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After Almost 2 Years

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Hello! Long time, no see. I've had an interesting couple years, but it's wreaked havoc on my health and I'm almost 30 pounds heavier because of it. I got a divorce, which sucked. I learned to live as a single mom. On the bright side, I've fulfilled a life- long dream to live in Seattle again. Goodbye, Texas! On January 4th, I accepted a position in management of two adult mental health units. One is acute and one is general. So I'm living where I've always wanted to live, and I have my dream job in Mental Health. I would love to get back into some kind of shape, and could really use the help. I've been browsing profiles and groups. Good to see so many familiar faces!
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  • ADVENTURESEEKER
    Clearly I've let Spark slip over these last 2 years, so I didn't see your update. I'm sorry to hear about your divorce. I hope you have found the strength to step on the scale again. That is always the hardest part but a good first step.
    1230 days ago
  • SERENEART
    It's good to see you back. I'm sorry to hear about all your troubles. I haven't been around much either. Sounds like a great opportunity in Seattle. Hope to be around and to see you around more, emoticon
    1674 days ago
  • GRAMSDOLL
    I have read your story and think you are so inspiring!
    1683 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    Welcome back sweet girl. Sorry about the divorce. How are your girls?
    I am so pleased to see you landed on your feet. In a place you love.
    You have a new beginning, in a new place. That alone is a great place to begin again. Still doing church and still the same girl with a strong political belief or has that all changed as well?
    Change can be hard, but you know what works for you and you know how to go after it too. It can be more difficult to see the same sort of results from the first time around. You have support here. With many rooting for you as well.
    Drop by and get caught up.
    Missed you,
    Erin

    1731 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Wow, you have more people welcoming you back after being gone for 2 years than I have for most blogs after more than six years of

    I had no idea your marriage was in trouble back when. Sorry to hear that.

    I loved Seattle when I visited! (An old college friend still lives there, in Phinney (sp?) Ridge. How nice for your skin to have all that moisture after Texas. And shade! And how lucky you are to enjoy using skills that travel so well.

    If you remember me, you'll probably know my bias for how to deal with food and weight, but a reminder: I don't set myself up to live a life carefully managing every bite just to meet a low weight goal. In fact, I don't set weight goals at all. I strive to keep eating from being a moral issue or reason to create drama in my self-acceptance. I set behavior/habit goals using harm reduction concepts and refine them as I go. It's still working, though my BMI never has gotten as low as yours did. I still get compliments. I tend to stay away from most teams, though, because there is too much talk of body dysmorphia and food fear. I don't see it bringing people peace or success except in the short run or in the very few.

    What ever you do, warmest wishes! emoticon

    1736 days ago
  • RENEERUNS
    Too bad you're not closer to Portland...glad you like Seattle!

    -Renee
    1744 days ago
  • SARASMILINGINKC
    Welcome back! I hope you'll stay!
    1754 days ago
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    Glad you are back!
    1762 days ago
  • KRISTA4REAL
    Hey there! I just got back on here today and saw your post! I've gained 60 lbs back so I feel you. It's so easy to slide into old habits. Keep in touch on here and we can help each other get back in shape! Love you 😇
    1762 days ago
  • PIPSANDMSMAMA79
    Welcome back! So sorry that you've gone through so much, but I'm sure you're excited for your future. I've also been away for around 2 years and let myself slide back because of insecurities I had. I'm tired of living my life according to what negative people think, so I'm taking it back and I'm glad to see that you want to do the same thing, take your life back. I want you to know that you were always such an inspiration to me the last time I was on Spark. Keep up your good attitude and the best of luck to us all :) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1767 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    emoticon Wow that's a lot of life altering circumstances in a relatively short amount of time. Glad you landed on your feet. I've no doubt that you can redo you're health goals, you're such a strong woman. Welcome to the beautiful Pacific Northwest! emoticon
    1769 days ago
  • 3KIDSMOM1
    We all have ups and downs. You did it once, you'll do it again! Best of luck!!! emoticon
    1772 days ago
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    Good luck with your new year and move!
    1776 days ago
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  • ARUNNINGKAT
    emoticon So glad to see you! It sounds like the past few years have been quite a series of ups and downs, but I know you are stronger because of it all! Seattle is beautiful! Great place to land!
    1776 days ago
  • RGOCEAN
    Welcome Back ! Stay Strong!
    1776 days ago
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  • ARNETTELEE
    Welcome back!
    1777 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    Great to see you back here, you seem to have been through a lot but I'm sure it will have made you STRONGER!

    Focus on the good things you have achieved and now its time to look after yourself, day by day, ensuring your eating is more settled (WRITE IT DOWN - sounds old fashioned but it works) and move whenever you can fit it in! emoticon emoticon
    1777 days ago
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