Friday, May 10, 2013
Can you believe it? This is my very first blog entry ever, anywhere, and as much as I love to write, have a passion for it actually, for some reason I have been too afraid to try this blog thing. Well, that changes right here, right now, with my first one, and I have to say, I'm a wee bit pumped.
Having said that, now I must produce words, sentences and hopefully make some kind of sense with it all.
While pondering what I should include in my blog, it occurred to me that it would be appropriate to introduce myself here on SparkPeople, or perhaps I should say, elaborate a bit more on the who part of me. So that is what you will see here, if you choose to read this, the nuts and bolts of Wendy, or as I am known here, Anewme51. Here goes!
I have already told you my name, Wendy, and the rest of me sounds something like this...
I am a middle-aged wife, mother of four wonderful children, all grown-up, a former education assistant for 23 years, and now a stay-at-home , wondering what to do with the rest of her life, woman. Canada is my country, one I feel very blessed and priveleged to have been born and raised in, and could never imagine myself living anywhere else, although I can visualize myself travelling and visiting some of the other awesome locales on this planet. In order to do that though I must first attempt to conquer my absolute fear of flying. Yes, you read that right, this lady is deathly afraid of flying and has only tried once, many years ago. Perhaps it is something to put on that bucket list I'm always thinking of starting!
A wee bit about my background as it pertains to why I joined this fabulous community of SparkPeople. For the first 33 years of my life I was thin, lean, toned and sickeningly healthy, and was the "skinny friend" that some of my friends hated because of it...well, they didn't really hate me, at least I don't think so, but you probably get what I mean. Some of the women in my family, including my beloved mom, and a few friends, struggled long and hard with weight and health issues, with me being their sounding board and trying to empathize as much as I could. There were times when I actually felt some guilt because of my body.
My life changed a great deal in 1991 with some big life changes. First came the meeting of the man who would be my second husband,(I had been divorced for several years and raising my two kids), then the diagnosis and subsequent death of my dear dad from lung and bone cancer, then my marriage, then pregnancy with the first of my two children with my new husband. It was during this pregnancy that I ballooned up to a very mammoth size, gaining over 50 pounds. After two years, I was pregnant again, and gained another 50 plus pounds, and I could not seem to lose much of the pregnancy weight, each time. This was a whole new world for me, in more ways than one, and I was not a happy camper carrying around all that fat. Basically, that is where my weight issues began, and I have been struggling ever since.
Like many others I tried various diets, diet pills, drink concoctions etc., with no success in any of the methods I employed to lose the weight. With four children at the time, two teenagers and two babies/toddlers, working full time, an elderly, ill mom, caring for our house and mom's too, I was overwhelmed, to say the least, and quite frankly, I simply gave up on myself. As you can see by now, I love to write, and tend to be quite wordy if you will, so I know I could go on and on here now, but I won't, for now. I will go into more about my journey in later blogs, as I think I kinda like this blog thing...hahaha.
It felt really really good to write these words, and I look forward to coming back here to write more...later. For now, I wish everyone a blessed day, filled with peace, joy and all your favourite things, and of course, always the best of luck on your journies. See ya later alligator.