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Hi all,
My name is Julie, I am 49 nearly 50. I have been with SP on and off for a few years, 3 I think. My dieting has also been on and off as well. I just can't seem to stick to a diet, the saving grace with SP is that there is no recrimination and no cost to feel guilty about when you do get knocked down.
This time around, though I would love to lose all 140lbs I am aiming for, but a loss of 40lb would make my surgeon very, very happy and also stop my hubby worrying. I have a nastily prolapsed disk in my neck that has squished inward and is pressing on my spinal cord. It should have settled down within 12 weeks, its now 7 months and its getting worse. My prognosis without surgery could be loss of strength, movement and feeling in my limbs, loss of bowel or bladder control and/or eventual paralysis.
Though my surgeon is prepared to do emergency surgery if it deteriorates rapidly, he would much rather I lost that 40lbs first. So I have a rather urgent push behind this weight loss effort.
My family situation is pretty rough as well. I am my husbands carer, he is crippled with Rhumatoid Arthritis, he has tried most of the drugs for his condition and just can't tolerate them. 2 of the drugs have tried to kill him. He is in a wheelchair most of the time.
I am also my youngest sons carer, he is Autistic and a teenager and its rough on all of us. We Home school him as he was getting suicidal at the age of 10 because of school (Home Educate in the UK).
My eldest son has also had to return home, he was working as a 'live in' chef, and when they made him redundant through closing the restaurant down, he also lost his 'home'. So he came back home. 2 weeks after coming back home he had an appointment with his specialist because of a benign tumor/cyst on his back. The surgeon was alarmed at the size it had got, so he was admitted for surgery. Being an ex chef, he also is too big for a general anesthetic so all they could do was some rough surgery to open it up and drain it under a local anesthetic. He is now on the sick list whilst his wound heals. As it was very deep they say its going to be 3 months at least healing. As he will have to have the rest properly removed in the future, he is joining me in losing weight and exercising.
I also have a lovely daughter who thankfully is happy and healthy, living away from home with her partner. Successful in her job and who has already achieved one major accomplishment in her life by competing in the 2011 Hawaii World Championship IRONMAN contest, she managed to finish in a reasonable time, when many thousands didn't finish at all. She was one of the shortest people competing at only 5 foot and half an inch.
I know this sounds like a pity party, it isn't. It is a plea for support though. I have to remember to save some caring for myself.

Member Since: 2/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 10,967

My Goals:
To get my BMI under 40, preferable under 35 so I can have the spinal surgery I need. I hate general anesthetics, but I think the anesthetist's probably hates big people more as they make his job so much harder to do.

My Program:

Increase my exercise, control my nibbling, cut the carbs.

Personal Information:
I am a Mum of 3, two are grown up. My husband is disabled with severe Rhumatoid Arthritis and my youngest is Dyspraxic, profoundly Dyslexic, Autistic, and ADHD. I have taken my youngest out of school to Home Educate (Home School) him, and am thoroughly enjoying it.

Other Information:
I am loving having a Kindle instead of piles and piles of book.

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    How is life over in the midlands? The winds in the South are crazy. I finally understand what you mean about the veg at the grocery stores in UK!
    3311 days ago
    Hello! I noticed a Recipe you had on SparkRecipes for Wheat Belly cereal and thought I'd let you know that a Wheat Belly team has been started on SparkPeople. I just wanted to extend an invitation in case you are interested in joining us!

    Wheat Belly Team link:

    3311 days ago
    I love the way you spread Christmas dinner out over the whole day! Genius!
    3326 days ago
    Evans shops in most mid to large towns and cities, mid to pricey.

    Bon Marche, shops in most mid to large towns and cities, budget to mid range prices (my preference).

    Anne Harvey, pricey (very) most bigger towns and cities, classy stuff thats usually cut too big to make you think you are smaller than you are.

    Most of the larger supermarket chains , Tesco and Asda go up to english size 22, sometimes 24 in their basic stuff, but they don't stock enough of it, as its grabbed off the shelves pretty fast. pretty cheap.

    Don't forget the difference in sizes between continental, US and UK sizes.

    I hope that helps.

    3494 days ago
    Moving to Salisbury at the end of August! Can you recommend a store to buy winter clothing in plus sizes? Our winters in Italy are like your summers. =)
    3494 days ago
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