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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.
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    Welcome !!! I also have health issues Multiple Sclerosis. It really challenges me to no end. I try my best no matter how tired, weak, how much I hurt, to continue on and exercise so I don't become atrophied. I believe for me exercise has helped me greatly. You must listen to your body.

    Your going to do great. Tracy's mat workouts are gentle for your body. I also do barre workouts and some kettlebells, yoga, and walking. They help me stay mobile without all the impact. Email me if you need a buddy.

    3446 days ago
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    I do not have the same health conditions that you have, but I can relate in the sense that I have severe damage to my back. I know how it feels to NEED to be active to help strengthen my muscles, but over doing it leaves me in a worse condition then I started, that takes days to recover from. There is a fine line, a very fine line, between doing enough, and doing too much. I know how stressful it is to deal with, and also how discouraging it can be. I have fallen victim to depression because of my health issues many many many times, and that makes it even worse. I know how hard it is to talk to other people that dont know what I am going through, and make light of my situation, I pray that you DO have people that you can talk to, that will help you deal with the effects it can have on your life. I know that it is hard, but for our health we MUST take care of ourselves. Please take care of YOU, because you do matter, and we all want you to be healthy and pain free.
    3446 days ago
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    Welcome to Spark, I really enjoyed reading your blog post!
    3446 days ago
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