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updated 10/19.
Like many here, my weight history has been a gain/lose story. Now, I'm not the heaviest I've ever been...but still very far from where I want to be. Much of my weight was gained while on steroids. I have about 100 lbs to lose but would be thrilled with 20. I think that will be my next goal.

I have three forms of autoimmune arthritis which is a very different story from the arthritis most people think of when they hear the word.. I am almost housebound due to it.. spending 99% of the day either in bed or in my power recliner. I've had many surgeries and need many more. So keeping physically active will be difficult. But I'm determined to try to move as much as possible.

I love the Lord Jesus and am active in my church's prayer ministry. Praying is the one thing I can do that doesn't hurt!!! Although I had to give up kneeling. :)

I am grateful for a few Sparkfriends who have stuck by me in friendship even when I'd wandered from SparkPeople. You know who you are and I thank you!!


It's been a long and bumpy ride. I've been a member of Spark People since 2009....initially lost 70 pounds which later after many encounters with IV Steroids, I regained all of the weight I'd lost. Then I tried Dr Fuhrman's method of eating ...and I lost 25 pounds. Then enter more IV steroids and I've regained 10 of the 25 lost. My husband and I felt so much better on the Eat to LIve program ( Dr Fuhrman's book) and we had a very bad lapse in our diet .

Now I'm back to a regular vegetarian diet with very limited dairy....and am once again, tracking on SP. I WILL GET THIS DONE.

Member Since: 1/15/2010

My Goals:
To lose 20 lbs.
To find ways to regain some lost strength.
To laugh more.
To help more than I am helped.

My Program:
I will try to make more of my meals rather than resorting to frozen meals ...This is hard because of pain . But If i DO eat frozen, I want to try to stick to the healthy brands ...Those limited portions are helpful.

I will try to drink more water and make the diet soda a rare treat.

I will limit my night time eating. That will probably also help me to sleep better

To try to get adequate sleep.

To blog and to talk to friends in order to be held accountable and also to receive encouragement..

Will attempt some gentle stretching and also some strength work focusing on my core.

Personal Information:
I suffer from a debilitating form of a Rheumatic AutoImmune Disease (PsA)as well as RA and SJ (Sjogrens's Syndrome) and Glaucoma and have had 7 major joint replacement surgeries thus far, with 3 more pending

I love the Lord Jesus and wish to live a life of moderation and restraint.

I hope to begin to simplify my life. Shedding excess things and getting down to what really matters

Other Information:
I'm looking for ways to continue my creative output despite physical limitation.
I have kept a blog since 2009 and have had 200,000 visitors. It is my "opus magnus"

In September,`14 my first book, a memoir, was published--that was a dream for years and now is a reality.

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    So sorry your hip is causing you such pain. My DF goes in tomorrow to have her total hip done. I see how much pain she is in with every step.

    Rehab keeps you quite busy with all there therapies. Hopefully you will get stronger and the hip will stay in place. You have the opportunity to be with lots of other patients while you are there. I often found strength watching other people work on their recovery.

    27 days ago
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    You will pull through this Cynthia.I know you can do it.Thinking of you My Friend.
    LOVE,HUGS&PRAYERS!Linda emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    29 days ago
    Thank you for the seedling. I have faith in you because I recognize the success you have achieved. You were successful even when it was hard. It’s not easy to feel comfortable on the journey. We all have doubts, past failures, fears and uncertainty. Little by little you can come to believe in yourself.

    Peace on the journey is what we all want and have never found. There is no number that gives us peace.

    I know you can because you have.
    37 days ago
    Thank you for the restful sleep that was mine last night. May you find comfort and peace in the palms of His hands today.
    39 days ago
    Wishing you a peaceful night.
    40 days ago
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