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Attempting Some Resemblance of a Blog

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I've never blogged before, but I journal regularly, so how different can it be?

I'm so glad that I have found SparkPeople. It is definitely helping me. I'm enjoying the posts, blogs, informative articles, and the Spark Tools. My favorite is the Nutrition Calculator. I'm really getting an education on calories.

I'm 63, so I've spent probably 50 years on a diet at one time or another. I was a skinny child until third grade. As it turned out, I was a sickly child, which kept my weight down. As soon as my tonsils were removed, I definitely ballooned. :D I can still remember at eight years old, a boy that I liked saw me after the summer was over. He looked at me in dismay and said, "What happened?" I've felt fat and ugly ever since.

I was tall as far as girls were. By the fifth grade, I was as tall as and I probably outweighed my teacher. Yes, she was a tiny lady, but I didn't take that into account. I propagated this feeling of being too large to be pretty throughout my adolescence.

I married as a teen, just short of my seventeenth birthday. My husband was almost eighteen. We struggled as a couple and teen parents, but because of our Southern upbringing, we toughed it out. That's what we thought we were supposed to do. He was only a couple of inches taller than me, so heels were out for me at his request. Any time I put my hair up, or made the mistake of wearing heels, he was outraged. After twenty-one years of marriage and two sons, he decided he could do better, so I was divorced at 38.

I thought my life had ended. I had never been a single adult. I didn't know how to be one. Depression over the break-up and eventual divorce caused me to lose 30 pounds. I was finally one knock out lady, at 5' 8" and 130 pounds. Not a healthy lady, but thin as a model for once in my life.

My twenty year high school reunion came up and I went out with one of my classmates, a tall classmate! Finally, someone that I could be around and not feel like Amazon woman! And when I found out that he loved to dance.... That settled it. Eight months later, we married. That was almost 25 years ago. We had to quit dancing because of knee issues, but I'm keeping him. :D

Well golly-durn, it looks as though I CAN blog. Guess I'll close before this becomes a book. emoticon
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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/14/2013 9:10PM

    It may have been your first blog, but you wrote like you have been doing it for a while.
Thanks for sharing about yourself. Good for you on finding your life dancing partner.

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63KEEPONGOING 3/14/2013 12:36PM

  Wow! what a history, but I am glad it ended well.
Best of luck in meeting all your goals.

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PHATPAT18 3/14/2013 8:10AM

    I loved your story. It sounds like you are still dancing, in your heart. emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 3/14/2013 8:09AM

    Hey, you are a natural blogger! I, too, am in my sixties and had massive experience losing (and regaining) weight for decades. Spark People is the first time it has seemed possible to lose it and keep it off for the rest of my life. Glad you like the site, too. Welcome to blogging! Spark ON!

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GEORGI1832 3/14/2013 12:51AM

    Fun to read this blog. Keep journaling but keep blogging too. Good luck.

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TXPATRIOT 3/14/2013 12:43AM

    Great story and first blog! So glad you found love again!

Best wishes on your journey for better health!

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RAPUNZEL53 3/13/2013 10:23PM

  I enjoyed reading your blog! Good Luck to both of you!

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