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Friday, November 18, 2016

Part of our challenge is to blog this week. It has taken me most of the week to get the courage to even give this a try. I am one of those people who are super shy. I would probably be completely happy living as a hermit. As long as I had access to books , puzzles and computer games.
As a child I was very active. I never had a problem with my weight. I could eat anything and not gain weight. Even when I was pregnant I only gained about 20 pounds.
I heard about the middle age spread. It hit when I hit my 40's. Then I quit smoking.
I also lost my husband of 22 years. Needless to say I started to gain weight and I am still fighting that.
At my heaviest I was 218. That was in 2015. I am not trying to hurry up and get skinny again. In fact I don't expect to get skinny. I just want to be comfortable. I would like to be able to bend over and tie my shoe without it hurting my stomach.
To make things harder I am NOT an adventurous eater. I was raised with five brothers so we had lots of meat and potatoes on our table. I do not eat vegetables I have tried but so far I can't.
I don't mind exercising. In fact I feel pretty good when I'm done. However getting up and getting started is the hard part. I am a very sedentary person. The bad part about that is I like sitting around reading etc. but the problem comes with the fact that when I'm sitting I tend to snack a lot.
We will see where this journey goes from here. I appreciate all the support from everyone here at spark people.
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    That is a great blog!
    I like veggies and fruit, but like meat and starches more. And I too, like reading, knitting, etc. Sitting activities are good, too, I just have to spend less time on them. Sitting at the computer is another sitting activity and I am doing it right now! emoticon
    1716 days ago
    Hey...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".

    Seriously 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" at: there you will find others that will support you in your journey and you will be able to help others as well.

    Oh by the way...have you ever tried Fried cardboard, don't have much favor but a nice life today.

    Remember: By Endurance we conquer-Shackleton

    John "Stay The Course"
    1716 days ago
    emoticon Very good job on your blog. Thanks for sharing a little about you.
    1716 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome 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. If I can help you on your journey in any way, give me a shout out! Thanks for sharing. Take it slow and steady and success will be yours. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    1716 days ago
    Thanks for blogging and sharing a bit about your life.
    I wish you the best with your goals.
    I'm already looking forward to the Winter challenge. Hope to see you on the boards over there!
    1716 days ago
    Congratulations on the courageous move. It takes a lot to be an introvert and make the decision to open yourself to all comments good or bad. But in all my years of sparking I've only experienced encouragement and support. You'll do well here!
    1716 days ago
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