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my first blog ever!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

So I'm going out of my comfort zone a little and starting to write a blog.

I heard about SP from my mother who bought the spark and has now lent it to me to read. After much reminder that I should read the book and join online, I decided that "hey what the heck I'll give it a try". I have tried to diet and exercise but have always failed. same old habits. same old excuses. and feeling worse by the day about it.

A little about me is that I was a three sport athlete and was never really thin but more muscular and athletic. I have always been considered overweight because I was an atheltic built girl. During college (where I weighed the least 145lbs @ 5'5") I stopped playing soccer because I realized as a D3 goalkeeper I was never going pro :) So I still ate like I played sports year round and my motivation to exercise started to dwindle down. That carried on through out college and into my career. I am an Athletic Trainer, for those of you who dont know what we do, I treat HS athletes sports injuries. I work 8-2 in a PT clinic and then 2 to sometimes 10 at the HS covering games. I do that 6 days a week in season and get small breaks between seasons. So that leaves me little time to exercise and no ambition to eat healthy. I'm also a military girlfriend (which is like a full time job!) and have been with my soldier for 6 years. We have been through two deployments, the most recent was last year. Deployments are emotionally, physically and mentally draining. I know I'm not the first to experience these hardships nor will I be the last but all that is a recipe to gain a lot of weight ... and that is what I did!

I knew I needed to make a change and after failing so much it was this haunting idea that bothered me dailey that I knew I could not ignore anymore. I joined SP and got excited about it immediately! I made small changes at first and I started to fit in exercise into my busy schedule. I finally got tired of the excuses I was making and realized I had some pretty lame excuses! This time I was motivated and ready to change my life. I wanted to change for Cody, my family and friends and ME! I've been a member for a month and a half and have lost 14lbs! Now I'm on a roll and nothing will stop me! Also I have two new events to keep me motivated: 1) i'm the maid of honor of my cousins wedding in July 2011 and 2) after 6 years with my boyfriend WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!! date is TBD in 2012

so I'm making small changes in my life that are having big effects! Cant wait to reach my ultimate goal!

will write again soon

~ Mal
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    Thank you for sharing. I love reading what gets other people inspired. It helps me to stay motivated. Congratulations on getting engaged and I know you are going to rock your wedding dress! I didn't start my Spark People journey until after I got married. I gave away my dress because now it would literally hang off of me. Keep up the good work, and keep blogging so we know how it's going!
    3786 days ago
    emoticon And congrats on your first blog!

    We have similar stories, being a 3 season athlete through high school and college (I quit sports in college, but still played IM), and then after I got an office job, the weight just kept coming on! I'm getting married to my honey of 3 years in November, so I'm really committing this time!

    Seems like you're making really good progress so far!! Little changes make a BIG difference emoticon
    3786 days ago
    Congrats on your 1st blog and your weight loss progress! Woo Hoo!
    3786 days ago
    You are making great progress! It seems like the little changes and adjustments end up making the biggest differences. Well done you!
    3786 days ago
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