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Here I Go Again...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Since this is my first blog in over three years…aaaahhh, I’ll make it the down and dirty recap/update.

When I last dropped off from Sparkland, I was half way through my second year of school which had been quite brutal in many ways. I completed my AAS in Exercise and Movement Science and I now work in the fitness industry; a journey I embarked upon following my empowering success on the way to a healthier me. But the program was very aggressive and I maintained an average of 18 credits the entire time, which lead to maaaaaaany hours of homework and very little time to focus on my health. Seems like an impossible riddle, doesn’t it? By the time I graduated, I had packed back on 35 of the original 65 lbs. I had lost.

Within a month of graduation, I dropped 20 lbs, simply because the stress of school had ended; true story. I did nothing different. I can now attest to the fact that stress does in fact lead to weight gain. I also learned during that time that I am a confirmed “stress-eater”! (Think Exercise Physiology oral exam.) Six months ago I reached my lowest SP weight, but I continue to drift up as much as 10 lbs and back down again – currently I am up. Which is what brought me back to SP with more focus. Blogging has always been a huge factor in my success in this journey.

All of the boys are now grown and it is coming up on two years since the youngest (and last to leave) moved out. They all make us very proud as they make their way in the world. Michael (the oldest) and his girlfriend just moved to Arizona (where she has family) this past weekend. Mathew (the middle son) and his girlfriend are still in the area. He completed his AAOT in Criminal Justice and just started working in juvenile detention. Markus (the baby) is happily living the bachelor life, rooming with three high-school buddies who are all equally focused and responsible. He is working on his transfer degree in political science.

After all the boys moved on the whole “empty nest” thing hit us pretty hard and seemingly unexpected. Last fall Kristy moved out after 18½ years, in an effort to figure out her “purpose” since the children have gone. And while I supported her journey, it was a long dark winter for me.

She moved home at the end of spring and we got married on June 1st. The date was a whim, since we planned to wait until our 20th anniversary, but with Michael and Kaylee moving away we weren’t sure they could make it back in January. So we decided on the Wednesday before, picked up our license on Friday and crashed a local county park for the ceremony on Sunday.

We are happier than ever and while it was devastating at the time. Her journey brought her much peace which in turn brought us closeness that we both had longed to share for many years.

Career wise, I have been working for three years for the YMCA as a Wellness Coach, along with a couple days a week at LCC in the fitness center as an Instructional Specialist. It was my own journey to fitness that brought me to this career and now it is time to get my own fitness back on track. So here I am.

My plan is to continue where I left off. Blogging, as I said, was a HUGE factor in my success so this is where I am starting. I will fill in the blanks as I move along continuing to create me.

I look forward to catching up with my old peeps and your journeys, as well as meeting new folks.
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    I too am returning to SP and am looking up the people that inspired me along the way!
    Congratulations on your wedding!
    Happy New Year!
    2360 days ago
    So I didn't expect any of that, but am so glad for the happy ending! Congratulations on your new beginning together Tammy and Kristy! Stress DOES suck the life out of you - changes everything. I always wanted to go back to school, now I don't, lol. The Y is lucky to have you! I hope you continue down that yellow brook road; next time I pop in I hope you'll have another update. (Congrats on the boys, too; that's says a lot!)
    2390 days ago
  • SUSIEQ911
    Congrats on your wedding!!!!
    2543 days ago
    First, congratulations and Let Love Rule!!

    I'm so glad to see you out here. I appreciate the update, thank you for posting all of the news.

    School was a big pause in my good habits, too. Apparently I can't workout my brain and my body on the same projects!!

    2545 days ago
    I'm so happy for you!! Congratulations on your recent wedding with a LONG relationship attached. ;) I'm really happy to see you here, and I'm looking forward to getting all caught up.

    2545 days ago
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