Linjha, spring 2009
Need to lose lots of weight and eat more healthily. The fact that I suffer from an autoimmune disease makes this more important and more difficult. For years, I've eaten processed foods for convenience, which has helped to make me gain and to have high levels of inflammation. So, I am trying to change not only calorie intake but processed food intake - while trying to keep it simple to prepare. Not easy!
Long, long term - to automatically eat healthy food, to not "self-medicate" with any type of food, to be fit enough to do normal things; to be a normal weight.
1. To start an upward spiral by learning to set and obtain goals in various areas
2. To go from the "mordidly obese" to "severly obese" category (well, you have to start somewhere!)
3. To be able to serve God and people when the opportunity presents itself and not be kept from doing so by being so out of shape.
1. Eat more healthily
a. More vegetables
b. More fruits
c. More healthy fats
d. Avoid processed foods,
2. Lose weight
b. Pool, in season1
I am originally from Kansas. I have lived in many states and two countries. I plan to stay where I am now, though -- Arizona. I am happily married with two grown sons. I am a Christian. I enjoy reading almost anything, the internet, history, theology,and star watching (the kind in ths sky, not Hollywood!).
I am chronically ill which has both contributed to my weight (low thyroid and certain meds) and made it difficult to diet (I have a lot of pain and fatigue). I'm especially on the lookout for easy to prepare recipes that are made with whole foods. The diseases I have are called Undifferentiated Connective Tissure Disease (UCTD), secondary fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
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| Pounds lost: 24.0
Welcome to Spark People. There is so much information available to you here. There are teams that you can join that offer support, inspiration and motivation with members of pretty much any interest that you may seek. The food & fitness trackers are invaluable sources at your disposal. There are articles that cover pretty much any topic that you can imagine. Spark people members share blogs that offer you a glimpse at their experience, strength and hope and gives you a look at their perspective. There are health articles and a vast health encyclopedia, if you will, to help you with all manner of physical health issues. There are even games to help you get involved and meet new friends. This is a wonderful positive community of people, like yourself, who want to work their "weigh down" the scale on the path to better health and happiness. Jump in and get involved. I find that the more active I am, the more I get out of it for myself. It's sort of like "paying it forward" and reaping benefits from the backwash! I am so happy that you are here. Bright blessings to you my friend. Dawn PS: Remember to SMILE, they're contagious!
2280 days ago
to SparkPeople - so glad you are getting active.
There are tons of resources (as you probably know), but you will also get more support than you know what to do with!
2281 days ago
Hi and Welcome to SparkPeople and to Lupus-Team Butterfly!
I'm so glad you've found us and I hope you'll find the team supportive and helpful. You'll find that many people have multiple auto-immune disorders like you and understand how hard it is to lose the weight. The team is active, understanding and very encouraging so I hope you'll jump right in and get to know some of the amazing people there. Also, if you ever need anything, Helaine (MZHELAINOUS), Alison (YEAHBUTNOBUTT) and I are here for you anytime. We're open to suggestions and always ready for a good laugh!
If there is anything we can do to help you along the journey to stay motivated or encouraged, please let us know...we're all here to help each other! Enjoy Sparking!
2509 days ago
Welcome to SparkPeople!!!
You will find tons of motivation and tools here to help you on your weight loss journey!
Remember to stay focused and you will reach your goals in time. Remember to drink at least 8 cups of water, stay within your calories, stay active, and get involved with your teams, you will succeed.
Be sure to check out all the features of SparkPeople!
Feel free to add me as a friend; I am always up for motivating and supporting other SparkPeople! Check Out ~ Determination & Accountability: A team that is full of determination that will hold each other accountable. If you are really determined and want to help others be accountable join us! Just copy and paste - www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ
Good Luck & See ya around the great Spark Teams!
2510 days ago
and to Sparkpeople this is a wonderful place. I hope you have lots of success and meet many new friends.
Team Leader: Just Looking To Fit In
2511 days ago