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Re-Committing to Healthy Habits

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I have decided to further my weight loss and lifestyle change goals that I needed to re-set my goals and re-start Spark Coach. I need a bit of a bump and I think this will shake me out of the funk I've been in for months. It helps that this time around, I have 34 pounds to lose and not 90 plus. It helps that I am in a better place emotionally than a few months ago, when I was the lowest that I've been in years. Note to self: never let a man come between me and my desire to be the healthiest that I can be!

What I am mainly interested in is cementing good living habits: cooking healthy meals for myself, making time for exercise, and above all, getting enough sleep. I've fallen back into some bad habits, but I think I am ready to turn the corner again. I am becoming the person that I've always wanted to be and I need to nuture myself as I become that strong, confident, dynamic, sexy, healthy and fit woman.

It's a journey that I will be on for the rest of my life. This isn't a short term "let's lose 34 pounds and then stop" program. Spark People helped me to get where I am now and it will help me to walk that healthy road for the rest of my life!

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LOFLLAMA 4/17/2014 10:51PM

  YOU GOT THIS!!! I have Faith in you! I'm glad to see you back!
Love Ya!

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MARAGRAM 4/17/2014 12:13PM

    emoticon , that's emoticon !

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Plateaus and Breaking Them

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Well, Spark Friends, it's been a long time since I've blogged. About 4.5 months to be exact. In all that time, I've been floundering and floundering, like a fish trapped on land.

Don't get me wrong, I have made some positive changes in my life since then. I joined Toastmasters in December, I started dating again in October (mostly positive, some negative), I joined a cardio kick boxing boot camp and am now doing yoga on a weekly basis. While I haven't been taking a huge amount of care for myself, I also haven't gained, although I think that's more from a lack of eating than anything else. So it hasn't all been negative these last 4.5 months, but I was certainly hoping to be a lot farther along in my goals achievements than I am now. This is what happens when I lose focus on my needs.

I have always had a hard time putting myself first. The best successes I have had in this program and in my life has been when I have put myself first. I still have a problem realizing that I don't need to care what others think of me for being "selfish". I could use a bit more "selfish" in my life and in my attitude. I need to come first. I read an article that talked about self-love and self-care and I realized just how much I was slipping on that front. I've talked a good game in the last 4.5 months, but I did not put back into practice what I'd learned and done since I'd started with Spark People.

Sweeping and grandiose statements about how all that changes don't work for me. I've made them and then felt crappy when I reneged on them. But I will say this: I am taking baby steps again down the right path. I've started this journey of a thousand miles by once again taking a single step which was to enroll in the Spark Coach Plateau Busting program. It's a small step towards self care again.

I will say this: I deserve to treat myself well. My needs are important. I matter. My health and well-being, physical and emotional, are priorities. Self care is self love! I do love myself and need to tell myself that every day, hug myself every day and take the best care of myself that I can. I am going to fall in love with well being again. I want it to be my forever relationship.

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HM_JACKSON 3/12/2014 2:59PM

    Hi, Gwen
Oh, how I miss you! Thanks for the update on your how your life is. Your life is great but yes you need to put you first and I love that line about your forever relationship. Isn't that the truth? How we forget that...a lot.
I have been faithful to Sparkpeople with tracking but haven't embraced any challenges or sparkfriends or really anything else on here. I actually found a great private Facebook site that is really helping. I would love to introduce you but if I remember correctly you are not on FB?
Anyway, you are the one I think about the most on SP.

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Back at it!

Monday, October 07, 2013

It's been a while since I've blogged. For the most part, I've been floundering. I have just had another relationship end and it was pretty devastating. This ending was so much worse than my separation from my ex-husband because I had fallen out of love with my husband years before we separated. This man I had loved for years; still do and likely always will. It is always hard to separate when love is still there, I think. When we broke up, I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, couldn't exercise, felt alternatively numb and highly emotional. Definitely not the mostly calm even keel (except for the odd burst of anger that I feel now and then) that I felt when separating from my ex-husband.

I didn't gain weight, but I yo-yoed a bit, alternating between the times I could eat and the times I couldn't. I am still upset about my breakup, but I am starting to come to terms with it. I am reaching out to friends to help me through this. I know that I will come out stronger on the other side, but it will take time to heal and I must give myself that time.

