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My life with food has basically been a love-hate relationship. I have went from one extreme to the other, from not eating enough to eating as much as I could stuff down my throat. I cannot keep doing what I am doing if I want to live. I was given a very grim prognosis in February of 2018. I was diagnosed with an incurable disease which keeps on progressing. My only hope is to slow the progression down. I want to live, there are so many things that I have yet to experience. Hearing that you may have only so long to live is hard. Goals change, life changes, so many changes. Your whole world changes. I know realize the someday has to be today. I don't know what tomorrow brings. I have to focus in the here and now. Live in the moment. My self-care has got to become a priority and the time is now. I know that I will face some challenges and obstacles, but determination to get through them and perseverance are going to help push me through. I am here in survival mode. I feel like I have been given a second chance with my eyes wide open on just how important taking care of myself is. I can't keep pushing my health aside, it is so important that I make myself a priority and no one is going to take care of me the way that I can. So, here I am, doing what I can, the best that I can to add days to my life.

Member Since: 12/29/2007

My Goals:
My goals are to: 1. Lose weight so that I am in a healthier weight range for me. At this point in time I am not setting a goal weight. I would just like to get my BMI out of the 40s for starters. 2. To live the best life that can so that my disease progresses slowly or is stable. 3. To overcome the obstacles that life may bring to me on my journey.

My Program:
My program is to stay within the calorie range of 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day. Also, to limit my sodium intake to 1,300 to 1,500 mgs. per day. I also need to focus on my fluid intake and try to keep it as close to 64 ounces as possible. This will include all liquids and not just water due to fluid restrictions my physicians have given me. To stay as active and exercise when my health allows.

Personal Information:
I suffer from Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (WHO Class 3 and also Functional Class 3) Losing weight is going to be a challenge for me due to breathing issues and not being able to exercise and move like I used to be able to. I am determined to do what I need to do in order to slow the progression of my disease. There is no cure for this disease only medications and treatments to slow the progression. I have a lot to live for, therefore, I want to do my part in living my best life.

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I will do what I need to do, in order to do what I want to do. - Jason Anderson

No one is a failure who keeps trying.

From small beginnings come great things.
-Anonymous Proverb

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.-
Lao Tzu

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
-Anonymous saying

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    Hi, I was looking at the Chat Room and thought that I would write to you about how I keep my sodium down. I decided that I would not use any recipe that went over 500 mg. I most of the ones that Spark has to offer. I hope this helps you.
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