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2020 hit hard. I mean, that COVID-19 was a real 19 for me. Just kidding. It was more like 25. I'm not mad at myself for completely letting go this year - it was a hard year. I'm fortunate to have not faced any of the most serious repercussions of this year that so many have, so I will take what I can.

I loved my job and was on top of the world going into 2020. January and February of this year were two of the best months of my life - speaking at major functions, including the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, casually dating in a positive way, traveling, socializing. Life was right where I wanted it to be and felt like it was only going to get better as I worked on projects I was excited about with people I respected.

When the pandemic first hit and we all thought we just had to hunker down a few weeks, I thought I'd take the chance to focus on my health. Early on, I was getting at least 13,000 steps a day in (usually via a 5 mile or more run) and was cooking nutritious meals. By June, I was doing well physically. But mentally I was falling apart. My CEO quit in April and work was a disaster, plus remote work was never going to be something I enjoyed. I get my work energy from meetings and conversations and real goals - not from boring webinars and Zoom calls or sitting in yoga pants all day. I live alone and the isolation was starting to really get to me. I got a puppy, which was the best decision I ever made - Pepper is the best companion ever.

But a puppy wasn't enough. When things started opening back up, I looked forward to sitting in parks drinking and snacking with friends or eating and drinking on patios. In fact, it was the only thing I looked forward to. By mid-summer my career was in shambles, but I kept telling myself that because I still had a paycheck I was lucky so I couldn't be upset. In early September, my company was acquired in one of the most unprofessional, degrading transitions of all time. Now I was without severance, health insurance, or a paycheck and I became depressed. Not the kind of depression where you're sad all day. Just the kind where you don't want to do anything at all. I gained weight rapidly in this period - literally 20 lbs from Sept-Dec.

I was fortunate enough to secure another job within 5 weeks, but it didn't start for 5 more after that. The time off would have been great if I could have traveled or seen friends or enjoyed things, but in 2020, it was just a lot of time spent on the couch depressed. Sure, I should have used the time to golf or get back into running, but I didn't have the motivation. So I sat around and got fat.

Now returning from a lovely and supportive time with family for the holidays, and a month into a new job that will be exciting and interesting - with far more potential to grow than the last one, I'm ready to reset. I don't love starting a new job from my (very small) condo, but it will end. And when it's time to go back to the office and meet my new colleagues for real - I will not be an overweight slug.

So here we are again Sparkpeople. You've helped me before and I know you'll help me again. Everything in 2020 was sudden and unexpected and made things worse. But I'm going into 2021 ready for it and making amends with myself for falling into bad patterns during a year turned upside down. I'm not buying a new sized up wardrobe. I'm not living my life feeling like my body is made out of movie theater popcorn butter. I'm going to get back to the person I was a year ago.

Member Since: 1/20/2014

Fitness Minutes: 66,539

My Goals:
I just want to get back to a healthy body and do it the right way. When I was in my early twenties, I would starve myself thin any time I felt like I gained weight. I looked good, but it wasn't the right way to get there. In fact, it probably messed up my metabolism for life - I gain weight very easily. I know I need to commit to the whole life style change concept and not focus on food as comfort for everything.

I'm always looking to better myself, to achieve more. Being in the right, healthy mindset is a great place to start.

My Program:
I'm trying to cut down on unnecessary carbs - keeping carbs to fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. In that same vein, I'm eating a lot of protein - chicken sausage, turkey, pork.

I make a ton of veggies with whatever I cook because I like to eat large quantities and that helps me to not feel like I'm going to run out of food. What a fatty - I'm afraid to run out of food.

Personal Information:
I love singing, writing, music, cooking, baking (trying to keep away from that one) and making sarcastic comments.

I work in health care policy and it sure is an interesting time to be in that field!

Other Information:
I really don't like carrots. Seriously. They are gross.

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    I know I already said this, but your meals look fantastic. You should open a restaurant! The way you present them, looks professional ♥️🙂
    483 days ago
    If you want/need a little push...consider joining us for an 9 week challenge.

    Why not join the X-WEIGHTED CHALLENGE? We're all ages, all fitness levels, all striving to live a healthier life. There is always something to learn from each other. These teams are also a great source of motivation! We can become healthier by working together and making new friends as we go. We compete in weekly nutrition and fitness challenges. It is similar to the Biggest Loser team. There are 3 teams that compete within the X-Weighted team. We do ATC (All Teams Challenge) various challenges (nutrition, fitness etc.) The main requirement is to post your weight weekly. The ATC challenges and/if individual teams have challenges are optional (however, very beneficial). If you have any questions, please let me know.
    718 days ago

    The flowers and blossoms are filling the air with the smells of Spring. This is the time to start preparing for the Summer. Are you ready to join a Challenge? The Biggest Loser Challenge is looking for members for it’s next Challenge starting the first week of June. The challenge consists of 11 Teams, that participate in 10 weeks of Nutritional and Fitness Challenges. These challenges can be modified to fit individual needs, allowing members of all abilities and dietary needs to participate.

    Here are some of the members comments written on a Survey Monkey poll:

    “It helps me stay focused on my goals. It also keeps things interesting and not boring.”

    “I find that the challenges make me be more cognizant of my food intake, better choices etc. The fitness ones encourage me to try new exercises and to keep doing exercises. I think there is a good possibility I wouldnt do as much if I didnt track it for challenges or tried to do better on challenges”

    “My leaders are all wonderful...they stay in touch with team members and do their best to keep us involved and feeling a part of the team.”

    “They motivate me to eat healthier and to be more active. “

    If you would like to be a member of this challenge you can copy and paste the the link below, or click on my username and leave me a message or click on the BLUE BIGGEST LOSER Icon on my page. Join the team and sign up for the next challenge on the Spring Waitlist thread.

    Note when using the link above you may have to drop the // or even the //www.

    emoticon We are still looking for a few more members!

    755 days ago
    Hi, thank you for the commenting on my picture! I love your photo gallery, all your food pics look so amazing and gourmet! Have a great Thursday! 💕🌷
    803 days ago
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    Hey girl just stop by to wish you a good evening!! Hope you get some rest!! Good night and pleasant dreams!!😊❤
    839 days ago
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