First off, I haven't blogged in a while. I should probably get back into that since it helps keep me motivated. Problem is I'm tired everyday after everything I do between long work days and taking care of the house and family. But I will work on blogging hopefully at least once or twice a week. Even if its just to say Hi, and Hey you Got this! Anyways, I've been a spark people member for almost 7 years now, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I honestly wish I found this site much, much sooner. It's given me so much, helped me so much on my journey.
A little about myself. I used to be a stay at home mom for about 10 years before picking up a job almost 2 years ago. I struggled with my weight constantly since I was a kid. Except then I was barely normal weight, I was borderline underweight. And I hated myself for it. When I finally started a family, the weight came on it was great, but I couldn't control it. And I soon found myself very obese. And I still hated myself. I tried every diet I could manage, nothing worked. Then when my youngest was born, I was tired of being tired of trying to keep up with my family. I was done being obese. I had to do something. So once again I browsed the internet for quick weight loss ideas, all with bad side effects. Then I came across this site. So I checked it out thought I would give it a try. And I fell in love with spark people. I've met so many wonderful people here, so many inspirational people here. It is just the best thing in the world.
After awhile started to join challenges. I came across these 5% challenges, so I tried one, and I tried another one. Next thing I know outside of a short hiatus, I've been doing challenges since 2013. They are awesome. Right now we have another 5% challenge coming up for the summer, and looking for people to join. It's loads of fun, and even if you miss this one, we do 4 a year, don't worry about where your starting, or even if your in maintenance, all are welcome. Just click here and check it out:
As I have gone through the years on here, I reached near goal weight back around 2015, and let life and stress and everything get in the way, and I gained it all back. I've been working at it again since this last September to get back to being healthy again. It's been a struggle, but slow and steady wins the race. I have all the tools I need. And sometimes I just need a kick in the butt to keep going and a reminder that I got this. And You Got This! We all come from different backgrounds, different struggles, different reasons why we haven't achieved in the past, or different reasons why we let it all come back. But remember we are doing this for ourselves, no one else. I've lost the weight before, even with taking care of my Dad being in and out of the hospital, helping my mom, helping my siblings, a few years back taking care of a severely mentally unstable stepdaughter, that caused horrendous issues in our family, a neighbor that likes to harass us, loss of many loved ones, and my own insecurities and more. But our journeys are each our own, we make it, what we make it. Everyone has struggles, your not alone, we are all here for each other. You matter. You are important. You are valued. You are loved. You got this!