TIME FOR AN UPDATE!!
So for my background read the information below. I did this lifestyle change when I was 31 and I did amazing. I lost over 160 pounds and got my life back, was super happy and was able to do so much. Then life happened. To celebrate my weight loss me and my husband went to Hawaii. Against my better judgement I decided to let myself eat whatever I wanted (I earned it right?)……well that turned out to be a very bad idea. Once I had sweets again it was all over, I went crazy eating all the carbs and sweets I could find that I hadn’t had in a year and a half. Then I came home and entered into one of the worst times of my life stress wise. I’m not going to go into details because it isn’t important. Just know that we went through a lot some of it my fault some of it not.
So fast forward I am now 36 year young. I still have a beautiful family and loving husband. And I am finally pulling myself out of the stress and depression that I went through. We have moved and I finally feel like I can breathe like we are getting a fresh start. So I decided to restart my diet. I have gained all my weight back plus some. So I am completely starting over. I am following the same diet I did before and adding a walking plan that I recently found online.
I am very unhealthy right now and have many issues with blood sugar and blood pressure. I have pretty much become a home body. I can’t walk or stand for very long due to my weight and that leaves me unable to get out much. Pretty much except for driving my kids around I stay inside. I don’t like going out much anyways because of stares and comments. So I am ready for a change. And I’m not going to give up on it this time. I am going to stick to my diet and no matter how well I do no celebrating with food! I also plan to work on finding new ways to deal with stress because I’m sure stress will happen but I can’t let it ruin my life.
Here we go again…….
I am 31 years young and I have a beautiful loving family. I married my husband Sheldon on June 9, 2000. Sheldon had two daughters, Amber and Autumn, when we met and he had full custody of them. So our family was a family of 4 from day 1. Amber is now 20 and Autumn is now 15. Me and Sheldon welcomed Isabella our first daughter on March 30, 2001 she is now 10 and we welcomed Zowie on April 9, 2009 and she is now 2. So as you can see our children range from 20 to 2 so we deal with all kinds of drama and chaos in our lives! We have 20 year old drama like moving out, marriage, and babies all the way to 2 year old drama like nap time, bath time, and the wrong cartoon is on. Let’s just say we have a lot of diversity in our lives. Amber will be soon giving us our first grandchild. Yes I am 31 and I am going to be a grandma.
On the work front I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor or LADC. I also am certified by the department of mental health through the ADSAC department to do DUI assessments and run DUI schools. So I own my own practice called New Hope Counseling and Assessment in Alva. I have been doing that now for over a year. I have worked in the substance abuse field for over 5 years though now. It is an interesting job and it is different everyday.
I am also working on earning my doctorate of philosophy of psychology from NorthCentral University online. My goal is to earn this degree in order to teach at a university level eventually.
We live in Alva still, we have been playing with the idea of moving a lot here lately but the opportunity has not arrived yet. We really do love living in Alva though. It’s a great town and our children love it also.
Recently I have undertaken a new direction in my life. I have always been overweight but I have really allowed myself to get to dangerous levels within the last 10 years. So I have decided to make drastic changes to my lifestyle. You can read more about that on the home page.
I guess that’s it in a nutshell.