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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

Fitness Minutes: 47,690

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.

Personal Information:
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.

Other Information:
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 think of you often, hoping that the challenges in your life are not diminishing your positive spirit.
    3272 days ago
  • v no profile image BONONSENSE
    I hope you don't mind...I added you as a friend beause I believe everyone needs a good friend like you!
    3286 days ago
    We feel really good about where the horses are. We know that they are being used to help people, that is a good thing. Before this last year, we previously donated my daughter's old show gelding to a therapeutic riding center, and this January, he was the reserve high point therapeutic riding horse at a regional show for handicapped riders.

    Then, before that, even, we donated a Paint Gelding to the Fort Worth Mounted Police division, because he was deaf and none of the sounds of the city would bother him!

    It has given us a great deal of peace of mind! emoticon
    3307 days ago
    It WAS a hard decision, but the ones we donated are helping disadvantaged children in their therapy. They really bond well with the horses. Those three that went to the ranch in Utah are living a great life, now, grazing in the mountain meadows and helping children adjust! Does my heart good to think of it.............. emoticon
    3308 days ago
    Yes and will hopefully be getting back to my ridding lessons in the next couple of weeks! After being gone from it since December I miss ity so bad!
    3316 days ago
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