It's been a long time

Sunday, January 02, 2011

It's been a year since I reached my weight loss goal.
Wow..I can't believe it's been such a long time. The journey has been interesting to say the least. A year ago I was feeling fantastic about how much weight I had lost and about where my life was going. I had and still have the most wonderful support system in the form of my husband, and boy have I needed him in the last year.
I stopped coming to sparkpeople when my father was diagnosed with Cancer. I wanted, and needed to spend time with him, and I did. I traveled 2 hours each way once a week. Then twice a week...then more. Eventually I simply stayed at our cottage which was only 2 min from his house and I would go there every day. During this time, my husband was there listening to me rant and rave and cry and carry on.
My father died in June of last year with a request for me to go visit his family (and obviously my family as well) in the Netherlands. He had things he wanted to related to some of them.
So in July my daughter and I went for two weeks. What a trip that was. I accomplished everything my father wanted. Relationships were healed in his family and through the death of my own father, relationships were healed in my family as well.
My running was pushed aside, but I kept up with my new eating habits and I continued to walk miles.
When I started this weightloss journey I wanted it to be something I could live with for the rest of my life. I wanted changes to be made that would enable me to keep going no matter what.
Well the "no matter what" part came very early.
The stress of losing a parent and being his main caregiver made me lose 15 pounds under my goal. I'm still there.
Now at the beginning of another year, I hope and pray I don't lose anyone else. There were also two other deaths in my family last year, two cousins.
I hope and pray for everyone here on spark that you have a wonderful year ahead of you, and that you reached the goals you set for last year.
Happy new year all :)
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    I'm so sorry for the loss of you father, emoticon to you and your family.

    Thanks for sharing your lessons learned, it's a great reminder to cherish our families and loved ones while we can...
    2638 days ago
  • YICHE12
    Oh dear! So sorry about your loss... It's never easy for those left behind. You did what you had to do for him and that's the most important thing.

    However, I'm happy that you are back with us. We missed you. Many, many emoticon emoticon
    2638 days ago
    Oh my! I am so sorry for your losses!

    But I am SO IMPRESSED by your ability to cope and transform such loss by making what sounds to have been a life-changing, transformative journey to your family's homeland!

    I can only imagine how heartfelt and soul-shaking your time in the Netherlands must have been!

    It's wonderful to have you back and sharing again with your SparkFamily!

    2638 days ago
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