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After losing 125lbs effortlessly in less than a year and maintaining it for more than a year, I was training for a half marathon! I had even signed up with a personal trainer to finally start doing some dreaded weight training. It was truly amazing, after struggling with my weight for my entire life, there I was 25 years old and really doing great. I looked great, I felt great and I treated myself great. I was not on a diet and I was exercising all the time and really felt truly proud of myself. I could eat a piece of chocolate and not eat the whole bag (yeah the girl who could take out an entire box of oreos in one night said one piece!) I couldn't even believe this was me!

In Sept of 2006, I had moved in with my dying grandfather to take care of him while he was receiving hospice care. On my way home from school one night I was rear ended in my car and forcefully pushed into the car in front of me. This accident caused a total of 7 herniated discs and 8 Bulges between my lower back and my neck. I had severe migraine headaches as a result of the discs as well as severe pain in both my neck and back DAILY for almost a full year.

I tried so hard not to let my injuries get the best of me. About a week after the accident, my grandfather passed and I remained at his home to live, as my parents would be moving there anyway in a few months and it was too much for me to pack all of my belongings up as I had fully moved in there. I lived alone for the first time ever and I really was in no condition to be by myself. Because of my injuries and all the medications, I had a very difficult time sleeping if I could at all and wound up staying up all night watching tv and playing games on the computer. I spent every day going to atleast one doctor or having some type of test or procedure. I was able to go the gym for light cardio which actually helped me but then I found my body wanted to be running like it was used to and I would push my body to hard, trying to strengthen my back so it would feel better. This was not working either and I realized it was time to just follow the doctors orders and keep from doing anymore damage.

So now I was really bored. No job, No school (had to drop that semester), No exercise and No sleep! I was so depressed. Now my situation started getting to me. I started eating out of boredom and when you don't sleep that another 8 hours of boredom to deal with. Ice Cream Sundaes, nachos, buffalo wings or anything comforting and to ease my boredom, I was shoving it down my throat. Eventually I wound up gaining back 85lbs over the next three years.

So after a year of being so mad at myself for putting the weight back on and seeing my cup as half full and having one giant pity party for myself. Why me? Why always me? Why can't I be thin? Why can't I be fit? Why can't I eat that? I realized that I am my own worst enemy and it is now time to charm myself back to good spirits and attitude and remind my just how damn lucky I am!

Here I am now! I am ready to get to work and give me the life I deserve. Give me all the credit I deserve for all the accomplishments I have made no matter how big or small. I have done this before and like I said effortlessly. Now I will do it again! I'm going to work around my difficulties and whatever life serves up to me not let it get the best of me!

And I am so lucky to have stumbled across Spark People because I have so many great tools here to help me better myself and so many wonderful Spark Friends who touch my life on a daily basis with such wonderful support and encouragement. I really love what I am seeing so far. And most of my changes so far have been mental and not physical. I look forward to seeing and hearing about the positive changes my sparked friends have for themselves and hope we all have success in our journeys!

This time it's going to be for real and forever!!!!!!!

Member Since: 1/21/2010

Fitness Minutes: 5,300

My Goals:
1. To Be Fit & Healthy by losing 100 lbs!
2. To Pass my RN Boards and start a fulfilling career as a nurse!
3. To develop a more positive attitude and outlook.
4. To develop positive and strong relationships
5. To love MYSELF!

My Program:
Making healthy choices when it comes to food and learning to let my body dictate when and what i eat, not my emotions!
Exercising and moving my body to feel good and burn more calories!

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