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My name is Lesa, I have been a spark member for several years. I really enjoy the support from this website as well as all of the information.I have yet to learn everything that sparkpeople have to offer. I turned 41 this year, I spent most of my 30's overweight. I need to get into shape right now. I am a busy mom and work full time. I rarely take time for myself. I think that has kept me from loosing the weight. I feel so guity if I am not with my family when I am off work. I know this is something I need to work on to make me a healthier person. My life took a strange turn last week. For the past three or so weeks I had been having severe bloating, a feeling of fullness, abd pain, diarrhea and constipation. All of those problems I have had mildly over the past 20 years but suddenly they became much worse. I contacted my GYN and made an appointment w the nurse practicioner. When I saw her last monday, July 6, 2009, I had done my research and everything I read led to gallbladder or Celiac's disease. She ended up ordering a pelvic ultrasound and a GB ultrasound. That evening when I picked up my husband from church, He was upset. He said he had been really worrying about my health (he never worries, he is a retired physician and never over reacts to anything). He said I am going to your gyn when you have your abd (GB ultrasound). He said he had a dream about me the previous night. He said he dreamed I was in the hospital and was very sick. He also dreamed about a girl he treated when he started his practice that died of a disease called Gastric Lymphoma (has similar symptoms of Celiac and IBS). He then went w me and the ultrasound was normal. I was about to see the MD. THe MD said I should probably see a GI doctor. I then told him I would like to be tested for Celiac disease. He ordered the testing for me but I knew he was probably thinking why does she want this test). I contacted the lab on Thursday, July9, 2009. The labs were faxed and sure enough I had this disease. I immediately became Gluten Free. Remember Gluten is almost in everything. I saw a GI the next day. He then ordered a small bowel biopsy. I have it done next week. THe most ironic thing is this that Celiac disease carries a risk of Gastric Lymphoma if left untreated. It is amazing the ways GOD sends us messages.

Member Since: 3/29/2004

Fitness Minutes: 740

My Goals:
To loose at least 15 lbs and be a good example for my children. I would prefer to loose 20lbs but I would settle for 15 lbs. I have decided to reward myself when I loose the weight. Every 10 lbs I am going to get a pedicure/facial/massage. When I meet goal, I want to take a cruise with my family.

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I just started Sparkpeople. Right now I am exercising 30 minutes per day and writing down everything I eat. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.
1.No eating after 9pm
2. Take Vitamins daily
3. Drink 8 glasses of water per day
4. exerise at least 3 minutes per day
5. complete yoga/stretching each day.

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I am 40 years old, married with three beautiful children. I work full time as a registered nurse and live in Charleston, WV.

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My favorite movies: A Walk to Remember (movie), The Horse Whisperer (book), Up Close and Personal, The Other Side of the Mountain (movie),The Thorn Birds (movie)

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    Just dropping by to see how you are doing

    3537 days ago
  • v L.I.L.MOMMY
    I was looking around spark pages this morning and found yours, you've got a great incentive to lose the weight and live a healthy lifestyle.....your daughter. Being a late in life mommy, we have our own challenges in raising little ones, energy being one of them. Just remember healthy first and the weight loss will follow, and if you stumble, so what pick yourself up and move forward! You can do this, you can be successful, just keep trying!
    3567 days ago
    Welcome to the Thyroid Community.
    3570 days ago
  • v DMFUTON555
    Hi Lesa! I thought I would check in and see if you are still sparking and how things are going...we haven't chatted in awhile. I hope all is well with you. Have a safe and healthy weekend! emoticon
    3595 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2008 4:11:50 PM
  • v KERRI-O
    emoticon Good morning! Happy August! I have no idea why, but I woke up this morning in SUCH a good mood, and SO happy it's August..a new month and I am ready to go! Just thought I'd spread a little of my enthusiasm to my's to a great month! emoticon
    3610 days ago
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