I formed a team called "Staten Island New York Members".
Saturday, June 07, 2014
I formed a team for my home area and am hoping to find people that would be on SparkPeople and would like to walk together.
Something that I never did on HHBFFH was to tell my story so this is what I posted on the SINY Members Team introduction as a new leader of this new team. I would love and thank you for any and all the feed back I could get, so here goes:
I have tried all sorts of diets since my teen years. My 1st diet was Weight Watcher. I then tried eating just fruit and cottage cheese. I tried the 500 calorie diet, the grapefruit diet, the cabbage diet etc. My weight went up and down between 115 to 145 into my early 20's. I had back trouble starting at 15 and it was hard to exercise to loose weight. When I tipped the scale at 147 and I could barely walk I joined Overeaters Anonymous. They had n extremely strict diet and you were never allowed to slip up or you would have to start over again. I went down to 108lbs quickly and maintained under 115 for 2 years following a somewhat balanced diet but no flour or sugar. It is not practical to live like that forever so eventually I slipped up and started to gain again.
My weight really got out of control when I had children. I went from 108 - 188. Then one day I began to get depressed. The weight kept climbing and the depression got worse. I don't know what happened to my body but In 1 year I went from 150 To 250 for my 40th Birthday. I now found out that maybe this happened because I have Hoshimoto's thyroiditis and Lupus which cause depression, weight gain and joint problem etc. etc. but I didn't find this out until late into my 50's So, when I turned 60 in January of 2014 I decided that all this had to change! I found SparkPeople and a new life began.
Now I've realized that fad diets only work for a while and then the weight comes back on when I can't stay on them any longer. That just doesn't work for a lifetime and a life style. I could barely move when I 1st started this in January but slowly I've changed the way I eat and am changing and strengthening my body. I've realized that it takes time to change life long bad habits. For the 1st time in my life I'm giving myself the right to take time to do that. I'm learning to love myself right where I'm at with healthy habits of moving my body every day a little more each day. I'm learning to eat healthy choices to nourish my body with things that I like that are good for me. I'm cutting down my calories slowly and not crash dieting to get off all my extra weight over night. I'm drinking 8+ glasses of water a day to flush out all the bad stuff. I'm learning that enough sleep HELPS to loose weight. And I'm learning that it's ok to enjoy life. It's taken me 5 months so far to make some changes and I've lost 15 lbs and 2 sizes! WhooHoo! Check out my blog " A Journey" .
I am also thanking The Lord for helping me to recreate myself and my life the way He had intended me to live, a full and productive, and fun filled life, PTL! It is happening and it can happen for you too!
With Love, Hugs, and prayers,