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3/9/14 -- After packing on the pounds, I have finally found some answers! I have learned a lot about hormone levels affecting my weight, health, etc. I've posted a blog with my story, but hope I am on the right track!

1/5/14 -- I started packing on pounds about 8 months ago after maintaining my weight loss for 4 years. It is SOOO frustrating! I had some major life changes (lost my mom, started a new job, lost a part-time job) but my eating and exercise didn't change much, so I'm thinking it is mostly related to age and hormones. I am trying to stick to the basic Spark plan with a few modifications. I've been having some health issues (many resulting from "chronic inflammation"), so trying to weed out foods that I could have sensitivities to (gluten as my primary focus). So frustrating to be back in this position of practically starting over!

6/9/09 -- I'm nearing a milestone birthday and the pounds no longer come off like they used to. I have done low-carb dieting successfully in the past, but can't seem to get results now. I have a number of health issues that I'm hoping can be improved by weight loss.

Member Since: 6/9/2009

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My Goals:
I am in constant pain with fibromyalgia and arthritis issues. I've had a joint replacement in my foot that bothers me all the time. My hope is that losing some weight will help me hurt less and feel better about myself.

My Program:
July 2009 - I have been using SparkPeople for a month now -- tracking my food, drinking water, and following the exercise recommendations. What a great motivator! I feel like the foods are healthy and for the first time I've been able to get through a day without a soda.

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I'm from northern Illinois where I live with my husband, 2 adult sons, and an extra kid or two we've taken in. I absolutely love animals and have taken in all kinds of rescues.

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I currently have a Rocky Mountain horse (Midnight Rose) and a number of cats and dogs. Samson is the sweetest Rottweiler in the world, Riley is a total clown shih tzu, and Bailey (the psycho min-pin!). We have 2 geriatric cats (Blackjack and Rocky), as well as two rescues (Tigger and Mini) and Laila the foo-foo Himalayan.

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  • v no profile image BONONSENSE
    I have been thinking about your Mom so much lately, as we have had such a time with my Mother-in-law. Many of the problems are a result of nursing home carelessness. She is currently in the hospital with pneumonia and renal failure. Dehydration is probably one of the main reasons she's there, as they seldom offer fluids to the residents. How frightening to get a phone call at 2AM, informing us that she is unresponsive, and asking if we would like her to be sent to the hospital. My husband still thinks we should have kept her at home, where we were much more attentive to her needs. There is a point when your own needs have to be adressed!
    3240 days ago
    I though so too, so was surprised to see the add! I am happy we fixed that oversight! emoticon
    3259 days ago
    Thanks for the add Julie! emoticon
    3259 days ago
  • v no profile image BONONSENSE
    Happy Mothers Day. I hope you have a wonderful day.
    3261 days ago
    Hey there saw you lived in my area. Thought i would say hello and invite you to join my group Rockford Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_

    Hope you have a great day
    3272 days ago
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