Monday, October 21, 2013
I'm so happy to finally find something different other than Weight Watcher's. Not to say WW isn't a good program, because it, is but I've been on and off it for 20 years and it was time to change direction and do something entirely new. Since this is my first blog I'll start with some background history.
I initially began WW back in 1993 where I reached my goal of losing 35 pounds and became a lifetime member. In 1994 our son died suddenly and my world as I knew it came to a crashing end. During the following year, I really didn't care much what happened to me; I laid around eating; or not, mostly reading grief recovery and motivational books. It was, as I see it now, my grief journey into self discovery. I wasn't motivated to get out and walk as I'd been doing the past year....both walking and hiking helped me lose the weight. My inactivity and terrible eating habits quickly put all the weight back on......I didn't really care. I was on a downhill slide big time.
After about a year of this I began yoyo dieting. I'd lose 5 or 10 pounds and quickly put it back on because I had lost the rhythm. I tried restarting my walking program but that too wouldn't last long and I'd end up gaining a little more than I lost. I had to find something worthwhile and get focused...........I decided to do the Hospice Volunteer training and after 3 months, I was on the floor helping patients and families in their final days together. The rewards were amazing......I was feeling revitalized and slowly began to lose weight again.
I volunteered for 2 years then my husband and I started to travel in our motor coach so I couldn't keep up with the demands of Hospice and be away so much. With travel came a lot more socialization and cocktail hours with other travelers.......you got it.....the weight started to creep up again. Three years after my son's death, my mother died. Three years after that my father died. I was worn out from grieving...............A long story short; I have yo-yoed for 20 years and slowly added more weight every time I regained. Now instead of needing to lose 35 pounds, I need to lose 46. I'm not a young woman any more, so I have set me goal weight 10 pounds higher so for now a 36 pound loss will suffice. Deep within my heart of hearts I want to get rid of the 46 to 50 pounds........
So here I am ready, willing and able and about to SPARKLE.