Friday, August 29, 2014
It truly is hard to believe it has been 1 year since I last set my goals. Last September (2013) was a pretty dark time in my life. My mom had just passed away, very unexpectedly & I was a train wreck. The grieving had taken a huge toll on me physically and emotionally. Spiritually, my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is what ultimately help me through the whole last year.
Physically I had gained back over 10lbs I had worked so hard to lose, I had anxiety attacks everyday, even in my sleep, needless to say I wasn't sleeping either. I had heart palpitations, broke out in a weird rash on my arms, cried at the drop of a hat, on and on, you get the picture.
I decided it was time to get a grip,,I couldn't go on living like that. I knew exercise and good nutrition would be my ticket. so I started a journal. Set physical, emotional and spiritual goals. I tracked EVERYTHING!! I prayed for the strength, ability, comfort and wisdom to push forward. And slowly, things started to turn around. By Christmas I had RE-LOST the 10lbs I had gained. Physically, some of the real bad issues had all but disappeared. Of course it goes without saying I still grieve and miss my mom every single day, but now I can get through the day without feeling like I'm having a heart attack!!
January of 2014 a small group of family and friends started a "lifestyle change", wasn't just about losing weight but being as healthy, fit and present in our daily lives as we could possibly be. Being the BEST we could be. We all had our own personal goals. We decided to end it in August with a trip to the ocean. We are pretty much landlocked in Montana,,sometimes ya just need your ocean fix!! SparkPeople was a very important tool for me in my journey. The tracking, the support and encouragement from awesome Spark Friends, the inspirational stories, the recipes, just everything was huge in helping me stay on track.
By August 16th, I had lost an additional 10lbs, 20 all together, I finished a C25K running program and went on to run a 10K in honor of my mom, and I have completed almost every goal I had started journaling about. OH and I also celebrated my 50th birthday haha and welcomed my 2nd precious grandbaby into the world. And the best thing is, I feel so much better inside and out. I have a way to go still, but I know I can do it! So September 2014 is like a fresh start for me. I'm setting some new goals,, so bring on the New Year!!
Here's a few pic's from our trip :)
The night before we left the Lord Blessed me with this sunset,,took it at a stop light ha ha
First stop was in Couer d'Alene ID at a diner I saw on "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives" had to try the homemade pecan carmel rolls,,well worth the calories!!
Bridge of the Gods
Early morning beach combing
Beautiful sunset from our deck..
Enjoying the last moments...