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Mt. Whitney!!!

Monday, August 04, 2014

I just hiked Mt. Whitney! I don't normally post about negative things in my life, but I want to share how far I've come. I have fibromyalgia. Over three and a half years ago, I was back up over 200 pounds, again. In fact I weighed over 215 pounds. My weight has yo-yoed up and down between ages 19 and 41, gaining more and more each time. The weight gain would follow a period of me being sick and stuck on the couch. Then I would get better and start a painful 2 week period of exercise and IF I didn't get sick again I would lose weight and start feeling better only to get sick again and gain all of the weight back and then some. None of the healthy periods lasted more than a year or so.
After my second divorce, I changed my life completely. I eat a lot healthier, I exercise a lot more, I travel, I do mud runs, I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, I swim, I dance...my life has become what I want it to be. At 12:06 pm on July 31, 2014, I reached the peak of Mt. Whitney! I cried happy tears because for over three and a half years I have battled my fibromyalgia to the point of staying off the friggin couch and keeping off 65-70 pounds. I am in pain! I fell, but I'm okay. I saw bears, but me and my friends figured out how to avoid them. I also experienced rain, hail, snow, a rainbow, amazing scenery and nearly 24 hours of hiking! I'm so glad to be alive!

  
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KENDRACARROLL 8/4/2014 6:12PM

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/4/2014 12:30PM

    emoticon This is really great, hiking Mt. Whitney is something I have always wanted to do. Way to go emoticon

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Re-focus, Re-energize and Realize my goals are attainable...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

In the past few days, I have been feeling mopey. My scale hasn't moved in weeks, except to move a couple pounds and and return to 160 lbs. My clothes are looser, but my wallet is tighter. My dating life isn't what I want it to be. Papers need to be graded at work. The house needs cleaning. Things just seem to be overwhelming. It's just icky...

Today, I tried to change my perspective. If it works, I won't know for a few days, but I should see some positive changes. Today, I made goals. Today, I reminded myself that I'm in charge of me. Today, I decided to stop feeling mopey.

Of course there is work ahead of me. Some of it won't be fun. Some of it will actually suck. Some of it will be amazing.

I'm thinking of me! Yoga at 5 everyday. Meditation at the end of the yoga practice. Zumba 2-3 days a week. Salsa dancing at least twice a week. Swimming 5 days a week. Consistency!

Budgeting...stop spending. I've got to manage my money.

It's time...time for me to watch me.

  
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BUTEAFULL 3/21/2013 1:30AM

    lots to keep you busy

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CVRONEK 3/20/2013 7:06PM

    Was recently mopey, myself! It is such an unatural state for me that it really sets me spinning. emoticon
I do get out of it with lots of positive self talk. Also, if I can just get moving for 5 minutes, I am hooked and move on to at least 30. That is the momentum to get me out of the funk. emoticon
I get encouraged by Spark friends and reading blogs that show me I am not the only one going through this.

You sound like you have turned the corner and by the looks of your success, I would say you are ready to roll, again! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 3/20/2013 1:10PM

    I know the feeling...

That's when it's time to change your focus and break the overwhelming chores down into smaller ones. Easier said than done, I know.

I can relate to the sucky dating life and the house cleaning also :)
Hang in there!!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 3/19/2013 8:44PM

   
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Don't look back, leave it were it belongs in the past. Look ahead, stick with your goals and you will achieve good results...

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I wrote this back in February! Time to start anew!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I have evolved, and I'm still changing!
My motivation was to become Fabulously Fit @ 40! (I just turned 40 this January.)
So muh has changed! I have lost over 40 lbs and gone from a size 18 to an 8! Besides the shrinking, I have reduced my fibromyalgia symptoms and medications. I enjoy yoga, swimming, kickboxing, aerobics and more at my local gym. Even though I did become hypoglycemic, I feel so much better than I did at this time last year! I'm not done yet. I still have more weight to loose, but I sure did come a long, long way!
I am no stranger to diets, and I have learned that I need to end my endless battle to loose weight by truly changing my eating habits once and for all. I also need to continue to exercise daily to rid myself of over 90% of my fibromyalgia symptoms. All of these changes have also lowered my cholesterol, chances of becoming diabetic, chances of heart problems and so much more.
I am a high school English teacher. I love to read, even though I'm dyslexic... that's right, I'm a dyslexic English teacher... oh, the irony of it all!
I am happily married. I have a daughter in college and a son in high school. My 3 kitties are pictured on this page.

  


ME feeling beautiful!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A new me now exists!
Over the winter break, I read the book "YOU Being Beautiful." I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to look, feel and be beautiful. I may not be a beauty contestant, but this book has changed me. Spark has already helped me fight back against the fibromyalgia that I have battled mearly all of my life, but in the last few weeks, my health has recieved another jump in the right direction.
At this time last year, I was at the worst point in my spiral into the trap of fibro. I was over 200 lbs. I had a hard time walking around the high school campus where I worked. My neck, ears and jaws were swollen. High pitched noises drove me crazy. I got dizzy easily. No amount of sleep eased my pain or gave me any feeling of rest. I was exhausted. I was becoming trapped with in the walls of my fibromyalgia inflicted body. I was beginning to think that I needed to apply for disability.
I am so glad that I didn't give in! The last year has been an incredible transformation. Now, thanks to Dr. Roisen and Dr. Oz, I have found more relief! Within the pages of their book, they included information to help people with IBS, pain issues, fibromyalgia, TMJ and other health issues that have riddle my body. Within the information was a website: www.vitality101.com . This site has more information on fibromyalgia. I have not finished following all of the advice that I have received. While I am not cured, I do think that I am on the road to recovery.

  
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ZSAZSAJANNY 1/24/2009 2:18AM

    What an amazing story! I firmly believe we really need to listen to our bodies more carefully. What we put into them surely affects how well they will function. Why, we certainly wouldn't put junk into the gas tank of our cars, would we? We KNOW it would wreck them! I guess there are a few people like me who are slow to learn.......
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Congrats on all you've accomplished!

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Half way point

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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I'm half way to my goal weight. I weighed over 200 lbs at the end of January; now I way 167 lbs. I'm trying to make it to 135 lbs by my fortieth birthday on January 4, 2009. I hadn't made a size goal. I was a size 18 when I started and now I'm a 10; that made me want to get to a size 6.

Besides loosing 33 lbs, I've gained a healthy lifestyle. I eat good food, but I still eat (low fat) ice cream. I have learned that I can eat less healthy foods and still loose weight, and that if I blow it entirely, tomorrow is another day.

I haven't felt this healthy before, since my high school swim team and marching band days. I feel more confident than I ever did at anytime of my life.

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