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I enjoy my family and these two crazy "boys" so much I want to be as fit as I can to keep up.

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I'm setting a goal to lose a good chunk of weight this year so I feel more vital and can go participate in some of the outdoor activities I've been missing with my family.

I have had chronic pain and fatigue from fibromaylgia, occipital neuralgia and interstitial cystitis for twenty years now. I finally stopped working about four years ago and my full-time job is now managing these chronic illnesses so that I can be an active participant in the family and enjoy life again.

Last year I had ups and downs in sticking to exercise and healthy eating plans. Many of these blips were connected with flares of fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes. I've worked on creating plan options to modify exercise and eating when this happens this year. The key will be to modify and not stop the plans.

I think SparkPeople will help spur me on.

Member Since: 1/15/2007

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My Goals:
Lose 45 pounds over the course of one year.

Exercise 30 minutes at least 5 times a week, and include weight training at least 2 days a week.

Begin and follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Beginning in October.

My Program:
Preparing to follow the anti-inflamatory diet will help me stick to it. I need to understand the diet by reading the book carefully and then getting the food stock in so that it will be easy to follow.

I have a weekly plan for exercise and alternate plan for when I'm not feeling tip-top. I'm starting out slow and building up again.

With the diet and exercise, I hope to begin losing weight, but will watch for other signs of the benefits of diet and exercise.

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I love the outdoors, the arts, reading and writing and spending time with my family. Although I can no longer do the mountaineering and backpacking that I used to, I find ways to enjoy the outdoors and those who are active in spending time there. I also am finding volunteering very rewarding. I have to limit the amount I do, but it fills the gap that my work left when I had to stop working. My two sons are 23 and 21, going to college and having great life experiences. My husband teaches high school social studies and psychology. He is incredible in his support for me and a great partner.

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  • v MAMAV57



    You have been hit. You have been considered one of the 10 most fabulous ladies on my friends list. Once you have been hit, you have to hit 10 fabulous ladies. If you get hit again you know you're really fabulous. So hit 10 fab ladies on your friends list and let them know they are truly fabulous.

    4805 days ago
  • v LPCPRO
    How's the anti-inflammatory diet going??
    4873 days ago
  • v 102654
    Hi Carol, well I have had including these surgeries 6 in the past year my stomac surgery is always going to be redone as my stomac needs to be checked and the polyps removed that seem to form every 3-4 months, as well as the food that gets impacted in my stomac needs to be removed and then my stomac is filled with botox inside and out, which allows the food to slide through to the small intestine at least part of it anyway so this will be repeated again in another 3-4 months, but my shoulder reconstruction is going to be difficult and especially 5 days before Christmas. My daughter inlaw wouldn't read it nor would she listen to it. She last year accused me on not coming into my appointment on a Tuesday when I had an appointment card for thursday so when I showed her she through it down and said just shut up you always miss your appointments. [I don't but she wanted to make a seen on Christmas and so she did and I totally did not enjoy the day at all. She made me very upset. I cannot ignore her as I should she is spoiled and a brat when it comes to me, my husband and all the rest of my family on the other hand she treats like royalty. really so I feel terrible most of the time that I am around her as she makes me feel this way, she is very ungrateful as I give my grandaughter music lessons and we babysit every weekend which we love to do but in exchange for grief, and I love my grandaughters so I cannot not see them. I think she knows that as well but she has a way about her that well like she calls my husband to ask him to watch them not me and I am the one who does most of the work. So ??????? Things like that and then when she talks about me being a fake always to people in the salon that are there before I get there my husband says she is the one with the problem but well I am the one who suffers with people thinking poorly of me and she always gets me feeling bad about myself. So everyone says go somewhere else to get my hair done. well she is only 6 miles away [the salon] and I am trying to love her but not very successful. My son and I used to have a good relationship but she has him so he never calls me or wonders how I am doing or anything, I am living alone all week and out in the country so very alone. Well maybe it is me my daughter doesn't call much either I realize they have theyre own lives and they are both expecting but I am afraid to get any older as I don't think that I will be safe I am not right now with my mini comas and everyone including my doctors wonder why my kids nor anyone bothers to call me. unless they need something. maybe it is because I always have something health wise and they are tired of hearing about it and listening to it. So well maybe I just need to learn to keep my mouth shut. That would be best I suppose. Blessings, Diana ps sorry for dumping yet again.
    4942 days ago
  • v CATKINS2
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers for this month! I hope the surgeries go well and that the produce the desired results and you experience less pain and fatigue. Make sure that you take extra time to care for yourself and pamper yourself after the surgeries. Getting up and at 'em too quickly is a real losing strategy...I speak from experience. Last year I had three surgeries. On two of those, I tried to do too much too soon and ended up having longer recoveries in the end. However, all the surgeries did help.
    As for your daughter-in-law, I think I'd find a short and very pointed article on the effects of FM and lupus on those of us that have it and make her read it, or read it to her. My doctor has a tape in the FM clinic that runs over and over. My husband sat and watched it about 5 times during my first appointment and boy does he ever "get it". He can also go to bat for me when others don't.
    Take good care, my friend,
    4943 days ago
  • v 102654
    Hi Carol, I am glad that sometimes I can be of help to others, I try to always but many times I fall short but I do appreciate your thoughts and comments. You have wonderful young men for sons and if you get them to go with you to your doctors appointment well terrific!!!!! My daughter in law needs to go with me as she thinks that I am a big fake about my physical things I deal with but she is the one that has to deal with that. But she does treat me poorly. Need to get to bed as I have an early doctors appointment that I need to get to for clearance for my surgeries, first one is the 7th and the second is the 20th not a fun time for these and usually my fibro and lupus flare up when I have surgery but I will pray for the best. You take care OK? Blessings, Diana
    4943 days ago
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