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I have CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome). Any activity and exercise is very difficult for me. I know God has a purpose for my illness and I want to glorify Him in everything.

Several years ago, my highest weight was 142. Through a couple of stressful events in my life, I lost some weight, but I'd rather not have to lose weight that way. Hoping I can lose a few pounds more healthfully and keep weight from creeping back up again. I've learned a lot from ...
I have CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome). Any activity and exercise is very difficult for me. I know God has a purpose for my illness and I want to glorify Him in everything.

Several years ago, my highest weight was 142. Through a couple of stressful events in my life, I lost some weight, but I'd rather not have to lose weight that way. Hoping I can lose a few pounds more healthfully and keep weight from creeping back up again. I've learned a lot from Sparkpeople (been here for a few years) and have been so encouraged and blessed by the people I've met here!

Update 10/14: My weight has been creeping slowly back up again. One of the most frustrating things about life with chronic illness (and CFS specifically) is post-exertional malaise -- an actual biological consequence of exercising or any strenous activity with CFS. Too much can actually make me crash (or shut down physically). I wrestle with doing enough, but not doing too much. I am currently researching if there is any way I can achieve a certain amount of activity/exercise enough to be healthier, but not triggering that pesky little thing called post-exertional malaise. I am swimming once a week for about 45 minutes. This is all I can manage for now. But I never feel like it is enough.

Quotes:

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us." -- John Dryden

�We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.� -- Aristotle

�Being defeated is often temporary, giving up makes it permanent.� -- Marilyn von Savant

�Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness�never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.� -- Lord Chesterfield

�Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.� -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." -- Unknown

Mottos for living:

Babysteps, babysteps -- Flylady

Slow and Steady wins the Race! -- Flylady

This too shall pass -- Bible

Each small step is still a step!

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Member Since: 5/9/2007

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My Goals:
I want to live as healthy a life as I can even though I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Babysteps will get it done.

1/09: I seem to be stuck at the same weight for quite some time now. I hope this new year to be able to exercise more and tone some muscle. I have to try this very slowly though, as I have experienced crashes and flares in the past.

Update: 4/10:
--Write down and measure EVERYTHING I put in my mouth.
--Try to stay in the lower range of calories.
--Cut down on sugar and saturated fats. Curb the cravings with healthier options.
--Strength training moves in everyday activities.
--Learn gentle yoga moves to strengthen my core and improve my flexibility
--Walk .5-1 mile on treadmill or outside on most days. Start at 30 min/mile pace and work up to 20 min/mile pace. If I crash, cut back, but DON'T give up!
--Drink 6-8 glasses of water and other liquid daily. Drink before I eat whenever I "think" I'm hungry.


My Program:
I am mostly just being very careful about what I eat. I am trying very hard to stay in the lower range of calories (1200-1350). Some days I make it, others I go way over. I'm unable to exercise as much as I might like to. *Update 4/10: After being here on SP three years, I am back at the highest weight I've been since being here. Needless to say, I'm discouraged and frustrated, but I'm admitting it here, so I can move on. Time to get more serious again.
--Along with exercising and cutting down on sugar and sat. fats as mentioned above, I'm also measuring and recording EVERYTHING I put in my mouth, because somehow I am sabotaging myself.
--Eating more nutrient dense foods: more fruits and vegetables, fiber, beans, whole grains, etc to keep myself feeling fuller longer.

Personal Information:
I live with my husband of nine years in a small town in central Illinois.

I LOVE to serve/help others out and encourage others, and believe that is the best way to "do" church -- to "be" the church!

Other interests include reading (books are a passion of mine!), crafts, history and gardening, being frugal and saving money! I just learned to crochet. I am involved in several online communities.

I'm on facebook. Look me up!

Other Information:
I desire to serve and love the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart! I fall short all the time, but I am so thankful for His Grace! He keeps me going through all of my ups and downs. He is my constant Friend!

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CANICE
2/21/2014 6:43:38 PM

I would like to invite you to join the Spring Biggest Loser Challenge!
If you're interested, go to this page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
individual.asp?gid=25339#team_goals

It is to the BLC All Team page. The Spring sign up thread is the second thread in the General Discussion Forum. Just add your name to the list

I'm on the Turquoise Titans Team!
If you want to be on Turquoise, you need to add that beside your names
Patty picks those who indicate a specific team to place first.

I hope to see you there!
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CONNIERAND
6/28/2013 5:04:39 PM

Jenni - Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful birthday!!



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EDENFELL
5/10/2013 4:37:46 PM

Hi! Hang in there..burn out is no fun but it is a phase. I'd say keep trying different things..(taking a complete break, or just weekends off or no tracking twice a week; anything that will change it up until you find what works for you).. emoticon



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STITCH4EVER
2/11/2013 5:18:36 PM

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE DAYS WHEN YOU JUST DON'T FEEL BEAUTIFUL. THE DAYS WHEN SOMEONE REALLY TAKES THE WIND OUT OF YOUR SAILS. WE ALL GET THEM AND YESTERDAY WAS ONE OF THOSE DAYS FOR ME. SO THANKS FOR READING MY BLOG.
ERIN



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STITCH4EVER
2/1/2013 5:53:26 PM

I THINK YOU HIT IT RIGHT SPOT ON - UNTIL THEY WALK IN OUR SHOES - OR US IN THEIRS ...
ERIN



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