A New Start

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Last fall, after graduating college, I began working for the first time. I had been a house wife and stay-at-home mother/college student through out my twenties and decided I needed a big change in my thirties. A couple of months after I turned 30, started graduate school, and began a new job, I went to the doctor for eye irritation and come out with a diagnosis of high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and an enlarged heart. I worked on getting my medication under control for several months and in March my doctor suggested I start the South Beach Diet. I did very well all summer when my husband, who is a teacher and does not work during the summer, cooked most of the meals and I was not taking classes. I lost 19 pounds and was so excited. Then school started again and I did not have time to cook as often and my husband was never home, did I mention he is also a football coach. I quit my diet and opted for a more unhealthy lifestyle of fast food and boxed meals.

I woke up one morning to realize I was back where I started. My blood pressure is constantly high, I gained all of the weight back, and I felt awful. Not to mention getting full-blown diabetes was a real possibility. Over the weekend I got on the South Beach Diet site, the one I had been paying for but not using, and switched back to Phase 1. I set up my meal plan and searched for some sort of help to stay motivated. That is how I found Sparkpeople. I hope this combination will help me to become a healthier and fitter person. I owe it to my children and future grandchildren but most of all I owe it to myself.
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  • no profile photo TEEHEEBABY
    Hi TX,

    I just wanted to wish you well because a lot of your post reminds me of me. I'm also 30, also a Mum, I've also tried diets in the past but always found that life gets too busy to stick with it! This site seems really good for getting the support and back up and taking away a lot of the complication of dieting and exercise.

    Anyway, Good luck,

    4196 days ago
    You can do it! It's not always easy to make changes. Start with one or two goals a week (drink all your water, and workout 10 min a day, for example). Then slowly add more stuff. See what works for you because this has to be permanent. You want to like what you are doing/eating. Make sure to reward yourself.

    I, too, lost 20 pounds, gained it, and am now losing again. I figure it was a good learning time for me. I can't expect my body to be healthy if I don't give it healthy foods or do healthy things. Sodium is a tough one to break the habit from if you are not preparing your own foods. But you can make healthy foods that you enjoy! There are some simple go to meals that I have discovered. And I have found some products that make life a little easier--Eden organic makes a lot of low or no sodium items (like spaghetti sauce, beans, tomatoes).

    Hugs, Jenn
    4196 days ago
    Congratulations for having the determination to start again! Keep working it. It's not failure if you keep trying! emoticon
    4196 days ago
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    Glad you're back! emoticon
    4196 days ago
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