Restarting: Need Advice, Support and Prayers!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hi! My Name is Dana. And this is my 3rd trip back to Spark.

I guess it's been two years (at least from what I can tell) since I have posted a Video Blog (VLOG) on Spark. You can find my video I put together when I restarted here: https://sparkpeo.hs.llnwd.net/e1/myp

It's been about three years since I was dedicated and active.

Let me tell you a bit about me.

I am a 35 year old mother of three girls. Two of those three are under the age of two (18 months apart). So right now I have a 12 year old, almost 2 year old and 4 month old - I'm busy and tired.

When I started on my spark journey I was single and had just my oldest daughter. If you watched the video that I linked above you will see I got engaged during my weight loss process and also got married.

So, let's get to weight loss. I feel like I've "dieted" since I was 14 - maybe earlier. When your sister has a super fast metabolism and God gave you a large frame with a slower metabolism it's hard to keep a positive self body image. At the age of 19 I started working for a large weight loss company where I motivated others to lose weight and reach their lifestyle goals, but just like everyone else it's more difficult to motivate myself.

My smallest weight has been a too small 135. My largest weight has been 220 to 230. Today, I am at 200. I would be comfortable to be around 160 (I haven't been their in years). Really it's more then just the scale, though. Right now I am tired and unhealthy. Even though I have lost all my baby weight from my last pregnancy I've also lost all my muscle tone.

Besides a healthy lifestyle, I want to gain my self esteem back. I know that will take some time.

So, my question for you is: if you have restarted how were you successful? I don't want to close and re-open my account. Even though I'd like to start fresh, I have some really good friendships that were cultivated through the years. Should I join new groups? Reset all my goals?

Thank you for your time! I hope to be back to video blogging later this week (I need make-up for that).
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    Just checking back in with you. Have you decided what to do? Hope you are (re)beginning your journey to a healthier lifestyle. Please let us know how you are doing.
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    What feels right to you in terms of restarting here at SparkPeople? It would be wonderful to reconnect with old friends and, based on my experience here, you will also make new friends.

    What seems like it will be most useful to you, restarting with new goals, which may take more into account the changes in your life since you were here last, or carefully re-examining your previous goals and making changes?

    Whatever you decide, I would recommend starting in small steps again as it sounds like you've reverted to old habits. It can be overwhelming to make a lot of major changes at once, especially with your busy schedule.

    What works for one person, doesn't work for another; we are all unique individuals. emoticon

    Wishing you all the best on your renewed journey to a healthier lifestyle, including weight.
    2288 days ago
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