newbie and happy to be here!

  • Hi all! I just joined today and am looking forward to being part of this site!! I've been a stay-at-home mom for more than ten years, but just started a new job as a caregiver for seniors in their homes. My kids are finding it a hard adjustment, even though I am home to see them off to school and home when they get off the bus. I guess just knowing I'm not at home while they are at school...? Last year I lost 47 pounds, but gained back 11 during the dreaded holiday season. I have found it incredibly hard to get motivated again. In fact, last week was my first week back to eating healthy. I read Dr. Oz's book You On A Diet and that got me motivated last year, but now I am just trying to stay away from white flour, sugar (except in fruit), and red meat. The first few days are haaaaard, but I am getting back into the hang of it. I tease that my body rejects all forms of exercise, throwing out any number of complaints to see which one sticks, but I try to walk a 5K 2-3 times a week. Getting on the treadmill is torture, but once I'm on I enjoy it.
    Anyway, I'm excited to start making friends! Yay for motivation!!
    (Oh, and I would kill for a piece of chocolate cake right about now!)
  • Welcome sunshine! First let me say "Step away from the cake!" Good luck with your new eating habits and your job the kiddos will come around to the difference. Keep posting so we can follow your progress
  • Hi Sunshine Mom

    Awesome job on the weight you've lost so far! No worries about those 11 lbs. You've taken them off once, you can do it again. Definitely hang around the site, and post wherever you're comfortable. Hopefully it'll give you a little extra support while you're going through that detox phase. For lack of better wording.

    It's so great to see that you're exercising, too!

    Best of success & keep on posting!!!
  • Sunshine,

    Congrats on the weight lost so far, and welcome to 3FC!

    You might check out the Exercise forum. There are a few challenges and the accountability thread, where you can report your exercise, and others that will help you stay on track.

  • Thanks so much for the welcomes! I'm feeling more motivated already!!