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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 BITSY0516
    Hi Julie - I see you are from northern Illinois! Do you travel with your horse and have you ever been to Lac La Aqua Non (sorry if I spelled that wrong) to trail ride? I was supposed to go there a couple weekends ago but the trails were closed due to rain. I'm north of Madison a little ways, but travel around with a friend from Evansville and her horses since my trailer is torn apart right now.

    Have a great weekend!
    4264 days ago

    I was surprised to see on the message board that I wasn't the only one who had a Vega as their first car. Mine last all of two months!!

    4266 days ago
    How is your mom doing? I hope she heals well after her surgery emoticon
    4272 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page and reading my blog. I wish you wellness and success on your own journey. emoticon
    4286 days ago
  • v KIERAE
    Welcome to the Challenged by Arthritis Team!! Come and join us in our team forums, introduce yourself and check out our challenges. Good luck with your weight loss goals!

    4288 days ago
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