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5 Years ago, 40 lbs. lighter and SOOOO close to my goal weight!

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If it doesn't work this time, I think this is the way I'm meant to be ;)

I have IBS, GERD and numerous other stomach problems, which make it hard to eat the healthy stuff like whole grains, fibrous veggies, etc.

I've gained a lot of weight over the past couple of years, due to eating mostly all carbs because of my IBS. With the help of www.HelpforIBS.com and sparkpeople.com, I'm learning to eat a more balanced diet that has been IBS friendly, so far. I've been getting the fruits and veggies in and drinking SO much more water. I have cut my coffee consumption down to 2 cups a morning, 1/2 decaf/1/2 regular. NEVER drink coffee on an empty stomach or eat insoluble fibers on an empty stomach...trust me!

Check out my Blog for IBS info on Soluble/Insoluble Fiber!

Feel free to look at my food/exercise log (link at very bottom left of this page and also on the right) to see what I'm eating that has been GREAT for my IBS!

**Measurements for food tracker when item only lists quantity by cups:
1/2 cup = .50 cup
1/3 cup = .33 cup
1/4 cup = .25 cup
2 tbl. = .125 cup
1 tbl. = .0625 cup

**What constitutes a "serving" of fruit/vegetables:

One fruit serving consists of:

* 1 small to medium piece of fruit
* 1 cup raw (cut-up) fruit
* 1/2 cup (4 ounces) fruit juice
* 1/4 cup dried fruit
* 1/2 cup canned fruit
* 1/2 of a banana

One serving of vegetables consists of:

* 1/2 cup cooked vegetables
* 1 cup raw, leafy vegetables
* 1/2 cup (4 ounces) vegetable juice

From SP:

One serving equals:
1 medium piece of fruit
1/2 cup fruit (raw, canned, or frozen)
1/2 cup cooked vegetables (canned or frozen)
1 cup raw vegetables
1/4 cup dried fruit
4-6 oz. of 100% juice (serving size depends on the type of juice)
1/2 cup cooked peas or beans

Member Since: 9/17/2004

Fitness Minutes: 4,447

My Goals:
To be where I was 5 years ago...down 40 lbs. and 7 lbs. away from my (then) goal weight of 128.

My Program:
I am using the meal planner and nutrition tracker to keep me aware of what I'm putting into my body and to keep me focused. So far, so good.

Personal Information:
Philadelphia suburbs

Other Information:
I just turned 42 and this is the year I want to get fit. I DO NOT want to be a fat old woman. We own an ice cream parlor, so I definitely don't want to be the fat, old, ice cream lady!!! I have 4 kids, ages 13-20 and one husband. ;)

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    Hello Karen. I'm Esther. I want to welcome you to No Topic Off Limits. I'm pleased to meet you.
    3765 days ago
    Hey there, I just wanted to stop by and invite you to join my brand new SparkTeam. It is called No Topic Off Limits and I plan for it to be a very active and diverse group to not only talk about weight loss but ANYTHING else under the sun. It would be great to have you there! Just copy and paste the link if you are interested. If not at least check it out before you turn me down ;)


    3766 days ago
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    Happy New Year and all the best for 2009!
    3790 days ago
    Happy Halloween! Have a great day!! emoticon
    3852 days ago
    Hey there Karen!! It's Kim (Troop Angel)...just wanted to pop in and say howdy and see ya around!! :D Have a great day lady!
    3874 days ago
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