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11/29/11 11:16 A

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Your name says it all.

emoticon to the Winston-Salem Sparkers first and foremost. Please feel free to jump right in with questions, comments, or if you need a shoulder. We have some amazing people in this group. The nice thing, we are all in your neighborhood. We are working to get together once a month, starting again in January. We would love for you to join us.

You are right, baby steps is the way to go, we all have frusterating days and glorious days. We are here to celebrate and encourage and please feel free to encourage others. Somedays, that is where you will find your own purpose.

I hope that you have a wonderful day and hope to hear from you soon!


~Lorie~

You can live your life in two ways, one as though nothing is a miracle and the other way, as though everything is a miracle! Einstein


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11/28/11 2:28 P

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Hello I'm new to the winston-salem sparkers community.
I'm 24/f and have always struggled with my weight. When I was in highschool I lost 50 lbs and was at the high end of the normal bmi and was thrilled, but as soon as I went away to college pressure and stress allowed me to gain it all back plus more. I've done decently the past couple months losing 30 lbs but I still have so much more to go. I keep thinking to myself "one day at a time" because looking at the major picture can be overwhelming.

I am originally from New York. I've struggled in my life with a lot of trouble from sexual abuse as a child(by a family member), rape in college, and dysfunctional family leaving my heart and soul to feel unsafe in this world. Now with PTSD after a couple years of therapy and learning how to deal with my problems I still have a weight problem. Food can not be a release from feelings and stress, it is only fuel to make our physical bodies live. Learning to cope everyday differently through exercise, writing, drawing, and music will lay the foundation for weight loss. Actively working on unresolved emotions from the past will free one pound off at a time.

My major goals are to find that motivation every day to keep going, and not just with weight loss but full efforts with life and living. It can be so easy to just sit down and quit. "I don't feel like it", "tomorrow" are very easy excuses. However, they leave me feeling worse the next day.

This is a life change. Not a diet race in which I'll just gain it back.(again) I'm very good at losing weight quickly, but maintaining for life...that's a challenge. Learning to love myself is a challenge.

Screw ups are bound to happen and it's important to not dwell on it. I think I need to realize there isn't going to be a magical day where I wake up and feel perfect. Perfect job, weight, personal life, internal feelings, etc etc. There is much already to feel proud of in my life. It's easy to be your own enemy.

I just need courage in every aspect of my life. I want to become an assertive young adult, knowing what I want from life, learning everyday, and taking it one day at a time.
I can't give up on myself.
I'm still alive.
~Heather

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