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in 2011 after 70lb weight loss with SP

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updated 5/20
I had 100 lbs to lose and now have about 50 lbs left to lose.
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 is difficult. and maybe impossible...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, after many encounters with IV Steroids, I regained.

Now I am not on any specific diet...not even avoiding "bad" foods....but really focusing on adding more and more healthy food and the bad foods don't have much room on my plate anymore.
I am working with Coach Beth who is helping me to see myself and my eating more clearly and is full of ideas about how to lose the weight I need to get rid of.

I am optimistic that this time, I will successfully lose the weight and keep it off. Of course my health will have a lot to say about that. You can call me "The Comeback Kid".

Member Since: 1/15/2010

My Goals:
To lose 20 lbs. (done)
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 206,000 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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  • v JANNY316
    Good Friday morning! Hope you are safe and well. I would like to help in getting our RA group back up and active. Especially now, I think it would be such a help to so many. Hugs!
    141 days ago
  • v no profile image TWIGBISKIT5
    You are very welcome 😊👍
    146 days ago
    I saw this on John Brock’s page and knew it was meant for you.

    In 1 Chronicles 4, Jabez was a man that people said was supposed to have trouble and heartache and lived depressed and defeated, but he shook off the negative mentality. Despite how people labeled him, he had the boldness to ask big, that God would bless him and enlarge his territories. He was saying, “God, let me see abundance. Let me see more of Your favor.” And God blessed him indeed.

    Like Jabez, you may have plenty of reasons to settle where you are—what you didn’t get, what people said, how impossible it looks. The odds may be against you, but the good news is that God is for you. He wants your new year, your life and everything about you to be successful and wonderful. He knows how to make up for what you didn’t get. He can thrust you further than you ever imagined, but you have to pray bold prayers. Ask in spite of what the circumstances look like and what people are telling you. Ask in spite of what the enemy keeps whispering in your ears. If you’re going to beat the odds, stand out in the crowd and reach your best life, you have to learn this principle of asking big.

    A Prayer for Today
    "Father in heaven, today I open my heart to You and ask You to bless me. I ask You to increase me in every area and teach me to be faithful to You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."

    I hope your are doing well in rehab. They do keep you moving in there.
    153 days ago
    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.

    158 days ago
  • v LUCYCAN7
    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
    160 days ago
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