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OMG - 200!

Monday, October 30, 2017

So, as I look over my Spark journey (and hiatus) I see a woman that was depressed, tired and overweight. The year was 2007 and I was close to 190 pounds. In December of 2007 I decided to make a commitment to eat clean and exercise. I had 2 young children (5 and 3 years old) and I was, amazingly, able to pull it off... in about 5 months actually. I lost about 35 pounds. I felt great.

Fast forward 10 years. One masters degree, shoulder and knee injuries acting up and 40 pounds back on. I have been, quite effectively, ignoring my crisis. When I was having trouble walking 3 miles (just plain exhausted after about a mile) I decided to take the bull by the horns. First I had to actually see how much weight I had gained back. So this morning I stepped on the scale and it was 197. For all intents and purposes, I am 200 pounds. 200 pounds. That is a scary number... 200.

My mom is overweight. My husband is overweight. My 13 year old son is overweight. I am most definitely a problem in this circle, and I have to do something about it.

So, I'm back on Spark. I know that I need to do 2 things, those 2 things that every overweight, unhealthy person needs to do. Eat better and exercise. They are both very difficult for me and for so many others. But I look at those "after pictures" of 2008 and I know I CAN do it. I DID do it before. I CAN do it again. There are new roadblocks (harder work and injuries that I will have to be careful of when exercising that weren't there 10 years ago, just to name two) but I have got to get to it and have a plan.

I don't know what that plan will be just yet. Right now I'm concentrating on the following this week:
1.) drink the water. drink the water. drink.the.water. (Something else I let go, besides exercise and healthy eating)
2.) dump the sugar (actually, not all that hard for me as I don't LOVE sweets)
3.) track and track and track... keep aware of what goes in my mouth and how much it "counts" for... not calories, necessarily, but yes - calories, nutrients, protein, etc. Spend calories on good stuff, not crap.

I can't figure out exercise right now, but I will. One week at a time... starting with this one. Water, cut the sugar, and track. It's all I can do right now, but it's a start.
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    You have done this before you are not the first. Remember those baby steps and track track track! And as you said drink drink drink the water! Woo Hoo you for coming back!

    891 days ago
    Just keep with it, you can do anything. Just don't give up and keep moving forward and stay positive.
    891 days ago
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