The W Family Chronicles


Posted on: March 30, 2008

Maybe you’ve heard of SparkPeople…it’s an online weight loss/health community.  I finally signed up there yesterday and I’m making an effort (once again!) to change my eating habits and try to move more and lose some weight.  It is something I’ve struggled with since puberty.  I have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and one of the ways it manifests is in insulin resistance, which can cause obesity.  PCOS can also cause infertility, excess hair growth, acne, and a whole host of other things.  It’s a really difficult disease, because it can affect so much of what makes us feel like a woman.

I’m really impressed with the site.  There seems to be a lot of support, and best of all, it’s FREE!  I loved Weight Watchers Points program, but the monthly fee ($12.95, IIRC) is just not in the budget right now.  SparkPeople seems to have a lot of the features WW did, but without the expense.  I lost a lot of weight last time I did WW, so I’m hoping that SP motivates me to do the same.  I don’t have 100 pounds to lose, but I’m not far off.  If you’re on there, My username is my first name and the state I grew up in.  I’m a bit overwhelmed with all the site has to offer right now, but it looks like a great place to hang out!


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W Family Players

D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!


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