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Friday, June 15, 2012

Hi! I am back emoticon
I wrote a nice long blog post at the beginning of December, going on and on about everything that had been going on with me and when I went to post it, the page locked up and I lost it. Hopefully that doesn't happen again!

Lots has happened since the last time I was around. I graduated college with a BS in Psychology (YAY!) at the end of November. I graduated with honors and was so proud of myself emoticon
I took the winter off from school and started graduate school in March. I am working on my MS in Mental Health Counseling and so far I love my program. It is a TON of work. I'm taking two classes at a time for 12 week quarters. I feel like it will take forever to finish, but I'm sure it'll fly by.
On Monday, I will be starting a new job as a case manager for a community mental health agency. I am excited and nervous, but I know I will love it.

About six months ago, I went to the doctor and found out I weighed more than I ever have. It was somewhere in the ballpark of 220 (cant remember exactly) and my blood pressure was higher than ever. This really upset me because I have never had problems with my blood pressure. Needless to say, I was so bummed. My doc put me on phen for a few months, but since all I did was sabatoge my weight loss while on it, I took myself off about a month ago. I want to lose this weight the right way, on my own, with dedication and hard work. I saw my doctor last week (a new one), weighing in at 214. We decided to create a 12 week calendar where I will show that I am walking a minimum of three days a week. She wants me to bring it with me when I go back the first week of October, so she's actually trying to hold me accountable. I am excited because I am determined to get my health back. Part of being a good counselor is taking care of myself. I know this is an important element of my personal growth.

I finally went for a walk last night, after dinner emoticon and hubby went with me. It was only about a mile, but it felt great. Today, I weigh 215. We moved my Wii back into my room and I completed my first workout with Bob using the Biggest Loser game. It was great!! It was a simple, light, yoga routine, but it kicked my butt emoticon and I can't wait to do it again tomorrow. And I am looking forward to this evening's walk....once the sun starts going down and its not so hot outside!

I'm not sure how much time I will be able to spend on SparkPeople since usually when I am in front of the computer, I am doing homework. But I hope to be around at least a few days a week. I have so many goals and I really need to sit down and figure out what to focus on first. I want to quit smoking (AGAIN) emoticon, lose weight, and have a regular meditation routine. I also want to be back to measuring my food and really holding myself accountable for calories consumed. I will try my best to be as organized as I need to be to really make good changes.

I am looking forward to starting this journey again. I am challenging myself to be fitter than I've ever been before I hit 40. I know I can do this. emoticon

Bye for now!
~glenda emoticon
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  • KALIGIRL
    You CAN do it!
    Welcome back Amanda.
    2979 days ago
  • CEKER9
    Your blog was most inspiring! Thanx for sharing!
    2980 days ago
  • WATREKKIE
    emoticon back, sweetie....and hearty emoticon as well - super accomplishment!

    Wishing you lots of success in making healthy improvements - we love to hear success stories on our BB thread. If you have time, let us know what works for you!!

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    2981 days ago
  • BLESSEDBEING
    emoticon back, my friend! I'm always sad emoticon to lose touch with a dear emoticon , but I trust they will return when the time is right for them.

    I just started leading a Full Plate Diet group for the Wellness Committee at work, and I think people trust me more as a leader because most of them watched me drop 65 pounds over the last 20 months.

    I support you in wanting to make healthy changes in your life without drugs. I've been reading quite a bit of Deepak Chopra lately, and he explains from a scientific and quantum healing perspective how synthetic drugs overwhelm the delicate chemical balance the body strikes when it produces those same chemicals naturally, in the exact right amounts, and produces them only when they are needed.

    Look forward to seeing you post on your teams as you find the time!

    Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon
    2981 days ago
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