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Back and On Track

Thursday, June 20, 2013

After essentially a 6-month slump in both exercise and diet, I am happy to report that I am officially back. There aren't really any excuses for my dropping off the face of Spark, but I'm also not going to be too hard on myself. I tried to blog occasionally and I feel I have done the best I can with everything I've been dealing with this past half year or so. Unfortunately, I gained back about 25 lbs of the 40 lbs I had lost. It makes me sad...all that hard work and I just let it melt away...or, maybe I should say, let it pile back on.

But that changes now.

Now that my divorce is over (going on almost four months now), my kids have adjusted to the new back and forth schedule, I am growing more in my career, I have been blessed with an amazingly loving and wonderfully tender partner, and I have finally gotten the hang of this new life in general, I feel it's time to turn my head and stop looking at the past and begin to search for some semblance of a future. In that regard, I am on a mission to transform my home, my heart and my health.


I recently heard about a great company called Melaleuca, that specializes in wellness, both environmental and personal. I have signed on as a subscriber with Melaleuca and am very much looking forward to getting rid of all the nasty chemicals and unhealthy products in my home. I am doing this for the earth, obviously...but also for my kids and myself. new little feline friend.


Introducing....Minerva! She is a shelter cat that I adopted earlier this week.

She is absolutely beautiful and I already love her dearly. It appears she has some allergy issues or something because she sneezes a lot and gets stuff in her eyes frequently. No worries, cat lovers...I am taking her to the vet right away (part of the agreement with the shelter). I am sure it's just a virus or something, but I still think...why wouldn't I cleanse my home of toxins to make it safer for her as well?

I had previously boasted an aversion to animals the likes of which would put me in a hall of fame of bi*tchiness somewhere. I believed that animals were disgusting and foul creatures to care for and I did not want anything to do with them. But, you know something? Being alone 26 weeks out of the year can certainly change a person's heart in many ways. I found myself envying my friends with cat companions. I have owned cats in the past and I knew that a cat would be easier to care for than a dog. I started to look around and everything just sort of fell together. She and I are getting along quite well, to my own surprise. I think this was a good choice.


Tomorrow afternoon, I am meeting with my dietitian/personal trainer friend, Julie (incidentally, the one who sparked my health journey over a year ago!) and I have hired her to take me through some nutrition counseling and meal planning. I have had the toughest time with healthy eating on my Kid Weeks. It's so much easier to feed my picky ones convenience food and I always PLAN to make my own healthy meal and decide at the last minute that I'm too exhausted. Julie says she has a lot of great hints for me. She will also do several follow-up visits at no charge, so we can tweak the plan if necessary. This, in addition to my eMeals subscription, should be very helpful in reigning in my diet.

And, lest I forget the most important change of all. I have begun to log my food and fitness in SparkPeople again and I intend to blog more regularly. I know for a fact that this was one of the main motivators for me when I lost 40 lbs last year. I have seen from experience that I just can't walk this journey alone and, yes, I need you people.

So....good to see ya again. And you will hear from me again very soon. :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KRYSTALLA 7/5/2013 9:53PM

    Your new kitty is adorable and like the name as well. Sounds like you got a good plan in the works, I know you can get back to it and get it done. Glad to see you back.

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SENIORSWIMMER 6/26/2013 10:24AM

    Your new kitty probably just has kennel cough. The vet can fix it. You'll know it's an allergy if she starts pulling her hair out or licking herself bald. PLEASE have her checked for feline leukemia. It's a deadly cat disease that is highly contagious. The shelter probably did this. I won't bring a stray home until we have had clearance from the vet.

My brother's cat is pregnant. I'm thinking about getting one of the kittens. It will also get checked out at the vet before I bring it home, as he has barn cats.

Oh, and I'm glad YOU are back and adjusting to your new life. Blessings.

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MARYJEANSL 6/26/2013 1:42AM

  Once momentum is lost, it is very hard to regain it. But you are definitely on track - best wishes to you!

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EBURGITE 6/25/2013 6:36PM

    i'm right with you...stress and change packed 25 lbs back on. a friend posted this earlier: i wish losing weight was like losing my virginity." emoticon keep plugging along!

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KIPPER15 6/24/2013 9:55PM

    emoticon Welcome back, we have missed you!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/24/2013 2:11PM

    It is SO hard to get motivated, so I am applauding you! I hear your annoyance with yourself over the gain... I have the same issue. Lost 40, gained 20 back. Was almost down 10 before the vacation... Tomorrow I will see how very much I overate. let me just say... I ate LOTS of veggies. And lots of other things not so good for me! So you have my sympathy. Major life changes do make us long for the comforts of the past - like food... You have moved, gotten divorced, sharing custody... 3 MAJOR changes, any of which is a huge stressor, even when it is a good thing. So good for you for picking yourself up, and digging back in. I've missed your posts!

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SONDRAJ20 6/24/2013 7:45AM

    I'm so glad that you're back and look forward to reading your blog again. You go girl!!

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AMBER281 6/23/2013 5:58PM

    Welcome back.
I myself am trying to get back on track as well.

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GEORGE815 6/23/2013 3:57PM

    Good for you, the tracking of food.

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DR8561 6/23/2013 11:56AM

    I dropped off for a few months myself. This is my 5th day back and I'm re-evaluating everything and starting over completely on the fitness part of it. I'm glad you're back! We can do this!

