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3/9/14 -- After packing on the pounds, I have finally found some answers! I have learned a lot about hormone levels affecting my weight, health, etc. I've posted a blog with my story, but hope I am on the right track!

1/5/14 -- I started packing on pounds about 8 months ago after maintaining my weight loss for 4 years. It is SOOO frustrating! I had some major life changes (lost my mom, started a new job, lost a part-time job) but my eating and exercise didn't change much, so I'm thinking it is mostly related to age and hormones. I am trying to stick to the basic Spark plan with a few modifications. I've been having some health issues (many resulting from "chronic inflammation"), so trying to weed out foods that I could have sensitivities to (gluten as my primary focus). So frustrating to be back in this position of practically starting over!

6/9/09 -- I'm nearing a milestone birthday and the pounds no longer come off like they used to. I have done low-carb dieting successfully in the past, but can't seem to get results now. I have a number of health issues that I'm hoping can be improved by weight loss.

Member Since: 6/9/2009

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I am in constant pain with fibromyalgia and arthritis issues. I've had a joint replacement in my foot that bothers me all the time. My hope is that losing some weight will help me hurt less and feel better about myself.

My Program:
July 2009 - I have been using SparkPeople for a month now -- tracking my food, drinking water, and following the exercise recommendations. What a great motivator! I feel like the foods are healthy and for the first time I've been able to get through a day without a soda.

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I'm from northern Illinois where I live with my husband, 2 adult sons, and an extra kid or two we've taken in. I absolutely love animals and have taken in all kinds of rescues.

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I currently have a Rocky Mountain horse (Midnight Rose) and a number of cats and dogs. Samson is the sweetest Rottweiler in the world, Riley is a total clown shih tzu, and Bailey (the psycho min-pin!). We have 2 geriatric cats (Blackjack and Rocky), as well as two rescues (Tigger and Mini) and Laila the foo-foo Himalayan.

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    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are glad to have you here with us. I am sorry you lost your mom and had so many things in life to happen. Yes it can be hard starting over again but you can do it one day at a time.
    2758 days ago
    Thank you Julie for your kind words of support!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, but I know how you feel in terms of it being bittersweet. We know in our heads that our parents are no longer suffering and in pain, but we still miss them dearly! I was surprised at by how bad it hurt in the beginning even though I was relieved my dad was no longer suffering and we could see it coming from a long way off. It's still comes as a shock in the end. As difficult as it was, we were both fortunate to get to spend so much time with our parents during their illnesses. I consider that time a gift, and I'm sure you do too.

    I wish you the best at "getting back on that horse." It's like a part of your mom still lives on through her horse. Of course, they also still live on in our memories too.

    I'm sorry to hear about your shoulder. I actually developed a frozen shoulder during the last summer I cared for my dad. I had an appointment with an ortho doctor the day Dad died and I went there just an hour or so after his death. It was surreal to be doing something so mundane right after he died, but I really needed a shot in my shoulder and I didn't want to miss the appointment that I had waited almost a month for. I hope your shoulder gets better soon. My issue took about a year to recover. While I was getting a breast biopsy last week (was it only last week?), I had to hold my arm above my head for over an hour. It was no problem....but it is something I NEVER could have done a year and a half ago. You shoulder WILL get better eventually.

    I plan on blogging a lot about things as I go through my cancer journey....I need it for the theraputic value it brings. I feel so loved by the SparkPeople community and by people like you in particular that have "known" me for a while.

    I wish you the best, and I hope you have a good time riding...

    2907 days ago
    Thanks for your loving comments, Julie. How is your mom? My guess is that she has either passed away or is doing quite poorly by now. Neither one is an easy thing to deal with.
    2910 days ago
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    My Mother-in-law died on June 11. It was not really expected, as she was healthy as a horse. However, as a result of an upper-respitory infection and medications stripping her of fluids, she became severely de-hydrated and experienced renal failure. We endured a very stressful week as she was hospitalized in intensive care and moved to a hospice house. Hopefully, your situation has improved by now. Take care of yourself. emoticon
    3310 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/3/2012 2:25:41 PM
  • v no profile image BONONSENSE
    I have been thinking about your Mom so much lately, as we have had such a time with my Mother-in-law. Many of the problems are a result of nursing home carelessness. She is currently in the hospital with pneumonia and renal failure. Dehydration is probably one of the main reasons she's there, as they seldom offer fluids to the residents. How frightening to get a phone call at 2AM, informing us that she is unresponsive, and asking if we would like her to be sent to the hospital. My husband still thinks we should have kept her at home, where we were much more attentive to her needs. There is a point when your own needs have to be adressed!
    3341 days ago
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