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November 2013

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My new tattoo (first one)...a Phoenix...out of the ashes, I begin life again.

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To remind me of how my ex reduced me to ashes and yet I was able to rise from it to live a new life


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My intro when i first joined Spark in January 2007...

I used to be really healthy, competed in triathalons and had tons of motivation.

Now after fertility meds, failed attempts to get pregnant, adopting 3 older children at once and dealing with their issues, teaching and getting my master's degree, there is not much left for me.

UPDATE....JANUARY 2014....

So much has changed since I first joined Spark....my children are all adults now (21, 22 & 23yo), I now have 2 grandchildren (4yo & 6 mos) and they bring me so much joy & happiness. I am happily divorced (husband of 22 years cheated on me with a married co-worker of his)...divorce took over 2 years, but I'm completely independent of him now!

My weight has gone down, the up, then down, then up & up, then down way too much and slowly back up again. My ex tried to micro-manage my weight & always made me feel as if I never looked good enough for him. There was always a direct correlation between my weight, my happiness & my marriage. That has all changed, though.

NOW IT'S FOR ME!!! For the first time in my entire life (my mother used to micro-manage my food, too), I do this for me and not to fit someone else's image of what I should look like. I'm doing this for me so I can finally be healthy and happy and truly love my body. I don't know yet what that will be, but I will know it when I have finally achieved it...the ideal me.

It won't be a number on the scale or the size of my clothes. It will be how I feel, how much energy I have. It will be about looking in the mirror at myself and not finding all the things about my body that I need to "fix. It will be about me being comfortable in my own skin, loving myself & being happy.

It will be about wearing anything I want in my closet, instead of what fits me at that point. It will be about getting rid of the span of sizes from 0 to 14+ because my weight is constantly going up and down. It will be about maintaining that end result when I finally achieve it so I can have a full wardrobe of clothes I feel comfortable and confident in, instead of a wardrobe full of "fat" & "skinny" clothes.

That journey has begun and I am so excited to see where it takes me...like a block of clay that will slowly be molded into who I was always meant to be, only this time, I am the artist...and I will choose how to shape myself into whatever I want me to be.

Member Since: 1/7/2007

Fitness Minutes: 39,769

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To go slowly...slow and steady wins the race, right?

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  • v FRANCA1P
    Weoclome back Kay, i am sorry to hear about the pain you have endured but also see that you are a phoenix and rising from it all! I am not really active on Spark anymore but i am doing very well with making healthy choices and so my weight is under control. I know i can never relax about it and evry day is a matter of making those choices for the good to keep myself in this better place.
    I look forward to seeing more of your progress!
    2577 days ago
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    Hi this is Carol from The Crockpot Team, wishing you a great day.

    We have over a dozen new recipe threads as of Jan . . . so you can find and/or post chicken recipes on the Chicken Thread, and so on.

    Check out the Weight Watchers Recipe Thread . . . I don't do WW but some of those looked really, really good when I posted them . . .

    There are also diabetic recipe threads, vegetarian, etc. Hope you are doing well on your SparkJourney; you can do it!

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    3772 days ago
  • v FRANCA1P
    Spark friend!

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    LIFE is like an echo..............

    YOUR choices always come back to YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    `*.¸.*´~Anonymous ~
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    May you make healthy choices today so you are one step closer to a successful journey to your ultimate goal!

    Please "copy and paste" this message and pass it along to at least 5 of your Spark friends for a little mid-week motivation! Perhaps your post will help them continue leading a healthy lifestyle. Your words of encouragement and support could motivate them to keep fit through exercise and nutritious food choices!!!!!

    ¸.·´¸.·¨) ¸.·¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ (¸.·¨¯`♥
    .♥ (BE POSITIVE¸.•*♥¸ BE FOCUSED.•´ ♥ BE DETERMINED(¸.•´ .♥

    PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3903 days ago
  • v FRANCA1P
    we miss you kay!
    please know that you are thought of often and we hope you come on in and post again.
    before we know it-it will be the season of lent again ! i don't have all the christmas decorations packed yet!

    peace and blessings, fran
    4532 days ago
  • v FRANCA1P
    kay, you continue to amaze me with your efforts. you keep losing , and fast. i miss your posts so please check in on our board sometime. take care, dear
    blessings, franca
    5137 days ago
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