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Here's to My Health

The last few years have been a pattern of discouragement over losing weight too slowly or not at all. I continue to gain weight whether or not I've been dieting and quit or just haven't done anything to begin with. I have been wondering if there is some health issue that is not only preventing me from losing weight but is also causing me to gain. It doesn't seem like I've overeating, but I continue to gain. I've been to one doctor, and there wasn't any news. I've decided to give this a ...
The last few years have been a pattern of discouragement over losing weight too slowly or not at all. I continue to gain weight whether or not I've been dieting and quit or just haven't done anything to begin with. I have been wondering if there is some health issue that is not only preventing me from losing weight but is also causing me to gain. It doesn't seem like I've overeating, but I continue to gain. I've been to one doctor, and there wasn't any news. I've decided to give this a try again before I seek a second opinion. October 2013

____________ Time's a Charm?
I feel like I've started over so many times, but I'm feeling dedicated to this one. I've discovered a program called Weigh Down where the idea is to listen to your God-created body for cues about hunger and fullness. I can eat whatever I want as long as my body is hungry. I've done well on it before, but soon stopped listening or overate anyway. When I'd try to start again, I found myself emphasizing the "whatever I want" instead of "hunger." So now I'm doing Weigh Down again, but I'm using Spark People to track so I don't find myself overeating. When I am conscious of what it is I'm eating, I realize I only eat what my body is hungry for and not extra, just because the food is there. I decided I would do this July 1, 2012, and the next morning, July 2, I started. So many "upsets" have happened in my life in the last few years, but I've got to move beyond that and focus on my health and well-being. --July 15, 2012

New School Year-New Attitude
Since the beginning of August trying again but taking it slow and not losing my positive attitude! Slow and steady wins the race...put one foot in front of the other. -August 26, 2009

I had lost quite a few inches but no pounds over the summer, but then we went on vacation and I stopped trying....
And when we got home, I went back to work (school), and still stopped trying.
So, now we're finishing the second week of school, and I'm back in my routine, so I'm starting to work on my diet and exercise, again. -August 29, 2008

I've always had problems with my weight. The first time I remember realizing this was in Kindergarten. It seems as if every time I start a diet, I do really well, but if I ever stop, it's hard to get back on.
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Member Since: 3/12/2007

SparkPoints: 18,483

Fitness Minutes: 9,265

My Goals:
Weight 175.

Lowering stress level

Raising energy level

Just generally feeling fit

Being comfortable in my skin and my clothing

Personal Information:
After teaching High School ESOL for about 7 years, I switched to High School English because there was an opening where I live. I loved the ESOL students. They are some of the kindest, most well-behaved, caring kids, and their families are great to work with, too. I am now on my 5th year at this school, and I feel like I've been around awhile now. I started the position of librarian last year and believe it is my new calling.

My husband and I got married July 21, 2007, after a 3-4 year relationship. We have a daughter together, and he has 3 boys from a previous marriage. We're usually running 20 different directions, but when we do all come together, we have a great time!

I read when I find a little time here and there. Recently I've been reading Karen Kingbury. I'm also reading tons of young adult novels that my students read.
I also love to scrapbook, and I try and make time for that, too. I've scrapbooked basically since my daughter was born.

Other Information:
A quote I stole from a fellow sparker:
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
And another spark friend gave me this one:
Don't give up what you want the most for what you want now.

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CHIRORENGO
7/14/2012 2:55:58 PM

thanks. I got married in December. Now I'm just trying to stay healthy. I had dropped 30 pounds then gained 40 back! Now slowly trying to refocus!

How have you been?



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CHIRORENGO
7/14/2012 12:24:46 PM

Hey lovely lady,

long time don't hear. How have you been?



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3/21/2011 10:42:54 PM

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What an fantastic accomplishment since most of the people who joined when you did have long since quit. Give yourself credit for making a new lifestyle and doing this for your health (and beauty). emoticon

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SAMJINX
4/2/2010 9:01:00 PM

Thank you for the welcome!



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3/24/2010 3:36:46 PM

Thank you for the lovely welcome banner! I'm on day 6 here at SP and still getting used to it. I appreciate that there is such a strong supportive community here. Thank you again and "hello!"

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