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I'm a 44 year old female from the Washington DC area, diagnosed with lupus and struggling to reach and maintain a normal weight while taking lots of medication, including prednisone which is known to cause weight gain.

I guess you could say I reached my breaking point. I keep the two pics of me on the left out in the open as a reminder to myself that I HAVE TO lose this weight and live a healthy lifestyle. I have people that love me and I want to make sure I'm around for a long time. Lupus has really broken my body down, but I refuse to accept that this is how I have to live. I want to be, I have to be a stronger person.

Member Since: 6/6/2009

Fitness Minutes: 357

My Goals:
I have lupus and over the past 5 years my lupus has become more active and I've been forced to increase my dosage of the evil steroid prednisone. It has caused me to gain about 35 pounds in the last 3 years and it's not pretty. My goal is to lose those pounds by mid 2010 and then take a belated 40th birthday vacation somewhere and flaunt my new body!! :-)

My Program:
I want to follow the SparkPeople program as much as possible. My problem is that I suffer from chronic fatigue so my energy level is always low. The specific program I plan to follow as much as I can is 3 days a week I do cardio (most likely on my elliptical) and 2 days strength training.

Personal Information:
I'm 39 years old and live in the suburbs of Washington, DC with my boyfriend and two cats. I don't have any children and won't be having any due to my health situation. The weight I've gained over the past three years has definitely had an effect on my self-esteem. I'd love to have a buddy who would motivate me and I would do the same for them.

Other Information:
More about me: I love vampires and werewolves, I'm a serious animal lover, my favorite food is bacon and I love to cook.

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    I trust that all is well with you on your journey. I'm just a click away if you need encouragement and support. You can reach any goal that you set- BELIEVE!

    Take care and be blessed,
    Team Butterfly

    PS I'll be checking in with you from time to time and don't hesitate to contact me; so as we say in the South- "don't be a stranger" (LOL)!
    3432 days ago
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    3482 days ago
    Just keep on being your beautiful self! Woot!!

    3493 days ago
    HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! So glad to see you back on!!!! How are you doing?? I hope you are feeling well. Welcome back! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I had a really tiresome weekend, and I am def ready for some zZz's! Hope you had a great weekend, thanks for dropping by to say hello! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3495 days ago
    Hey there, I see that you were around about 5 days ago, I still check up on you every once in a while to see how you are doing... How have you been??? I hope things are going well for you. Even if you haven't been on point or keeping up with your nutrition and fitness, its okay. One who doesn't give up always ends up winning. -=o)
    3505 days ago
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