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I first joined Spark People in 2010. At the time I was about 172lbs. Being just over 5' tall - that weight is definitely not healthy. I felt miserable. My clothes were all either frumpy or too tight. I didn't realize it but I was battling with a slight depression. I was angry, hostile, and sad.

A slow steady pattern of walking every day, and tracking my food led to running, better eating habits and the weight came off to the tune of about 50 pounds. My husband joined me and we were in great health and shape.

I don't know where things shifted, my husband claims it was me who lost the momentum. I backed off of running because of knee and back problems, my son schedule changed and I was home less (traveling for his sports - even just for practices), and I didn't enjoy it as much. Life got in the way and I lost my vision and site of the goal - which is me!

Fast forward 9 years, I've put all of the weight back on plus some. I've toyed with 5 pounds here and there until steadily it's gone up to where I am now. I've used My Fitness Pal as a way to try to change things but haven't been able to stay on track. I've also discovered I have Hashimotos which is so much more than a "thyroid problem." It's autoimmune and it's causing all sorts of other issues with my health and energy levels. Add to all of this turning 50 and entering menopause... I've got a battle in front of me.

This is where I get lost - why bother? Well, because I want to be healthier. I want to be here for my son. I don't want to be a burden to him and I want to one day enjoy grandchildren.

So, here I go again. But this time, I think I have to approach this a little differently.

Member Since: 3/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 36,996

My Goals:
I've given up on a weight and date goal. It doesn't work for me. I have decided my goal is to live each day as successfully as I can. I want to be healthier, I want to lose weight, but I get overwhelmed and I give up. So, today I decided my goal is to be as successful as I can be - every day.

My Program:
Work in progress! Starting over - again (and again!!) - at where I was in 2010.

I have issues with logging my food - I tend to hyperfocus on logging so instead of just going about my day, I am always anxious about the next meal. I need to change that and learn to "BE" and not have food dictate my plans.

Walk 30 min a day 5x a week.

Strength training 3x week

Prepare food at home, plan as much as possible and ENJOY life by not becoming obsesse with my journey.

Personal Information:
I am 50 , happily married, and have one soon to be 20-year old son. Time to regain my focus and take steps to return to a healthier me.

Other Information:
I love reading and goofing around on the computer. I enjoy time with my family.

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    5 days ago
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    Have a good week.
    10 days ago
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    Hey Shaun!!! How's it going? I hope your pushing forward!!

    393 days ago
    Hi Shaun,
    thank you for the friend add. Glad to see you here at Spark People and wishing you all the best in reaching your healthy goals.

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    408 days ago
    I was there. 4"11 183 lbs. It's worth it to go slowly. You have nothing but time. Better to go downward then to keep going upward. emoticon
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