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First time snowboarding since the accident last year. I was the only one nervous.


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I am 47 and have 2 beautiful energetic children who are now teenagers. I want to have some of their energy and be able to keep up with them. I want to become more active and enjoy doing it. I want to like myself and feel good about myself. I work full time and my husband travels with work. I have been unable to work for the last 7 months and continues on because of health issues. I have been coping with healing from like stroke symptoms and I don't want to be here again as I am very high risk as my brain is swelling. My coping mechanism for 37 yrs has been to eat and drink lots of regular soda pop. Time to develop a new way of coping. I joined sparks people I think acouple yrs ago and was doing good with weight loss and than when people start complimenting me I sabatoge myself or think well I can eat what I want. I notice that the more I work-out over the last year I have justified eatting more or splurging when I wouldn't before. I have been off of work here for the last month and it has been difficult and I am on medication that increases my appetite. I have started to do some journaling and trying to take a look at what is it that I am afraid of....etc.. I am writing my food down here at home b/c when I am bored I am finding I want to eat..I get agitated. It's hard when you can't take a break from yourself. I have made of list of to do things this week for the house and me personally to journal on for this week so I dig myself out of the rut I am in. I am wanting to run and with being unable to walk right now is frustrating. I am finding I am conteracting the negative thoughts like: Oh I am going to have to start from square one with my running and exercise once all healed. I am coming back at myself with: thank goodness I have something that will heal, it all takes time. I can still do arms and stomach crunches.

So even though being off work has brought its challenges, I think it has been good on a mental plane because I have needed to slow down and stop over doing to see what I am doing. To stop the denial.

I have a long way to go but it took me a long time to get here also. Back in 2001 my husband was sick for 1 year and bedridden and at the end of that year he lost his leg and I had a 2 year old who just had extensive surgery and another baby on the way and was finishing school again. I made it through everything just great because I ate it away nonstop. Not a healthy way to deal with things, but that's why I look the way I do. Now it's time to adapt and find new healthy ways of dealing with lifes bumps in the road and the daily hustle and bustle. Funny though when you stop all of this behavior how all that pops back up saying I'm waiting for you to deal with me. Well I am dealing and coping and living and being thankful for each day as it is a gift.

My anger ate me up and it took me alot of time to forgive the people responsible for my hubby losing his leg. The one thing it has taken me to learn over the last couple of years to learn is that being angry only hurts yourself and makes it miserable for everyone else to be around you. It has been a grieving period with the lifestyle changes, but when the man upstairs closes a door he always opens another. We have had the awesome opportunity to meet many beautiful people that we never would have met. My hubby has become active in the amputee golf tournament and never letting it stop us. My hubby and I make a great team. He helps encourage me on my life change and I encourage him to lift and work out to strengthen his leg so he will be able to eventually be able to do more. I would like him to be able to go hiking with me.

We are investing in ourselves and our future and our family. We bought a weight system for lifting and got myself and elliptical. We invested in to being there for our children. I am being present in the moment.

My son is my biggest chearleader!! He has no clue how much he helps me. He keeps track if I have worked out or not.

I have a long journey ahead, but it's all about the enjoying the journey.

I long term goal is to do a triathalon. I will do this, it will take awhile, but I will reach my goal. I did reach my goal of my triathlon in august with my sister at my side. My goal this next year I have a few ideas but I will wait until the doctor gives me the green light incase I have to rethink it a bit.

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  • v CHOPPER74
    Hi there! I work with your mom and she told me you were on SP, so thought we could be Sparkfriends and encourage each other! Your mom is a really sweet lady!! Anyway, hope you are having a good day! Katy
    2304 days ago
  • v JO*ANNE*IE

    Hello My Beautiful Friend!! It was great seeing your comment -- esp since I was in school and had no time for Sparking!! I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying the beautiful summer with the family!

    2878 days ago
    good for you on letting someone know how you felt. better outside than inside... hope the best with all of that.. how is your program working for you.. now that is something to feel fantastic about! cheers, zozo
    3111 days ago
  • v SUN_CLAY
    Welcome to the MN fat to Fit team! Glad to have you here. I hope to see you in our upcoming challenges. Let me know if you need anything!

    3340 days ago
  • v BAYLESS04
    Glad that you joined the MPLS team! I hope you find the team helpful and supportive on your weight loss journey! Feel free to join in on any of the challenges! It's a great way to stay accountable and get to know the rest of the team.

    Look forward to getting to know you better - Carrie
    3342 days ago
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