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It's been ten years now that I have been on this journey. I started at SP when I weighed 263 pounds. My highest weight was 271 pounds. My lowest weight was 205 (before Christmas) and right now it yo-yo's between 209 and 215. That doesn't seem like a lot of weight for 10 years - but I had two diseases that I didn't know about that were fighting me, that will continue to fight me. One is a more common disease called lymphedema. Mine is hyperlymphedema because I've had it my whole life. It's also known as Milroy Disease. The fluid in my lymph system is very viscous or thick and it doesn't move through on it's own, it just sits there and collects more and more fluid. You can get lymphedema after breast surgery if the lymph node under the arm is affected, then the arm on that side will swell because the fluid won't be able to move as it should through that arm. It wasn't until about 7 years ago that I learned I had this disease, but my doctor didn't know the proper way to treat it, so I wasn't doing what needed to be done to get rid of the fluid, sabotaging some of my efforts to lose weight because I kept adding fluid. I was also suffering from pain in my legs and arms, as well as easily bruising. I looked up some reasons for that and thought maybe it was fibromyalgia, but ran across lipedema and every symptom matched me to a "tee". When I went to the therapist for my lymphedema, she took one look at me and thought that I probably had lipedema as well - I'm pear shaped with large calves. When I told her my symptoms, she said it was a classic case and I've probably had it since I was born - it just showed up when I started puberty. I've had people comment on my large calves since I was in my late teens and early twenties. Not a single doctor picked up on this disease. This is where fat collects under the skin, under the lymph system actually. There isn't a diet or exercise that can get rid of it - only liposuction can remove the fat. So my whole life I've been putting on fluid and fat at the same time I've been trying to take it off. I've also had a bad stomach at a time where proton pump inhibitors weren't available, so I ate a lot of carbs to keep the acid from taking over my gut. So, after 10 years I finally lost 60 pounds, or thereabouts. My arms and calves haven't changed and now I've run into the problem of finding clothes that fit! My arms are two sizes bigger than my torso and my calves are a couple pant sizes bigger than my hips.
I say all of that to say this, I never quit trying even though my body seemed to be against me. I determined at the beginning of this battle that I wasn't going to quit. I was sick and tired of starting and stopping and having to retake ground over and over again. It's taken a long time, but that weight is gone, never to be put back on again. Never give up!

Member Since: 11/12/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,081

My Goals:
I don't have any serious illnesses (like diabetes or high blood pressure), and I would like to stay that way. I would like to get down to 190 - 200.

My Program:
I am working on a FODMAP diet to see if I can get my stomach under control. I am also eating a high protein/low carb diet. I've gotten most of the sugar out of my diet as well, but do allow myself a treat.

Personal Information:
My name is Kim and I am now living in NC. I am 57 and have been married to a wonderful man for the past 32 years. We love the Lord and live to serve Him.

Other Information:
I am a Christian. I am an avid reader of Christian novels. I also enjoy doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku being my favorite. I am a stay at home wife.
In March, 2009 we lost God's precious gift to us, our 11 1/2 year old German Shepard, Max. Thank You, Jesus, for all those incredibly joyful years. We now have a new gift, Jake, a Chinook (well, we're pretty sure that's what he is - LOL!) God is good!

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