TRACEYMOMOF3

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Why I've been gone....

Monday, January 31, 2011

My Dad:


Well, first let me say thanks to the Sparkers that missed me. and sent me goodies and messages while I was away. Next, I want to say that I viewed some your Spark pages, and you all are doing fantastic.

I have been completely off SP for about 3 weeks. ( I was slacking off a little before that, too) The reason is that my dad has been really sick (and getting sicker) He has been diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. It has been really hard to balance my busy life and help him and my mom at the same time. So, as you can figure, I let myself go.

See, my dad is the greatest! (I know all of you would say the same about yours) and he has been so good to me. I need to be there for him and my mom. It is really hard to watch him go down hill as fast as he has.

I did well during the holidays: keeping up w/ exercise, drinking water, and eating healthy. Then I started slacking off. and that sent me into a down hill spiral. ( I gained 5 lbs)
I realized that my Spark time consisted of too much for everyone else and I was getting no benefits from it. For example: I logged on everyday and commented on everyone's status, blogs, triumphs and discouragements. and welcoming new members to the teams etc. I guess I was trying to be SP MOD or something. Then next I would accumulate all the points I could. ( that was a game) I soon discovered I wasn't tracking my food, or doing anything for myself.

So, then I took a break and concentrated on taking care of my dad for a while. I've given up some of the jobs I have and I'm ready to concentrate on my wt. loss again. I've lost 3 lbs of the 5 that I gained, (not tracking the wt. gain this time)

What this boils down to is that I'm back and ready to get in there and lose wt. and do it right this time. I will be checking on you all from time to time. but this time I'll log on to track 1st then I'll take time to see what everyone else is up to. Taking care of my dad is a priority at this time, so if I don't get to Spark everyday, I will not beat myself up or give up on my journey. I want you all to know that I support you and wish you all the best on your journey. I may not comment on your status and blogs as much as I used to, but I'm still cheering you on!
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  • CIVIAV
    I missed this. emoticon to all your Family!

    It's so hard to know how to stay in touch with everyone and we all know how it works. Care for those who are closest and it will return to you (although that's not why we do it).

    Your Dad is a handsome man and his spirit shines in the picture!

    Hoping you have lots of loving time with your Dad and glad you could catch up with us!
    3678 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2011 10:49:28 AM
  • EGR2BEME
    Just happened upon your SPARK page! Sorry your Dad is sick...what is awesome picture of him. He looks like a GREAT Dad...reminds me a bit of mine. Hoping you are holding up at this difficult time. Ellen
    3683 days ago
  • EGR2BEME
    Just happened upon your SPARK page! Sorry your Dad is sick...what is awesome picture of him. He looks like a GREAT Dad...reminds me a bit of mine. Hoping you are holding up at this difficult time. Ellen
    3683 days ago
  • SUGARBABY60
    Tracy, thank you for taking the time to stop by my page and encourage me .Y ou have your priorities straight. We send you hugs and good wishes to you and yours. Enjoy your parents while you are able I know they will appreciate it so much. great work on losing a couple of those sneaky holiday pounds. Continued success! emoticon
    3748 days ago
  • DOPKIGIRL
    Tracey, its good to have you back. Spark is here as a source, you don't have to do it every day or every week. Just knowing that it is here to help with whatever you need, is a plus.

    I am SO sorry to hear about your father ((HUGS)). I will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You have the right attitude. You have to know where your priorities are and focus on YOU. If you don't address YOU first, you are NO good to anyone else.

    Know that WE are here to help in any way. Just let us know.

    Have a blessed day!!
    3751 days ago
  • no profile photo BRILYNN79
    So sorry to hear about your dad. Paryers your family's way. Way to go on losing 3 of the 5 lbs and getting back on track, its not always easy to do, and you should be proud of yourself for that and taking care of your dad.
    3752 days ago
  • JEN-LOVES-LIFE
    Tracey,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Spend as much time with him and your mom as you can. I am sure it is rough, but you can do it. They both need you so much right now. Your kids do too, so you've got to be short on time and patience.
    Just remember what you have learned about yourself and your own weight loss so far. Those things will help you make the best possible food choices. Maybe a binge here or there, but nothing crazy.
    I'm glad you came on here and explained. I wanted to contact you but did not want to seem pushy.

    Sending a big hug your way. Take care. You and your family are in my prayers.
    3752 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Tracey,you have been missed and I am sorry about your dad,prayers to you and your family,I don't know to much about this disease,and pray for his comfort.I thought the second part you wrote,I was writing about myself.I can relate to what you are saying about spending to much time supporting others and not enough focus on myself. I thank you for posting this,I believe so many do this and need your reminder to focus on there life away from Spark and themselves too! emoticon emoticon Take care of YOUrself and I understand and know how important it is to take care of your family and YOUrself. emoticon emoticon Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3752 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2011 7:56:38 PM
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    Whoa! I have missed you. I did not bother you because I know you get real busy. I think your father is blessed to have a daughter who is there for him. I know what you mean about him being the best. Many of my friends have lost their fathers & I am just glad to have mine still. Enjoy your Pop and don't forget to take care of you! Miss you!

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    P.S. did i mention that I missed you?

    3752 days ago
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