HEALTHYDEBRA
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I became a WW lifetime member after the birth of my beautiful son, 34 years ago. After a very successful WW experience, I blissfully believed I no longer had to be concerned about my relationship with food and weight because life was pretty good for quite a long time. I was able to keep the weight off for many years.

Slowly, over years, stress due to job, ex-husband, family issues and other factors chipped away at my blissful resolve and I starting regaining weight that I thought was long gone. Although, I had gained some weight, I plateaued and wasn't too concerned because it just seemed it was a new "set point" as I got older, plus I pretended that the weight would come off as easily as it did the first time.

But I was then faced with traumatic and life altering challenges, physical, financial, personal and professional. Some challenges were wonderful such as being a "late in life mommy" with the birth of my beautiful twin daughters in 2000 (I was 43 when they were born). Other challenges were incredibly difficult and painful, such as being bedridden during the pregnancy due to one of the babies being under stress, realizing my new marriage was to an alcoholic, becoming a single mom when they were only 21 months old, job loss, severe financial problems. I did a lot of stress eating and also wasn't able to get out much because my daughters were sick a lot and I had very little time for myself due to working long hours to keep our family afloat. I gained a lot of weight as a result, more than I had ever weighed in my life, even more than when I was pregnant with the twins.

Thankfully many of these challenges are behind me although due to starting over financially, I have little personal time (for a woman my age). But no more excuses, I want to learn (or remember) how to face my life and future challenges in a healthier way. I believe that learning new ways will in the long run, be the best way to break this cycle in my life. I am thankful for Sparkpeople, the tools, the teams and the ability to connect with the many inspirational Sparkpeople.


Member Since: 6/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 75,099

My Goals:
Focus on doing the right things, and let the scale take care of itself.


My Program:
* Morning Miracle
(process designed by author Hal Elrod.
Includes Prayer, Affirmations, Visualization,
Exercise, Reading to start the day)
* 1850 calories/day
* 4 servings fruit/day
* 5 veggies/day
* 30 min walk/day
* End each day with gratitude



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  • v RUTHIEBEAR
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my blogs this week. I so much appreciate your caring and support. I hope you have a blessed week! thanks again. Ruthie emoticon
    54 days ago
  • v OKBACK2MEAGAIN
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.
    www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_indiv
    idual.asp?gid=25339

    1021 days ago
  • v CAROLYNINJOY1
    Thank you for joining me as a Spark Friend. I just added you as well. I look forward to traveling this journey together. I hope you had a terrific Tuesday.

    “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of, ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”–Marissa Mayer
    1038 days ago
  • v CAROLYNINJOY1
    Just a note to say "Hello". I hope you will have a Sparktacular Sunday.

    "Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal. Therapists and friends can help you along the way, but the healing--the genuine healing, the actual real-deal, down-on-your-knees-in-the-mud change--is entirely and absolutely up to you."-Cheryl Strayed, Brave Enough
    1040 days ago
  • v 2BDYNAMIC
    emoticon for adding me as a friend. looking forward to getting to know you and sparking one another on the small goals team! .....woo-hoo!
    1314 days ago
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