It's been a looooooooooooong time!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

I have been off Spark forever and a day, and then I saw an email come in with a linked article about how stress can be good for you. I followed and read the article, and then for giggles I put my calories in for today so far, and then I updated my bio and goals, and here I am.

What's been happening in my life, that has kept me on a treadmill, and not the good kind? I've had some fairly unusual stressors all happening at once. Stage 0/1 breast cancer. (I'm okay!) Parents who could not manage on their own and had to be assisted with everything every day, and then who had to move into assisted living for 24/7 support. A new job. Now I'm two years into the "new" job (yay, I love it, I work from home for the best people!), the parental situation is sort-of stable for now, and I'm halfway through a year-long course of Herceptin to ward off new recurrences of her2neu+ breast cancer.

I recently started running again, trying to pay better attention to my eating habits, keeping my step-meter on and trying to meet a daily goal of 10,000 steps. The piece that's been missing has been losing and keeping off weight. I did fantastic at that towards the end of 2014, with a very-low-card diet that I believed would magically melt off all my body fat. (It seemed to be doing it, for a few months there!) But then stress kicked in, and I started a bing of emotional eating that I've had a very hard time controlling. During chemo, I had no trouble at all with resisting sweets etc., because I just didn't want them. Since that ended in November of last year I've had a very hard time keeping myself from grabbing a cookie or three every day, drinking artificially sweetened coffee, having ice cream "snacks", etc. Even though I know it's not good for me.

So here I am, back on Spark, with the idea that I can restore some discipline and commitment to my life, focus on my health, and lose some weight again. Hope any of my Sparkies that are still around want to say hey. I'd like to know how you're doing!
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    welcome back! glad the cancer situation turned out okay... Spark on!
    1792 days ago
    Welcome back! You've faced and overcome a lot of challenges. You are a strong person. I look forward to following your progress.
    1793 days ago
    emoticon Glad all is getting better for you . try taking some cinnamon capsules to help with the sugar and sweets. natural and really does work
    1793 days ago
    BIG battles there! Welcome back, and Spark on. Look forward to seeing you back in the swing of things! emoticon emoticon
    1794 days ago
    Welcome back. I returned recently as well. We can do this. I, too, am working on discipline and look forward to sharing the journey.
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    1794 days ago
    Thank you for coming to SparkPeople and posting your update. It's great to have you here!!
    1794 days ago
    emoticon Good to see you Back and Healthy!! Sparking is Definitely the Key to get Disciplined with the eating and exercising.
    I had a similar situation with Mom, she is now in a Nursing Home and relatively content.
    Husband beat Colon Cancer 2 years ago, then last October found that it had metastized into his Lungs. The chemo was doing more damage than good, and we will find out Wednesday what our next step should be. He really is doing Very Well, under the circumstances.
    emoticon Looking forward to sharing your Spark Journey with you!
    1794 days ago
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