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Wow it has been a long time

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It has been over a year since I wrote a blog. And so much has happened since I last posted. 2018 was a really bad year. In March I lost my brother-in-law to cancer. In June my Mom has a strike and my father-in-law was placed on hospice my heart disease. My Mom passed in July and my Father-in-law passed the day before. My Mom’s funeral. Two huge losses in less than a week.
I never would have said I was a depression eater or a comfort eater, but as we started February I realized that I had gained over 20 lbs in the last year. Not helping things in the fall I started working on a project at work that has me traveling more, which means eating out and having little time for exercise for at least one week out of every month. Monday I am off for a week in Michigan, then home for a week and then a week in Tennessee.

So here I am half way through February and starting all over again. And still finding it hard to be motivated. I know that I need to track my food, and drink my water and get my exercise. But I just can’t seem to do any of it. And I am not sure what will motivate me. I tell myself every night that tomorrow I will do better and then tomorrow comes and I just don’t do it.

Anybody have any advice to get me back on track?
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  • DIANEBFIT
    Oops. I didnt mean to finish that. Anyway what I was saying. Just slowing reintroduce yourself. That will build the motivation you desire.
    654 days ago
  • DIANEBFIT
    First I was so happy to see you still here posting after my own long absence. Second my heart goes out to you as it seems you have had a hard year. My advice. Don’t try to jump back in all at once. Just gradually add back things that were working f
    654 days ago
  • JUSTDJNOW
    I'm so sorry for your losses. Some years are more difficult than others. You can get back on track when you're ready.

    I'm still trying to get healthier, but the journey gets better as I go along. I started after a very bad year (similar to your 2018) when I was very depressed. Since then I've put some strategies in place that have helped me get healthier. I know everyone is different, but things that work for me are:

    - start with 1 change (I started with regular exercise, as I got used to that change I began to make healthier changes to my diet)

    - get an accountability partner (My accountability partner had very similar goals to mine, we exercised together at least 2 times a week - often more and we reported to one another when we exercised on our own.)

    - be kind to yourself (That was big for me, a gentler approach was what helped me get healthier. A slip in my food, or a missed exercise session are just not a "failure" situation for me anymore. I get back on track as soon as possible, no biggie.)

    - plan ahead (I have portable snacks ready every day, it just helps me stay on track with my food. I also plan my exercise, I put it on my calendar just like I do when I have a meeting or deadline.)

    - try to look for something positive every day (This was HUGE for me, I used to automatically see the negative. Now I see lessons in situations that formerly would have sent me into a tail-spin.)

    - have some fun (this has really helped me...just finding something that I find fun and incorporating it into my life on a regular basis)

    Take care of yourself, you're important.
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    658 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180433
    A lot of hotels have fitness rooms with things like treadmills and exercise bikes. Maybe try to get on them when you have a chance when you travel.

    Also get back on track by just tracking your food and exercise. I find when I fully track my nutrition I think before I eat. I'm more aware of the harm I'm doing to myself and I am better prepared to pass up that extra cookie or afternoon coffee.

    I am sorry for your losses. My father in law was diagnosed with cancer in February last year and he passed away in May and then we had to scatter his ashes in July. I feel like a lot of 2018 was just coping with that. I am also trying to get back on track in 2019. You are not alone.
    659 days ago
  • ROCKPORT9
    Give yourself time to grieve. You and your family have had a rough year. Then, when you're ready....start small...maybe increase water intake. emoticon
    660 days ago
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