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Starting the Journey Over Again...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I had originally joined SparkPeople a few years ago, but fell off the "lifestyle change" wagon. I call it this because to me, this is not a diet or a phase, it is truly a change in my lifestyle. I started this journey again toward the end of January. I was feeling tired all the time. I had gained more weight, I had no energy, my snoring was worsening, and I was out of breath just walking at work while rooming patients. I just did not feel well at all. I see people get diagnosed with hypertension and diabetes on a daily basis, and I knew I was headed in that direction as well if I didn't change something. I started very slowly, changing little things here and there. About a month ago my husband and I joined a gym, and it has been the greatest decision. I did make the mistake of starting out too fast and walked 3 miles every day for the first week. It was too much too fast, and my foot was causing me extreme pain. I finally had to see the Dr. Turns out I have very high arches, so she put inserts and wedges in my shoes, and my pain is completely gone! I have been going to the gym almost daily, still striving for that 3 miles. I started to ride the bike as well, and I had forgotten how much of a workout that was. Last week I started little bouts of jogging on the treadmill, but I still can't go for long periods. I gave up fast food, stopped snacking at night, I have decreased my portions, and started eating more fruits and vegetables. I do feel self-conscious at the gym. I feel like everyone is staring and judging me. I hope as I keep going and gain more confidence, it won't bother me as much. I now am starting to notice little changes in my body. I am down 18 lbs and my clothes are getting bigger. I have way more energy, my snoring has decreased according to my husband, and I am no longer out of breath just walking. The biggest benefit I have experienced thus far is the improvement in my depression and anxety. I feel so much better! I pray I can stick with it this time. I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and feelings, as I have really no one else except my husband. I feel I am beautiful on the inside, I just want my outside to match. :) Here's to finding the new me!
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    Welcome back...Spark People has become my support groups for you see I am a recovering grease-holic. Yes, it is true if you can "fry it" I can "eat it".

    Moderation is a very important key to being successful in our journey. One day at a time....Look for small victories...Look for non-scale successes.

    Spark People research has found that people who get involved in social teams tend to be more successful in their efforts.

    I want to personally invite you to join the SparkPeople's Official Healthy Habits Challenge Team. There you will find others that will support you in your journey and you will be able to help others as well.

    On our team page BOBCATGIRL76 one of our team leaders has a great article to check out. Let me know what you think.

    We are here to help. YOU can DO this! Oh by the way...have you ever tried Fried cardboard, don't have much favor but a nice crunch....lol....Live life today.

    Remember: By Endurance we conquer-Shackleton

    1973 days ago
    Welcome back! Sounds like you are doing great! Keep it up!
    1974 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15392700
    Awesome Job! I used to go to the gym I loved taking the classes that were offered. I was group kick junkie. Its cardio kickboxing. Do not worry about the people judgments. Everyone has to start somewhere! That is awesome what you are doing. . You are doing it! That is what its all about! Keep moving! emoticon
    1974 days ago
    Way to go on your progress so far!

    The way I like to look at going to the gym: Think about when you go to the gym. Are you focused on what you're doing or on what everyone else is doing? If it's mostly the former, imagine everyone else doing the exact same thing as you (because they are). If it's the latter, reevaluate what your priorities are. If you're not there to focus on getting a workout, why ARE you there?

    Continue kicking butt! We are here for you!
    1974 days ago
    Welcome back. You are so right. This is not a "diet" but a life style change. A change that we must continue for the rest of our lives.
    1974 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome back to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. At the gym, folks are probably making mental notes of the changed you are going through. How you have improved. I know what you mean though. I was 387 lbs when I started at the gym, I had problems just getting on the bike. I was very self conscious but the trainer I had said, "Don't worry about what they are thinking, they started off like you as well." You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome back and get active on this site. emoticon emoticon
    1974 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    Glad u got the inserts. You have such pretty eyes and I just love your eyebrows. emoticon
    1975 days ago
    Thank you so much everyone!! :)
    1975 days ago
    Good for you! Keep it going. You are indeed beautiful inside AND out. And these lifestyle changes will help you see that as you become a healthier you inside and out. All the best.
    1975 days ago
    Congrats on starting back up your journey ! You can so do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1975 days ago
    Way to go!!! You're doing so well!!! And I have news for you...You're already beautiful on the outside!!! I'm happy to know that you're feeling so much better because this is your new lifestyle : ) Rock this journey...You're doing it!!! : )
    1975 days ago
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