Me on January 21, 2008 - 178.6 lbs.

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So I was doing really good losing weight and exercising when I started having severe leg pain originating from the bottom of my right ankle and creeping up to my buttock area... too much info?! So I had 3 MRIs to try to figure out what was wrong - all the while, I lost the ability to walk on that foot, so I was not exercising, I was riding carts in the stores, and sitting when we were home, which is most of the time since I have migraine disease and chemical sensitivity and can't be around flourescent lights and scents for more than a few minutes.

This not only put a damper on my exercising, it kind of made me lose the will to eat healthy. First it was cake... then it was cookies... now it is 3 Musketeer candy bars smashed between crackers. I have never really been a candy eater.

The reason? It turned out that it is "just" fibromyalgia and the arthritic conditions that I already have and the conditions are kind of just exacerbating one another. So I got a few pain pills to get me through. They made me lose my appetite and actually took the edge off the pain, but doctors don't like to prescribe them because there are too many opportunistic junkies out there who have made it rough on those who really do need the meds. THEN my doctor talked me into going on Lyrica for the fibromyalgia. Initially it helped, but as the weeks wore on, if I did anything that a normal person should be able to do (like spend a day canning jam), I would have to pay for it with SEVERE pain and end up bedridden for more than a week. SO... I have gained back 10 lbs. (at least) - the Lyrica causes weight gain; both from increased appetite and fluid retention - and I am pretty well disgusted with myself and feeling a bit depressed. I was looking at pictures of an outing from last year when the guys went on an 11 mile bike ride (I had to sit it out at the picnic grounds)... I was looking through the pictures and I saw this one lady I didn't recognize from behind and IT WAS ME! I didn't know my butt was that big - and last year it was smaller than it is now!

I go to my doctor again tomorrow. I don't know what will come of it... but I hope that we will find something that works. So that's where I'm at.

Member Since: 1/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 287

My Goals:
My goals are:
To get back to a healthy weight
To be fit
To treat myself better - like I deserve this.
To feel as beautiful as my husband tells me I am.

My Program:
I am keeping my calories within range and not restricting carbohydrates so much as choosing healthy ones.

I am trying to do a minimum amount of exercise - just to get something in each day. I will build up to bigger things over time as health allows.

Personal Information:
Very happily married for 12 years
Two exceptional teenage sons
Lived most my life in Alaska. Now live in the Smoky Mountain area of TN

Other Information:
I have bipolar disorder and have lived with it since childhood. I also have a host of other health issues, but find hope in the bible's promise in Isaiah 33:24 where God promises: "No resident will say: "I am sick." in the coming paradise.

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    Just checking to see if you still Spark. You are describing a pain in your leg that sounds so much like mine. Hope you are dealing with it okay.

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    2662 days ago
    Been missing you...via SP, IM, call, letters...I am falling down on the job of keeping in touch, aren't I. emoticon Love you,
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    How you doing Sheila? Maybe you don't have internet at this time, if so, just wanted you to know I was thinking of you.
    2902 days ago
    Popping in to say hi and see how are you doing? Really enjoyed talking to you. emoticon emoticon
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