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I'm a painter who isn't painting at the moment. I'm also back to school. I'm doing a postgrad journalism program online and it's going well. I like using my brain.

Within a 3 year period I had shoulder surgery, I was in two car accidents and one house flood. All that stress took a toll on me and I'm hoping all my bad juju is done with. I've since been diagnosed with Fibro and am finding it REALLY hard to get back to being active. I've been trying to practice acceptance and it can be so hard at times. I just want to feel good again!

Right now my focus is on getting my eating down. I do best when I limit my carbs to only those that are not white.

I live alone and tend to isolate when times are hard so I'm trying to make a real effort to get involved in SP. I like the SparkLive online meetings but I hope they can offer more than one topic a week at some point.

I have two Schipperke dogs named Toots and Gracie. :)

Member Since: 4/27/2010

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My Goals:
I had lost 70 lbs and was keeping it off for a number of years and then I had surgery and I gained most of that back. I was a gym rat before the surgery. :(

I want to get back to where I was and feel good again but now I realize that may not be realistic and maybe I'm setting myself up to fail if I keep that goal.

So, for now, I will concentrate on healthy eating and being active every day, even if it's only a slow walk for 5 minutes.

If not now, when?

My Program:
My goal right now is to eat real food and no refined carbs, which includes sugar. It was once called the "No White S**t Diet." ;)

Because I live alone, I have a real problem with planning my eating/meals. It's not something I've ever done on my own so it is very hard. My spontaneous eating schedule causes me to waste fresh food like vegetables because I get a yen for something else. It isn't helpful at all.

Once I am consistently eating healthy food I may lean more towards a South Beach way of eating. I feel good when I eat that way.

As for exercise, the Fibro makes it extremely difficult but little by little I'm getting stronger. I can feel it.

I'm trying to accept that I may not be able to get back to the same place physically that I was pre-surgery, pre-accidents, pre-flood, and pre-Fibro. I'm becoming OK with that. I hope.

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I'm a single Canadian with dogs. I love to travel. Music is a big love of mine...any kind of good music.

I want to be healthy again so I can travel some more before I get too old!

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With everything that's happened, I'm beginning to wonder if I didn't just need some big time humbling.

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  • v DRAKON9
    LOL. I appreciate you adding me as a friend, even though I like reptiles.

    By the way, I agree with WOUBBI, "Why We Ge Fat, and What to Do About It" is a fabulous book.
    2258 days ago
    Hi! The book I referred to in my blog was Gary Taubes' "Why We Get Fat, and What to Do About It". Every day it seems there's a new study that tells us that this thing or that thing is bad for us. We know instinctively that most of them are wrong but don't really know why.

    Taubes is a science journalist who has examined the actual clinical trials and studies and picks apart the good science from the bad. What's left is a hypothesis of why we get fat that really rings true. What remains to be done is to rigorously test the hypothesis and prove or disprove it once and for all.

    If you haven't yet read it I highly recommend it. His earlier book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" is even more complete, but a much longer, drier read.
    2259 days ago

    I just read your blog and really commend you on omitting sugar from your diet. I am so addicted to it, but it is one of the things I am working on with myself (well, among other things too...I am a work in progress :)

    How accidents, a flood, fibro...I guess you are a strong woman to survive and maintain a positive attitude. I am sending light and healing energy your way...catch. I have had some problems with fibromyalgia and found some help going to the chiropractor and having acupuncture treatments. I was lucky as mine was not full-blown. It is such a horrible malady as people do not understand how it affects your whole life.

    I just wanted to stop by, say hello and that I added you as a spark friend. Also, I wanted you invite you to interact with us at "Passionate People Creating Positive Thoughts". There hasn't been a lot of activity in our team, but I hope to improve that. I had also been dealing with depression and, unfortunately, many things (like life) gets put on hold during the down times.

    Take care, my new spark friend, we are here if you need some help with a positive attitude or just want to talk. I hope you can feel better soon so you can get back to painting. Julia
    2262 days ago
  • v KIERAE
    Welcome to the Smart Carbing team. Don't hesitate to holler if you have any questions or need any help. Look forward to having you on the team!

    2388 days ago
    Welcome to Smart Carbing! Come join us on the forums!! emoticon
    2388 days ago
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