At the same time, I am starting to take care of myself again. I made some delicious chicken soup from scratch last night (and which I will be having for lunch today). I ate a healthy breakfast and I will be eating a healthy meal tonight. I am starting to weigh and measure again today because I'm a bit out of practice. I am going to yoga tonight and I will also do one of Coach Nicole's videos.

I will be using the pain I am feeling to push me through in order to make positive changes in my life.

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/9/2013 12:56PM

    "Back at it" is a good place to be. Be gentle with yourself, keep moving forward, and realize you're surrounded by friends, both physical and virtual.
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JUST_BRENDA 10/8/2013 7:25AM

    Sorry to hear of your pain. It will get better.
Glad to hear that you are committing to taking care of yourself. No matter who comes and goes in our lives, we'll always be with ourselves so we may as welll make the investment to be who we want to be!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/8/2013 1:56AM

    Sorry about your painful breakup but glad you are diving back into Spark and taking care of yourself!

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KRICKET57 10/7/2013 7:36PM

    Good to hear you are taking care of yourself again. I am sorry things did not work out in your relationship but hopefully you are ready to pick yourself up again.

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NHES220 10/7/2013 11:52AM

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your relationship, but glad that you are taking care of yourself!

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LOFLLAMA 10/7/2013 10:40AM

  You'll do great! I have faith in you!

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DIETER27 10/7/2013 10:23AM

  good planning.

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Back to Basics

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Well, it caught up with me. I've been feeling unmotivated the last few weeks. On top of that, I've managed (and not really sure how I did it) to read my scale completely wrong. Instead of going down, I've been going up. I guess because I expected to see it go down that's what I saw. To be fair, though, I mis-remembered my last weigh in number and assumed it was a loss. So, I've corrected it on my Weight Chart and have resolved to get back to basics. Now I have to adjust to the fact that I've lost 61 lbs and not 72 lbs as I've been thinking. Still, I think I knew deep down that I didn't have the weight off. My body didn't feel any differently and I think that it would with 10 lbs difference. I am trying to not let it derail my efforts and realize that the scale is just a number and it doesn't define who I am as a person, or reflect on my weight journey so far.

What exactly does back to basics mean? For me, it means measuring my food, weighing my food and more importantly, cooking my food! I can't afford to keep buying my dinner. The calories are adding up and the weight was creeping back. Once in a while, it's OK, but not every night! So it's back to cooking again. It's not much fun cooking for one and that's what gets to me after a while. I don't really feel like just making one meal. I have to get over feeling that way. I am worth the effort to make myself a healthy meal. I am worth the effort it takes to make myself a delicious lunch to bring to work.

Do you hear that, self? I am worth it!! So what that I haven't been lucky in love and that I am separated! That also does not define who I am! That does not define my worth! I won't let it, but it does bring up another issue for me. Many people have told me that I am the strongest person they know. I've often thought, but then who takes care of me? The answer to that is no-one. I have to take care of myself.

That was brought home rather forcefully when I was getting my hospital card re-issued because of my name change. Who was my next of kin? Well, I don't have family here. My closest family is 1000 km away and she is my frail 85 year old mother. Not exactly who I would want them to call in an emergency. My sister is 4000 km away on BC's west coast. Fortunately for me, the technician relented and allowed me to designate a close friend as my contact. Since the hospital card was for blood tests before I see my oncologist, the thought going through my head was, what the hell do I do if the cancer comes back? And the answer to that is that I'd better take really good care of myself and hope that I win the recurrence lottery.

Also, back to basics means exercising! Exercise has always boosted my mood, so why I haven't been doing any, I don't know. My entire living pattern has been thrown off since I got back from visiting my mother this summer and dealing with the stress of finding a care home for her, as well as dealing with the various freak-outs she's been having. It's exhausting! I still need to take care of myself, since no-one else can do that for me and I have to remember that if I am not taking care of myself, I won't be able to take care of anything else.

This blog is kind of all over the place, but the gist is that I start to eat properly, track, weigh & measure, cook for myself, get stress under control, and exercise. Piece of fruit, right? (I'd say piece of cake, but I've never liked cake!) No problem! Easy peasy!


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WHITNEYLD 9/26/2013 5:22AM


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JUSTYNA7 9/21/2013 11:04AM

    You are definitly worth it... and there is nothing wrong with getting back to basics. Just remember the scale is just a tool.

