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The picture on the left is me on January 2nd of this year. The right picture, with me on the left is at my niece's baby shower on June 3rd, a couple of weeks ago. I've finally found something that is working for me!


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I grew up in Chicago and moved to the south in my teens. I never had any weight problems growing up, but they started to creep up on me in my 20s and 30s and I've battled it off and on ever since.

I now live in northeast Mississippi and I am 57yrs old and married...I'd like to use this page to help myself get healthy (and losing weight is PART of that goal). I have some health issues that I hope to resolve as I work on and accomplish this. I have been active off and on throughout my life. Sometimes more active than other times and my eating habits have kind of been all over the place..I've gone for a couple of years at a time to eating junk and then again I've gone for long periods of time eating very healthy..In recent years (say the last 4-5 years, overall, it's been healthy).

In November 2006 I started to suffer with neuropathy in my feet. I thought it was my varicose veins causing it, since I had my blood sugar checked and it was fine (but diabetes runs in my family, my grandmother was type 1 and most of her children, my mother included are type 2). I also had a Lupus test done because that runs in the women on my father's side, 3 aunts h av e /had it. Heart disease runs mostly in the men on my dad's side too, and heavily in men and women on my mother's side, so I do try to take care of myself..My cholesterol levels the last time that I had them checked were extremely high and I have been working on that too..I had varicose vein surgery back in October of 2007 and I try to take care of my legs too..You know they haven't figured out what exactly is causing my neuropathy..I had my thyroid levels checked and my TSH levels were 3.1, so that could be the problem.. I started taking extra virgin coconut oil and that started helping me with the thyroid symptoms, that and some thyroid drops that I got at the health food store..I also started to eat more thyroid healthy foods like avocados etc...AND dropped alot of my lost weight, while doing this. Then I stopped doing all that and gained it all back....Anyway I want to overcome ALL OF the negative and start making positive changes again, as I learn about them.. (Another reason being that the last couple of times I went to the dr, my blood pressure was up!!)I have all of the pressure points pain for fibromyalgia, so I want to nip that in the bud too, if I can and not have to take medication. (( I already take neurontin for my nerupathy and they prescribed me the Cymbalta) but that stuff is sooo expensive!) I figured that upping my exercise and going on a more whole food organic diet(NO JUNK FOOD!) will be just the ticket! I both need motivation and want to be a motivator.
UPDATE: I was just diagnosed with Lupus,as well as, the Fibromyalgia. I am now on 4 meds. REALLY do need to buckle down on this now!

Myhusband and I are trying to do this together, although he is a long distance truck driver, so it makes it difficult for us to actually work on this "together. And it's really hard for him to exercise and eat right on the road. So it is mostly up to me. My program? I started using shakeology and streaming the exercise videos from the beachbody site. These 2 changes have really helped me immensely and I've lost 30 lbs so far since starting, so I decided to become a coach and help others. I also do other exercises. Started dancing again. Also starting back on my yoga too.

I have 2 cats, 6 yrs, a Siamese named Asia and a fluffy grey striped mix named Holly.. A Boston Terrier named Samson , 5 yrs old. A Dachshund mix named Brisket,almost 3..I will try to post new pics of them. I also have 2 parakeets, Bluey and Sunny.

I am into alternative healing, stones and crystals, Reiki and Lavender Flame, essential oils, herbs, etc...and I have recently started learn about the Wise Woman Tradition in healing.

I love reading, cooking, collecting recipes (and other stuff) I enjoy yoga, walking, swimming, and dancing, green tea, herbal infusions, etc..

And I love feeding the seagulls. You can look right into their eyes, when they are hovering above you.

And I really enjoy a nightly glass of wine...or two...:-)

I have spent much time working on my Genealogy..If you would like to see my tree. You can find my trees on Ancestry.com

Member Since: 4/25/2008

Fitness Minutes: 46,375

My Goals:
To become healthier and lose weight. To learn to eat healthier, eat more whole foods, cut out processed foods, preservatives, hormones, antibiotices, pesticides (this is a work in progress) and exercise more and hopefully to encourage others..

My Program:
Yoga: 75 minutes 5 mornings a week.

Using the beachbody videos to lose weight and get fit. This is working for me and I feel great!
Will start over on my mini trampoline in the mornings .

Walking, stationary bike, elliptical trainer, 4lb bar, pull ups, pushups. squats, lunges ( I hate lunges). ablounger, and anything else I feel like doing.

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Hobbies and things that interest me? Genealogy, love reading all sorts of things and I am also learning Hebrew. I'm interested interested in alternative healing and anything that promotes natural healing and health..

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    Thank you for the goodie! Do I know you from somewhere on FB? I just posted a link to my protein shake recipe a few minutes ago, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeLOXdlDa
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    Welcome to the Fashionistas team!

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    ~Hello my SPARKling Friend~
    I hope all is well with you and yours & that you are enJOYing the Summer...

    I thought I would share some words of encouragement

    "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

    "The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential...
    these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence."

    ~Wishing you all the Best and much Success~ ~Keep SPARKling~
    ~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby

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