Hi All - I've been meaning to post an introduction for the last several days. I actually joined this site in June, but unexpectedly got a new job and have been insanely busy ever since, so I have never returned to the site until the last few days. Although I have not been dieting, my new job is so hectic I have been very busy and often not having time to eat, so I dropped a few pounds anyway. That encouraged me to get organized and get started on a genuine journey, so I've spent the last few days getting back up to speed on the web site, and preparing my house and head for a legitimate effort at getting healthy. I had hoped today was going to be my first full day of working at staying on plan, but it was not meant to be.
I am the director of a non-profit that includes several programs, one of which is a homeless shelter for women and children. Today one of our clients left and abandoned her children ( one of whom is a pregnant young teen and one is 7). I have spent all day and evening taking care of the situation, and rotating from angry to heartbroken to angry again. My meal plan pretty much consisted of cookies and Diet Pepsi, and I'm only just now leaving my office after a 14 hour day, so exercise is probably not going to happen. (Although I do have a labrador / chow puppy who is going to need walked no matter how tired I am, but I doubt that we'll get very far).
I'm too tired to write much more than this, but since I'm starting to post here, I thought I'd be polite and say "hi, I'm here".
I am single, 50, have a crabby old cat and a new VERY energetic puppy, and I take care of my 80 year old mother who lives nearby. I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and while I have never lost all of my weight I did have a really good year once and not only lost a large amount of weight, but more importantly gained much better health. So, I know how to do it, I just need to figure out how to fit the healthy lifestyle stuff into my current reality.
By the way, even though tonight was very sad and life is very hectic at this organization, make no mistake that I absolutely love my job, even on the hard days. Just when sad stories like this threaten to get me down, I also get to see that we made a real difference in someone's life and helped them to a better place.
Anyway, I hope you're all well tonight, and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone on this thread.