I posted a message to the team about a meet and greet. Maybe this is just what you need! I know it is last minute and Richmond is not easy for everyone to get to, but people have come in the past. It's aquafit... or you can choose to use the time to do something for yourself while people are in the pool. Justyna

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HM_JACKSON 9/19/2013 12:34AM

    Gwen-I so appreciate your honesty in this blog and am here to help. What can I do? Do you want to look at joining one of our old Spark challenges again?
I have been "Back to Basics" for a couple of weeks now and feel really good. I want you to feel this way too.
Please reach out. We can do this!

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KNYAGENYA 9/18/2013 2:42PM

    Glad to hear that you realize you are worth all of these changes. I hope things go well for you. Good luck.

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LOFLLAMA 9/18/2013 2:16PM

  " I am worth the effort to make myself a healthy meal. I am worth the effort it takes to make myself a delicious lunch to bring to work."

WELL YEA!!!! Of course YOU are worth it!!! ! am so proud of you! 61...72...ah! You'll get there! I have faith in you! I believe you are worth it too!

Keep on keeping on!

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Feeling a bit weird today

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I had lunch with my ex-husband yesterday. We are still friends, so seeing each other occasionally to catch up on each other's lives is just what friends do. He reminded me that today would have been our wedding anniversary.

He told me that he was going to send me an email today about the anniversary but didn't know how to do it without being an ass. He wanted to acknowledge the fact that we had a lot of good years together and also acknowledge the day we got married.

I honestly don't know how to feel about it. I'd removed the date from my calendar. Unlike most stereotypical relationships, my ex was the one to remember the date of our anniversary. If I didn't put it in my calendar, I would forget every year. To be reminded of it now feels weird and uncomfortable and makes me feel a bit emotional. Sad.

I'm happy that we're apart. I like my ex so much better now that I'm not married to him. We get along better, I'm able to tell him what I think without immediate criticism and we are just more comfortable with each other this way. But I still mourn the relationship end, I think. It wasn't what I wanted it to be and I wasn't who I wanted to be in it.

We've been separated now for 6 months and will be filing for divorce in another 6. I guess I should have expected to feel this way on this day, but I didn't. I'm also feeling a bit like a big failure today. I'm trying not to feel that way, trying to use logic to let myself off the hook. A relationship isn't just one person, I know that. But I am doing a fair bit of questioning my judgement today and I have to keep reminding myself that looking back always has 20/20 vision. I really didn't fail. The choices I made led me to where I am now, for better or worse. I hope it's for the better.

Ultimately, all I can do going forward is to be as authentic as I can be. Being true to the changes that I've made for myself during these last 7 months at Spark People has been my saving grace.

I will get through this and this, too, shall pass.

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GRAYLADY13 8/26/2013 8:43PM

    Gentle hug of sweet understanding. Been there. You're going to have several of these weird feeling moments getting a divorce. You are not a failure, you are an optimist! There is no rule book about how to feel in your circumstances. Notice your feelings and move forward. You're going to be okay. It might help to make a running list of your feelings as you discover them. Keep blogging.

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HM_JACKSON 6/26/2013 5:12PM

    Yes, it shall pass. You have come so far Gwen! I am so proud of you. However the emotions you are feeling today are normal and human. I would think you were a weirdy if you weren't feeling this way.
You are such a strong woman! Continue on sista!

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NANCYPAT1 6/26/2013 10:17AM

    Emotions are not necessarily LOGICAL - My ex died in January and I thought my world would had ended. We separated in 1989 and were divorced in 2005 - stayed friends and I was totally devastated my his death. You are STILL in the NEW stages of the process and will surely go through a whole lot of ups and downs emotionally before it stops having an effect.

Prayers for you and a BIG HUG to remind you that you have now moved into a new phase of a wonderful friendship.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 6/26/2013 9:44AM

    I had the same problem with feeling mixed up and so much more for my first and maybe second would have been anniversaries. . It's hard but it does get easier. Now I laugh to myself when I notice the date. You made the right choice for YOU and that is what's most important! Don't give in to those feelings, you can get through this and will be a better person for it!!

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EDELWEISS33 6/26/2013 9:34AM

    Making progress! proud of you!

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NKING1982 6/26/2013 9:32AM

    It takes time but you gotta keep moving forward

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