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I want to lose weight and fight fibromyalgia and arthritis pain symptoms and high blood pressure and uveitis and edema as holistically as possible.I am tired of side effects from medications taken to help with health problems...just leads to more problems and doesn't even seem to control problems I am taking them for.Want to eat healthy and take vitamin and mineral supplements if necessary but no prescription drugs with all their side effects. I avoid exercise because it is too painful need to find exercise I can do that is not causing more pain. I can't even walk more than a block or two without stopping to sit down and rest due to muscle tightness and shortness of breath. Need to find easy exercises to help lose weight and learn portion control and better nutrition and eating habits.Also need help getting sleep. Never get more than a couple of hours at a time and then when I wake up it is hard to fall back asleep so am always tired with low energy and lots of pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis....falling apart in my old age. Currently doing walking exercises that are helping my endurance. Still have sleeping problem but seem to go into a deeper sleep now and maybe sleep a little longer than before so some improvement.

Member Since: 9/19/2011

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My Goals:
I want to eat healthier and lose weight and control my fibromyalgia and arthritis pain and high blood pressure and inflammation in my eyes as holistically as possible with food and supplements. Trying to avoid prescription drugs unless absolutely necessary. Dislike side effects from drugs.I want to live as green as possible.

My Program:
I am using the nutrition tracker to keep track of calories and it is working. Currently have lost 24 lbs. so am averaging the 2 lbs per week that they say you will lose if you stick with the plan. I found gentle exercises not specifically for people with fibromyalgia and arthritis. On Real I found two exercise workout videos walking part one and two that I am able to do to walk the equivalent of one or two miles per day. So far am sticking with the one mile per day but doing at least three times per week. Intend to work my way up to the two miles. I also got shape up shoes and tried their 15 min exercises. I can't do all of them but do the best I can. I am trying to walk more and do notice my endurance increasing. I used to have to stop and sit down and rest every block or so.Now I can make it two, three ,sometimes even four blocks before stopping to rest so definitely seeing great results. Also sometimes do Coach Nicole's walking workout dvd program. Try to switch it up.

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I have lived in Chicago,IL all of my life. Please add me to your spark friends if we have similar interests and goals. I have written quite a bit of poetry. You can find all my favorite links on my google profile page. Both poetry sites I am on are listed there.

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Worked in theater and film most of my life and enjoyed it immensely.

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  • v HONEYBEE56
    emoticon emoticon I thought I'd pop in and pay you a brief visit and hopefully encourage you a little. emoticon Never give up and try to never cave in! Together, I know we can reach our goals no matter how much or how little. Just know you are not in this battle alone! emoticon
    Keep on keeping on!

    884 days ago
    Hi, Carol here from The Step Diet team, stopping by with a smile to cheer up your day!

    Here is Brenda Willis' very very inspirational story of taking small steps, resulting in losing 140+lbs in 15 months, via The Step Diet. Pay close attention to where she says something similar to, '5 mins one day; 6 mins the next day'. YES. Exactly.

    She has kept it off 7+ years and is a highly paid motivational speaker. One small step at time, one day at a time.

    Here's is Brenda's story, this video is 2 mins 20 seconds, very short:

    2238 days ago
    Stopping by to wish you a happy last day of Spring. Tomorrow Summer will start emoticon . Have the best day ever!! emoticon emoticon
    2574 days ago
    Thought I'd give you a visit to let you know how happy I am that you belong to the Fighting Inflammation & Enjoying Your Life Team. It is an honor to have you as a member. emoticon

    Want you to know that you are missed!!!
    2585 days ago
    Wishing you a healthy week filled with laughter, fun, great memories and a lost pound! So glad you are a member of the Fighting Inflammation & Enjoying Your Life Team!
    2647 days ago
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