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Who is this chick anyway?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Well....I'm many things...Mother of four (20, 18, 12 and 10 yo). Partner to Jodie for 14 months and counting. Bellydance enthusiast, including teaching, promoting events, and being director of my own troupe - Sahara's Dream. Self described "craft ho"...I love all things crafty, especially knitting, embellishing costumes, polymer clay...and more.

I've been out for 8 years...I was married 14 years before I figured myself out, What can I say...I'm a late bloomer, lol. In a city where androgenous dykes abound...I firmly identify as femme. Course, can you imagine a butch bellydancing, lol?

I started this journey of weight loss and the search for health because both of my parents are falling apart - both have heart disease, diabetes, and my dad is probably 400 pounds. I don't wanna end up that way! I've tried so many things and have felt like such a failure that I decided to stop trying. But...here I am - I've joined Spark! For the first time ever, I'm being HONEST about what I eat...tracking every single effing bite! I'm in the Fast Break stage 1 arena...and I'm trying to lose my perfectionism along with the weight and unhealthy habits. So...I'm just working on writing down what I eat, no matter how "bad" it looks.

I have hope...maybe the first real hope I've ever had about losing weight. I gained weight when I got married...I was desperately unhappy, but couldn't figure out why...thought I needed to "try harder". Gained 80 more pounds with my first child, 21 years ago...and have been slowly creeping up ever since.

  
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AMITY_PALMER 8/31/2006 10:49AM

    My first week on SparkPeople I just tracked absolutely everything I ate and before I even got half way through the week I realized that although i didn't feel like I was eating very much, the things I chose were filled with calories. I was eating upwards of 3500 calories a day and sometimes more. OH MY GOD. No wonder I look the way I do. It was an incredible eye opener. I never even had to watch my calories after that because I was more aware of what I was putting in my mouth. I now eat all day, whenever I am hungry and sometimes even when I am bored and never exceed my calories for the day because I am making better choices. Life is all about choices. I know you are going to do so well at this. Keep blogging to let us all know how things go. We are all taking the same steps on the same journey and I, for one, get excited at other people's progress as much as my own!

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