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Where have I been?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hello fellow Sparkers,

It has been a rough 3.5 months. Still no job, Filling out applications for college for January. Having financial troubles with EI (Employment insurance) some days I am not sure how I will survive.

Thus my eating habits are horrible, I sleep a lot and exercise is walking to the store to get food once or twice a week.

Stress sucks, Depression sucks. I think the uncertainty of everything is really chipping away at me.

I miss exercise and doing it at home (when I can) is less than motivating and not really existent. I just have lost all hope and progress and holiday time will be the worse food wise. I am in a rut, I am afraid I have not got out of yet.

So here I sit waiting for OSAP to buy out a gym membership for the year, go to school to do medical office administration so I can in 2 years get the job I love (I hope)

Life is handing me lemons...I may make lemonade but right now it is bitter and I will most likely add the vodka.


Starting over

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It has been a rough month, without a job I have been a homebody and with no income I have given up my gym. I have started eating a lot and just doing nothing and depression is setting in.

I am taking this weekend Thanksgiving weekend to reevaluate my life. I am in a very unhappy place right now and I do not want to be there. I am starting a new job on Tuesday. It is retail and although it is not what I want I have to remember to keep moving forward. I am also starting college in the new year so I can have a career in 2 years, its a long road but I am needing to prepare myself.

So much self doubt, so much sadness and unhappiness I need to turn around.

I need to get back on track because I have come so far and I know I can do it. I am thinking of looking up a membership for the YMCA as it is 10$ more a month but it includes a lot more including the pool.

SO much new coming my way so much uncertainty but I know I can do this. I can't walk away I have to head into this and know I am good enough!

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DRPEPPIE121 10/13/2014 12:13PM

    Have you tried looking into working for the YMCA? You get a free membership with a certain amount of hours per month. That's what I do...

And my question to you is although things are rough, happiness is often not found in things or in life, but in Jesus Christ. If we only live by our emotions, it'd be easy to live with no hope... but He is hope!

Just a thought. Hoping things turn around for you!

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JIBBIE49 10/12/2014 12:52AM

    Don't waste money on a gym membership when there are so many workouts you can do from YouTube. My adult children got in shape doing the P90X work out with Tony Horton and then the Insanity, etc. I've been a Sparker seven years today and I've seen so many people lose their jobs and blog about it. The one thing that is sad is how most of them have no money saved. I've always been frugal since I grew up with parents who paid cash or didn't buy it. They lived through the Great Depression and World War 2 so they didn't waste anything.
I'm thrilled you are going to college for two years as there are a lot of good careers that you can learn in two years time.
See a doctor and get on medicine for depression if you need to so you don't let yourself gain weight during this time.

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10 more days

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hips: down 1 inch
Waist: down 1/2 inch
Weight: Unknown

I am not ready to step on a scale, I have only been on this trend of 2 days a week fitness classes for now 6 weeks. I am not ready to know if I have dropped any weight and I am perfectly happy to see inches.

It takes time, it takes effort, it takes stamina...all of which I have none of but I still get up and go. My running is on hold, this heat and humidity is just to much for me to take but I do manage to make those 2 classes a week.

Sadly in 5 days I will be no longer employed :( I will be most likely going back to school to take some upgrades to courses. It looks like a possible student loan debt will be encountered but it just feels good to know I finally am going to college at 36.

Also the unemployment for the time being means I can go to Florida to visit Ma best friend. I haven't seen him in 5 years. I can not wait and although I am not 100% satisfied with my body I know I will be happy and proud to show it off regardless on the beach. I also am going to increase fitness classes, I will have more free time and can attend a few more of the classes that are offered. I think I may also get int he pool as well. I can not wait for the hot tub! lol

One step at a time but yet results. My next step in my journey is to take a look at the eal plans and see what I can do to work with those. Food has always been my enemy, and by enemy I mean not eating enough. I look forward to more knowledge.

What are your steps? where are you at now? Where are you headed?

Remember: When life hands you lemons, squirt juice in your enemies eyes!

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DRPEPPIE121 7/23/2014 4:15PM

    Congrats on the inches lost! That's HUGELY GREAT!!! Good job!!! I'm glad you are proud of yourself as you should be!!!

I understand how "food can be the enemy", but is it REALLY? It's easy to place blame on things other than ourselves, and from my own personal experience...I can say that my weight-gain was my fault, and my fault ALONE. It's a lack of self-control for me... and I'm a bit of a glutton/ food ISN'T the enemy as it nourishes my body.... it's myself. I'm my own enemy.

