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Saturday, February 04, 2012

The last few years have been a roller coaster of stress. My parents were ill. My daughter had a high risk pregnancy. My husband had to shift careers. My dog passed away. And I continued to struggle with fibromyalgia.

To fast forward, both my parents passed away in the fall. I miss them and am still dealing with all that goes along with settling their affairs.
My daughter was blessed with a beautiful healthy little boy.
My husbands business is slowly growing.
I have a hilarious little pup to keep me active.

My health was certainly not a priority during all the turmoil. I stumbled through the days, but at the same time keeping up with Spark People knowing this is where I could find the support I needed.

In November, I was started on a plan to address some health issues that shocked me to have. High cholesterol and insulin resistance to go along with the fibro. Problems I caused myself by neglecting my health. I refused medication desiring to go the natural route.

I just received my 12 week lab report and feel good with my progress. With some very good nutritional support and guidance from my Dr. I was able to drop my triglycerides by 101 points into normal range. Other numbers also went down. My Vitamin D finally rose to normal levels after years of no change. I dropped 15 pounds also.
This is all a result of nutritional changes because my exercise is still limited to yoga and short walks, but I am improving and getting stronger.

I appreciate all my Spark Friends and Spark Home which provide so much support and guidance. I feel positive moving forward that I will see more improvements.

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    Congrats on your improvement which could not have been done without your dedicated imput. Hope you experience more as you continue, have a great week. emoticon
    2358 days ago
    You have certainly had some major challenges recently. It sounds as though they are beginning to improve in some areas. The birth of a new grandchild is something precious. Often we put ourselves on the last of our priority list, if at all, when dealing with such stressors. You are not alone. There are many sending you positive thoughts. It is time to focus on yourself now.
    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon
    3080 days ago
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    3090 days ago
    Well done on your progress. I'm with you all the way on your decision to take the healthy food and exercise route. I am doing that too!
    3109 days ago
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    Wow, so happy for you...I too have fibromyalgia. Keep moving any way you can. Try the chair exercises, they are great.
    3129 days ago
    Congrats to you for all your accomplishments in the face of setbacks. You've done yourself proud, all the best. emoticon
    3134 days ago
    Wow! You have been through a lot.I admire the way you have fought your way through especially with the health issues. That is so awesome. It shows your inner strength and courageous spirit. Kudos to you, dear Sp friend. emoticon on the weight loss and for perservering through a difficult time. Your parents' spirit will live on in you long after they are gone. emoticon emoticon Your little grandson and your little pup will keep you young!!
    3149 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/6/2012 11:36:55 AM
    Your blog is great it gives me hope. congratulations on your weight loss and lowering your numbers thats great. Sorry about your losses but you still have a gret attitude on life.

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    3149 days ago
    emoticon for all you've accomplished! Isn't it something, that our life journey improves when we take the time to care for ourselves! And I know you'll continue to do well w/great strength & conviction...you're well on your way, my friend!!!

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    3149 days ago
    Wow! Thank you for sharing so much of your life, dealing with health challenges i seriously wondered if changing eating habits could really help. Now I know! Very sorry about all the stresses you have dealt with but they do show you just how strong you are. You are an inspiration!
    3150 days ago
  • MONTY68
    Hi Bonnie
    What a wonderful blog. You sure have had to share of stress. Losing one our parents is so sad but to lose both parents within 9 weeks, I do not have the words to express how you got through it.
    One thing I know about you since we have become friends is that you are determined to succeed, you have such a awesome positive attitude and have shared some great positive quotes with us on our team. Today, you shared some great news of the success you have had recently. Personally , I believe that you are succeeding and WILL reach your goals on your journey.
    Thank you for sharing this .
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    3150 days ago
    Way to go! You are doing awesome! I went through a similar year losing both my parents & my best friend. It is hard but you do make it through! I am proud of you for your strength & your motivation. I too have fibromyalgia & it does make exercising hard but I found it helps me too. You are an awesome friend!
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    3151 days ago
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