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Better choices in the face of life's relentless changes pays off!

Friday, October 29, 2010

So today is my weigh in and to my amazement I have lost the 10 lbs I posted as my mini goal. I weighed in at 219.3 lbs!! When I started SP and I mean really started, not just made a page and then left it for over a year to sit and do nothing for me, but really started this journey to a healthier and wiser way of life which was May 2010, I have lost a total of 28 lbs!! That is the most weight I have ever lost naturally! I have lost weight in the past but it was not a healthy way and I eventually got terribly sick. My thyroid which was underactive spiralled out of control and became over active producing 3 times the amount of thyroid that your body normally needs to maintain a healthy life style. I had to have my thyroid gland killed with radio active iodine, which made my thyroid underactive again. Having an underactive thyroid meant weight gain, especially to someone who didn't have a clue how to maintain weight naturally. I love food, all food! So for the next 10 years and another child, which makes 3 kids, my body was lets say not in the best shape at all!!

But in May of 2010, I became inspired by my sister Cathy who was about 25 lbs heavier than I was. She was losing weight and I noticed it for the first time. She said I am just eating less around 1550 - 1750 calories a day and exercising 30-60 minutes a day. I told myself right then and there that I was going to do the same. I promised her I would join her cause I would be her weight loss buddy. Well we have now lost weight together and I am feeling wonderful and so is she. She was 260 lbs and has lost 30 lbs total and I was 247 and have lost 28 lbs!!

I believe in the begining she was the one who kept me going, but then I remembered that I had started a sparkpage and got back to it. Reading the daily blog of all of my fellow life style changers has been my biggest motivating factor. Knowing that I am not the only one that has bad days, feeling like I need a little boost or just reading that someone has reached thier goal got me through rough times.

On Oct 11th, my father in law was in a horrible car accident. He has been paralyzed from the waist down and its been a rough time for our family. At the same time, like murphy's law does sometimes, my car broke down. Well we didn't have the money in this economy to send my husband to Arizona where his dad lived and fix my broken car. So we made the decision that he would go be with his Dad and I would make due with no car for a time. Well instead of letting all of this get me down, I decided I would turn it into a positive. I walked more to where I needed to go or took the bus on long journey's somewhere. We have now gotten through the first few weeks and now I am happier for it. Making wise choices helped me keep my mini goal in mind!!! I am now 28 lbs lighter and feeling fabulous. The stress of lifes relentless changes is still there but if you can see your way through it and not let it get you down then you will be happier for it!! i know I am.

Thanks for listening. I read a blog today about making different choices in the face of lifes changes and coming out on top, which prompted me to write this blog.

Happy halloween all, and keep making good choices it pays off in the end.

Barb
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DENISE.PG 10/30/2010 7:29PM

    I will be keeping your father-in-law in my thoughts!! (As well as your whole family) It says a lot that you were able to find a positive in everything though in the situation with your car... It's amazing how having a different perspective on things can help improve health, etc.

Congratulations on your progress though - you have really been doing a fabulous job! Keep on moving and keep on motivating :)

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KIMBERBAKOS 10/30/2010 3:28AM

    Barb,
I will keep your father-in-law in my prayers. Today marks 22 years since the accident that left my boyfriend a paraplegic, so life will go on for your family, you'll reach a different "normal", and who knows, you may even find some positives come out of it. That has certainly been the case for my boyfriend.
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