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Me on January 21, 2008 - 178.6 lbs.

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My honey (in front) with his brow "frumpled" at a quick build.

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So I was doing really good losing weight and exercising when I started having severe leg pain originating from the bottom of my right ankle and creeping up to my buttock area... too much info?! So I had 3 MRIs to try to figure out what was wrong - all the while, I lost the ability to walk on that foot, so I was not exercising, I was riding carts in the stores, and sitting when we were home, which is most of the time since I have migraine disease and chemical sensitivity and can't be around flourescent lights and scents for more than a few minutes.

This not only put a damper on my exercising, it kind of made me lose the will to eat healthy. First it was cake... then it was cookies... now it is 3 Musketeer candy bars smashed between crackers. I have never really been a candy eater.

The reason? It turned out that it is "just" fibromyalgia and the arthritic conditions that I already have and the conditions are kind of just exacerbating one another. So I got a few pain pills to get me through. They made me lose my appetite and actually took the edge off the pain, but doctors don't like to prescribe them because there are too many opportunistic junkies out there who have made it rough on those who really do need the meds. THEN my doctor talked me into going on Lyrica for the fibromyalgia. Initially it helped, but as the weeks wore on, if I did anything that a normal person should be able to do (like spend a day canning jam), I would have to pay for it with SEVERE pain and end up bedridden for more than a week. SO... I have gained back 10 lbs. (at least) - the Lyrica causes weight gain; both from increased appetite and fluid retention - and I am pretty well disgusted with myself and feeling a bit depressed. I was looking at pictures of an outing from last year when the guys went on an 11 mile bike ride (I had to sit it out at the picnic grounds)... I was looking through the pictures and I saw this one lady I didn't recognize from behind and IT WAS ME! I didn't know my butt was that big - and last year it was smaller than it is now!

I go to my doctor again tomorrow. I don't know what will come of it... but I hope that we will find something that works. So that's where I'm at.

Member Since: 1/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 287

My Goals:
My goals are:
To get back to a healthy weight
To be fit
To treat myself better - like I deserve this.
To feel as beautiful as my husband tells me I am.

My Program:
I am keeping my calories within range and not restricting carbohydrates so much as choosing healthy ones.

I am trying to do a minimum amount of exercise - just to get something in each day. I will build up to bigger things over time as health allows.

Personal Information:
Very happily married for 12 years
Two exceptional teenage sons
Lived most my life in Alaska. Now live in the Smoky Mountain area of TN

Other Information:
I have bipolar disorder and have lived with it since childhood. I also have a host of other health issues, but find hope in the bible's promise in Isaiah 33:24 where God promises: "No resident will say: "I am sick." in the coming paradise.

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    Just checking to see if you still Spark. You are describing a pain in your leg that sounds so much like mine. Hope you are dealing with it okay.

    3123 days ago
    Been missing you...via SP, IM, call, letters...I am falling down on the job of keeping in touch, aren't I. emoticon Love you,
    4001 days ago
  • v BARETREES130
    How you doing Sheila? Maybe you don't have internet at this time, if so, just wanted you to know I was thinking of you.
    4087 days ago
    Hi I am Deb, an Aussie sister, and an new oldie on this site. New in that I haven't been frequenting the site for ages.. most of the past 2 years in fact.. and old in that I have been a member since 2007 and founded a private team for us sisters.

    Actually, I started up this team under my original member name of GBRADE, and called it LargeRme based on the word play that I was part of that Large Army of women telling the good news.. and that I also happened to have Large Arms on Me, lol. Well.. enough said about me..

    I am adding you as a friend based solely on the fact that you are not afraid to express your spirituality on this board. That's the kind of friend I want posting on my page, so I hope you visit me there and add a comment.

    Nice meeting you, and I look forward to getting to know you in the months to follow.

    Your sister, Deb.

    4233 days ago
  • v CELEST
    Hi Sheila, I got yr face book friendship, but having difficulty (no make that impossibility) connecting to fb right now. As soon as I can link up, I'll add you too. It's making me crazy, but that's internet for great one day and doesn't work at all another day. lol
    Hope you had a better day today than the others you put on sp. This system is tough to survive, but survive we must with the aid of our grand creator.
    4266 days ago
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