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Update 9/30/18: The last 10 months have been focused on non-weight issues and finding emotional healing from my past. I feel like I am a butterfly emerging from a cocoon and 2019 will be my year to begin testing my wings and learning to fly. Unfortunately, while I've been away from home and dealing with emotional issues, I've gained 20 pounds! (That's only 2 pounds a month - a small amount given the circumstances, but it sure does add up!!!)

This concentrated season is nearing a close and it's time to try to find balance and again make my physical health a priority. Coming back to the 5% Challenge for Fall to stop this gaining trend and end the year headed back in the right direction.

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Update: 2018 is going to be MY year, not just for weight loss but emotionally, spiritually and mentally as well. I was a member of the walking dead, but now I'm fighting to find life and begin to really live!

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Most of my life has been one struggle or another of various kinds. If struggle makes us stronger, then I truly am stronger than I think or feel. I am weak and weary from the past 6 years but I finally see a crack in the cocoon wall and am itching to break free and learn to fly. The past 6 years have been about survival and hanging in there. Now the real struggle begins. Gaining strength and stamina to stop this downward spiral and begin to live again.

I am at my highest weight ever and have lost all progress I worked so hard for last year. I'm tired of losses. It's time to break out of the cocoon, no matter how long it takes. So during this Fall 5% Challenge, I'll be grabbing at the edge of that crack in the wall and working hard to expand the opening, gaining the stamina I need to break free and really fly!

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September 2017 Addendum:

While I want a fresh start, there are those who know me that need an update and those who don't who might want to know where I'm coming from. There are more details in my blog dated May 8, 2011 (History: 2006-2017)

It is now mid-September and more than 8 months since I went off Adderall. Med detox is finally winding down and the lines of "this is med detox" and "this is fibro or other health issues" is blurring so I'm declaring it over, although there will still hopefully be a bit more improvement. I have literally lost 6 years of my life along with my health, stamina, work, hobbies and social life - all because of meds that were supposed to be helping me, instead doing the opposite. Health-wise I am in the worst condition of my life with one foot in the door of assisted living. I am weary of dealing with and talking about it. I long for it to be over and to be able to begin to regain some of what I've lost. I believe that time has come. Moving on!!!


Member Since: 3/19/2007

My Goals:
Fall 5% Challenge:
To stop the gaining trend NOW and transition back to healthier eating during October and begin to lose what I've gained this year;
To find balance among the areas of my life competing for my limited time and energy


My Program:
~ Watch portions and bring back my gluten-free, sugar-free, low sodium diet.
~ Start at the beginning again to strengthen weak muscles
~ Walk as knee and back pain allows



Personal Information:
High Weight = 301 (September, 2017)
Previous high = 287 (June, 2016)

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1st Milestone = 259
(pre med detox weight January 2017)

2nd Milestone = 239
(what I weighed when I de-railed in 2008 and again in 2010)

3rd Milestone = 199 Onderland and uncharted territory!

Final Milestone = 169 - 149 ? Final Goal Weight.


Other Information:
Enjoy slow paced computer games including match 3 and jigsaw puzzles. Need to find new interests as my health improves as life has changed so much in the last 7 years.




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