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BILL60 Posts: 612,740
3/22/13 9:21 A

Welcome to SP. I wish you te very best on your journey.

PROUD-GRANDMA SparkPoints: (109,181)
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3/21/13 10:03 P

Welcome to SP! emoticon

RFJSJ50 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/21/13 6:35 P

emoticon Welcome to Spark. You have taken an important step on your journey by joining!
I've been a member a little over 3 years. I made fantastic progress and lost 100 pounds in the first year BUT I became careless about nutrition and exercise and have gained a lot of the pounds back! I became disgusted with myself and closed my Spark account, but soon realized I NEEDED to be here. I'm back using the nutrition and exercise trackers now - they are so important. The sense of community and the friendships I have made here keep me going!
Explore the site, make your Sparkpage if you havenít, join teams, and make friends. You will find this site an amazing place full of encouragement, inspiration, advice, and support. We are here to keep everyone motivated.
Iíve found that the best source of motivation on spark is posting, asking questions, and finding new friends that are in this together. We are all on this journey of a healthy live style, so your not alone in this. People need someone to believe in them. They need to know that if they take that first step out of their comfort zone, someone will be supporting them all the way. With small words of encouragement, with just a little extra time, that someone could be you. In some cases, others may just be unaware of their true abilities and potential.
Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
Good luck!

JIBBIE49 Posts: 64,639
3/21/13 4:59 P

Don't quit. You are only doing this for YOU.

ETERNALHIPPIE SparkPoints: (4,126)
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3/21/13 3:48 P

I feel like I am sending myself back into rehab, again. Last night I was sitting on the edge of my bed and I caught a shocking look at myself in the mirror. The HORROR!!! I thought, "That's how people see me at work?" Compound that with the constant shortness of breath after walking across the room and completely out of breath walking to my car. No kidding. My muscles ache just standing up for 5 minutes. Back in Oct., just before my father died, I was 350lbs. Over the holidays I was very sick and lost 17 pounds, then I had to put down my dog (she was 12 years old.) so I am guessing those pounds are back on. Grieving and my very own pity party have taken over, coupled with the sense that I will die soon if my life doesn't change. We stay up late, very late (1-3am each night) and get up for work at 7am. That's 4 days a week and the rest of the week we are up until 4-5am and sleep until 3-4pm. My husband has a very active job, but I sit 8 1/2 hours a day at work. So in the evenings, he wants to sit and I want to lounge with my swollen feet up. But at 46 years old, I am looking at potentially life-threatening health problems. I already have hypothyroid disease and am pre-diabetic. There is so much I want to do in my life and I can't. Really...can't. So here I am, scared and ready for my life to change for the better. I am so much more than the fat middle-age (if I'm lucky I'm middle-age) chick with a cute nose. But the nose is another story.

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