Me (left), my best friend

I was hired to do hair, makeup and wardrobe, and assist with posing for this shoot.

Sixteen year old German girl I found for photo shoot.





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I have a very non-conventional life and things don't work for me here like they do for other people. Everyone preaches calories in has to be less than calories burned for you to lose weight. Not so in my case.

There have been many things going on in my body since before 2009, and now, they are finally changing for my good. I gained 100 pounds eating less than 900 calories a day and I felt full all the time. I would even have stomachaches after eating which caused me to eat less.

Now, I have been left unable to go for a walk, yet I have lost 50 pounds and am back to size 14. I am still active in my home, but am not allowed to go out and exercise due to damage from a medication.

I had to wait for about 2 months to see my doctor for a ventral hernia in a previous incision site. At the same time, I was bedridden with pain and unable to do much of anything. It was more than the hernia, but now I am beyond all that and waiting for the appointments from the physical therapist.

My healthful eating has not changed and I still don't eat unless I am hungry except for the morning meal which I make myself eat.

I know I have not lost muscle mass because of my weight. You would probably be mad if I told you how much I weigh and wear a size 14. I also had a sawing contest with my son-in-law and was winning so he cheated and karate chopped his board. This was while I still had the hernia.

My summer was lost due to pain, so I am dreading winter. I probably have no doctor (a different long story), yet it was my allergist who helped me tremendously. I am done with my Mayo appointments, so here I fall between the cracks.

I have been dealing with anemia & vitamin D deficiency even though I was supplementing. I was put on a high dose to shock my body due to malabsorption.

I have pared down my responsibilities outside the home, so that I can care for my children while working through this.

Please be kind to people that don't fit the normal way things work on spark people, because you don't know what else is going on inside their bodies.

Member Since: 1/27/2011

My Goals:
Live life well. Give generously of all I have, and spread the Gospel to the world.

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Eat nutrition packed foods. Eat when my husband tells me I need to.

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I am a displaced artist. I love to make new friends & travel, and I love to help others succeed.

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I am a compulsive reader and love to study, so no non-fiction for me.
I don't watch movies or have TV. I would rather talk in person than text or IM, even though I am very tech savvy. I love to be outdoors.

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    I think it would depend what kind of greens you had in mind - beet tops? kale? spinach? Swiss chard? Would you be picking them fresh yourself (as in, your garden or a 'pick your own' farm), or would you be getting them from a farmer's market or something?
    2015 days ago
    Dear Lady of the Crystals,
    I am so sorry for the attacks! Seems to me, too much negitivty in this world & people who think they know everything for EVERYONE! NOT SO!

    I am SO glad to hear from you! I sent you my 'real' email address on Spark Mail. Feel free to use it anytime! I'm SO blessed to have you in my life AND want to continue to know how you are!

    Love you!
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    2028 days ago
    I'm sorry this site has been so negative for you. I have found other calorie counting websites that have articles and nutrition trackers that are free, if you still want to use one, but don't want to use this one, just google free calorie counting sites and you may find one that's better suited for you.
    2029 days ago

    Enjoy your weekend. Create a healthy day! emoticon
    2034 days ago
  • v LIVESTRONG2010
    That's so funny! I have a friend who mows in heels! I don't even own a pair and I would rather be in jeans,t-shirt and no make-up. I think I'm good just the way I am and for a movie "You don't wear much makeup reply "why it's just me but in color" love it! Mirror has two Faces. emoticon emoticon
    2035 days ago
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