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New Year...if at first you don't succeed...


Sunday, December 30, 2012

I'm here! A lot has happened over the last 18 months. Bless SparkPeople for not deleting my account! I appreciate being able to look back and see where I've been... The last 18 months have been stressful. My weight continues to be an issue but I continue to put one foot in front of the other...

The biggest source of stress in my life is my marriage. I saw a counselor for six months this year and asked my dh to join me. He wouldn't go. I did a lot of work on me and what I want. The bottom line, I live a comfortable life. I have wonderful kids, a nice home, a part-time job. Basically my dh and I are roommates. I make 95% of the decisions when it comes to the kids. I like my life and am not willing to force a change right now. My children are sophomores in high school and when they graduate in June of 2015, I will re-evaluate and possibly make some very big changes.

In January of this year I did the 21-day vegan challenge. It was life changing! I felt better than I have in years! My cholesterol dropped to 178 (from 197) and I lost weight. I continued to eat vegan for several months but with 4 omnivores in the house, I finally succumbed to the smell of bbq. I slowly regained most of the 16 pounds I lost. I still continue to lean toward the vegan way of eating but I'll be honest - it's a lot of work. I find the food prep takes a lot of time and planning. I've continued to stay away from dairy for the entire year. I will again start the 21 day vegan challenge on January 1. I've expanded my resources to find recipe ideas and I'm going to jump in with both feet. I will make meat available to the family but they will need to take responsibility to cook it.

I'm looking forward to January 1. A new year and another opportunity to be successful.

I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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