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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.

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.

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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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    Hey, it's been a long time since I've heard from you! How's life?
    3353 days ago
    Hi Julie,

    Yes, I too have shih-tzu's. The oldest is 13 and is the perfect companion and pet - and never had an issue house-training him. Since he's getting up there in years, my husband and I had the idea of bringing in a shih-tzu pup, thinking the old guy would help teach the new one the lay of the land. Wrong. The second has a totally different personality from the first. She acts more like a cat: prissy and extremely agile. Then we had the opportunity to adopt her brother, who had been returned to the breeder by an overwhelmed breeder wannabe. He's been the most difficult to train. As you said about yours, "it's a good thing he's so cute!"

    Good luck with the 17 Day Diet!

    3353 days ago
    Hey...just wanted to pop in and see how you were doing. Hope everything is going well! emoticon
    3394 days ago
    Thanks for your kind comment in response to my recent accomplishment with my weight loss journey! I really appreciate it! Have a great week.
    3402 days ago
    Thank you for all of your help with my Sparkpage privacy issue.
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    3409 days ago
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