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Most of my life has been one struggle or another of various kinds. If struggle makes us stronger, then I truly am stronger than I think or feel. I am weak and weary from the past 6 years but I finally see a crack in the cocoon wall and am itching to break free and learn to fly. The past 6 years have been about survival and hanging in there. Now the real struggle begins. Gaining strength and stamina to stop this downward spiral and begin to live again.

I am at my highest weight ever and have lost all progress I worked so hard for last year. I'm tired of losses. It's time to break out of the cocoon, no matter how long it takes. So during this Fall 5% Challenge, I'll be grabbing at the edge of that crack in the wall and working hard to expand the opening, gaining the stamina I need to break free and really fly!


September 2017 Addendum:

While I want a fresh start, there are those who know me that need an update and those who don't who might want to know where I'm coming from. There are more details in my blog dated May 8, 2011 (History: 2006-2017)

It is now mid-September and more than 8 months since I went off Adderall. Med detox is finally winding down and the lines of "this is med detox" and "this is fibro or other health issues" is blurring so I'm declaring it over, although there will still hopefully be a bit more improvement. I have literally lost 6 years of my life along with my health, stamina, work, hobbies and social life - all because of meds that were supposed to be helping me, instead doing the opposite. Health-wise I am in the worst condition of my life with one foot in the door of assisted living. I am weary of dealing with and talking about it. I long for it to be over and to be able to begin to regain some of what I've lost. I believe that time has come. Moving on!!!

Member Since: 3/19/2007

My Goals:
Fall 5% Challenge:
~ Walk an indoor circle every hour
~ Wall push-ups 3x or more a day
~ Limited mobility exercise video

My Program:
~ Cut portions 30-50% on my already gluten-free, sugar-free, low sodium diet.
~ Do exercises listed under My Goals
~ Dishes done daily = healthier food choices
~ Pace it (break overwhelming tasks down into doable steps)
~ Just Do It! I CAN do more than I think (vs waiting to feel better - won't feel better til there are changes)
~ Find alternatives, modify or adjust. Quit is not an option.
~ On better days, get additional exercise through cleaning; keep decluttering

Personal Information:
High Weight = 301 (September, 2017)
Previous high = 287 (June, 2016)

1st Milestone = 259
(pre med detox weight January 2017)

2nd Milestone = 239
(what I weighed when I de-railed in 2008 and again in 2010)

3rd Milestone = 199 Onderland and uncharted territory!

Final Milestone = 149 Final Goal Weight.

Other Information:
Enjoy slow paced computer games including match 3 and jigsaw puzzles, Easy crossword puzzles, occasionally reading Christian and historical fiction and mysteries, and sewing crafts.

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