Saturday, January 26, 2013
Hi everyone. I have decided to take advantage of the available blog on SparkPeople. I am new to blogging, so please bear with me.
I'm nearly 30 and struggling with a chronic illness that is making it a requirement that I lose weight, see a doctor regularly and take medications that sometimes make me feel worse instead of better. I have three children that are not afflicted with my illness (thanks to the progression of medication and my medical team) and an amazing stepson. I am married and pursuing my bachelor degree in entrepreneurial studies online with a return to work after the birth of my youngest daughter in just two short days.
My goal is to lose 66 pounds by my 30th birthday. So far, with the help of SparkPeople and personal accountability, I am on track to meet that goal. I find the nutrition and fitness trackers most helpful, as I can run reports to see how far I have come in as short as a week or even longer. While the initial 66 pounds seems like a lot, I have another 30 to go after that to be at my ideal weight (suggested by my doctor to maintain optimal health as long as possible). I want to skate again. Roller derby was an amazing workout and a great support system, but because of my change in work hours and then pregnancy, I have not been able to be on skates competitively in 15 months.
I try to be a positive person in the face of any challenge, but have days where I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel and need help to be turned back in the right direction (enter SparkPeople :-) ). My family is my whole world and I have spent the last 14 months at home.
I want to be healthy again so that I can chase my kids through the park, skate derby and get my self under control. I gave up on proper nutrition while I've been home, eating whatever I wanted or what ever was within reach and easy to prepare. It has left me with an ashamedly rounder figure than pregnancy alone. It has been four short months since the birth of my daughter, and I have rededicated myself to losing this problematic weight. Using the trackers has shown me that I burn far more calories than I take in, and has resulted in me needing to change my fitness goals so that I keep a healthy level of calories in my system. I hadn't realized before just how much I had put my own needs aside to tend to my family and home, and more than just the skipping a shower here and there to ensure my children and husband get bathed and have clean towels and clothing to wear. I need to remember that I am important too. I have a lot of changes to make over the next few months and will blog my progress at least once a week (another goal I have set for myself. :-) )