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My first entry

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I have belonged to this site for a while, and never really had a desire to start blogging. But today, I decided to start. Probably because my students are taking a test right now, and I don't feel like grading the papers I should be grading.

Anyway, where to begin? My name is Tonya Paul, and I am a teacher in Cairo, Egypt. I have lived her for the past six years, and I am contemplating a move back to the states this summer with my Egyptian husband. I mention that he is Egyptian because that causes a great deal of complications in our lives. His Egyptian nationality causes him to make less money, to need a visa to any country we travel to, and to have to apply for a green card in order to be able to live with me in the US. It is one of the many frustrations in our lives.

A month ago, I hit the heaviest I have ever been. I was disgusted with myself when I stepped off the scale. Something had to change. My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for the last four years. Nothing worked, not even IVF. I figured the only thing I could control was my weight, so I needed to do something to change it. Another frustration in my life.

My husband and I are working towards going to America, but it is not an easy path for him despite how long we have been married. I have no guarantee of getting a teaching job. We are going to have to live with my mother, and her many many many cats. We have to leave our own cats behind. We did not save nearly as much money as I wanted to save.

It is no wonder I eat for pleasure. My life is full of drama and stress. I need to learn better ways of dealing with the stress other than grabbing a snickers bar.

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WATERDIAMONDS 2/22/2013 7:54AM

    I wish you the best of success in your efforts to return to America, to regain your health and to have the baby you want!

Keep coming back to SP--the inspiration, education and tools are right here when you need them.

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MS_ZENZI 2/21/2013 6:50AM

    Good luck to you and congratulations on your new blog. I hope you find the tools you need here for support. I can't wait to hear more about your life in Egypt!

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YMWONG22 2/21/2013 5:47AM

  Life is full of challenges, ups and downs. It can be very trying.
But that what makes life worth living .... Wish you all the best.
There is a saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going".
Hope things will work out for you and your husband.
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PHOENIX1949 2/21/2013 5:17AM

    emoticon emoticon Lots of great tools and great people here. Individually we must each work our own lifestyle changes to get results -- I learned much from my time here.

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SAMMIE2013 2/21/2013 5:11AM

    Life can through many many hurdles in our paths. In relation to your weight loss track your calories and stay under the target SP have set.

Start a streak, a streak of everyday concentrating of staying underneath the SP target, watch the numbers on the scale reducing and start smiling :-)

Good Luck and Cross Fingers that everything works out :-)

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