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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I am so sorry that I've been gone so long.

Life threw me for a CRAZY AWFUL loop. My marriage nearly ended. My family is now a statistic of unemployment in America. We moved back home to Arizona. I had to singlehandedly bring my family back from the depths into a place of semi-stability (living with gracious and giving friends, and making use of programs that can help us until we get on our own two feet again). I had to find a way to provide services and medication for my daughter who has special needs. I was sick for weeks. My youngest just got out of the hospital with pneumonia, a bladder infection, and a kidney infection. We are broke. We are heartbroken. We are struggling to keep our heads above water.

But I'm here. I'm alive. I'm wanting to focus on health as a part of reclaiming my life again.

I've lost some weight from the stress and sickness - about 10 lbs or so. More importantly my clothes are fitting better. I had to alter my pants and take out about 4" today so that they wouldn't fall off anymore. These are the pants I bought back in October that fit me perfectly then. I'm pleased to see some progress, but I'm ready to do things the healthy way again, and to be conscious of what I eat, how I exercise, and generally work toward taking care of myself, body and soul.

I am going to be doing the new Weight Watchers Points Plus plan. I can have 39 points per day. I also get 49 extra weekly points allowances as part of the plan. Fruits and veggies are zero points (except for high carb ones like potatoes, corn, peas, and avocado). I am also a soup fanatic so I'm excited about incorporating that into my diet as well. Go Weight Watchers!

My doctor wants me to exercise at least 5 hours a week so that will be added to the list too. I'm hoping to start with walking throughout our hilly neighborhood, and bringing our horse...er... i mean LARGE dog, with me on the walks.

I'm back. This time for good.
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    I am sorry to hear that you've been going through such rough times, but I am glad to see you back here! It's good to hear from you again! Hang in there, things will get better and know that we are here for you!!
    3665 days ago
    I'm so sorry about the rough times and am thankful you have people who are able to help you out until you get back on your feet. Good for you for taking advantage of every program available. That's why we pay taxes is in case you ever need a hand up. I am glad you are making your health a priority, it is truly so important. I know you can do this!! Hang in there, you WILL get through the muck.
    3666 days ago
    I am sorry to hear you have had such a rough time. I can somewhat relate to your struggles. My husband had his hours cut at work for over a year and we got behind on our mortgage payments. The mortgage company filed forclosure papers on us and quit taking our money. We tried to get the government program but were denied b/c our debt/income ratio was too bad (duh, thats why we needed the help) Now hubbys hours are back to normal and we are still waiting to find out if we get to keep our house or not. I also have a special needs child that gets meds and services. We did get assistance with that, but it would be devestating to her to have to move. I hope everything works out well for you! Hang in there!
    3667 days ago
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