This week's main challenge is to share something about myself. That's cool. I feel like you already know the important stuff about me, but we can infer alot in this virtual world, so I'll expand on a few fun facts here. I currently reside in Maple Valley, Washington. I'm married with three grown girls. I'm originally from Skidway Lake, Michigan. I would love to hear from you if you know where that's at!!
I met my husband in college. We eventually moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where I got my first job at Borders in their payroll department after obtaining my Bachelor's. Shortly after getting a permanent offer there, I got an accounting job at University of Michigan. After 6 years, I made a really big move to the other side of the country with my young family (kids were in middle school). I work at Boeing now in Finance. I have my MBA and am studying for my PMP certification (Project Management Professional). So, that's a summary of my professional work history, an important part of my life since I'm the primary provider for my family.
What do I do for fun? I love to read. Sadly, I've had very little time to do much of it lately. I also enjoy puttering around in my yard, fending off the moss, raking leaves, and planting new things that have a 50% survival rate in my care. I also like to do needlepoint, yeah, the stuff on plastic canvas and yarn. I don't do much of it because I have this thing about creating things that have a function. If it doesn't serve a purpose, I'm less inclined to bother. I can only create so many tissue boxes before it just starts seeming silly. No offense to you craftsman out there, it's just me. The only other remotely artistic thing I've tried my hand at is painting miniature figurines. My husband is a D&D player and he collects these miniatures. Many people use them unpainted, but painting them brings them to life. My husband does a great job with shadowing and layering colors on the clothing. I have a finer hand painting faces and eyes, so the two of us together make a great painting duo!
Now, a little bit about my weightloss journey...my story isn't very different from most. I was a normal weight until getting pregnant with my first child. I got help from a doctor who freely prescribed phentermine and lost the weight until getting pregnant with my twins. I didn't gain as much weight with my second pregnancy, but it did slowly creep back on over the years.
I weighed my heaviest of 254 near my birthday in 2011 when I took advantage of a health coach offered through my employer. After a few phone call sessions, the coach suggested Sparkpeople. I joined and haven't looked back.
My progress has been...tidal...it's slow and steady and I gain some and I lose some. I tend to backslide quite a bit around the holidays. This year, I will endeavor not to be a statistic. The difference between my spark journey and my false starts in the past is that I never had a frame of reference. Since I didn't track anything but weight, I never had a good baseline to know what I should change or what I should focus on.
I know now that I need to eat fresh and move often. I know that having too much on my to do lists is demotivating and stressful, which leads to overeating. I also know that I love Zumba and I love checking workouts off my to-do list. I love my fitbit and trying to reach 10k a day. I love fitness more than I love counting calories.
I'm fighting off a cold and losing. I worked all day and just finished a three hour study group, so I'm going to log off and go find my fuzzy blanket and slippers and just stop thinking for a little bit.
If you want to join me on the fitbit site, I'm saphrael there too.