TIGER1957

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I'm 52 years old. I am married to the man of my dreams, a wonderful, supportive husband. I also have a daughter (23), a son (22), a stepson (23) and a stepdaughter (22).

On 04/07/10, I finally reached my WW goal, once again. I had lost 100 pounds as of 19/04/07, finally reaching my WW goal (BMI 23.0). I am 5'4". Unfortunately, I was very sick the summer of 2007 with an undiagnosed lupus flare. Being almost bedridden, I put about 45 pounds of that weight back, so I had to slog away again, trying to get back to goal. Reaching goal this time, though, seems a real triumph, since I did it while on two appetite-increasing meds -- Lyrica and Prednisone. The other big challenge was to stay on program when I was unable to exercise at various times. During those periods, I focused primarily on nutrition, since that was one thing that I had some control over.

I practice martial arts (Tankyushin Aikido ... a combination of Aikikai, Karate, Judo, Jujutsu and a few other martial arts), take ballroom dance lessons with my husband, and work out at the gym and at home. I have a lot of beachbody, tai bo and other dvds to use in order to augment or switch up my workouts, depending on how I'm feeling.

I enjoy being active, fit and healthy, in spite of having to deal the following chronic diseases/conditions: systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), otherwise known in common vernacular as systemic lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), GERD and osteoarthritis. I have gradually built up my workouts in intensity to the point where I can manage those conditions most of the time, although I am now struggling a bit to manage the lupus part of this equation, along with the fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. The odd flare-ups do occur, as do sports injuries (usually related to the martial arts which I normally practice 2-6x per week). One of my big problems is not listening to my body, overdoing things or overtraining, and then collapsing big-time, thereby ensuring more time off than I might have if I'd paced myself better.

Pacing remains a challenge for me, but I am improving over time. Learning to live well, despite my health challenges, has been a journey of discovery. I will continue to live life to the fullest, as I strive to stay as healthy as I can, while maintaining my weight loss.

If I can do it, anyone can do it!


Member Since: 9/21/2006

My Goals:
Martial arts goals:
White belt -- Age 47 (Yup)
Yellow belt -- Age 48 (05 April 06)
Orange belt -- Age 49 (19 June 07)
Green belt -- Age 50 (20 June 08)
Blue belt -- Age 52 (27 March 10)
Purple belt -- Age 53
Brown belt -- Age 54
Black belt -- Age 55
Hey, dreams are free, aren't they?
I dream BIG!




My Program:
I follow the Weight Watchers program with some tweaks ... essentially, I track all calories but eat mostly core or low GI foods.



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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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  • v DENIPARKER
    Hi Tiger

    Hope all is well with you. Haven't heard from you in a while and am starting to get a bit worried. But thats my problem. Wishing you alls well and will look forward to hearing from you.

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    2281 days ago
  • v BULLET
    Wondering how that test went? I hope all is well...
    2281 days ago
  • v TIGERSMUM
    Hey Tiger -- Thought I'd stop by and say hi. I was thinking about you and wondering about your test. How did it go? You must be exhausted.

    I hope you're feeling well!
    2283 days ago
  • v BULLET
    Thanks Tigers for commenting on my page and pictures!
    2289 days ago
  • v NJJAZZ
    Reading some of your posts and I think we have alot in common. I also have fibromyalgia and am trying to alter my life to adjust to dealing with the pain, the brain fog and my inability to work.
    I had to apply for SSDI - social security disability since Im a single Mom and need some kind of income. I am wondering if your disability was approved for fibro? I am seeing their doctor next month for a final determination on my case however Im hearing that they are not really recognizing fibro as a disease.
    Do you have any advice? thanks.
    2445 days ago
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