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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Years ago this was all the activity I could manage. I was trying to recover from several car accidents (yes, 3 in as many years). I developed fibromyalgia and was no longer able to work. I could hardly walk and was in constant pain. I gained weight and lost muscle strength. Definitely not the way I wanted to be. But everything I tried only increased my pain and sense of hopelessness.

In 2010 my doctor told me my blood sugar was moving toward diabetes, my good cholesterol was not good and my blood pressure was rising. Again, definitely not the way I wanted to be. She suggested I try losing 5% of my weight to see if that would help.

I looked online for a way to measure the calories in the food I ate. Once I found Spark and their nutrition tracker I knew that would work for me. I began tracking my food and it wasn't long before I was losing weight.

Yes, there is lots more to the story. I gained strength, built confidence in myself, and learned at lot about nutrition, exercise and how the body works. I found I could exercise without increasing my pain and that helped to decrease my pain even more. Win-Win.

And, as is true of real life, I've also had surgeries, and more health challenges. I still have fibromyalgia and exercise limitations and there are times when I eat more for comfort than for health.

Through all of this my friends at Spark have been faithful companions and encouraged me to hang in there and keep doing the best I can. And that's the best gift of all. All my thanks, my friends.

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