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A new beginning of loving myself along with the fur people in my life!

Between 2004 and and summer of 2007 I gained 40 lbs by taking a job with a 3-4 hour commute. I started hating the job and became more and more depressed by what I was becoming. I quit the job in June 2007 but could not get myself motivated to get back into my active lifestyle.
That Dec I took a job close to home and enrolled in a wellness program which started in Jan 2008. By Nov 2008 I lost lost 50 lbs. My pup became my personal trainer. We walked for hours and miles on the beach and on ...
Between 2004 and and summer of 2007 I gained 40 lbs by taking a job with a 3-4 hour commute. I started hating the job and became more and more depressed by what I was becoming. I quit the job in June 2007 but could not get myself motivated to get back into my active lifestyle.
That Dec I took a job close to home and enrolled in a wellness program which started in Jan 2008. By Nov 2008 I lost lost 50 lbs. My pup became my personal trainer. We walked for hours and miles on the beach and on trails and through little towns on the island. I added a gym membership which I worked hard at for a year. I rejoined the gym in Sept 2010 and also started taking fitness classes including Zumba, spinning and body blast.
I then lost a much loved brother, the last of my maltese and my mother. I went into a tailspin.
Today, Dec 25, 2010, I make a conscious decision to put joy back into my life and start loving myself and my life again. I will loose the last 13 lbs I managed to put back on as well as another 7 by May and my next dive trip.
I dive and need to be able to breath. All of the things I love doing call for a healthy in shape body. I

July 16th 2008
Today the scales showed that the 40 lbs I had gained was all gone. In addition I am in better shape than I was before gaining the weight and I'm actually down 2 extra pant sizes! I was about 10 lbs over when I started gaining so I am continuing on the program I set for myself. I feel fantastic and I am happier than I have been in a very long time. This site has been such a huge support and I can't imagine how I could have gotten this far without SP as well as the challenges set by the gym I go to and my personal trainer.

November 5, 2008
I reached my goal weight today. I feel great and have honestly not had any really bad days since starting SP. I weigh 125 pounds and I am in a size 2 jean and size 4 everything else. I am strong and healthy and I don't even want to reward myself with something I used to like to eat! What I wanted and got was lavendar aroma therapy bath oil and a new bed ensemble! I had been fighting with the last 7 lbs up and down and up and down for 4.5 of them for at least 2 months and today all of the those 4.5 had stayed off and the last 2.5 were gone as well.
I intend to just keep doing exactly what I have been doing. I love how I eat and I love the gym and most of all I love SP.
October 20, 2012
Wow. It has been a roller coaster couple of years. I am currently up in weight but I am also lifting weights and in the middle of a challenge at the gym so my clothes are loose and baggy. Since I last added to this, I had taken a job in the most hostile environment I could ever envision just to get supervision to get my license. I gained weight and lost heart. I left that and just worked at the local job I had kept part time. I am still here and working full time although I am only guaranteed 12 hours a week. It has been very stressful knowing I may not have the hours and money to pay the bills. Three weeks ago someone resigned and the 2 of us on part time were finally feeling secure. On Thurs we were informed that social work would no longer be staffed in our emergency room and the position was being posted for a nurse case manager. This left three of us wondering who could keep their part time positions and who was going to be laid off. One of us will just retire and walk away. I still need to work even though I will retire from the reserves in January. The other one of us has another part time job. This should be overwhelming to me right now. What I have discovered this week is that since I am going to the gym I am just rolling with all of this. I am not stressing. The first shock sent me straight to the gym Thurs night and since then I am wondering what happened to the worry I should be feeling. It is truly amazing what working out can do to heal the body and soul.
In May I took a night job on the mainland. I have resigned effective Feb 3rd. I took my clinicals in Dec and passed and now have 2 job offers from 2 VA hospitals in different places. I am looking forward to a brand new career with veterans and a new lifestyle!
January 25, 2015
So many changes. Life certainly does happen!
In April I had a new job and a new place to live and a new future outlook. In a 48 hour time span I had 5 major financial things happen to make me take a look at my decision. I felt like I was being told that I was making a wrong decision but I kept trying to make that move anyway right through 3 of those major happenings. 4 and 5 made the decision for me to stay put. Since then I have accepted the full time position I had been filling for on the island and I have started running again and I lost 20 # putting me back down to where I was before I started commuting all over the place!
I am now actively involved in Visalus which has given me the nutritional boost I needed to keep from wanting to graze even on stressful days at work. I am hiking 5 to 6 miles a day when I have light outside and no wind.
The new goal is to be at my goal weight of 120 by the end of Feb for a dive trip I am scheduled for.
Right now I am going through a very difficult time. The golden retriever puppy in my arms and with the papillon in the next picture is in liver failure. I am losing her as I write. The vet and the specialty vet hospital and the pathologist cannot figure out the reason. We all thought cancer but can find none. Her platelets are at 90K, her liver is 3 X a normal size and her pancreas is also huge. This pup, Aspen, has been here with me her entire life as was her mother before her. She helped me through her mom and dad's deaths and has been my running and hiking buddy who helped me to lose first 50 lbs then the 20 lbs I put on again. She is my Angel. She has made the entire Sparkpeople journey with me.
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Member Since: 4/21/2008

SparkPoints: 110,451

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My Goals:
To eat healthy and to increase my HDL from 45 to 50. To remain very active and never gain the weight back.

My Program:
I started eating 3 small meals a day starting with Kashi go lean and Greek yogurt for breakfast. This past spring and summer I was hiking almost every morning before work. Right now it is too dark and wet to do that so I am looking for a new program as of October 2014!

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I'm Serena and I live on acreage on a little island in the northwest. I have no children left at home and have critters galore. I travel and I work full time

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The world was put here for us to enjoy. Live life to the best of your ability and enjoy what God has given us.

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LINUXLADY
3/27/2015 11:02:43 AM

WOW! Your weight loss is impressive! Meg



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--KREN
10/12/2014 10:27:58 AM

Serena, I left a post for you this morning on Over 60's.

Karen



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BEWELL48
7/6/2014 8:23:16 AM

Since I book marked the journal page I am not quite sure what I had to enter to find it. If you want to still use it I am sure you can inquire through the search field. Good luck!




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BEWELL48
7/5/2014 10:26:42 PM

Serena, saw your comment about the budget page. Isn't it annoying?! They took away the journal page but then restored it but you need to 'dig' to find it. I don't think they give the proper warning when they make these major changes. Oh well, gotta let it go I guess! See you back on the wheel points page!
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PEGGYO
1/24/2014 9:30:41 PM

Serena welcome to fun loving people over 60 just jump right in and join in the conversation.



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