got some of the excellent Amish lunch meats sent in all the way from Ohio.

    Hope your son has good news this week. The hand and arm exercises should help if he needs to get around on crutches.
    1222 days ago
    1222 days ago
    Spark on!
    1222 days ago
  • KAT7777
    I bought some Medjool Dates yesterday and they are delicious. They truly are nature's candy! emoticon
    1222 days ago
    Thoughts and prayers still going out to your son for a speedy recovery!

    1222 days ago
  • NOMI_822
    What a great dad to come up with challenges it might help take his mind off the leg and with long term benefits. I sure understand about having to see them in pain and not being able to make it all better. I think every parent can relate to that. There were many broken bones and casts with the two boys. 2 little daredevils both trying to out do the brother. LOL. Still hoping he doesn't need surgery. Will keep him in my prayers!
    1222 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    Sorry your son has such pain, emoticon Luckily the young seem to recover much faster than older folks and in time he will be healed. . Thank you for the tip about the Medjool dates emoticon , I will be on the lookout to pick some up!
    1222 days ago

    Hi "Chris" Did you know that when we want to make a comment, we haft to scroll down past every body elses comments, then press the log in buttons to log in to make a comment at the bottom of the comments area, then once were logged in it takes us back to the original comment you placed at the top of the page and then we have to scroll again all the way to the bottom of the page to type in our comments?

    Yes I at first enjoyed the regular dates very much, they were like a little piece of heaven, then years later I discovered Medjoul dates and they seemed as decadent as having a box of Sees Candy, they really are delicious :-)

    I am glad you got your Son to the Doctors and I sure hope the Doctor is the type of Doctor to have understood what was the thoughts he had that distracted his physical coordination to have caused the accident. Most Doctors understand something about how a ill thought can cause a accident but some don't. I hope she did and was able to tell your Son to find good thoughts about people not bad ones.

    I hope he heals up well. I guess hel like all the love, care and attention youl give him while his on the mend.

    I believe in not setting a limit on the numbers of Medjoul dates I eat- Its a more simple rule- Eat them until content and satisfied.

    1223 days ago
  • DEE107
    sending prayers

    1223 days ago
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    1223 days ago
    Oh yes, medjool dates are marvelous! One of my favorite breakfasts is banana, almond butter, and medjool dates. Try it... just put a small bit of nut butter on half a date and follow it with a bite of banana. Then take a swig of green tea. Perfection!
    1223 days ago
    Thanks for the info on the Medjool dates... will have to look for those. Continued prayers for your son - the poor boy! emoticon
    1223 days ago
    Hope your son's recovery is fast and whole.

    Never heard of Medjool dates...will have to look into them...thanks!
    1223 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Delish-----medjool dates!
    emoticon Prayers emoticon for your Son!
    1223 days ago
    Healing prayers for your sweet boy and comfort for your family. It's hard to see your kids in pain. emoticon emoticon
    1223 days ago
    Still praying for your little guy. I love the feel good part of the exercises for him, and I am going to try the dates! Chris, you are super awesome!
    1223 days ago
    super to getting your son to focus on a positive goal so quickly!! DH and I will be looking for medjool dates. emoticon emoticon
    1223 days ago
    So happy for your son, still keeping fingers crossed!
    Medjool dates are amazing! They are also in Lara bars..... yummy!

    emoticon 7-28-17 DH in hospital, so regular routine disrupted! emoticon He's doing GREAT, home tomorrow! emoticon The doc says he will walk again with out pain! emoticon Fantastic news after his struggles for 5 years emoticon !!!!! I've been cleaning house 240 minutes so far! emoticon Love the sweating part, swim, emoticon too, now to SP emoticon & rest! Hike emoticon tomorrow before I pick him up! emoticon is in my future!!!!

    1223 days ago
  • TERRI1458
    There is a date paste recipe from Forks over Knives that is used to make all kinds of great things. They are very good and like you said full of sugar. You can also find a lot of processed granola bars made with them.

    Sorry to hear about your son. I would be crying every time I heard him cry but moms are like that for sure and probably some dads! We will keep him in our prayers!

    1223 days ago
  • _LINDA
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    So sorry to hear of your son's pain and that he has to wait so long before he can even get treated! Prayers and wishes for the best outcome. He will need lots of distraction for sure. Great idea on the hand exercises!
    Fan of Medjool dates for sure, they are the best, but just too sweet for me to have often. They really are like candy..

    Keep up the great work!!
    1223 days ago
    What a great Dad!
    1223 days ago
    I'll have to look for these dates.
    1223 days ago
  • MARTIO1966
    I hope your son is able to get some pain relief. Poor kid! A double break is so painful. I hope they can cast his leg soon and that it won't require surgery.

    Thanks for the info on the Medjool dates. I'll bet they'd be good chopped up in a cookie. You could reduce the sugar in the cookie dough yet still have a yummy treat.

    1223 days ago
    Continued prayers for your son. I hope they gave him something to help with the pain till they can determine what to do next. Thanks for the info on the dates. DH and I love fresh fruits and these will be a nice change from the local produce here in NY. Just ordered some from Amazon. :)
    1223 days ago
    emoticon I feel for your son They can't put a cast on a broken rib and any time you move, cough or sneeze, you feel it.
    1223 days ago
    Healing prayers for your son--❤✝❤
    1223 days ago
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    1223 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17846028
    First - big hugs to your son and your family for having to go through the broken leg issue. I hope it turns out well.
    Second - Thanks for sharing about your family! It makes you seem more real to me. You are an inspiration and an awesome role model - sometimes it seems like you can't be real.
    Third - Yay for Medjool dates! They ARE amazing. I haven't found anywhere I can buy just 1 at a time yet. And I am still working on my ability to eat just one... lol.
    Finally - Thank you so much for keeping the Small Goals challenges going great!
    1223 days ago
    I so know how you feel about your kids in pain. It broke my heart and actually cried when I saw how much
    pain my daughter was in with her dislocated knee that needed surgery to reconstruct it to stay in place. She had that surgery in December and fully recovered. She is in band camp and doesn't complain about the knee hurting her. Thank GOD!

    Best wishes to your son and hope he can get some relief. Oh maybe cold ice packs would help him some?
    1223 days ago
    I've never tried those dates, not sure I've ever seen them in the store!!! Will check them out! Thankful to hear your son is feeling a little better but sorry about the pain he is in. Will continue to pray for him. I know it is hard seeing a loved one in pain.
    1223 days ago
    Glad you are giving your son something else to focus on. My sister had to explain to me why he has to wait for the cast etc. I hate to use this phrase but "I feel his pain!"
    I have always loved dates not sure if they were Medjool or not, but they are one of my trigger foods. I could try them again but I would really, really have to be hyper vigilant and aware of what I was doing.
    1223 days ago
    I'm definitely a fan of Medjool dates. They taste good in oatmeal too.
    1223 days ago
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