Thursday, April 22, 2010


Isn't this what our lives are all about? More than just getting through each day we need to be EMBRACING each day.
This challenge is more than a weight loss goal for me. It is a commitment to making this my way of life.
For me, success comes at the end of the day when my body feels good. When I am not laying in bed depressed by how much I ate. The challenge is being good to myself no matter HOW I am feeling inside or WHAT I am going through.
My husband can always tell how I have taken care of myself by just looking at me. He can see the physical bloated tummy part but he he also sees how I am treating the kids. I get so MEAN when I have been overeating. I feel sorry for myself and I don't have any patience with the kids. Thank goodness they are so forgiving :)
I have been battling depression for many years. It comes and goes through out the month but it seems to stay more than not. I have been on medication but it doesn't seem to help. When I went off the last one I gained 5 lbs! (This REALLY helps when your already feeling over weight) I am determined to fight this and I know if I use faith and hope to push away my despair my struggles won't go away but I will find the strength to endure them well.
Life isn't easy for any of us. It seems like curve balls are constantly thrown our way. It is up to us to keep focused on our goals and not let anything take us off course. Sometimes our goals need to change; It's good to reevaluate and make our goals work for us but not completely throw them out the door.
Thanks for letting me join all of you on our journey to a HAPPY LIFE!


  1. Jill, thank you for your honesty about struggling with depression. I know there are many things that can help and I know the things you are doing as part of this challenge do help! Our bodies and minds just feel better when we are taking good physical care of them. You are an inspiration to me.

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  3. Jill, it's so great to hear your perspective and your honesty. The way you manage your depression has so much to teach us all. Your choices are deliberate and thoughtful and you see how they affect those you love on a daily basis. Keep up the good work! We're rooting for you!

    I also really like that you're embracing this as a lifestyle change and not a temporary diet until you reach your goal. The real goal for all of us, I think, is to continue with this course of healthy eating and exercise from here on in.

  4. Depression is a part of my life as well. I have been fortunate to be helped by medication, but there are plenty of other tools to help you cope with the weight of your burdens. Read this post on my blog:
    (Bronson has experienced a full, miraculous recovery. Check out this post to see his story:

    I, too, am feeling like this new direction with my health is setting me up for a permanent lifestyle change. A couple times when I've not been getting the results I want, I've thought, "Maybe I'll completely go off sugar, or workout more than an hour everyday." But I've promised myself that I'm not going to do anything that I can't maintain because I want this change to be permanent. That can only happen if I set realistic goals and focus on feeling healthy and whole rather than "skinny".

    You are doing an awesome job, rockin' the points every week! Keep up the great work, I know you have your plate full with a special needs child on top of all of life's regular challenges. I'd love to read your personal blog if you want to send me an invite: suerichardson75(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  5. Thank you for your comments and support. It is amazing how close I feel to you all and I we've never even met. THANK YOU!!

  6. Jill, depression is yep.... depressing. I'm so sorry that you and Sue have been given this particular challenge, along with all the other challenges that you both face, but...... I'm so impressed at how each of you have accepted it and are trying your best to deal with it daily. I pray that you will both be blessed with insites and strengths that will let you cope and live with all the challenges you two are very special women who have shared some profound advice with the of us. I think those who have depression have spent more time comtemplating and meditating that the rest of us....thanks for sharing....we love you happy or sad!