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BEFORE - approximately 145-150 pounds

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AFTER - approximately 120-125 pounds

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I have been genetically blessed with a pretty healthy body and active metabolism. But I realize in looking back that I have often tried to "eat" away my stress, and it has been those times in my life when I have gained weight. I have never even probably been in a truly "overweight" range according to most charts, but 150 pounds on my 5'6" frame did NOT look good! I have been up that high a couple of times, and each time have been able to reign it back in. The major change came in around 2005 or so when I hit 40 and realized my weight had yet again climbed to about 148 pounds, not to mention the fact that I felt absolutely awful due to the onset of IBS and my poor eating habits. I completely changed the way I ate and began working out on a daily basis, and quickly lost over 30 pounds. At 115, I was a bit too thin so I gained back to a range of 120-125. In 2009 under a lot of life stress, I gained back 10 pounds which puts me at the 130 pounds I am currently schlepping around! I have been trying to get back to 120 for over a year now with no success! Now at age 45 it has become almost impossible to get the scale to move and on top of that I have had to return to work after 15+ years as a stay at home mom, and I have injured my back in a way that has really changed my life. Nevertheless I am determined to keep fighting the good fight and am determined to see 125 and then 120 on that darn scale again someday soon!

Member Since: 1/29/2006

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To maintain a healthy weight. To eat a more balanced diet. To exercise moderately for health and fitness.

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I log my food daily and try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.

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  • v M77355
    Hi there, I'm just checking in to see if you're having any positive response? I remember how it felt like wading through quicksand -- but I kept researching because I just Knew there had to be that first day that would lead to feeling better consistently! Sooo hoping for you to regain health.
    2828 days ago
  • v M77355

    Ohmygosh you've had a boatload of things to deal with! Sounds like we both were so fortunate for virtually our whole lives and then something kicks off a domino effect.

    I honestly believe that Systemic Enzymes, Olive Leaf Extract and grapefruit seed extract helped get the West Nile Fever under control (then I added other support nutrients). I never knew about SE until one of the naturopaths suggested that I begin using them. After researching, I know I will always stay on them. Systemic Enzymes are also able to attack viruses floating around inside us without any residual harm to healthy tissue. My husband saw how I finally made a turnaround once I was doing the natural remedies and decided to start taking them once he listened to some Youtubes about how it works.

    These are regarding the Bragg brand which I've been on since August. Good details how well they work for different problems. Gary likes Vitalzym because they're tiny to swallow.

    Are you on a strong probiotic? That could at least be a beneficial baseline ... the higher the variety of refrigerated strains, the better. I had an out of the blue colon resection after my first colonoscopy (high grade dysplasia one step from cancer - yikes - no symptoms!) and I think that kicked the stuffing out of my immunity and I simply never built back as I should have. I tried doing kefir (starter from a nearby natural dairy farm) and although I can tough almost anything out if it's good for me, downing kefir everyday was just too twangy to bear.

    I truly hope this isn't a bother but it's just sad to see you go through so much.
    One more thing you might ask your GYN to check out is your adrenals - they control the other glands ... sort of like "When Adrenals aren't happy, nobody's happy" ;-D

    Hope you have a healthier start to the Year!
    2852 days ago
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    -MaryAnn emoticon

    P.S. calories (n)- tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes a little bit tighter every night. emoticon
    3318 days ago
    Just am wondering how long you've kept your weight off and what kind of exercise you do.
    3468 days ago
    Hives-like, sort of on the bottom of my legs. But the higher up it goes, the deeper into the muscle tissue so you can't see the brown hinvey coloring. I will say, the deeper they are, the worse they hurt!
    3546 days ago
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