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I'm working at losing weight to better my health. Looking better will just be icing on the cake (which I'm trying hard not to eat!).
As a young adult, I wore a size 12, and kept my weight pretty much between 120 and 130 pounds, but once I hit my mid-30's I started gaining weight, and needing the next size up about every seven to nine years. Could be that my love of bread, meat and potatoes/pasta/rice/pizza, desserts, Pepsi and chocolate milk ... and my loathing for exercise had something to do with the weight gain!! (My idea of exercise is turning pages of my books and magazines as I read!)
By about 2006, size 18's were starting to feel very snug, and the scale hit 209 pounds. I really worked at weight loss, and had just finally gotten down to 187 pounds on February 14, 2009, when my heart went off the tracks ... atrial fibrillation and tachycardia that put me in the hospital. After four days, they got things back to normal, and I was diagnosed with Grave's disease (hyperthyroid). Wouldn't you know, I was one of the few that DIDN'T get unexpected weight loss as a symptom! I was put on meds to destroy my thyroid, and the doctor said, "As the thyroid loses function, your weight will increase." And, boy, was he right! Within less than six months, I was back up to 200 pounds. I've managed to keep it from going higher, but losing is incredibly hard!
I know exercise is vital, but I can't do anything that makes me feel hot (especially hot enough to sweat!), because when I get hot, the psoriasis flares. And it can break out in some very inconvenient, uncomfortable places!! So I walk (more of a stroll, really), stretch, do tai chi and easy yoga, and very brief sessions of weight lifting.
I've read that lack of sleep can mess up your body and cause weight gain, and I believe it! I've had insomnia for years ... at least since my mid-20's, and I'm sure that has contributed to the problem. One of my goals is to get at least five to six hours of straight sleep. Seven to eight hours would be heaven!
I've been trying to deal with all of this alone, and feel so grateful to have found Sparkpeople. The support and encouragement here are wonderful, and give me some real hope that I can make the changes I need to make to live a longer and healthier life.
So, THANKS for being here!!
-To get back down to my college weight (121-132).
-To lower my blood pressure, and improve my heart health.
-To sleep 7 to 8 hours a night.
-To get thyroid problems corrected.
-To get off meds.
-To have psoriasis go into permanent remission, never to return.
-To eliminate migraines.
-To silence tinnitus.
-Cut back on sugar, salt, white flour, and fat.
-Try to make myself eat more dreaded veggies (other than potatoes, of which I get plenty!), and fruits. I'm a picky eater, what can I say?! (Super-taster!)
-Take in more fiber.
-Walk more than 3,000 steps a day ... and keep increasing that until it hits 10,000.
-Exercise at least 10 minutes a day.
-Use at least one piece of exercise equipment a day.
-Raised on a Kansas farm with 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters.
- Now live in Indpendence, MO. Married to RJ since 1969. No kids. Cats!
- I'm a freelance artist/writer/ballloon-twist entertainer.
- Former high school secretary, stewardess, church education secretary, office manager and ... newspaper paste-up artist, dispatcher, tour guide, feature writer (worked my way up).
-Volunteered 13 years in hospital surgery waiting room, pharmacy, and nursery.
- Currently a USDA-NRCS Earth Team volunteer.
-Love books! Especially cozy mysteries, arts & crafts, cookbooks, contemporary romance, how-to's, etc.
- Have a personal library of 18,000-20,000 books for which I'm trying to find a permanent home (small town, reservation, school, etc) because we want to downsize and move to western Kansas. (I donate books. Recipient arranges transportation and provides home.) Your suggestions welcome!
-I love classical music, oldies rock'n'roll, old hymns, polkas, world music, contemporary worship music.
-Do numerous arts & crafts, embroidery, crochet, photography.
-Enjoy travel, wildlife watching, flower & herb container gardening.
-Favorite color is sunny yellow.
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