Git er' done!

Friday, September 11, 2009

I didn't get started actually working toward my goals until about 2 or 3 weeks, after I had signed up to SparkPeople. On August 25th after reading my emails and success stories I finally had found the motivation I needed. After years of dieting finding the motivation again to get the weight that I have gained over and over again off was very hard for me to do. I am 55 and just began to think..."awww to heck with it...I will just be fat and comfortable" Then I began to compile a list of all the things that I am missing out on because of my weight. The list started with being able to keep up with my grandson, hiking, walking, wearing the style of clothes I love instead of what I can fit into, social events that I am to embarrassed to attend because of my weight, old friends I don't get together with because I don't want them to see how much weight I have gained over the years. I even let down a very close friend here recently that is dying of cancer. He was a man I had dated in my younger years that I hadn't seen for 34 years. Some friends had planned a get together to spend some time with him and he had expressed that he would like to see me. I didn't go because I was ashamed of myself...that was the straw that broke the camels back! Not only was my weight slowly killing me but it was controlling my entire life! I knew then that something had to be done. A friend of mine who had recently been told she had high blood pressure and high cholesterol was poking around the internet when she found SparkPeople and told me about you. Well my life was changed from that moment on. I have lost 4 pounds since August 25th and it isn't just about the weight loss but about the change of attitude I have had. I don't want to be a statistic of the obese people in the world who died at an early age because they chose food over life. I am to young to be inhibited by my weight because I love life and I love being active. Today is the first day of the rest of my life! I will forge ahead full steam and not look back. LOOK OUT WORLD HERE I COME!
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    Boy do we have alot in common; and probably alot in common with a good percentage of this community. I love your blogs. I've read two already. This one and the one you wrote on 9/14. I will keep reading. You have given me so much help with my cockatiel. In just two days after starting over slowly, putting her a bit below eye level, and just letting her be. I believe she is a bit calmer. I even cleaned out her cage today; without her getting "rattled." I wiped down her ladder, just went about cleaning the floor of her cage and cleaning and changing her food and water dishes and put a fresh piece of millet up for her. I have to say; we are both doing much better. Thanks for all of your advice! Brenda........P.S. Glad you're here with us!
    4334 days ago
  • CGREEN717
    Hey there,
    I'm not sure if you saw that I answered your question about the chins in my blogs or not, but I hope that you did. We have sold Shakespeare finally. However, China is due to have her baby (ies) in October.
    I hope that things are still going strong for you. I, too, have lost weight since signing up with Spark People. I find I get the extra support that I need from this system.
    I am trying to keep an updated blog posted daily as much as possible to keep everyone informed.
    I am glad to see that your attitude is that you want to make a difference with your life. I'm also in the same boat. I'm tired of being embarrassed by how much weight I have gained and more than ready to get it off. Yes, I too, have felt the embarrassment to the point of not wanting to go to social events that I would have otherwise gone too before the weight gain.

    4334 days ago
    This was great Ruth! I, like many of the people on SP, know what you are talking about. I can see your determination and I know you will " 'git 'er done!" Good for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    4337 days ago
    Hi Ruth,
    What an insightful blog! I know that you will NEVER again feel as if your weight is limiting you. You are making positive changes in your life here and now, and I'm sure that NOTHING will stop you!! Not only do you have the determination to succeed, but you're doing it for the right reasons. I had mixed emotions as I read your blog. At first I felt compassion for you as you wrote about the things that you avoided doing. Then I felt happiness for you because you are NO longer feeling limited, and you made a CHOICE to live your life to the fullest! The best is YET to come. A wise woman recently told me to 'spread my wings and fly'. I listened, and I think that she is going to soar as well-
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    4337 days ago
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    I feel the same way. My weight has been a burden all of my life and I am determined to do this with Spark People....

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