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Hello! Thanks for stopping by!

For starters - I'm 47 and have had a weight problem since I was about 30. I lost 50 lbs several years ago - I didn't gain it all back - but I did gain some. I've tried several times since then to lose - but have not had success. At the beginning of this year I weighed 235 lbs., and right now I weigh 216 - it's been slow - but a loss, so I'm happy.

My ultimate goal is 150 - 160 lbs., but I'll wait until I get there to make the final decision. My short term goal right now is to get to the "onederlands" by the end of 2011. I know I can do it! (I changed my weight ticker to show a 20 lb goal - I think it's a little less intimidating of a number!)

This year has been tough - diagnosed w/ Hypothyroid, RA and Menopause. All of which will cause problems w/ weightloss, but also bring extreme reasons to lose weight.

The RA I have is called Seronegative RA, I'm still learning about it - but I'm scared to take the meds. I don't think my joints are in danger of deformity, but the pain is quite strong. I'm hoping that getting the weight off will be enough. My Dr. gave me an RX the other day, but I haven't filled it. She said that the most common side effect is deposits in the eyes. I made an appt w/ my eye dr. to talk to him about it. I know I have pain - but at least I can see.

I believe that God has a reason for everything, and at some point it will be revealed. It's easy to cry "why, why, why?" but I think the answer is simple - THIS ISN'T HEAVEN. These bodies aren't perfect - this life is not perfect. We do the best we can w/ what we have and move on, always thanking God not only for our blessing but our misfortunes as well. Things could be worse - and something always gets better.

Well, good luck on your journey and wish me luck on mine...

Take Care & God Bless

* Update - today 11/7/11 - I did start the RA med and have been taking it for almost 2 mos now. I can't tell if I feel better or not. I had a follow up appt w/ the Rhuemy and she said give it another 3 mos to get into my system before she ups the dosage. So far I haven't had any reaction to it. Thank God. I've lost a little more weight and still working on getting below 200 lbs by the end of 2011.

Member Since: 5/30/2006

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My Goals:
Get healthy, feel great, have energy & just plain enjoy life!

I've started RA meds - and I really need to get the weight off of my joints.

Weight loss will be slow because of Hypothyroid and I can only do so much exercise w/ my joints. But, I have faith that I can make it!

My Program:
Watching what I eat, keeping calories in check, treadmill, elliptical & weights.

August 2011 - I haven't had any sugared yummies at all

I've been exercising consistantly (at least 5 days/wk) and lifting weights 3 days/wk.

Last week I started a sorta vegetarian diet. I'm only eating meat 3-4 meals/wk. The rest of the meals are mostly veggie. Breakfast is either an egg+toast & fruit or yogurt & fruit or high fiber cereal.

I did this several years ago and lost 50 lbs - so I'm going to give it another try.

It's an easy diet for me because I don't really have to count calories. I have to make sure I don't overeat the more caloric foods, but when I keep it mostly veggies - I can pretty much eat all I want.

The only problem I had before on this was that I LOVE meat, so it was hard watching my family eat meat while I eat the veggie platter! But, this time I have my mind in the right place.

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I live in Central Florida with my husband of 18+ years and our teenage daughter.

We currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats (it's funny how stray cats decide that you are now their owner).

I love to read, write & all forms of art. I also enjoy all kinds of music.

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I can do all things through Christ - who strengthens me!

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  • v TBRANCH2
    We are having another team dinner this week and I am trying to get an accurate count in order to make the proper reservations. It is going to be at the Ruby Tuesday on S. Florida Ave. in Lakeland. It is located just north of the Polk Parkway. I really hope that you will be able to make my day by responding with a "yes"! It is always nice to be able to put a voice and personality with the spark team mates that we have!!! You are more than welcome to bring any other adults with you that you wish. The more the merrier! I look forward to getting your response as soon as possible! Thanks! Hope to meet you Thursday!!!
    Hugs, Theresa
    2398 days ago
  • v PICKIE98
    Slurp!! CHEERS~!~ emoticon emoticon
    2411 days ago
    Now come in and post and ask questions in the health section.
    There is always someone who has been where you are and can help you to lose. Marian is always there with idea on what to eat and what not. So hoping to see you there.
    2414 days ago
    THANK YOU and welcome to Tips For Writing too! I hope we can be inspirational and instrumental in your weight loss success!
    2418 days ago
    So glad you decided to join Tips for Writing, wellness and weight.
    We have members who have lost as much as 20 lbs. in 4 months.
    We have support teams if you want one. We all encourage each other and don't scold if no one loses. We are hear to help in any way possible, and that includes writing, if you want to learn to write. Being a professional writer, I love helping people who want to become published. I used to freelance and then I started writing novels. Whichever you choose, we are here to help. Our good morning chat is where you can air anything, and we have hobbies, and games, and sometimes, we have emails from each other too, if that is what you are looking for, a friend, they are also here. So anyone wishing to join that you know, this is the site.
    2420 days ago
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