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If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that near the end of last year, I realized I needed to re-examine some of the choices I was making in my life, and I needed to focus on getting healthy. I’m working on this part of my life, each and every day. Aside from some rude comments being made to me one day about my size, I was also beginning to experience episodes of apnea during illness. You can read more about that here. It was time for a new me in 2019.

I made a resolution to lose weight, and though I started before the new year, I’ve stuck with it! I’ve been working on this life change since the very end of October, and I’ve had many struggles. Sugar is my biggest obstacle, but I’ve made strides in reducing the amount I consume every day.

I’ve met a 35-pound goal and am closing in on 40 pounds. My hope is that, by the time I reach my one year anniversary, I’ll have met at least a 45- to 50-pound weight loss. Unfortunately, this isn’t my end goal, but it’s close.

One thing I’ve most loved about this change is that I can feel some of my confidence coming back. I’m down two jean sizes and one size in shirts. I’m wearing clothing styles I haven’t worn since I was in my early 20s, before I started gaining weight and feeling uncomfortable with my body.

Something that hasn’t changed, unfortunately, is that I’m still having episodes of apnea during illness. I’ve done an in-home sleep study, but I’m still waiting for the results. I’m not sure if it will give me any answers, but I hope it helps me figure out something. Seeing a pulmonologist has been important for my health, and hopefully, this sleep study will also give me some important information as well.

I’m also hoping to start adding more exercise into my routine in the near future. I haven’t been able to do much thanks to having tendinitis in my foot. Even walking a long period of time can turn into something painful, so it’s been a struggle to get in the gym. Plus, solo parenting for the last two months, I haven’t had as much time for myself as I need.

As we carry on through the last half of this year, I hope I can continue progressing and meet the goals I’ve set for myself. I’ve never been able to stick to a diet change as much as I have with this one, and I’ll be the first to say it’s worth it! Wish me luck.

How are you meeting your new year’s resolutions? Are you keeping up with your goals? Sound off in the comments below!



  • Mary Spangler

    Mary was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She currently lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, SFC Spangler, their two sons, and one cat. Previous duty stations include Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, Rivanna Station, Virginia, and Fort Shafter, Hawaii.


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