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Beginning my new journey...

Discovering my personal journey to a new healthier and happier me!


It might seem alittle extreme to say this is some epic journey I am starting on. Yet that is how it feels to me. It is me starting along a new path, one that will be often difficult for me to walk but hopefully one that I can find the strength to walk wherever it should lead me. They say it isn’t the destination but the journey. How beautiful and true.

You have this idea of some magical perfect ...
Discovering my personal journey to a new healthier and happier me!


It might seem alittle extreme to say this is some epic journey I am starting on. Yet that is how it feels to me. It is me starting along a new path, one that will be often difficult for me to walk but hopefully one that I can find the strength to walk wherever it should lead me. They say it isn’t the destination but the journey. How beautiful and true.

You have this idea of some magical perfect goal just out of your reach and you long for it so deeply that it hurts. But I know once I climb my mountain and plant my flag at the top it will be amazing and have a beautiful view but it will still be far from perfection. Even if I woke up tomorrow and somehow in my sleep I lost all this weight and was at the weight I dream of it still wouldn't be perfect. I will still stumble and fall on my face sometimes. There will be days when I am still sad or feeling bad. I will still have other goals to reach for etc… Being skinny won't fix everything.

I realized that if I want to be truly happy that I need to stop grasping for some far off reality where I will be happy and instead live in this moment. Work on being happy today and everyday.

I think finally understanding differences from all the other times before where I said I would do something and make changes but never did.

My Journey So Far:

At 26 years years old in Jan 2009 I fell ill and ended up in the ER in extreme pain. My blood sugar (BS) was over 300 & my A1C was 11. They told me I was diabetic. I found a doctor and was put on Metformin and Novolog 70/30 insulin. It was an overwhelming experience that made me really wake up and see how I was killing myself.

I was not active at all. My diet was also a huge mess. I wasn’t really big on junk food or sweets but I ate very unbalanced- skipping meals then binging. I also have a mad addiction to carbs. Ask for a list of my favorite foods and they will be filled with pastas and breads. I love carbs! I would joke that a snack I would choose would be a loaf of bread. And all those carbs got me into big trouble.

But I recognized my problems and wanted to change. Right away I took charge and did amazing. My doctor said I was a perfect patient. I ate right & exercised. By May I was off insulin & my A1C was 5.7. I was eating right and exercising. Lost more then 20lbs and felt great.

Then came the stumble and fall…

So much stuff happened that it is hard to keep track of it all. Going off insulin put a kink in my routine and it rippled out- I began forgetting to take pills, not sticking to my plans. Then I stopped eating right and exercising. I GAINED BACK EVERYTHING I HAD LOST AND THEN SOME.

I was very stressed and the ugly head of depression just swallowed me up. I am not even completely sure how it all happened. Excuses came easily and it seemed easier to curl up, cry and give up then to keep working.

Since then I have bounced around so many times. I will start to do great. I will summon all of the courage in the world, plan and plan, feel like I am doing everything right but end up just wobbling until I fall apart.

But I can change…

I am back and trying to get things back on track. I can do this!
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Member Since: 5/10/2008

SparkPoints: 12,816

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My Goals:
My most important goal is to be a happier and healthier person.

15lbs lost- 1/30/11
20 lbs lost- 10/16/11

Hit under 200lbs ONEderland!-
35lbs lost-
Reach an overweight (not obese) BMI @ 191 lbs-(40lbs lost)-
50lbs lost (181lbs)-
60lbs lost-

Main Goal Weight: 165 before I re-evaluate

My Program:
Currently I am working on eating healthier, adding in fruits, veggies & real food. Staying away from prepackaged & fast food. I think it is important to take small steps and this is my first one.

Personal Information:
My name is Aimee. I am 31 years old. I am 5'7

I am married to a wonderful man and we live in Western Tier of New York state with our 4 insane cats & a dog.

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SOOKIE
7/29/2014 4:00:33 PM


"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." ~author unkown

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GRACED777
7/18/2014 11:36:28 AM

I was reading your information, Aimee. I was born and lived in western NY till I was 12. Lived in Tonawanda near Buffalo. Then to Disneyland area of CA for 4 years, then to IN because of Dad's work. As an adult have lived all around the state; for last 22 years in or close to Indianapolis. I understand trying to get healthy for years. When I was 33, I weighed 235 lbs., and also am 5'7. Now, I am going to be 63 next Thursday and vary between 140 and 155. It has taken 30 years, but I have learned a lot, even with a lot of bouncing around weight-wise. I had a stroke 6 years ago, and am still recovering. Found out then about my diabetes. Once my blood pressure was controlled, I was able to get diabetes down. Last checkup, diabetes A1C was at 5.7.

So as you continue to learn change will come if you let it! It's a process that continues even through setbacks. Have a good day, friend.



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IMGLAMRUS
7/15/2014 11:52:45 AM

Best of luck with the Summer BL Challenge on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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BARBIEE52
7/15/2014 12:12:02 AM

Sending some "Grey Wolf" good wishes to you!!
Good luck & the best to you in the Summer Sizzling Challenge
Barb
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BREBUNNY
7/14/2014 7:22:36 PM

Stopping by to say hello and spread some Tangerine Spark. Wishing you the best on your journey to health.

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