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My year end review while I've got time to think

Thursday, December 20, 2018

I know I've had a rough few years. Perhaps more than a few.
I started Spark People in January 2009 so will be arriving at my 10 year Sparkiversary on January 1, 2019.
Today my DH looked me over and stated, "you're looking skinny, kid". His way of saying he noticed the change in my physique. It's not a huge weight loss but it's been consistently off this time. My exercising has helped shape it all so I'm better off than I have been in years.
I created my weight chart from my Spark start to now. It tells me a lot.

My peaks and troughs are due to big stresses. I don't overeat when things are at their worst, I chow down once the crisis is over!
2010 DH's back surgery at the same time as GS1's birth gave me a 15 pound loss.
Added some back in 2012 and dropped them after Dad died, selling his house dealing with Superstorm Sandy. I found my food again in 2013.
Job change January 2014 and all the headaches, I lost. Again.
Noticing DH becoming sick, I gained.
2015 he got REAL sick, I lost.
My health issues like retina and knee surgery apparently didn't bother me!
In those 10 years, it's sad it's only a 10 pound +/- loss but I'll take it. I've kept it off (let's not discuss how many pounds I've gained and lost)

I've learned to eat better, move more. I hope to ramp this up in the coming year. My highest weight, not recorded in Spark was around 245. That's almost 40 pounds from where I was this morning at 206.

I'll definitely take credit for doing better!
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    You are definitely doing better overall, despite the ups and downs. You're doing fine.

    We can both start over for the new year. I'm ready now that the worst of all my stressors is just about past. (A future blog.)
    558 days ago
    Kudos on trending in a healthier direction!! emoticon emoticon
    561 days ago
    So all we have to do to keep you from over eating is to keep you constantly stressed? LOL. Through out all of the ups and downs you have stayed foxy at least. emoticon
    561 days ago
    emoticon You're moving in the right direction. That's what matters.
    561 days ago
    That's a very encouraging chart and significant victory!! Well done!!!
    561 days ago
    Kudos! You have definitely been through a lot and you're still standing! THAT says a lot about your perseverance.

    The rest will fall in place.
    562 days ago
    Very interesting! I think it’s fantastic that you were able to spot a pattern.
    562 days ago
    It is good to step back and look at the big picture.
    I joined mid Jan in 2009!
    I am going to look at my chart and try to analyze it like you did...my chronic hip bursitis beginning, a wedding and three kids pronto, selling our wonderful dream home, my dear man’s serious health event and now my son’s stage IV cancer...got to have influenced my journey.
    562 days ago
    Funny when you're really stressed about a loved one, you do better. When my son was deployed, I toed the line. It was like an unspoken bargain with God... "here, I'll take better care of me, if you watch over him!" Of course we know such thinking can backfire, but it hasn't stopped me yet.

    You have a net downward trend, despite the rolling ups and downs, so I'd say you're winning at life! emoticon emoticon
    562 days ago
    I would definitely say Kudos to you too as your highest was nearly 40 pounds more! .. Let's call it a big Victory and leave it at that! Not to mention, but will, you have learned to eat better and increase activity! emoticon
    562 days ago
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