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I am a 30 year old woman who has suffered with chronic fatigue for about 10 years. Over time I gained some weight and then about five years ago I herniated a disk in my back and promptly gained about 20lbs.
That said, I am also naturally muscular so I "carry my weight well" or so I am told. However, I am sick and tired of being fat and I am concerned that some of my health issues are exacerbated by being overweight and inactive. I work in an office, so I sit in front of my computer all day and often when I go home I don't have the energy to do anything other than lay on the couch for several hours (literally).
At my heaviest I was 208 lbs. or 94.5 kilos. I lost some of that weight through different things and last year, when I started with SparkPeople I 198 lbs. I lost about 12 lbs and then went on a month long trip to visit family in the States and completely got off track. When I came back home I was swamped with work and just couldn't get back on track. I gained back so that now I'm 196 lbs./89 kilos.
My goals for now are to increase my activity levels and get back on track with my eating. I want this to be a lifestyle. I NEED it to be a lifestyle as I deal with too many health issues to be continually "dieting". My end goal is to lose weight, but I don't want to be ruled by that. I would like to feel fit, no matter what weight I am at. I would like to lose between 12 and 20 kilos, or 25-45 lbs. It's a broad range, because I am aware that I need to find a weight that I can live with without sacrificing my life to try to maintain.

Member Since: 3/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,919

My Goals:
One of my "life" goals is to bike across Canada with my dad. I'm hoping to do it in about 5-7 years. This has been my dream for ten years already, but I am actually beginning to plan for it now.

In the mean-time:
#1 I want to get fit
a. I want to walk or bike to and from work every day.
b. I want to do some kind of activity over lunch break at least 3 times a week (like Pilates, or going for a walk)
c. I want to do some kind of activity on both Saturday and Sunday (like a longer Pilates, or weight training, or walking to church or the market/grocery store)

#2 I want to develop a generally healthy diet.

a. I want to cut back to one piece of dark chocolate per day as a general rule for sweets
b. I want to cut out all of my boredom/stress snacking or channel it towards fruit
c. I want to develop a variety of meals that are healthy that I can fall back to whenever without worrying too much about my allergies.


My Program:
At the moment I am jsut trying to start back up again. I'm focussing on getting fit more than losing weight.
I'm walking to or from work at least three times a week (20 minutes at a medium pace). I want to up that to at least five times a week.
My goal is to do a lunchbreak workout at least three times a week at the office as well.
In early April I am hoping/planning to begin a workout/strength training routine with a couple of friends.

Beyond that, I would like to aim for a calorie range to lose about 1/2 lb. per week. Not a lot, but I need to find my fitness grove first.

Personal Information:
I'm single and alternately love and hate that. :) I live in Ukraine at the moment which presents its own challenges and stresses, but also benefits (like people here walk more).
I deal with multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies which can just turn my life upside down in a matter of minutes. It's made it hard to be consistent with food and exercise. Food because I can't eat the same thing all the time or I get sick from it; exercise because most of my reactions come in the form of fatigue to the point where walking from one end of my apartment to the other is something I have to save up energy to do.
In the last year I began taking some new supplements and just trying to get active anyway and it does seem to have helped so that now I have more energy than I used to. I'm hoping this continues so that I can get in shape and not just feel good about my body, but feel like I am taking good care of it!

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  • v ELLIE381
    Hi! I hope you are doing well. Just wanted to stop by and say Hi, I hope you still stop by your page sometimes. Take some time for yourself. Wishing you a Happy New Year! emoticon
    3440 days ago
  • v ELLIE381
    A wedding, how exciting. Spending money is so much fun. So happy to hear you are well. Not much new here. My husband retired so we are having some together time until one of us gets a job.lol I am getting excited about Christmas, my favourite time of year. The weather has been very mild here so it doesn't feel much like that time of year but I better get ready for it. I need to spread some of my spending out, not as much money coming in, but we will make it do.
    Take care and enjoy your brothers wedding and family time. emoticon emoticon
    3482 days ago
  • v ELLIE381
    Hi! I have been thinking about you and hope you are doing well.
    Take care of yourself and enjoy some time for yourself. emoticon
    3482 days ago
    wondering how you were doing and thought I'ld stop by and wish you a great day. emoticon
    3512 days ago
  • v ELLIE381
    I am sorry to hear you have a cold and not feeling well. It really gets us down when things are out of sorts like that. Keep up the great work with the fruit and veg, it will really make a difference. I am not a chocolate lover but candy is my fav. I do really well without it and then it seems to sneak back in. I am off it again. I have pulled my arm doing something, who knows what but I cannot wait for it to heal enough to get back to weight lifting. I use 3 lb weights while walking/jogging on the treadmill but that just doesn't cut it for me. Hopefully we both heal soon, I hate colds so I hope you feel better much sooner. Take care. Thanks for the goodie.
    3532 days ago
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