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Back on Track

Friday, January 04, 2008

Who would've thought it would take this long to get back on track. The passing of my stepfather in August set many changes in motion.
I had to get all of my mother's affairs in line to make sure she was taken care of. Who knew how much of an ordeal that would be.

Between Christmas and New Years we relocated from PA to North Carolina. Everything happened very quickly, but we are beginning to get settled in to our new home.

Now it's time for me to really get things back on track. I can't believe I did it, but I let myself fall into the 'don't pay attention to me' mode and I gained 10 lbs back since August. :(
I had myself well on the way to my goal and I blew it. Fortunately, thanks to SparkPeople, I know I won't just give in. I will get back to focusing on me.
It's a new year in a new home and I'm going to continue the journey to a better me.
I'm glad to be back to my SparkPeople home!

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SPARKFLOWER 1/5/2008 10:13AM

    omg, you're baaack!!! :)

Nice to see you back Jamie. That first step is the hardest right?
If I were off for the same length of time I would have gained more than 10 lbs!

Hope you have a great 2008.

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ALACIA22 1/4/2008 6:26PM

    You sure had a lot on your plate it's no wonder you gained the weight back. Don't feel bad I gained most of mine back too over the holidays! Yuck! Hope things slow down enough for you to succeed with your weightloss! Take care and enjoy NC!

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

All I can say is 'Wow' to all the supportive messages and emails I've received. Thank you to everyone. I feel like I've found a second family with the people here at SparkPeople.
Who would have thought that from the first time I signed on and struggled through creating my SparkPage that it would evolve to having such a great circle of friends.
And the weight loss support is great too, lol.
I have actually managed to lose 2 more pounds through all of my recent events. I'm not truly celebrating that though because I did not do it the right way. It's been more from minimal food and high anxiety.
Tomorrow starts a fresh day and although there are still many things to deal with, I am going to resume some focus on my healthy lifestyle.

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SPARKFLOWER 8/31/2007 6:19PM

    Yay to you for getting through all of the stress with a positive outlook for tomorrow. Yay for the 2lbs, even though it was stress induced, lol.

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passing of loved one

Sunday, August 26, 2007

It is hard to lose a loved one. What is harder though is to watch a loved one weaken into someone you don't recognize. I have watched this transition with my stepfather for almost a month now. He finally left us and went to a place of peacefulness yesterday morning. I had said all of my thoughts and things I needed to say to him during the past weeks, when he was still able to comprehend. I can let go now without sorrow for my loss for I know that his being is at rest now and his suffering is done.
The road ahead will still be bumpy for a short period for now the details that follow must be dealt with. Because my mother is unable to fully care for herself, I will make arrangements for her to move to a place where she can be independent but still have others there to watch over her if she needs anything.
I've always know that I am a strong person and could handle anything that is given to me. I don't always handle it with absolute grace but I get it done nonetheless. What surprises me is how much more 'grace' I have now since I have come to know myself much better.
I realize that SP focuses on weight management, but I think it is much more. I think it gives us the chance to really look at ourselves and pull out our strengths. Those strengths then surface at times when we don't even realize that it is happening. Now is one of those times for me.

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PEGGYLOU4 8/28/2007 7:05AM

    Jamie, I wen't through a similar situation with my grandmother and would just like to send you my love and hugs. Lou xx

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SPARKFLOWER 8/27/2007 12:22PM

    You have such a great attitude.
You are the type of person that will just grow and learn from every experience, its so encouraging, and such a great way to live.
I think its so great that you had such a great relationship with you stepfather.

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DAVENPLK 8/26/2007 8:27PM


My prayers are with you in your time of need. Yes, you do have the strength and the courage to make it through this time. It is a difficult journey, and I will be there to support you in any way that I possibly can.


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BAYCORNER 8/26/2007 3:56PM

    Thinking of you and your fmaily in your time of loss. Blessings.

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JEWELSGRANNY 8/26/2007 1:33PM

    Jamie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I can relate to how you feel as I have been there also with my Dad and my Mom. I took care of Mom when she got sick and was able to get even closer to her in the time before her death.
((((HUGS))))) to you.

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TERJEGOLD 8/26/2007 12:44PM

    Jamie, what an eloquent way to describe your stepfather's passing. My heart is with you as you go through the necessary duties and rituals in the coming weeks and I celebrate the fact that you had the opportunity to participate in the process of his passing. What a gift to the both of you. Be gentle with yourself. Hugs!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 8/26/2007 8:33AM

    Jamie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you and your family are in my prayers and if there's anything you need or just want to talk give a shout. I know it's not easy, we lost my Dad several years ago after a two year lingering death.

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Over the hump?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Finally, I weighed yesterday and I am down 1 lb.
I am hoping that I am finally over my plateau hump and will have some consistent losses on the scale now.
I'm trying some new strategies thanks to Camp Gonna Be Fit and feel like I am developing more consistency with my approach.
It's becoming easier to stay on track and easier to forgive myself and get back on track when the little blips occur (which will always occur I think).


Alone time

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

My family is away for 3 days so I have time to devote to just me. I can eat what I want and not worry about whether everyone else likes it. I'm free to exercise whenever.
I know I miss my family, but it is nice to have this time to myself for just a few days.
I might actually get to read a book or magazine, which is unheard of with my schedule.
Here's to alone time.


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