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I was out of work for 8 years and returned to work in September of 2019. My husband has had a lot of health problems in the last 2 years, and during the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been isolating myself, not exercising, and eating too much. I have gained probably 20 pounds over the last year, and I don't like the puffy feeling of being at my largest size ever. I have a lot of sedentary bad habits, and I've been having trouble getting motivated to get back on track. I feel ashamed that I let myself backslide so far, so I'm coming back to SparkPeople to start over again.

Here are some of my reasons for wanting to lose weight:

1. I want to fit into seats better -- at movie theaters, on airplanes, at amusement parks...
2. I hate shopping in the "Plus" size sections of the store. The selection there is usually terrible.
3. I do not want my knee pains and occasional back pains to turn into something more serious.
4. I'd like to have more energy.
5. I want my clothes to fit again.
6. I want to feel better about my size.

Some quotes that inspire me:

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-- George Bernard Shaw

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
-- Maria Robinson

Finish each day
And be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and
Absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

An earlier SparkPage Intro, full of inspiring quotes, can be found in my 5/27/2016 blog entry.

Member Since: 6/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 66,289

My Goals:
I would like to be a healthy weight and not obese or overweight.

I would like to strengthen my core so that my back and knees do not hurt.

I would like to be physically fit enough to hike down into the Grand Canyon someday ... and back up again (the next day).

I would like to fit in my clothes again.

My Program:
1. Monitoring my caloric intake.

2. Watching the patterns in how my calories are spread over carbs, protein, and fat. I have noticed that I should actually eat more fat and protein and less carbs in general.

3. Making a conscious effort to eat more fruits and vegetables.

4. Exercising more by walking to events/locations in the neighborhood that I need to go to, riding the stationary bike occasionally, trying out walking and other workout videos on YouTube and DVD, and eventually participating in challenges (like SP bootcamps).

Personal Information:
I live in Southern California and work as a systems engineer. I married an wonderful man on 8/8/2009 and have two adult sons.

Other Information:
I love looking at the stars and learning about space.

I like to read fantasy and science fiction, humorous books, and self-improvement books (including diet and health books). I like to watch movies, almost any genre except horror, although I gravitate to comedies, sci-fi, and fantasy. I really want to travel someday, to places like Australia, the Pyramids, England, Italy, France, Iceland... there are so many cool places to go!

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    We've all had those days or weeks (or sometimes longer) when we fall off the wagon and lose sight of our healthy goals. The good news is that today is a new day, and there's always an opportunity to start fresh. If you've been struggling to find the motivation you need, look no further. What is one thing you can do today to get things moving in the right direction again? Don't give up on the goals you've worked so hard to achieve. Success is possible!
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