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On a Quest to be my Best

"Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.�
-Tom Venuto
I borrowed this quote from a comment on a friend's page. I have many obstacles to over come. Severe asthma and frequent courses of ...
"Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.�
-Tom Venuto
I borrowed this quote from a comment on a friend's page. I have many obstacles to over come. Severe asthma and frequent courses of steroids. RA (rheumatoid arthritis) PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis) Sj (Sjogrens's Disease) and Glaucoma....Not to mention the 100 pounds I have to lose. According to this quote my persistence and struggle to overcome one of these obstacles will strengthen me and help me to overcome the next obstacle.

It's been a long and bumpy ride. I've been a member of Spark People since 2009....initially lost 70 pounds which later after many encounters with IV Steroids, I regained all of the weight I'd lost. Then I tried Dr Fuhrman's method of eating ...and I lost 25 pounds. Then enter more IV steroids and I've regained 10 of the 25 lost. My husband and I felt so much better on the Eat to LIve program ( Dr Fuhrman's book) and we had a very bad lapse in our diet .

Now I am back on Dr Fuhrman's plan and have lost 15 lbs so far ( in a few weeks). This time, it's for good. Now if I can get this sick and hurting body to move and to do some exercise, all will be well.


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My Goals:
To make it back to Onederland...a pedicure for reward

to maintain at least short bursts of activity throughout the day.

To reduce pain levels and perhaps to avoid more surgeries.

To find ways to make my life more meaningful despite severe limitations...To help others whenever possible rather than always being the recipient of help.

to get rid of the HTN meds and hopefully reduce some of the other medications as well.



My Program:
--to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
--to make sure when I leave the house for the day, that I am bringing with me healthy food to eat to avoid eating at a restaurant

--to have at least 2 periods of ten minute long activity each day.

--to begin to journal this leg of my journey.

--to make 90% of my foods nutrient dense foods.


Personal Information:
I suffer from a debilitating form of a Rheumatic AutoImmune Disease (PsA)as well as RA and SJ (Sjogrens's Syndrome) and have had 5 major joint replacement surgeries thus far, with 5 more pending

I love the Lord Jesus and wish to live a life of moderation and restraint.

I hope to begin to simplify my life. Shedding excess things and getting down to what really matters


Other Information:
I'm looking for ways to continue my creative output despite physical limitation.

In September my first book, a memoir, was published--that was a dream for years and now is a reality.

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WHITECAT19
5/16/2015 1:45:16 PM

I got a really good night's sleep, and I feel better than I have for about two weeks. I hope your sore throat gets better. You have enough to contend with without having germs attacking you! I'm keeping you in prayer.
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BESSHAILE
5/12/2015 6:29:51 AM

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Thank you so much for your kind words on my Missing Mama on Mother's Day post. I know it's just my turn - this pinch in my heart - but I'd far rather have the pinch than to not have had her. Her memories are the brightest jewel in my heart.



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SEATTLE58ANEW
5/11/2015 10:57:00 AM

Thank you for the goodie and your kind, uplifting words too. I appreciate it so much and I love how you believe in me even when I don't so much myself! I'm thankful to have such a good friend as you. I love it! I feel that I must stay here on SP even when I've gained so much back. I feel that if I don't then I'll really be up to my highest again, because you and I know how it's tough to exercise enough sometimes because of our pain and disability. I've been on the Xeljanz pill now for a little over a month and it hasn't kicked in yet and yet, I started Sunday morning with stomach cramps and then onward to running to the bathroom because of the lower end! I'm going to see if it will dissipate before I get ahold of my Rheumy. It could be a touch of the flu too, but I'll just see how this goes. I think of you all the time and are wishing for to have success over success too. Thanks again for your support and encouragement! Hugs, Karen



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5/2/2015 5:05:01 PM

Thank you for the friend add! I have added you as well :) I am so glad you are with us on our Prayer team. I look forward to getting to know you better! Please know that I am praying for God to give you all the strength you need to get through this day and bless you in all that you do emoticon



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5/2/2015 7:57:37 AM

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Hello and welcome to our very supportive team Chair Exercise ... we have challenges to help you to get moving, chat where you can meet the team and have a chat….. We have challenges to help you to get moving, brain teasers to keep your mind moving, enjoy your journey with us to health, happiness and feeling great
You have made the right choice to become a part of our team and from my experience I can say that you will be greatly be benefited here. Help in the form of our leaders.

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