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An update on my journey

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I haven't been on spark's full website for a couple of months now so I thought, maybe, some of you might like to know what's going on in my life....good, bad and ugly.

GOOD- I have been using the sparkpeople app so I get my log-in points and I'm able to see/read some blogs and follow the mobile chats that I choose. I can also log my exercise, my food and my water.

BAD- I don't always do everything on the mobile app every day even with the 8am reminder and coaches tip coming right to me on my phone's notification screen

UGLY- I have stopped logging my food for....well, the reason really isn't that good so I'm not going to fool myself or any of you by listing one thing or another. I'll simply say I haven't been doing it.

GOOD- Even with the bad habits creeping in, apparently I'm pretty good at maintaining my weight. I have gained and lost the same 3 pounds for about 6 months now.

BAD- I have let bad habits back in. My trusty water bottle has kept me company but has been joined by the sweet tea habit I had kicked.

UGLY- The sweat tea brought friends and they like to party late. I frequently find myself scarfing down mini-cupcakes, cookies and other junk after *GASP*... 9pm.

GOOD- My trusty water bottle and my lunch bag have become work day companions. As long as I have something to pack, I take my lunch to work with me.

BAD- I still eat out way too much. The people at Burger King know my voice on the drive through speaker and greet me by name....I'm not at Cheers, this is not a good thing.

UGLY- Truth is, in my life I need to eat out. I'm simply out of my house sooooo much that carrying all the food I'd need for a day would require carrying a refrigerator and a microwave and I'm not that strong...or that organized.

GOOD- My diploma came in the mail so I have proof that I earned a college degree.

BAD- I was not accepted into a graduate degree program despite finally getting everything I needed together for the application. I was offered a non-matriculated spot with contingencies but I don't have $5000+ to waste on a maybe.

UGLY- This threw me for a loop. I used food and retail therapy as a coping strategy. It's not working.

GOOD- My daughter graduated from college and received a great job offer.

BAD- She has moved to Texas to take the job. (I'm so proud of her but I miss her terribly.)

UGLY- My in-laws and my DH are following her to Texas.

THE REALLY UGLY- My DH and I have been separated for a bit now but this isn't near as upsetting as not getting into a graduate program. BTW, we're still good friends...it's complicated.

GOOD- Took a wonderful trip to NYC for a special edition of comic-con.

BAD- Ate some really good food that I didn't track but walked so much I'm telling myself it evened out in the end

UGLY- DH has been in and out of the hospital since we got back.

GOOD- The doctors have finally properly diagnosed what DH has. It took not being able to walk or use his hands and 2 ambulance rides for a rheumatologist to tell us it's severe gout and how it's treated. DH is on the mend in a rehab hospital and looking better and stronger every day. (Recovery from gout will take 6 months to a year with some painful flare-ups like the one he had that led to the diagnosis.)

On a positive, I have restarted some of my streaks; found a volunteer position with a great organization and cleaned up my resume for the job hunt that begins in earnest tomorrow. I didn't earn that degree to let it hang on a wall, I want to help others and, to do that, I need to help myself and that starts by getting back on my journey to a healthier me.....and maybe one more session of retail therapy. emoticon emoticon
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  • 68ANNE
    That's a lot going on. Life goes on and you know what is important to you. You are so worth it
    2115 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    The retail therapy will be such a blessing once you get that new job!! Sorry things have been a little down hill for you, I hope you can work things out soon.
    2128 days ago
    Hang in there! Glad to see you're still around - sorry to hear about all of the stressors - looks like you've had a roller coaster of a year. But hey, here you are on sparkpeople checking in and being accountable so you're pretty awesome :) I hope that everything starts looking up, and congrats on getting your degree that is fantastic!! Good luck on the job search!
    2129 days ago
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