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Taking Care of Yourself When You’re Raising Children with Special Needs

By Joysautismblog @joysautismblog

I have been not very good about taking care of myself over the last several years, really since I had children. I would try here and there to hit the gym and try here and there to diet but my weight was generally steadily climbing over the last 11 years.

In December I decided to make a change. I joined Sparkpeople and jumped in with both feet. I read the articles, joined challenges, tracked every bit of my calories, gave up all soda, drank at least 8-10 cups of water a day, and began exercising via walking or workout videos.

In the last almost six months now I’m approaching 70 pounds lost. I am really proud of myself and I feel so positive and motivated to keep going, I’m not done yet.

Sometimes when I feel like giving in I just need to look at my children and know that I need to be here for all of them. When you have a child who has special needs they really need their parents around as long as possible. If you have children and need to make a healthy change I want to encourage you and give you that nudge in the right direction. There is absolutely nothing better you can do for your children then to get yourself happy and healthy. Nothing better.

This is my before and “so far” picture. Since the so far picture I’ve lost about 10 more pounds:

Taking Care of Yourself when You’re Raising Children with Special Needs


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