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Dr. Jason Fung

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Welcome to my Spark-Page! I'm glad you've decided to take the time to come visit with me. I've been on Spark People on & off for quite some time and know that the information, tracking and motivation I gain here definitely aides me on my journey.

I'm a 46 yr old, work-at-home Mom of 2 girls, Ages 15 & 11 yrs old, married for 19 years and struggled with eating healthy and exercising regularly most of my life. Lacking energy does not help with motivation. I had digestive issues for the past 8 years ( I've NEVER had digestive issues in my entire life!) and was diagnosed as IBS...which was totally wrong. October 30, 2017 I went in for a scheduled laparoscopic hysterectomy and it turned into a 5 hour surgery because there was endometriosis everywhere. My fallopian tubes were as large as my intestines and I believe this is what was causing my digestive issues. Four days in the hospital, many months of healing, dealing with menopausal symptoms, and a weight gain of 15 lbs in 6 months.....all way too much for my 5'1 frame.

My chiropractor is also a nutritionist and has recommended I cut out carbs, sugars and processed food. This is the ultimate challenge in my home because my husband is the cook and I know it's not going to be a 'cleaning out' of the cupboards, but rather me having the willpower to resist the' No' foods. It's been suggested I start a ketogenic diet and this way of eating is NO JOKE! I am going to attempt eating this way, along with upping my exercise, but differently than I have in the past. Yoga and Pilates are the recommendation from my gyn to start with and I will continue to do my elliptical & walking for cardio as well as lifting weights to gain muscle mass.

I know it was difficult for me to lose weight before (in my 30's and early 40's) but what I'm up against now is the ULTIMATE challenge.....menopause, lack of hormones and a non-existent metabolism. For me, this feels like the FINAL test. I have to do this for my body's joints, my well-being and to once again have some kind of self-esteem. Where I am now is approaching rock bottom and I don't like it one bit!!!

Eating healthier, exercising and focusing on my goals must be made a priority in my life . Motivation is a key factor for me, so I look to you, my Spark-mates for help in this area. I know I am responsible for getting FIT & one else can do it for me, however, I know that encouragement from others that are going through the same thing will help me along this journey.

Thanks for reading about me and feel free to add me as a Spark friend! Best Wishes for a healthier YOU!
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Member Since: 10/4/2007

Fitness Minutes: 12,247

My Goals:
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~Drink (8) 8oz. glasses water
~Take Vitamins
~Exercise DAILY
~Strength Training is Important!
~Eat healthier: Aiming for Ketogenic
~Get more sleep!

My Program:
*Drink more water
*Eat less sugar
*MOVE more!

I believe losing weight has a lot to do with your attitude and your mindset. When I am not focusing on what I want to accomplish and just 'let' myself eat whatever, that is how I end up out of control all over again.

Personal Information:
-46 Years Old
- 2 daughters, 3 sisters, married 19 years
-Struggled with weight issues most of my life

-Caffeine, Sugar & Chocolate are NOT my friends! :-(

Other Information:
I enjoy reading, social media, crafting, watching movies, the beach and being with my family.

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