HI! thank you for shareing your story! i too am on food stamps, i get $180/mnth. i am 23 years young, and that $180/month feeds me and my boyfriend of 6 years (he weighs 108lbs and is 5'6). i completly understand your struggle to buy healthy foods. if you have a kroger in your area, i recomend shopping there. you earn points towards gas (every 100 pts is 10 cents off per gallon, and with gas upwards of $4/gallon and on a budget, who couldnt use 10 cents off?) i typically per month with just spending the $180 on my link card, earn 200 points a month. and with your kroger card, you get special saveings. kroger cards are free to sign up for, so far this year alone, i have saved $257 just buy shopping at kroger! i too struggle with back issues, my back uncomforably clicks when i walk and its VERY irritating. i have three jobs. I am a Chiropractic assistant M-F, a server at TGI Firdays on the weekend, and a life insurance examiner in my spare time and on lunch breaks. finding extra time, energy and motivation is difficult, espeacially since my boyfriend likes the night life, i typically am lucky if i get 4 hours of sleep a night.
i fully beleive that if you put your mind to it, you can over come any obstical that stands in your way! even though i have 3 jobs, i brought home a mere $13,000 last year, and still managed to save some money for a new car!
since joining sparkpeople, i have been more motivated than EVER! this site reallly works as long as you use it the way that it is intended! good luck with your walking routine! remember to start off small, and work your way up! even if its just down the street and back the first day, gradually throughout the week workup to around the block, then next week walk 2 blocks and eventually you will be walking miles a day!
Faith. Trust. Pixie Dust. Believe in yourself, and you'll FLY! You can do anything you put your mind too! LOVE ALWAYS! STAY STRONG AND DIET ON!
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