yeah...I'm thinking swimming might be our best bet. There is an indoor community pool nearby we can use (just means I have to actually use my big ol' maternity bathing suit).
He was in karate until we moved over the summer. I would love to get him back into it--it did WONDERS for his self-esteem and his coordination, but it is beyond our budget right now.
And of course, there is always walking...but everything is covered in snow and ice right now, making me a nervous wreck even on my walk out to the car!!
I feel bad because we usually do a lot more outside. We have a really good sized yard with lots of room to play hockey or soccer or whatever, but he plays too rough for me to be out there with him and I sure can't run around out there like usual. He is not an independent kid and just isn't the type to play with his toys outside. I'd push bike riding, but we live right near a "restaurant & pub" (aka bar) and there isn't a sidewalk by the house...and you can just see where that combination would lead!
I do definitely keep an eye on his tv/computer time...but his alternative choice to those is reading which is about as high on the calorie burning scale
I've been trying to keep him to 3 meals and just fruit for snacks, but its hard when he is used to grazing all day. The cheese is definitely VERY hard to cut back right now, because I'm munching on it constantly (could be worse...when I was pregnant with ds1, I munched on jelly beans the WHOLE TIME!!!). We don't eat any processed cheeses though, so I figure that is something, right?
Its also hard to do quick lunches with a kid who won't eat peanut butter (sometimes I wonder how he can be my kid!!!) so PB&J is out. He's pretty happy with a good bowl of salad though, but wants something more to eat with it or within 30 minutes of finishing it.
Any suggestions for something I can add that might not be bad? What if we made some granola or something? I'm pretty sure he'd like that (especially if we made it!). He does like tapioca and rice pudding when I make those (I refuse to buy ready-made pudding from the store, much to his dismay), but tends to avoid anything else that might be gooey.
Of course, his top choice of things to have with salad is soup--lovely stuff like cream of mushroom or clam chowder....
I really appreciate all your input
I really don't want to see him struggle with weight later in life, and at the same time I don't want him to think that a diet is the solution. I was brought up on the whole diet to lose weight thing and still have a hard time remembering that I need to eat a certain amount each day to be healthy and to keep my metabolism going. I'd like to thwack whoever came up with those insane "cheerleader diets" all those years ago.