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  Week of 5/6/2010 - Featured Board Post

Enough On My Plate or Too Much?

After another successful week of being healthy and making healthy choices, I have lost another 2.5 pounds this week.

I am loving this. Have tried Weightwatchers, Slimming World, Atkins, Cabbage Soup, Alli tablets,... you name it, I've tried it and usually by this point, I weigh more than when I started and I am depressed, eating more, depressed!!!

I have three children ages 5 and under - one has ASD and hydrocephalus, one is blind and one has developmental delay, dyspraxia and autistic traits. For so long now, they have been my excuse. I've now learned that I cannot allow my reason for things being a bit harder for me to become my excuse and guess what - setting small goals really works.

I have spent the last 6 years feeling sorry for me and letting others feel sorry for me too. In fact, it has been so easy to fail at this because everyone expects it and tells me constantly that I have enough on my plate. Well enough of enough on my plate. It was having too much on my plate that got me here to begin with.

My kids are happy and healthy. And I am on my way there too. They are joining in with my fitness routines - watching my 4 yr old clumsy daughter attempting to do yoga positions or run on the Wii is enough to make Scrooge smile.

So thank you to all of SparkPeople. This journey is never lonely and the support I get is immense. I am loving this lifestyle change and focusing on the short term goals rather than getting depressed about the big picture.

I have lost 46lbs - still got another 42lb to go but I can do this - this time, I know I can.

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