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    KATHY_NATURELVR   108,405
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7 Year SparkVersary

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Today is my 7 year anniversary with SparkPeople. When I first met and exceeded my goal weight in 2007, I thought I was set for life...then life happened.

We decided to try to have a baby and the stress of trying to get pregnant after years of fertility issues threw me far from the wagon. I gained 15 pounds during that process but I was still at a healthy weight.

During my pregnancy, I far exceeded my highest weight ever but I was so excited to be able to move again after I had her in 2010, that I couldn't wait to start exercising again. While I was nursing, the weight just fell off and I was again 9 pounds within my goal weight. During that time I ate better, but didn't fully track my meals.

Then about a year later I took a new job (at the same company I'd been with for over a decade) and with it came new stresses that I hadn't had before. During this same time frame I was dealing with major financial issues and trying to get through school and the pounds just kept packing on.

So now I sit at my highest non-pregnancy weight ever. And it sucks. I keep trying and I keep failing. There are different social aspects to this job that make it hard to say no. I will try to go exercise but there are many days where I feel like I'm the keeper of everyone and have to sit at my desk while everyone else goes out to eat or exercise. So it keeps me unmotivated.

My sleep schedule is not a schedule at all. My husband is a stay-at-home dad right now and they sleep late which means everyone stays up late. Which means I'm always tired. I keep wanting to get on a schedule but when 10:00 rolls around, I think, "ah just a few more minutes", then next thing I know, it's 11:30. I think if I can get my night times more on a schedule then I'll feel better and will be able to get things on the right track again. I just need to sit down and give it some serious thought.

But it's not all bad. I just finished my degree (yay!) and the financial stuff is starting to ease up a bit. I took care of my mind, now I need to work on my body.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MOVINITMORE 7/26/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon on 7 years !!

emoticon on the degree emoticon

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JANTWO 7/17/2013 12:28AM

    Congratulations on getting your degree!!!! Happy Sparkversary too!!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/17/2013 12:29:28 AM

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WALLAHALLA 7/16/2013 8:53PM

    Happy emoticon + emoticon = emoticon

My sleep schedule is off too, and it reaks havoc on my system. I'm not ready for summer to be over, but when school starts, I'll be able to have more consistency.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/16/2013 6:50PM

    Happy sparkaversary! Just to help you think things through, ask yourself this: Why do you feel like you need to be the keeper? If it's not in your job title, then don't worry about it. Do your work and try to not care what everyone else is doing. If their work isn't done, so what? Let them deal with the bosses. You aren't paid enough to care what everyone else is or is not doing, right? (These are all things I used to tell myself when I freaked out trying to do my job and the job of others who just didn't care.)

When it comes to bedtimes, you are allowed to put your needs first. Make sure your husband knows how loud they can be after you go to sleep. Then set an alarm or some kind of reminder for 15 minutes before you want to be in bed. When that alarm goes off, finish what you're doing, say your goodnights, and go to bed. Anything that needs to be done your husband can do. Your sleep is important, so schedule it like you would a doctor appointment and don't miss it.

After pregnancy and with age, weight loss does take more time and effort. However, since you've done it before you know you can do it again. Ask for help and support from people around you. Talk to your husband, other family, and friends who you spend a lot of time with and tell them exactly how they can support you; examples include not tempting you to eat out 'just because', not bringing your trigger foods into the house, and respecting your need for alternate food choices (more fruits and veggies and less fats) and sleep times. At work, if you feel comfortable doing so, gently mention that you're trying to be healthier so you will be exercising on breaks and avoiding candy dishes or cake and baked goods at events. When people who care know what you expect of them, they know how to support you. When people you spend a lot of time with (like at work) know you're trying to change, then should at least not make it harder on you.

Best wishes on your journey! Keep moving forward and be proud of your accomplishments!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/16/2013 1:43PM

    Happy Sparkanniversary!!

God bless,


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ETTEZEUS 7/16/2013 11:00AM

    Happy Anniversary! And congrats on the degree!!
Phil is getting on the healthy band wagon too! He walks every night and has been incorporating some very short jogs into it.
I almost have him convinced to do the Halloween 5k.....almost!

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USMAWIFE 7/16/2013 10:59AM

    Happy emoticon plus emoticon since there is not 7 year emotion for this

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SUNSHINE99999 7/16/2013 9:58AM

  Happy Anniversary. Congrats on your degree too. emoticon emoticon

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