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My son & I in July 2016

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This is at 10% loss of original body weight, my 2nd mini goal!! Right after 5km run & strength training. It works, one day at a time!!


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I first joined Spark in 2008 and was successful at losing a bit of weight. Unfortunately, I found that weight again and then some. A fairly common story amongst us. Mine is not a unique story.

Since that time I have successfully recovered from several addictions with help from my higher power and a beautiful 12 step recovery program to whom I owe my new life. No joke. Now I continue to trudge along on what I like to call my 'healthy me journey'. This journey is based on my intrinsic desire for a healthy body, mind and spirit. Today I am so much closer than I have ever before been and I feel very blessed to have some insight and awareness into myself.

I am learning to love myself and to accept and appreciate who I am as a person. Such a blessing! This was not an easy task and took me the better part of 40 years. I still forget sometimes and I would definitely not say it's perfect but, it's progress. In December of 2016 I began my journey into the gym life. At that time I was scared and felt like I needed to lose weight to even go to the gym!! I don't feel that way anymore. I have gained so much confidence in myself as I increase the weights and run further and faster with each passing week. I LOVE the gym and I LOVE running!! I love even more putting those numbers into the Fitness tracker. I never thought that would be me. Another blessing!

My struggles with food have been painful and life long. My identity and coping mechanisms began with food when I was a small child. It was through my addictions recovery journey that I was able to apply the 12 steps to my eating and discover another I am blessed to have a beautiful and tremendously supportive sponsor and friend who has gently guided me along my healthy me journey thus far. She has been very patient as I first denied and am now learning to accept my food issues and my powerlessness over them. I have awareness that I desire to self medicate with food when something is emotionally challenging me. I am learning to slow myself down, recognize the feelings and sit with them if I can and use a healthier coping mechanism to deal effectively with them rather than eat them which of course, only leads to self hatred. Again progress, not perfection.

I have purchased and begun using a kitchen scale with which I weigh and measure absolutely everything that goes into my mouth. Those numbers are then inserted into the SP tracker. I always know right where I'm at, which I love. If I fail to track it, I'm only cheating myself and I've lived that insanity already.

I am excited for this leg of my healthy me journey. I owe it to myself and I deserve it! We ALL do!! Healing is beautiful! A dream come true to be sure.

Hugs and Much Love xx

Member Since: 2/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 19,839

My Goals:
To love myself each and every day.
Face myself and God honestly.
Consume a nutrient rich diet.
Exercise and challenge myself physically.
Be 100% accountable.

My Program:
Connect with my higher power at least twice a day. Love myself with proper nutrition, exercise, connecting with my son, socializing with friends. Expanding my world one day at a time.

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