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A New Beginning

Friday, July 26, 2019

I have been on a yo-yo ride with my weight since I was a teenager. Up, down, sideways it seems. I was at my lowest in 2013 after losing almost 100 pounds clean eating and using Spark People. Then all hell broke loose. I lost my job and I lost my mom to COPD and heart disease. I fell into a depression and started eating unhealthy again. I lost my Y membership due to financial reasons from losing my job.

In 2014, I lost my dad and went back to school. I started a new part-time job at an elementary school going to school while going to school myself. I received an Associates Degree but already the degree was antiquated in the field I chose. So add student loans in to the mix. You get the picture. I am also a photographer and was doing family and senior shoots like crazy. (Still am!)

Around the same time, my daughter started having medical struggles of her own. She started high school in the fall of 2013, and after her 2nd HPV vaccination became extremely ill. Chronic migraines, fatigue, dizziness, syncope, depression, anxiety. She struggled through her issues throughout high school, and in her junior year, had to leave because her debilitating migraines were almost daily. She suffers from hemiplegic migraines, with stroke-like symptoms. She started attending high school online and I became her personal care attendant.

In the spring of 2016, she was diagnosed with Dysautonomia at the Mayo Clinic. She has POTS, EDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, IBS, Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis, and a plethora of other symptoms including depression and anxiety. She finished off her senior year and proudly graduated (online) in 2017. Oh how she struggled to get there.

She started an online college program in the fall of 2018 and has done well. She is switching majors and starting this fall at a local community college. It's an online program, but she has done better this summer than she has the previous two summers and we are hopeful she will be able to start next year taking college courses on campus.

Me? In total I have gained roughly 85 pounds through it all. I was working 3 part-time jobs, plus my photography. Working all those jobs, struggling to eat right hit me hard. Free lunches at work. Oy. I am at the highest weight I have been in my life. Even higher than when I delivered my daughter almost 21 years ago.

I am finally starting a new full time job in August and am super excited. We have a Spring Break cruise vacation planned with our BFF's who are also mother and daughter. We re-joined the YMCA two days ago and both want to lose weight and re-start our journey to get healthy.

I'm not sure how often I will be able to post, but am really going to try at least once a week.


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