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Friday, April 19, 2013

My name is Pam. I'm new on SP. I just started on 4/15. But, I'm not new to dieting and losing weight. I need to lose at least 100 lbs. I was dieting and lost 50 lbs. Then I couldn't lose any more. I started going to a gym and I love it, but the weight still wouldn't budge. I was toning and building muscles and that was ok with me. Because I knew if I kept it up I would have to start losing weight at some point.

Then I had to go for a simple test and found out the medication I was on was doing damage to my colon so I had to give it up. I have fybromyalgia. and I didn't want to take the other medicine offer to me. I stopped going to the gym because I was in too much pain. Then on top of that I hurt my right knee. I gave up and went on the medication the doctor wanted me on. I got very depressed during that time and I gained 40 lbs.

It is now 7 months since I last went to the gym. The medication is working for the fybromyalgia. I live in Virginia and I took a trip to Florida. While I was down there the weather was warm. The weather, along with taking care of myself, helped. My knee is now better.
But now, I'm embarrassed to go back to the gym because of the weight gain.

I have lost 100 lbs. twice in my life and ended up putting most of it back on. It is now a lot harder for me to lose weight. I need people to talk to who know what I'm going thru. I'm hoping to find people on here to help me and allow me to encourage them on their weight loss journey.

I do know that this has to be a lifestyle change. I didn't gain all this weight overnight and I can't take it off overnight. I am hoping to reach my weight goal around May 2014. I know that sounds like a long time to me, but, it will be here before I know it.
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    I would like to lose 100+ pounds too. Just writing that... I can't believe how much I weigh. How did I get here?

    I look forward to sharing the weight loss journey with you. I want 2013 to be my last fat year!!

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    1642 days ago
    Hi! Well, I don't have a 100 lbs to lose, but I will say if you have done it twice, you can do again. What an amazing person you are!! I am struggling to lose about 30 more pounds and it is tough! So WOW, you may have gained it back, but you have what it takes to get it off!! Glad you found Spark People.
    1645 days ago
    Thank all of you for your warm welcome and support. Also thanks for the good advice.
    1646 days ago
    emoticon .. I too have a 100+ to lose. What about just walking in your neighborhood? or around your house to start? doing a spark video.. they even have chair ones if it is too much for your knee.. do one small thing a day and so you will see the difference.. Here is the thing and I know this is hard.. it takes us 4 weeks to see progress, our family, friends~8 weeks, the world...12 weeks.. Keep it up .. day by day , step by step.. add movement where you can.. emoticon again.. Added you as a friend I will be here to give you support.. I promise.
    1646 days ago
    Spark is a great place to be! Lots of support here! Welcome and good luck on your journey :)
    1646 days ago
    I'm so glad that you are here! Everyone is so supportive and encouraging! I'm also glad that you're feeling better and hope that your heart feels up to working out again. I do a lot of mine at home because I can't stand people looking at me. I get caught up in wondering what they are thinking about me. As I walk around my neighborhood at night, many times I chant to myself (and those that drive by are probably wondering about the crazy lady mumbling to herself...) "I'm doing this for me and not you! At least I am up and moving!!!" You can do this! I had a friend with fibromyalgia and learning from her, it can be so hard. You are on the right path and SP has so many resources to make it easier! Hang in there! We are here for you!
    1646 days ago
    Well first of all let me say welcome, the most important thing here is tracking your food so you see even the little things we put in our mouth makes a huge difference in calories.
    I can sympathize with you I also have Fibromyalgia and I can for one say it's HELL!!!! I only take motrin, tylenol 3 for the pain and that usually doesn't even take the edge off anymore so I did a lot of crying this winter and was in severe pain, using hot packs on my neck and icy hot makes my neck raw but we do what we have to do.
    I tried Cymbalta once for it and OMG it was worse with the meds and now so many of the meds have such bad side effects your damned if you do and damned if you don't.
    I'll put you down as a friend feel free to do the same! It's difficult for us to exercise because of the Fibromyalgia, if we push ourselves then we end up hurting more, I think swimming is the best exercise for me, so can't wait for the pool to open up hopefully it will warm up enough for it...
    Good luck on your journey!!!!! emoticon
    1646 days ago
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