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Canoeing the North Fork of the Kentucky River.





I took this pic while out on a run. Today I put the words on it, because that's exactly what I did.





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She woke up one morning and threw away all her excuses

I've always been thin. I was a thin baby, a thin child, a thin teenager, and even a thin adult.

My first struggle with weight was in my early 20s, right after my 2nd daughter was born. I wanted to lose the baby weight, and I ended up losing way too much. I weighed about 85 lbs. At 5'6", that was unhealthy and I knew it. It took a few years to get back up to a normal weight, but I did. (I won't get into that struggle in this part of my page, but I did write a blog about it.)
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I've always been thin. I was a thin baby, a thin child, a thin teenager, and even a thin adult.

My first struggle with weight was in my early 20s, right after my 2nd daughter was born. I wanted to lose the baby weight, and I ended up losing way too much. I weighed about 85 lbs. At 5'6", that was unhealthy and I knew it. It took a few years to get back up to a normal weight, but I did. (I won't get into that struggle in this part of my page, but I did write a blog about it.)

I continued to stay thin.

During that same time period, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is not the type of arthritis everyone's grandma has. It's an immune system malfunction that causes your immune system to attack your joints, and it also causes problems with internal organs. Without proper treatment, it can leave a person deformed or crippled within a few years of diagnosis. Being so young with a crippling chronic disease, I wasn't looking forward to a life of medicine. So I started eating whole grains, no sugars, different herbs, etc., and I kept exercising. I ended up needing medicine in addition to the healthy lifestyle, but I needed far less than others in my situation, and I was okay. Unfortunately, I didn't keep up the healthy eating for long, mostly because I had given up too many foods I really liked. I did keep my weight down, but not in a healthy way.

In the year 2000, I was still very thin and I felt that I was too old to be that thin. So I set out to gain about 10 lbs. A lot of things combined at that time, and instead of gaining 10 lbs, I gained a lot more!

Some of the factors that contributed to my weight gain were (1) a total hysterectomy; (2) a bad bicycle accident that crushed my right shoulder. I had it replaced, but the surgeon was a quack and removed 2 of my muscles and some of my tendons. The surgery resulted in no active range of motion of my right arm -- none at all, and I ended up with 2 additional replacements in the same arm. The most recent (June 2009) was a "reverse shoulder" that actually gave me back some range of motion. It's a last-chance replacement that they give to inactive people, but it has held up through a lot of stress and exercise. It was finally a successful surgery; (3) the stress of the accident caused the RA to flare, and I was put on long-term prednisone use; (4) the RA flare made me become sedentary and I quit exercising.

By Nov. 2005 the 10 lbs I set out to gain had turned into 60 lbs, and I reached my high weight at 174 lbs.

I got off the prednisone, and I started losing weight shortly after that. The weight loss made a tremendous difference in my energy level, and by 2007 I was down to 150 lbs.

In August 2007, I went to my rheumatologist for a checkup, and he told me, "Lose 12 pounds and you'll feel fantastic!" I was offended because I'd already lost 25 pounds, and I didn't feel I was overweight. But I decided to do what he said, and I ended up losing a lot more than 12 pounds.

I was happy with the weight loss, but I knew I needed to strengthen and tone my body in addition to losing weight.

I joined SP in January 2008 to help me lose the last 10 pounds and to help me get in shape. I reached my goal weight about a month after joining, and I've learned so much about a healthy lifestyle, I can't imagine ever going back to the sedentary life that was so hard on my body.

UPDATE: 01/05/2014
I've been on SP since Jan 2008. Since joining, I've gone from running 0-26.2 miles. My first run ever was in May 2008 at the age of 49. I couldn't run longer than 10 seconds without gasping for air. So I'd stop to walk, and then do it again. Within a year I ran my first full marathon! I've run countless 5K/10K races, Half Marathons and a few full marathons. This year will be my year of the triathlon. After my horrible bike accident, I didn't get back on a bike for 13 years. I'm conquering my fear now. Even though I know the bike leg of the race will be my most difficult, it will also be the part that will make me most proud.
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Member Since: 1/27/2008

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My Goals:
I've reached my weight goal, now I'm focusing on fitness. My current goal is to get ready for my first triathlon. 2014 will be my Year of the Tri

My Program:
My program? I don't really have a program. I make good choices about food, and I exercise. Here are the basics:

FOOD: I quit buying crap food -- potato chips, mac & cheese, and all that sort of thing. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have an awesome garden! In short, good food choices make a tremendous difference in the way I feel.

EXERCISE:
I started by walking 2-4 miles a day, 6 days a week --SERIOUS WALKING, NOT LOLLYGAGGING! In May of 2008 I started running. I also strength train 3 days a week using the SP generated program.

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"You're never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream..." C.S. Lewis

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JOYINKY
4/8/2014 9:34:32 AM

Actually I DID get a hole in one on the last hole! Won by 7 strokes. Fun day! Smiles.



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4/7/2014 6:40:53 AM

I hope all goes well later today Jeri, I'll be thinking of you emoticon



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3/4/2014 10:00:39 AM

I know what you are saying. The main streets in Lexington are clear; but not the neighborhoods. There has not been a plow in here yet so now the streets are packed and the sun and low temps has turned them to ice. No where I need to go. I will get out and walk. We've got boots! emoticon emoticon



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