Welcome Sara. I encourage you to go to "community" on your spark page and locate teams near you in Grants pass, etc for a walking buddy and/or find a team for yoru age/health preferrances. Best of luck!
Hello, my name is Sara. I am 32 years old and live in Grants Pass, Oregon (southern Oregon). I have two children - a son who is nearly 12, and a daughter who is nearly 6. I have tried (unsuccessfully) in the past to lose weight - but, have found that I was doing it all wrong. So, now I am starting over, and doing it the right way (for me).
In early December 2012, I saw my doctor and had blood tests done to check my blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. I found that my results weren't horrible, but many things were slightly elevated... which means, I was on the wrong path. I am very overweight and very unhappy because of being overweight.
On December 18th, I drastically changed my lifestyle. Due to food allergies, I gave up eggs, gluten, citrus, almonds, and kidney beans. Going gluten-free has been sort of a blessing in disguise - being unable to eat all of those breads, cakes, cookies, etc has kept me away from all of those awful carbs that I don't need anyway.
I began exercising on my treadmill 30 minutes per day, at first, and now (less than a month later) have worked up to 60 minutes per day, plus I use hand weights for about 15-20 minutes most days, and have been playing "Just Dance" on my Xbox Kinect (until I injured my ankle... so, I am just sticking with the treadmill until my ankle heals).
As of today, I have lost 16 lbs in less than 1 month, just by eating healthy (at least 3 meals per day), and exercising at least 60 minutes per day.
It hasn't been easy, but it HAS been worth it. Giving up junk food is what I would imagine it would be like for a druggie to go off of drugs - there were withdrawals, and mood swings... but, as soon as it was all over, I felt SO much better. Not eating that stuff has made a world of difference in my mood and overall feeling of well-being.
I also purchased a Vitamix 7500 blender and a Breville compact juicer. Although I haven't used the juicer yet, I HAVE been making at least 2 green smoothies per day, and I feel great after drinking them!
This isn't just a diet... this is a lifestyle change.
I joined Spark in 2008 or 2009, but never really used it as I should have. And, both times I tried to lose weight, I lost 20 lbs and then gave up, because I expected my family to change their lifestyles and exercise habits as well... and, when they didn't, I became frustrated, discouraged, jealous that they got to continue eating whatever they wanted, etc.
This time around, I realized that people will only change if they WANT to change. I can't change them. And, I can't expect them to give up everything just because I am. It is their choice. So, I have learned to ignore the junk food in our home, and make healthier choices, despite what the people around me are eating.
Again... it hasn't been easy... but it IS worth it.
And, eating healthy isn't cheap, but the way I look at it: I would rather pay to protect and improve my health NOW... rather than pay for all of the medical problems later in life from neglecting my health.
I am coming back to Spark People because I do not have a lot of support in my life, so I am seeking support and encouragement, inspiration and motivation, through Spark People. And, hoping to make a few new friends along the way!
I can't wait to interact with all of you, and be inspired by your stories :)
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