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CHSHULER89 6/23/2013 10:42AM

    Our lives are journeys that lead us to the right place... looking forward to reading more of your blogs! Great to have wonderful people to go through this journey together. emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 6/23/2013 6:19AM

    It is so great to read your blog and have you back. For me, I have to be ready for things. I can not necessarily force them. I can try but it really clicks when I am 'ready'. Sounds like you are ready and have a plan. If you have to circle back on any of it that is perfectly fine (at least that is what i tell myself).

HUGS to you!

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KARENLEIGH32 6/23/2013 3:26AM

    emoticon Hope I/we can be of help to you, we are all on this journey to better health!

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JEDIGYRL 6/22/2013 10:56AM

    You can do it. One day at a time.

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PEGGYO 6/21/2013 3:03PM

    good to have you back

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ON2VICTORY 6/21/2013 10:37AM

    that was a MAJOR life event you just went through and I have learned that those really take a toll no matter how much we try to keep it from doing so.

the big thing is that you are stable and back on track with a new life, partner and a really pretty kitty (got one myself not that long ago...they need lots of lovin's)

take it one step at a time and I think you will be surprised how quickly you will spring back.

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VICLAF 6/21/2013 10:01AM


I'm right there with you!!

I've just recently gained 6 pounds since my first Half Marathon, May 12.

Like you, all that hard work down the drain.

I need to get back on track because my clothes won't fit me anymore soon....and I got rid of all my old clothes!!

We can do it!! Mind over Matter!!!

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IMAGINE46 6/21/2013 9:12AM


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REGILIEH 6/21/2013 8:44AM

    Good luck!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/21/2013 7:28AM

    emoticon back!! You were missed!! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/21/2013 5:32AM

    I'm so glad to hear that you're back : ) I've just this week got back on track too so you're not alone. Isn't it great that we can always start over again no matter how lost we get.
Minerva looks absolutely gorgeous, by the way!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/20/2013 11:13PM

    Glad you are back! emoticon

Here's to you succeeding and reaching all of your goals! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 6/20/2013 10:29PM

    So happy to see you back Sparkin. You will get rid of those pesky 25 pounds in no time at all... they haven't been around long enough to "stick" lol.


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LINDAK25 6/20/2013 9:53PM

    Good to hear from you. Your cat is beautiful. I miss having a cat, but allergies make it impossible. Lucky you! Glad you're doing well!

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FITMAMA4EVER 6/20/2013 9:41PM

    Hi Leah, Glad to hear that you are taking control again. Being honest with yourself and your Sparkfriends and making a plan is a great step in the right direction. Keep it up and keep smiling-like you say don't be too hard on yourself, just keep the journey going!

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GRUMBLEGIRL 6/20/2013 9:27PM

    Best of luck!! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 6/20/2013 8:34PM

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JUNEAU2010 6/20/2013 8:23PM

    Minerva is absolutely gorgeous!

I love where you are and your forward focus! You can do it! emoticon Back!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/20/2013 8:23PM

    Wonderful! I'm pulling for you!

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CHANGINGEMMY 6/20/2013 8:02PM

    It seems things are going right for you and you're ready to make your health a high priority. Happy to read a new blog!! Love them!

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HEALTHYLADY12 6/20/2013 7:45PM

    You will abanoned those pounds away dont worry.

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SHIRE33 6/20/2013 6:51PM

    Wow. I could have written that first paragraph. I just started back Monday. I gained back 60 of my 93 pounds in 9 months. I've "birthed" a new me again, though, and I've been exercising, blogging, tracking food all week. I do better when I spend at least half an hour a day of Sparking. Keeps me focused.

Can't wait to read about your progress!

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    You can do it Leah!!

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35ANGELS 6/20/2013 5:02PM

    So glad you are back. I just love your new cat...he looks so fluffy emoticon

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MSTWOMOONS002 6/20/2013 4:47PM

    Hi Leah;
Good to hear from you again. I've kept you on my prayer list in your absence, hope the prayers were there when you needed them. You've been through so very much, glad to hear your back with a well thought out plan for your new life's journey.
I believe in you, you can still achieve your goals one step at a time. Great that you have your friend Julie to help you I wish you well as always.
I learned so much from hiking when my life was a mess a few years back the major thing is:
Life is a journey, there are always twists & turns & bumps along the path, follow your good instincts and let your heart& prayer lead you to the good in your life.
Take care & be well believe in yourself love yourself & allow others to love you too.
Many Blessings Always Debby
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SLIMLEAF 6/20/2013 4:36PM

    Great to see you back in SparkLand, Leah!

I'm most impressed by all the changes and adaptations you've made in such a short time. I feel like a tortoise that's just been overtaken by a zooming hare!

Well done and remember that I'm only a short Sparkmail away if you ever need me or want to chat.


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DALID414 6/20/2013 3:49PM

    emoticon You seem to have settled down rather quickly.

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ELIZABETH5268 6/20/2013 3:13PM

    I was just wondering about you yesterday, I'd noticed that you hadn't been on the feeds lately. Welcome back!!

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STEFANIESHERE 6/20/2013 3:00PM

    I am glad that things are getting back on track for you! I also "fell off" for almost the same period of time, but had thought of you as well as some of my other spark friends while I was gone. I am happy that you are back! Good luck!

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WRITE-OWN-STORY 6/20/2013 2:53PM

    Yay! Hi, hi, hi! :) I'm glad things are starting to fall into place.

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