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    MARIANNE9855   11,846
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Well the last six months of my life had been a down hill trip until January when things started a gradual up-turn.
September was when I was fired which threw me for a major whammy and I stayed mired in that for a while- getting more and more depressed and being pulled down with my mother's health issues.
Then in December a friend and I made a pact to go to WWs- someplace I had resisted all my life except for going once when I was about 20 and hated it.
While I waited for our agreed upon start day in January- I was starting to get motivated and remembered reading about spark people in people's weight loss success stories.

So I looked for it and things started to slowly get better. At first I was totally lost on the website but I focused on reading people's success stories- I think Indy girl's was the first.
I put in my info and got a calorie plan and exercise suggestion. I went to WWs- still not liking it but kept going to get weighed so I wouldn't obsess about scale at home and move it twenty times around the room to change the number.

I started reading blogs and getting friends- my husband bought an exercise bike for himself but I started using it every day- first for 2 min at a time- now 30 min.

I kept looking for jobs- came extremely close to getting one but then didn't.

Still stayed on sparkpeople and met more new friends- people who had all kinds of problems but were learning not to eat over them and were getting more healthy. Started eating lots of fruits and veggies- they are free foods at WWs and grew to have them covering more than half my plate. Made my family all kinds of spark recipes- some they liked so I made them again.

Interviewed for a new job and was so pleased that I fit in interview chair and was not out of breath walking from the parking lot. Mom went in hospital but I didn't let myself eat over it.
Started looking forward to going to WWs.

So here I am now almost in April- I have lost 33 pounds- close to 10% body weight and am getting ready for my next level of challenge-
I am starting a new job on the 15th that I am very excited about- not as much money as old job but I have learned to live with less money and my husband finally realized he needed to help pay for groceries. My mother is getting better and hopefully will be out of rehab before I start my new job.

I now have to make plans for how I will eat and cook not being home all day and still be healthy. I have to plan my exercise out more carefully. I am going to use the tracker on my phone during the day to stay on top of food. I have to find a night WWs group that I like as much as I have learned to like the morning one.

BUT- most important of all I have to make sure that I still have plenty of time on SparkPeople to check in with friends and read blogs and recipes etc etc because I wouldn't be at this place without all of you.
I still have a long weight loss journey to be on and want to continue my healthy living for the rest of my life. I could not have done it without you and SparkPeople.
A bad time in my life has turned into huge positive changes for me and I am so grateful-
(maybe I should send my old boss a thankyou note for firing me- lol!)

So thank you again, I know I will need everyone even more now as I deal with the continuing challenges of being healthy in a stressful world but I am committed more than ever to being part of this community to help myself and others!

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SHARIKAYE 3/31/2013 10:09PM

    Wow Marianne!! You are doing so much better than when we first started conversing!! I am so glad to see how far you have come. We started within 4 days of each other and we seem to be going at it neck and neck. I feel like I have a partner. I have lost 32 pounds to date. Girl, we are GOING to do this!! I am so confident in us! Keep on keepin on girl.

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DEBIGENE 3/31/2013 10:34AM

    Isn't it wonderful ??? Finally seeing the light ahead !!!! It is so bright and gives us such hope that we are not in this alone and that being active on SP is what we need !!! I so agree with you and am walking this path with you even as I have lost 100 lbs and I have much more to go . My biggest challenge has been and still is exercise !!! I struggle with it everyday and 3 years later I still have no regular exercise in my life BUT ....... I can move now and I do so that is my success. And I am still here, everyday because SP works !!!

Have a wonderful blessed Easter and do not let the holiday be an excuse to eat poorly. Make smart healthy choices and limited indulgences.

BIGS HUGS !!!!!!!!!

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SHARILYNN468 3/30/2013 9:34PM

    I so love reading your blogs! 33lbs!! Girl, thats a lot to people like us!! Thats not easy to always accomplish.. So proud of you!! And YAY grats on the new job!! I love SP and the people here, too.. Cant live without you all~!

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TATTER3 3/30/2013 10:16AM

    SO glad for you!!! I'm in WW too so that I can have the routine weigh ins...but Spark is what I follow and so far it's working!!! Keep going!!! emoticon

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MCYNDYM 3/30/2013 2:31AM

    Chica,

You're one of the first people on here that I really consider a close friend. I don't make friends easily as people are afraid of my persona and reputation for being a p.i.t.a.... I actually look forward to your comments on my daily chaos (my blogs). You're extremely positive and have such uplifting messages.

Where would we be if we didn't have someone to help encourage us?? Even though we struggle with stuff going on in our lives, we must not forget the people that help bring a smile to our face, warmth in our hearts and souls.

Life happens daily. We can let it beat us up and win; or we can stand back up and fight til our dyin' breath. We chose our paths...

I will continue to pray for you and you family. I wish you the best in life.

Hugs, love and laughter!!!

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DIET_FRIEND 3/29/2013 1:48PM

    So glad you are in a good space right now.

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NHES220 3/29/2013 12:50PM

    You should be so proud of the positive changes you have made in your life! Losing 10% of your body weight is a huge accomplishment, exercising and changing your eating habits, especially when you have a lot of stress going on in your life - job loss, your Mom's health issues. Good for you and best of luck with your new job and the new you!
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STONECOT 3/29/2013 12:12PM

    It is often said that as one door shuts, another opens, and that seem to be the case. Several times when things that have happened have been disasters, months later a turnaround has happened that has meant it all happened for the best.I think that your positive mental attitude, has been the key to your successes now.

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