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!