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Working my way toward best health and weight that works for me.

Member Since: 11/13/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,544

My Goals:
To be able to sustain aerobic activity for 10 to 20 minutes for heart health;
Improve physical condition through stretching and eventually add on light strength training;
Drink 8 glasses of water a day to prevent any further kidney disease;
Monitor diet to prevent diabetes (since tests show I have prediabetes) and hopefully over time drop 15 pounds;
Manage stress, including trying for regular meditation.
All this while working within some limitations caused by fibro pain and fatigue.

My Program:
I'm trying to improve my health since I learned early this year (2014) that I'm prediabetic, have high blood pressure and early stage kidney disease. Gosh was I blown away. After thinking the situation over, I decided to trim my work hours to 30 hours per week and use this new personal time for health improvement activities. Currently that includes light exercise (I have fibro and all activity causes pain), stretching and dabbling in meditation to reduce stress and tracking my diet on SparkPeople. While having been absent from SparkPeople for about 7 years, and gained 35 pounds during that period, I knew this was the place to turn. Thanks to everyone who welcomed me back.

Personal Information:
I live in the central U.S. - Missouri. We have cold winters and hot, humid summers!
My granddaughter lives a few states away. We try to schedule a week together every 3 or 4 months so I can "watch her grow."

Other Information:
I love sitting by my husband and watching evening TV together.
I enjoy "playing house" - that is setting a table with pretty linens and dishes. But my husband is the cook in our family.

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    Hi Joyce !
    Welcome to Spark! I am in the Fighting Fibro team, my name is Linda and I have had very good results in my symptoms since starting my diet and exercise. I hope that you continue to feel better and better and I wish you much success in this fight!

    4919 days ago
    Joy I don't think I had the opportunity to properly welcome you! Shame on me! so,
    A hearty WELCOME to Sparkpeople, friend!
    Believe me! You will no longer be alone!
    You’ve most definitely come to the right place!
    You will find that you will now make many a new friend!
    All of whom are working hard to turn their lives around too and will be there to support, and motivate you! I wish you nothing but the best of success! So glad you have joined us!

    If there was ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, IT IS NOW. Not for any grand cause, necessarily...but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your inspiration, something that's your dream.

    You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. HAVE FUN. DIG DEEP. STRETCH. DREAM BIG. Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be good days. And there will be bad days. There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and call it quits. Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

    PERSIST. Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things. Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart, guide you.

    TRUST. Believe in the incredible power of the human mind. Of doing something that makes a difference. Of working hard. Of laughing and hoping. Of lazy afternoons. Of lasting friends. Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

    The start of something new brings the hope of something great. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! There is only one you. And you will pass this way only once. Do it now. Do it right.

    Your presence is a present to the world
    You're unique and one of a kind
    Your life can be what you want it to be
    Take the days just one at a time
    Count your blessings, not your troubles
    You'll make it through with whatever comes along
    Within you are so many answers
    Understand, have courage, be strong
    Don't put limits on yourself
    So many dreams are waiting to be realized
    Decisions are too important to leave to chance
    Reach for your peak, your goal, your prize
    Nothing wastes more energy than worrying
    The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets
    Don't take things too seriously
    Live a life of serenity
    Not a life of regrets
    Remember that a little love goes a long way
    Remember that a lot goes for ever
    Remember that friendship is a wise investment
    Life's treasures are people together
    Realize that it's never too late Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way
    Have health, hope and happiness
    Take the time to wish upon a star
    And don't ever forget for even a day how very special you are.

    4919 days ago
  • v WENDY01162
    Hi from another hypothyroid! You are lucky that your condition was diagnosed early, before you put on lots of weight. With SPARK's friendly Hypothyroid Community team, we'll help you to lose that weight and feel better. Check out our message boards and get to know us.
    4922 days ago
    Hello and welcome to Fighting Fibro. We are glad to have you. We are here for support and motivation for everyone. If you have any questions, just ask. Best wishes.

    4937 days ago
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