Taking my story as an example, I think it might be good to address those thoughts so you are putting your focus on the right things and making the changes that are necessary and most effective for you.

My steps are "baby steps"... one little success at a time...being as positive as possible... and I'm working hard to get there! My blog describes this over an over.

I hope you are doing well and have a lovely time on vacation when you have that! Also, good luck with all of your new endeavors! You CAN DO THIS!

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A Week of Happiness

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I went on vacation for a week to my cottage. I have always had such fond memories of growing up there and spending my summers. Playing in the lake, hanging with my cousin, fishing with my uncle.

We spent a week there and I was still true to myself. When I got there I set a goal to run to the end of the "main" road. I accomplished that goal. The scenery was beautiful and I hope one day to move up there permanently so I can always enjoy the scenery to run. I ran 3 days and the other days I took nice walks. After I would follow up with a dip in the lake to cool off. It was so refreshing.

I had so much time to think about things, where I am in life, my goals, my dreams. I even had a chance to remember my childhood and the dreams I had as a child. I always knew what I wanted and nothing would ever stop me but it seems life got in the way,

I know now these are my goals and dreams, a healthier lifestyle is priority and I will not let anything stand in my way, I felt so good in that bikini that I want to wear it more and shop for more next year. I also reorganized my dreams and I am now more focused than ever before.

Sometimes getting away, taking time to drift back to the days of your childhood can open up some wonderful doors and keep you more focused. I know it helped me.

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DRPEPPIE121 7/14/2014 2:40PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! So glad that your little trip motivated you! Must be nice to have a place to go back to that you remember your whole life. Very special!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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Something to ponder....

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Not everyone will understand your journey. That's fine. It's not their journey to make sense of. It's yours."

I saw this quote today and it led me to write this blog. It really applies to those of us on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, maintain or simply make better choices to aid you in your daily well being, this quote applies to you.

We have all been there, we have family, friends or a loved one that we tell about our goals and in return we get the forever routine response. "You're not fat why would you want to lose." My other fav is "It's a holiday, you can take ONE day can't you."

While we are all choosing our new lifestyle that does not always mean that those around us will support us. I have seen and read it all. "My family doesn't understand." "My friends tell me I am not fat why am I trying to lose weight." My personal fav is :"Just cause your doing it you better not expect me too."

These are all natural responses from outsiders. Those who choose not to follow a healthy lifestyle think that those of us who do are Out of our minds. Some of our family and friends do in fact support us. e can even get them involved and they start their own path to well being but what do we do for those who don't?

When you are faced with the adversity, the non support you must remember this quote. Print it out put it up around the house or on your phone. Write it in every planner, do what you need to make this quote stick because in the end it is is correct. This is YOUR journey, YOUR choice. When you are not getting that motivation or support from others, remember this quote and use it to regain your motivation. You are doing this for yourself, you are worth it.

You may end up surprised at how many of the "not me" people will follow once they see how fabulous you truly are. If they do not, remember they have chosen their journey.

What path will you choose?

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ICEDCAPPGRRLL 6/17/2014 2:52PM

    LOVE this post. Thank you so much for sharing the quote & your thought with it. :) I totally have someone like that in my life.... my husband. "Oh, you can take one day off ... can't you?" must be his fave. line to me. :( But I just have learned to shrug it off and just do what *I* need to do. :) I will remember this quote and put it everywhere so I can see it everyday. :)


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DRPEPPIE121 6/17/2014 12:34PM

    Great motivating quote you've found! I am glad you're looking for ways to personalize your journey and really make it YOUR'S. That's the MAJOR step most people struggle with.

And everyone's method is also different. There's not one RIGHT way for everyone as a whole. I think there are BETTER ways, but not everyone is gonna choose it.

I also think it is important for us to remember that we are not better than someone else that doesn't choose to support or follow what we're doing. I've just never enjoyed creating an environment where there are outsiders, per say.

I guess the best example is my hubby: he is totally wonderful and supportive! He's actually pushed me to be happy and that's been great! The challenge for me was learning how to make food that was healthier that would also fill him up and make his necessary calories as he is a man and needs more than myself. He supported and supports my meals that I wanna try to make that are healthier for me personally....but his one requirement was that they had to taste good. So, I had backups just in case, and also made side items for him that I wouldn't eat so he would get enough food. He is now trying to make sure he's not getting too much cholesterol, so that's been really cool to see him get more health conscience, so that's exciting.

ANYWAYS, best of luck to you in your journey! IT's EXCITING!

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A_RARE_BEAN 6/17/2014 12:11PM

    Brilliant quote and so apt, thanks for sharing. I think I will add it to my sparkpage!

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