I am a 36 year old mom of 4. I have been happily married to David for 16 years. I've always had a hard time maintaining my weight especially with the weight changes during and after pregnancy, although, I have never been "obese," just "overweight." I realize now that it's about consistency in the way I eat and exercise. My goal is to take better care of my body. I now realize that this body is a gift and my life on Earth will not exist without it. I want to feed it and treat it with respect to get the most out of it.
So, I can't really tell anyone when I started this journey since I feel like it's been my entire life, but I joined SparkPeople in 2011 and was able to lose down to 124 pounds in 10/11. The holidays came and I gained a few. I also gave too many excuses of why I couldn't exercise. By the summer, I'm guessing I was up to about 150 (I didn't weigh, I didn't want to officially know). Then in September, 2012 my daughter was diagnosed to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. This was pure hell for her and I gave up trying to handle food and exercise. That brought my weight up to (probably) 168. I'm not completely sure because I wouldn't weigh- at least properly, like I usually did- first thing in the morning with nothing on. Thankfully, she is in remission now. During the month of Dec. I really watched my diet and then on Jan. 2, 2013, I started in at 100%.
So far, so good! I'm off to a great start!
Update- I finally reached my goal weight of 125 on 7/19/13!
I am 5'6" and my goal weight is 125 pounds. I want to have control over how I eat no matter the situation and to have exercise as a permanent part of my life.
7/19/13 Finally reached my goal weight of 125!
I eat 1000-1200 calories a day. I eat very little "junk food." I completed the Couch to 5K program 5-31-11! I am so happy to be running again. It's a fast way to burn a lot of calories and makes me feels great!
12/3/11 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon *DONE*
12/1/12 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon *DONE*
| current weight: 167.0
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Just dropping by to say hello, Sparkfriend! Remember, you don't have to be perfect on this journey in order to make progress! As long as you keep trying...and never quit...you are already a success! Keep doing your best, because you are worth the effort!
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It is a delight to discover people who are worthy of respect and admiration and love, but it is vital to believe yourself deserving of these things."
I hope you're having a good weekend so far, Sparkfriend! I just wanted to stop by and share a couple of great quotes with you. Keep pushing to reach your goals, one day at a time. Always believe that you are worth your absolute best effort...because you are!
"My invitation to you is to begin living every moment as though you are miraculous and deserve to live an extraordinary life.
Fake it if you must and keep faking it until it’s real to you. The gift you will be giving yourself is a lifelong journey of discovery, one that is infinite and infinitely rewarding. Begin the journey. Today. This moment. Now."
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"One of the most difficult parts of changing how you live and how you eat is believing that change is possible.
We all say we believe that, but many of us, deep down in our hearts believe that it's possible for other people, but not for us.
That other people can do it, that the glowy warm life we imagine is for other people, not for us.
We have an unconscious belief that we can't do it, it's hopeless, and so, on some level, we stop making an effort.
We lapse into the way it always was or is. But change really is possible.
And it really does take a fierce kind of longing, and a fierce kind of love for yourself.
For the life you know is possible. Ask yourself what you love most of all.
Do you love your life? And are you willing to take action on your own behalf?"
TGIF, Sparkfriend! I hope your week was a good one and that you're ready for a fit, fun and fantastically healthy weekend! Keep your goals in mind and keep taking steps towards them. Remind yourself that you are capable...and love yourself enough to know that you are worth the effort!
1059 days ago
Congrats on reaching your goal weight! You've put in the work to achieve this goal! I know that you will continue in your healthy habits & maintain them! Continue to aspire to reach your fitness goals and your lifestyle of health, vitality and balance!
1073 days ago
"I believe in waking up every day and taking a good step toward health, and honoring your body." -Troian Bellisario
“In terms of days and moments lived, you’ll never again be as young as you are right now, so spend this day, the youth of your future, in a way that deflects regret. Invest in yourself. Have some fun. Do something important. Love somebody extra. In one sense, you’re just a kid, but a kid with enough years on her to know that every day is priceless."
Just stopping by to encourage you to make the most of each day, my beautiful young Sparkfriend! Keep your goals in mind, and do something every day that will move you one step closer to attaining them. Don't ever forget that you are always worth your best effort!
Have a healthy week!
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