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I'm a good friend, writer, gamer, bird-owner, Wiccan, and ... several other things that I've yet to completely figure out. I'm not exactly sure when I started gaining more weight than I should have, but I'm pretty sure it started in college, after I came down with a really nasty bout of depression.

I managed to kick that, but the weight remained ... and my budget is far too thin to get me to a gym on a regular basis. It seems like every time I end up unemployed with plenty of time to spare for exercise, it's during the winter, when I can't stand to be outside ... but I'm trying to get motivated to fix that.

Currently, I'm working on building my confidence back up - telling myself that I AM good enough that someone in a decent, reputable company will want to hire me and keep me with them, that I'll be able to get out on my own again (8 months was not enough!!!!) and that 28 is not too late... I can still become the person I wanted to be.

Luckily, I've got some great inspiration and a fantastic reason to try, now - someone who's shown me that new chances aren't just a pipe dream.

Member Since: 1/18/2010

Fitness Minutes: 690

My Goals:
- Find an exercise plan that I can do 3x/wk without it feeling like a chore

- Level out my food intake to fit the SparkPages nutrition plan

- Take at least one chapter of notes a week on something Wicca-related, or at least non-fiction

- Write either one scene a day or 10 pages a week

- Produce at least one work of art a week

- Keep my living space as uncluttered and organized as possible

My Program:
Right now I'm reviewing exercise DVDs, trying to decide which ones I want to try out. I'm leaning towards Tai Chi or Yoga, since I've always had an interest in the two... or something else low-impact to start. Any recommendations for beginners would be appreciated!

Personal Information:
I'm from Central NH, a rather pretty little corner of the middle of nowhere ... but currently trying to find a job that'll let me relocate a little closer to the state capitol, since it's central to everywhere I'd want to be, and the neighborhood suits me better.

Other Information:
"The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right." - Disraeli

"It's not what you do that matters so much, it's who you are." - Elmer Rice

"If you think anyone is sane, you just don't know enough about them. The key ... is to find someone whose insanity dovetails with your own." - Christopher Moore

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    You can do this!!! We could never appreciate the good times if it wasn't balanced by a little bad. You are building character right now, that's all. You might feel like a charity case, and maybe you are a little, but if the tables were turned and someone you loved needed help and you could help, would you??? I bet you would. You are giving someone else a chance to do good and to help.
    Make sure you appreciate it and find some way of not only repaying them, but make sure you pay it forward as well.

    God occasionally allows us to have down times. This is when you find out who really loves and cares about you. All of this is a blessing though it may feel far from it. Once you are up on your feet again you will be able to empathize with others who are now in your position. You couldn't do that before.

    It is hard. Take your lumps. Do the best that you can. Know that you will not only survive but thrive and be so much stronger and better for your hard times.

    If it is possible to get hold of a jump rope get one and try to jump a little bit each day. It will stimulate your lymphatic system, help brighten your mood and help toss off a little weight.

    4024 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2010 6:12:19 PM
    I would plan ahead. I went to the Disney World webpage and found a list of restaurants. They didn't have menus, but they did have a brief description of the types of food they have and where it's located. You can make some decisions before you go, like I'll order a chicken wrap, or a salad, at the place where the kids can order burgers or whatever. I don't know where you're staying, but at lots of resort complexes they will have little stores that sell cups of fruit, etc.

    You'll also be doing lots and lots of walking, so you can have a few more calories than normal without completely ruining your goals.

    I just had a brainstorm and googled "how to lose weight at disney world" and came up with websites with very specific info! (Gosh, if I'm so smart, how come I need to lose 50 pounds!)

    Also remember the battle cry of fat people at a buffet, "Look Prime Rib!" and the battle cry of the skinny at a buffet, "Look Fresh Fruit!".

    4044 days ago
  • v NICKI2B
    Welcome to Sparkpeople! And you are right, all effort counts, no matter how small the step seems, in the right direction it really adds up! emoticon
    4045 days ago
    You are good enough and 28 is not too old! My 26 year old just moved out after a bad bout of depression (about 6 years!). And even though she isn't supporting herself financially, she is going back to college and loves having her own place. Now to you, whenever you feel weak, come to Spark. It's here 24/7. I've never logged on and been bored, or uninspired. It's also a great place to go on about your struggles. We never get cranky or have that "look" on our faces, like my husband does! Hang in there, we're all in the same boat.
    4045 days ago