Hi everyone, Thought I would introduce my self and I liked the topic of this. I am a 23yr old mother of a 3yr old,a wife to a wonderful Military man. But "Time for ME"......yeah that's difficult.I'm the type to dedicate myself to others,I get up and get my husband and son breakfast,get my husband his iced coffee to go,then clean while my son eats.By the time I'm done cleaning my husband is on his way home for lunch and I'm making lunch for my husband and son,after lunch it's learning time with my son(colors,shapes,counting,etc.).Right after learning time it's nap time for my son and I use this as my work out time but even that 1-2hrs of "ME time" I'm still calling out "no toys" "close your eyes" "lay down,it's nap time" "seriously sweety,it's nap time!!" over and over again.And my day goes on-doing thing after thing for my family.and no,that's not a bad thing,it's great....I just wish that some times I could have time for just me...2 hours to think about nothing but working out and feeling good about myself.I've gone the last 3 years feeling fat and ugly because I haven't been able to find time to make myself happy.So this is my first step,even if I am arguing with my three year old who thinks he's 14...I'm making a step.
WELCOME TO SPARK!!! Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.
A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.
1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.
2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.
3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.
The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family! *~ Paula *~
Paula in Denver, Colorado
"You were given life; it is your duty...to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight." (Elizabeth Gilbert)
"Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy." (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
"Think for a minute about what makes you fabulous and how you can celebrate it." (Laura Mercier)
Welcome! Sounds like you've gotten everything else in a great place in your life- now you can focus on learning healthy eating habits & incorporating exercise. This site is full of accurate info- no agenda here! Read the articles, try the healthy recipes, and start changing your life! You can do this :)
Current goal: -8 pounds (32 total) by October
Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
Pounds lost: 26.6
Fitness Minutes: (620)
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The fact is....I was a very thin child and young woman. Too thin, in fact. I was a gymnast and very active in sports and on our family farm. I was a young, single mother with a very small income, so there was never any option of eating enough, let alone too much. Then 3 years ago, I got a very good position, making more than I have ever earned...and my children were finally almost full grown, with jobs of their own. Finally, I was in a position to have all that I never could afford before.....Lavish cocktails...nice dinners out with my kids....a full fridge...and the luxury to relax, finally. Then i got ill. And suffered some injuries that would not allow me to exercise as I was used to. And the pounds started accumulating. Now....almost 50 pounds too much, I am getting less healthy, less energetic, and less happy with what I see in myself. I am in need of a big turn-around back to where I used to be. I never had to think about my weight before...and NOW that seems to be the only thing that has become an obstacle in my life.
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