More About Me
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I have always been a larger person. In retrospect, I started to carry extra weight by the age of ten even though I was a fairly active child and teen. I participated in school sports as much as I could, but had set-backs. Born with abnormal cartilage growth in my knees, I would have troubles with swelling and pain with any extensive physical activity. At seventeen and four surgeries later, I thought my life would begin to go smoothly. But I started to have other physical symptoms that would lead to a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS). The persistent symptoms of CFIDS has been a constant handicap regarding success in any aspect of my life, especially with being active and fit. This is not a condition that I can make go away but I can control it through a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Of course the cruel irony is that with stress and strain on the body, the symptoms of CFIDS can increase...cruel irony indeed.
I have lived with my body in this condition now for nineteen years. I have reached the point of exhaustion and want a change. First and foremost, I want and need to be a healthier person. Living a healthier lifestyle will help combat my CFIDS and allow me to have a normal life. Toning my muscles will keep my knees in better condition as I age. Losing weight will take the extra strain off my knees and boost my confidence. It's torturous to be a short, overweight female and shop for clothes. I work professionally as a Costume Designer and Seamstress. I love making unique garments that are tailored but I've hardly made any for myself, knowing they weren't flattering on my body. It would be a wonderful day when I can wear my own creations with confidence.
This will be a difficult journey. I will need to work out, but not “over-do-it” and cause my symptoms to go into overdrive. But I feel now that my will to be a healthier, happier person will allow me to reach my goals.