Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Hello friends! What a crazy 6 months it has been. After my May posting, I admit, I fell off the wagon in a big way. There were a lot of pity parties that involved a lot of pity food. So, like another sad statistic, I gained it all back - and yes, an extra 5 lbs to boot. But, I am back in the U.S., my husband and I just bought a house, and I am so thrilled to be able to be in a walkable city again. My commute alone gets me to 10,000 steps a day, which is huge, because I genuinely hate to exercise. So now I know I keep the pace up and am killing two birds with one stone.
My husband, former Marine, has been not adjusting well to the civilian lifestyle and has gained some weight himself, and got around to asking me "what was that spark thing you were doing so well with? if you ever go back, i want to go too."
so we're starting together. I don't really want him reading this blog, because it does feel like a private venting space, but we'll see.
I am so looking forward to catching up with you all...it's great to be back.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
I won't go into details, but the past three months have been some of the worst of my life. In addition to several traumatic events, I had to have emergency gallbladder surgery. I have been trying to pick up the pieces, and I feel like I've finally been able to do so!
I wish I could say I used Spark as a crutch during the time period but I didn't. Mainly due to a lot of the food restrictions and I was in the hospital for a while.
But I am here now. I've amended my goal to give me more time. And I'm ready to get back moving forward. And looking forward to catching up with so many of you!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
So, I've had about a 6 day pause from spark. I didn't eat completely crap, but i didn't track and didn't make the good decisions that i normally would have.
I think it's been due to stress. I work in the Persian Gulf and my job is really stressful, so there's that. But also, my parents, who I adore are coming to visit on Saturday and my husband and I are taking them on an African safari next week.
Additionally, my husband and I are trying to conceive and I'm in the throws of the "two week wait" to see if we were successful this round.
It was also DH's birthday on Tuesday too!
So i guess the anticipation + celebration threw me off track. But only slightly. The old me would have given up, but I'm not. I'm back here today, ready to plan out my day. I know on the safari, it may be difficult to spark, but I'm hoping for lots of skinned fruit that is safe to eat! If not, I'll make the best choices I can and be back to it the minute I get back here.
For me, it doesn't matter how long this takes. It's how I live now, and thankfully the "binge" days felt strange and unnatural.
My new normal is sparking and even if it takes me three years to get to my goal instead of one, I will get there!
Wishing EVERYONE a wonderful week!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
I think, given my averages, my goal of 60 lbs by my birthday (November 13) may not be reasonable. The last thing I want is to put too much pressure on myself. I've been on that path before, where the pressure forces me into desperation and I choose crazy choices (strict Atkins, etc) or worse (eating disorder). So I'm going to amend my date to December 31 to give me some additional time.
It's working now, and I am so thankful for that. But I am also loving the slow losing because I can have the occasional slip up and still be just fine. This will allow for about a pound a week, instead of 1.25.
And in a few months I need to change again, I will. This is a marathon, not a sprint!
Thanks to everyone for the support, I know I will get to my goals, but I want to be able to sustain them too! :)
I have some exciting things coming my way, will post about those soon!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
So I was THRILLED to finally break my plateau of bouncing around between 16-17 lbs lost. TOM didn't help. So happy to be down 18.2 lbs this morning! I getting so close to my first goal of being overweight versus obese, and close to being done with 1/3 of my overall goal!
But even better than the scale was getting dressed this morning. First, my husband came in when I was changing and came up and gave me a hug and said "You're looking really good. And not just because you're naked" LOL, so that made me feel awesome. Secondly, I have an important meeting today at work and wanted to wear this suit that I haven't worn in about 3 years because it was too small and I tried it on today and it fit like a glove!! Two weeks ago I tried it on and the pants were just too snug to be comfortable.
Really needed the boosts today because I felt myself becoming frustrated with my lack of progress.
Hope everyone has a great day!!
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