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Exercise is agony rather than ecstasy for me and that adage about "no pain, no gain" is abhorrent. Nowadays, I come to SparkPeople for a break and I try not to feel guilty when all I can do is grab a few login points.

To best address a lifetime with Cerebral Palsy I used to workout twice a day, six days a week, and do a deep stretching gentle warm-up routine on a weekend. I was strong and ferociously active in spite of a variety of medical issues.

Following a medical crisis, I was diagnosed with permanent injuries and nerve damage a few years ago, and gradually the workouts I relied on became too much as I struggled to control severe pain and all that can come with my physical circumstances.

Palliative care strategies and medication makes a life balance hard to find now, but I am relearning. I have given up my career, many of my outdoor hobbies, and my fitness routine to try to control pain without heavier doses of medications, medical complications and further immobility.

As I learn to move again and try to find some pride in my ability to survive before I can thrive, feel free to visit this page, email me, or comment. I'll be here . . . somewhere.

Member Since: 4/10/2007

My Goals:
To live vividly, because dying of premature boredom does not appeal to me.

To stabilize my body as much as possible.

To lose the weight I have regained and to lose the weight that never left in the first place. :)

To be as fit as I was when I was 10 years younger and to gain the flexibility, awareness, and acceptance I will need to get 10 years older.

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If you need help dealing with nausea or lack of appetite, let me know and I'll share a decade of strategies with you.

Permanent injuries now mean I cannot workout in the typical manner with gym machines, swimming or biking.

I walk as often as I can. My lifting is limited to essentials under 20 lbs. so I modify DVD workout routines.

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On another note--

I am bored too often and it is tiresome. Come by and visit sometimes.

Feel free to comment or send Spark Mail anytime.

I am here to help. I look forward to seeing my Spark friends reach their goals and I am always happy to cheer you on.

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"Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."


Alfred Lord Tennyson

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