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update: 5/16/17:
I left Spark People about four months ago. I had recently lost 25 pounds and was feeling pretty cocky that "I got this"....however my appetite grew bigger and bigger. I do suspect that it is due to one of my 25 medicines I take daily. But be that as it may, I need to regain control of what I put in my mouth, and not have my appetite in control. I have come to realize that Spark People will only give back to me what I put into it....for an investment in Spark People is really an investment in myself. If I play games with the program, I am hurting myself. If I 'cheat' in measuring amounts or in tracking food eaten, I am cheating myself.

So I have come back, realizing that I need to change my approach. More humility. More commitment. More energy. More hope. I can do this. With God's help---and yours.

"Above all else, do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence.
The empowering approach is to see your physical challenges as assets, because overcoming obstacles forces you to develop discipline, determination and character.
These traits will carry over to other areas of your life and make you a stronger person.�
-Tom Venuto
I borrowed this quote from a comment on a friend's page. I have many obstacles to over come. Severe asthma and frequent courses of steroids. RA (rheumatoid arthritis) PsA (Psoriatic Arthritis) Sj (Sjogrens's Disease) and Glaucoma....Not to mention the 100 pounds I have to lose. According to this quote my persistence and struggle to overcome one of these obstacles will strengthen me and help me to overcome the next obstacle.

It's been a long and bumpy ride. I've been a member of Spark People since 2009....initially lost 70 pounds which later after many encounters with IV Steroids, I regained all of the weight I'd lost. Then I tried Dr Fuhrman's method of eating ...and I lost 25 pounds. Then enter more IV steroids and I've regained 10 of the 25 lost. My husband and I felt so much better on the Eat to LIve program ( Dr Fuhrman's book) and we had a very bad lapse in our diet .

Now I'm back to a regular vegetarian diet with very limited dairy....and am once again, tracking on SP. I WILL GET THIS DONE.

Member Since: 1/15/2010

My Goals:
To make it back to Onederland...a pedicure for reward (done)

to maintain at least short bursts of activity throughout the day.

To reduce pain levels and perhaps to avoid more surgeries.

To find ways to make my life more meaningful despite severe limitations...To help others whenever possible rather than always being the recipient of help.

to get rid of the HTN meds and hopefully reduce some of the other medications as well.

My Program:
--to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
--to make sure when I leave the house for the day, that I am bringing with me healthy food to eat to avoid eating at a restaurant

--to have at least 2 periods of ten minute long activity each day.

--to begin to journal this leg of my journey.

--to make 90% of my foods nutrient dense foods.

Personal Information:
I suffer from a debilitating form of a Rheumatic AutoImmune Disease (PsA)as well as RA and SJ (Sjogrens's Syndrome) and Glaucoma and have had 7 major joint replacement surgeries thus far, with 3 more pending

I love the Lord Jesus and wish to live a life of moderation and restraint.

I hope to begin to simplify my life. Shedding excess things and getting down to what really matters

Other Information:
I'm looking for ways to continue my creative output despite physical limitation.

In September,`14 my first book, a memoir, was published--that was a dream for years and now is a reality.

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  • v LUCYCAN7
    Thinking of you C emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    15 days ago
  • v LUCYCAN7
    That makes me happy for you that the flare is easing up.Pray all goes well in NY for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    18 days ago
  • v LUCYCAN7
    Hi Cynthia,so sorry to hear you are not doing well.Those darn steroids do make it so hard
    to lose any weight.Sometimes I think we just focus to hard on losing and it makes it so very
    frustrating to even think about losing weight when you have a lot of health problems.I pray
    you get rid of that infection!How long will you have to be on the steroids?Guess the crutches
    would be better than not being able to get up.Good to hear from you.I seen my PCP Wednesday,i was shocked when she said I have kidney disease!Never have had any thing
    wrong with them.Have to have an Ultra sound done on them Saturday.So please keep me
    in your prayers and I always keep you in mine.Wish you were on Spark more.Please keep me
    posted on how you are doing!So it does seem like were both not having a very good start to
    the New Year but maybe we will end it with a great finish.Think positive!LOVE&HUGS!

    21 days ago
  • v LUCYCAN7
    You know I will keep you in my prayers.Please keep me posted!LOVE,Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    39 days ago
  • v LUCYCAN7
    emoticon C,hope you are doing okay!Half of this month already gone! emoticon emoticon where is it going emoticon Wishing you a emoticon day! emoticon emoticon
    39 days ago
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