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Inspiration close to home

Friday, January 31, 2014

I fully admit that the last couple of weeks I have been completely unmotivated. I've been so focused on finding a job that I have neglected to log in and log my food. As the depression that comes with long searches set in, my urge to emotional eat returned. While I did my best to fight it off, I was not 100% successful, and that's ok. The fact that I even realized I was doing it was a huge step forward, an NSV (Non Scale Victory) of sorts if you will. Breaking the cycle will be easier, or so I tell myself.

What has snapped me out of it this time is my daughter, Boo. She had a Sparkpeople account when we lived up North, but never logged on and never did anything with it. In fact, she couldn't even remember the password to it. However, last week she announced that she was going to start walking every day and eating better. She wants to lose weight, and she is determined to do it right. She has plenty of support, let me tell you!

Her first week has passed. She is drinking water all the time. It's been a bit too cold to walk outside (7 degrees in NC is too cold!), and has instead found different activities indoors to work out. She's been having salad with her evening meal, and she's doing her best to stay in the calorie range SP set for her. She logs all her food as soon as she eats it (she's even better than I ever was at this!), and her efforts brought her a 4 pound loss in her first week. What we see is a young lady who not as moody, is learning her body and what it takes to fuel it properly, a woman who is taking charge. This is a long way from the person she was last year at this time, believe me!

Her grandmother has been supportive and encouraging. She does the majority of the cooking for us, so home based meals that don't come out of the freezer or a box are the staples. It's helping Plex and I as well. She reminds my daughter when she gets discouraged that it's not going to happen overnight and that it's work to lose weight. There is no magic pill or food.

As for me, well, as I have been supporting her I've been learning things about myself and how easy it was to get off track. She's got me thinking again, and I can't thank her enough. She is a wonderful young woman, sometimes a pain in my patooka, but always mine!

So if you see RLParenteau93 around, say hi and give her a bit of encouragement. She will definitely love it!
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SANDRALEET 2/1/2014 8:06AM

    Time passes and we heal I will Pray that you find a Job I can understand how that can be stressful Hang in there you will make it Remember you have inner strength you made it this far

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LEANJEAN6 2/1/2014 6:48AM

    Oh it is well worth it----and Spark friends are here to help-Lynda emoticon

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JSTETSER 2/1/2014 6:47AM

    Keep pushing! It is worth it.
I work 2 PT jobs at a school with no benefits. I understand what you are talking about!
Tell Boo that we are thrilled that she is walking every day!


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DSBRIDE 1/31/2014 12:41PM

    Inspiration comes from the most unusual places. Things seemed to rub off on Boo while you weren't looking. I'm happy for both of you!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/31/2014 12:14PM

    Oh I know how discouraging the job search can be. On month #3.5 right now and the hubs is discouraged. **SIGH** ME TOO, but have to be supportive for him.

So proud of Boo. You both have a support there and that's wonderful!

HUGS

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