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I have been on this fun ride for quite some time, I have learned a lot not only about healthy eating and exercise but also about myself.

In the time I have been on Spark I have been laid off from 2 jobs, went through a horrendous break up, moved to a city where I knew nobody and watched my children grow from small elementary children to now a high school graduate and an almost middle schooler (my little one currently is in year round school and doesn't move onto middle school until later in June). Along with a whole lot of other exciting and some not so exciting things.

I have learned to embrace change, because without it life would be boring. I have learned to stand up for myself and try to be brave in the faces of uncertainty. I have learned to not just settle for anything really.

We all have the capability to move from where we are, we are not trees. I wasn't happy with my weight or my health, so I chose to change that. 2 years ago I hit 169 for my weight, I hadn't seen that number since my 20's no joke. I was riding that weight loss train like there was no tomorrow.

Nothing could stop me I was on my way...and then life was like "hey catch this!". I tore my calf muscle one day and my world stopped. I couldn't exercise, actually I could have I just couldn't do the exercise I wanted to do. So I decided I was going to wallow....and wallow I did. I slowly started to lose my strength I had built and I slowly started to gain weight again.

I kinda yo yo'd for awhile and then on Thanksgiving of 2016 my guys father called me a "little piggy" and continued to make references about my eating and whatnot (see my blog if you want to read about that lovely holiday). I was mortified and I let those words roll in my mind like little fish in a fish bowl. Christmas rolled around and the snide remarks still came at me from his father.

Two things happened that day, one I decided I was no longer going to spend time with his family because they are insensitive. Not everyone is, but I will not under any circumstances subject myself to someone being a bully. I also decided I was going to get back where I needed to be...which is essentially healthy for my girls. I need to be there for their graduations from elementary, middle and high school an onto college. I need to be there for their weddings and birth of my grandchildren.

I have had moments since 12/28/2016 where I have fallen ill, my calf bothered me, I wasn't feeling it, my tracking has been off, you name it I've dealt with it. But I'm still here, tracking and trying my best to stay on track. Sure I haven't lost as much weight as I had a few years ago, BUT I have accepted that a slow loss is going to benefit me in the long run.

I try to remember to fuel my body and not throw my meal planning out the window. I have to remind myself that even though meal prep is tedious...laziness does not save me money or get me healthy. I now take the train to work, which means I walk to and from the train station both to and from my house and to and from my work.

I have this one life and if I learn at almost 40 y/o's old that I need to take better of care it, then that is fine. I will get day at a time.

My numbers may not be the greatest, as you can see I've had my moments thus far. However I'm not ashamed, I have accepted my imperfections. I can look back and see how far I have come since 12/28/16. When I weighed myself that day I was almost to my highest weight and there was no way and never will I be at or beyond my highest weight ever again.

Member Since: 12/29/2009

Fitness Minutes: 115,013

My Goals:
Complete a Half Marathon =o)

ST at least 3x a week

Yoga 2x a week
219- 12/28/16
215- 1/4/17
210- 5/29/17
205- 06/05/17

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Strength training at home

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  • v KURTZIE1998
    Happy Dragon Appreciate day. emoticon

    Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth?Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.

    Noela Evans
    3 hours ago
    emoticon Happy Appreciate A Dragon Day emoticon

    “When it comes to fighting for your dreams, be a dragon. Breathe fire.”
    ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

    Dragons never give up on our Dreams. We may postpone them for a while but we keep working for them. Enjoy your day my Dragon brothers and sisters.
    12 hours ago
    "If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Martin Luther King, Jr.
    1 day ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
    emoticon fellow dragon, just stopping by to wish you an emoticon week.

    Failure doesn't come from falling down, but it comes from not getting up.

    3 days ago
    “It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.”
    – Vince Lombardi

    Let' s be doers this week and meet the challenges of exercise and healthy eating head on. emoticon
    8 days ago
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