LAWLI56   32,135
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I have BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and became ill with CHD(Congestive Heart Disease) in October/November 2003. Until then I was a full-time carer for my only child Katie who died in 2004, aged 14, from CHF (congestive heart failure) caused by secondary pulmonary hypertention and a congenital heart defect.

My recovery was very slow and frustrating and I also now have arthritis in my left hip and both knees which restricts my mobility, caused by a serious road accident in 1984 and ...
I have BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and became ill with CHD(Congestive Heart Disease) in October/November 2003. Until then I was a full-time carer for my only child Katie who died in 2004, aged 14, from CHF (congestive heart failure) caused by secondary pulmonary hypertention and a congenital heart defect.

My recovery was very slow and frustrating and I also now have arthritis in my left hip and both knees which restricts my mobility, caused by a serious road accident in 1984 and years of being obese.

My goal was to find a job working with computers, so I studied for and passed my CompTIA A+ exams in 2006. I then worked as an IT Volunteer at our local Hospice for just over a year and found a job as an ICT Technician in a local School... before my position was cut after 2 years due to the Government austerity measures. I'm now studying for my AAT and working for the NHS on a temporary contract.

I had a gastric bypass in January 2009 after losing 86lbs to reach my pre-surgery target weight (BMI 50 or less). Due to health problems and depression I put 21lbs back on but lost it again in the short run up to my surgery. During the operation my surgeon discovered that I had a very large hiatus hernia which was restricting my heart and lungs and was likely responsible for causing my otherwise unexplaned CHD.

My weight plateaued after a fall injured my "good" knee and caused my arthritis to flare up which prevented me exercising and following the loss of my job in the austerity cuts I regained 55lbs due to depression. I am now back on track nutritionally and trying to build up a regular program of activities to help me with my weight loss.

A friend of mine once described me as "driven"... he was probably right, but I'm learning to let go and let God after renewing my faith and my confirmation in December 2008. I love to sing and find it lifts me up in my darkest hours. I'm in the Worship Team at church and also on the Reading rota.

Life is very busy and can be difficult at times but generally I'm happier than I was. My mother died recently but I'm maintaining a positive outlook. My goals this year are to find a permanent job in accounts, become more active and get my weight back down to my 2010 weight loss total... or less! LOL!

~*Cely*~

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Member Since: 6/15/2007

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My Goals:
My long-term goals are to be fit enough to work full-time and to pass my AAT qualifications.

My Program:
I originally lost 188lbs between 2006 and 2010. Sadly due to health problems and depression I put 55lbs back on but have now lost 7lbs of that since new year and am back on track to lose the 50-60lbs I want to finally get rid of.

I struggle with exercise because of my disabilty but I keep trying to build a regular routine.

Personal Information:
I live in the UK.

I trained in Martial Arts in my twenties and was a member of a Dark Age re-enactment society, riding my motorcycle to events. After a serious road accident I had to give up and have gradually developed osteoarthritis.

My daughter died in 2004 and my sister the previous year, following a road accident. My father also died from a heart attack in 1991. My mother died shortly before Christmas 2013.



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I gained my BSc in 2000. I've had various jobs and am currently working for the NHS and studying for my AAT.



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BRENDAMYERS2
1/25/2014 1:35:08 PM

My name is brenda. I also have bed..and arthritis in knees. I found your story inspiring and added you as a friend. I am working on the bed with therapist. I lost my mom 6 years ago this march and i still grieve but i also have come to tell myself she would want me to benge because of her. One day at a time one step at a time one mouthful at a time. Thank you for sharing.




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HOPEJACK1
1/7/2014 7:59:41 PM

Thank you for your open sharing on your spark page. I want to be in your cheering corner. We have some things in common. I too am a worship leader on our praise team. I have been a full time wife and mother for 29 years and soon my youngest child will graduate High School . Then my job will be finished and I will be seeking what work the Lord would have for me next. I've spent all my adult life except a brief time just prior to major surgery obese. I've been an emotional eater. Looking to God to help me feel those feelings and work through them rather than eat them down. God's Grace and blessings to you. emoticon Hope



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ILAMONIHOWIE
9/17/2013 12:15:31 AM

Two years ago you came to my page and gave me a hug. I'm back to give you one. I know your loss and the struggle it is. I ended up losing my little girl last year. I hope your doing well. I'm back here again to do this once and for all. I hope.
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LAWLI56
6/16/2013 4:13:32 AM

SHYLONESTAR: I'm just busy and don't get the opportunity to blog very often but I'm still around. My weight will probably always be an ongoing issue but I won't let it rule my life.



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SHYLONESTAR
6/11/2013 5:57:15 PM

Your blog was from back a few months. I can't help but wonder how you are doing now? Are you still with SparkPeople? Your blog moved me to tears...I just want to give you a hug and encourage you to keep at it, one day at a time.



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