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7/17/13 10:30 A

Thank you so much for your resposne already to me. We have health coaches at the place I work at. It is nice as it is a free program so I have been working with them this past year. I have managed to walk more and get off my blood pressure medication. I asked the nurse to help me capture my measurements and in the past 6 months even though I did not lose much weight I have taken 4 inches off my waist.

One week tracking on Sparks People and I have lost 1 pound.
Thanks for the encouragement

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 69,265
7/17/13 10:29 A

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PINKHOPE Posts: 25,769
7/17/13 9:49 A

Welcome to Sparkpeople!

I want to congratulate you on making this journey. I began my own journey a few years ago and though my pace has been slow I have lost over 100 pounds! You can have success too!

I totally sympathize with you on moving your mom to an Alzheimer's Facility. We just went through this the past 4 years. Good job on not caving to the treats brought home.

This is a great place to get healthy! There are so many tools, resources, and encouraging people to help you on your journey to "Health & Fitness". Be sure to poke around the site and try the nutrition and fitness trackers, Spark Recipes, Daily Spark, health articles, and secrets.

Joining a team will help you meet like-minded people that share similar life situations or goals. You can join mine to start. I share many helpful tips, recipes and insights from my own journey so you too can benefit. The DAILY CHAT section has lots of helps.

Be sure to read member blogs as there is a wealth of information there. You can start with one of mine:

If you have further questions or just want to chat, stop by my Sparkpage or send me a Sparkmail. Just click on the button under my profile picture on the left.

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7/17/13 9:11 A

Hello and welcome. My heart goes out to you for all that you've weathered during the last few years, it must be very difficult. It is hard to understand why your husband reacts the way that he does, because you mentioned that he nags you about your weight, and yet he also is bringing things into the house that make it difficult for you to keep your healthy eating goals. I wonder if there is some underlying need to control or insecurity that makes him fear you reaching your goals? I have had the same problem in the past with my husband, to a lesser extent, and realized that he was afraid that if I felt better about myself that I would somehow not need him as much. It took a long time to help him understand differently, and now he is supportive of me and my goals to be healthy. Walking is a great exercise, it's my favorite, and you're being a great role model for your daughter. When you feel tempted, do something physical and get yourself past the cravings, if you can even put off eating (except when you're truly hungry) for 20 minutes, the cravings will go away, and then over time you won't feel them as strongly because your body will be used to a new way of doing things. I wish you the best!!! Keep going, and remember, when you have a setback, don't stop!! Just because we get a flat tire, we don't jump out of the car and pop the other three! We fix the flat and move on!! So if you do eat any of those M&M's, don't allow it to send you on a trail of hopelessness, just pick yourself up and go ont!!! emoticon

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7/17/13 8:56 A

Hello and Welcome to Sparks!

Although each person has different goals, you're in great company here. The amount of support and community at Sparks is unlike any other website. (Trust me, I've tried them all!) emoticon

If there is any way that I can help you along your journey, just let me know! I'm always here for friends in need.

Irish smiles,

7/17/13 8:16 A

Over a year ago I heard about SparksPeople site and it has been on the back of my mind to join. So I have made a decision to leverage the tools on this site to go forward on this journey to lose weight and stay healthy. There are so many days that I find myself feeling like not trying on losing weight. I think my biggest frustration is the lack of support from my husband. It is actually the opposite of what anyone would wish for. On a regular basis I am put down for my weight and that I don’t look nice and why don’t I take care of myself. Yet last Sunday he goes to Menards with the 15% off bag you could fill and buys a dozen 1# bags of M&M’s. The next day he comes home from Fleet Farm with a dozen Nut Goody bars. I am happy to report I have not eaten any of it. I have gained 20 pounds since we got married 8 years ago. In the past 8 years I have moved my mom to an Alzheimer’s facility. Helped our father stay in the family home as long as he could after a bleed on the brain in 2007 and a stroke in 2008. Last year was spent going through 45 years of family stuff and hosting an auction in the fall of 2012. Needless to say with everything going on with my parents, working full time and having a 5 yr old daughter and a husband that nags me on my weight I did not give much of any focus to weight loss. In the opposite I went to food for comfort. When I look back I think what I put in my mouth some days was the only control that I felt I had. I am an older mom and I love my daughter dearly. I need to lose weight and be a healthy mom in her life. I have resolved I cannot change my husband but what I can do is try this web site to plant myself in an environment of people that will support me on this journey. On a positive note I got myself off of blood pressure medication by taking the steps at work throughout the day this past year! Here we go, this is my story. No more excuses, I need to stop eating poorly when under stress. Last night as hot as it was I asked my daughter if she was up for an adventure and went for a walk with her. It felt good. Next time we will walk a little further

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