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Friday, May 20, 2011

I signed up for epic to get more support. We are new to the area and I still don't know anyone here. This is a big time of transition for us; especially me. I still have one homeschooled son at home who also has a job. Hubby is strongly encouraging me to get back to school (college). I was on track to start nursing school and everything was shuffled last year with a sick dad who died in Oct. We finally got into an apartment in Dec. and sold our house making our last moving trip from Biloxi in February. I kinda feel tired and beat down and thought this would help.

So far, epic has made me feel guilty for letting everyone down. But I will finally be able to help out by actually earning a couple of points this week. It has helped a lot since people actually write and post me --- which lets me know that I EXIST! I know I can do this.

I was trying the first week, however, while I was in Houston visiting family - I coasted. I have made a couple of positive changes this week and am sticking with them.

I can't comment on the next leg. I have to focus on one day at a time here and one pound at a time.

Maybe health check ups for a future improvement. I know people who just don't bother - even if they are dieting and exercising right. There can be hidden health issues that can only be found out by a dr.'s visit.

Keep kicking me though, don't let up or stop pressuring me. I need it to get moving. Thanks all!
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  • CHAKA1709
    Don't give up. If you ever need any help with planning your transition into nursing school, or anything else, let me know. I just recently finished my pre reqs at a community college and am starting at the university of texas health science center san antonio this fall.
    3722 days ago
    This blog was so honest and pure. I am so glad you shared. Please don't feel too guilty. You care about your team, and you want to help them. That is totally understandable. But, challenges ARE hard. That is why we have them. Even a couple points is better than no points, and perhaps you have a little extra motivation that you wouldn't have without the challenge.

    Taking things one day at a time is totally ok. Sometimes we all need to remember that each day is new, and we always have new opportunities to make healthy choices.

    I moved here last summer, and it can be a big scary place when you don't know many people. This team has been a Godsend. I have made so many true friends here. Try to make it to a meetup sometime (we have them as often as we can). I am sure you will just LOVE all the people on this team.

    AND... I LOVED what you said about the health checkup. You are absolutely right. We all need to be taking care of our bodies, INCLUDING making sure that we keep a check on our health. Too many of us assume that we are somehow exempt from health problems. I may steal this and blog about it sometime, if that's ok. I know I am definitely guilty here too!
    3722 days ago
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    Guilt does suck :( I know I felt it when I started sliding in leg 2, so I left leg 3. But not having the accountability was REALLY bad for me and I gained! I'm glad you are still around and I like the idea of having a checkup - even the free ones they have at HEB health fairs, like blood pressure and cholesterol.
    3722 days ago
    Feeling guilty about letting down the team means you actually care about the team, please don't beat yourself up over it. It's really difficult when you're trying to make all the changes you have over the past several months, I couldn't even imagine what it must be like. Then on top of the changes, all the feelings involved have to be dealt with too. I'm really glad you decided to join this challenge to do something for yourself. Make a plan, write it down, and in that plan make dates with yourself, you deserve that.
    3722 days ago
    Laura, I like the honesty in your blog. My sympathies on the loss of your dad. I lost my mother less than a month ago. Transitions can be very trying and tiring on a body.

    Guilt about letting down the team is something I can really identify with, but don't be too hard on yourself. Just get right back in there and give it your best shot! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

    3722 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    Thanks for doing this Laura! Make sure to give yourself a schedule and stick to it! Keep your appointments to exercise. emoticon You'll do great and I look forward to hopefully meeting up with you sometime! Even if it's just to chat. It can be very hard to get to know ppl when you're new to town. Try signing up for one of the 5K's with us! That's how I started meeting other sparkies! :)
    3723 days ago
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