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All of the below still describes me. I am still fighting the battle against chronic illness. I have had to lay off of exercise for long periods of time for the past 2 1/2 years; but always do it when I can because it is important to stay active & strong & I love how good it makes me feel within minutes. It amazes me that I have not lost more strength than what I have. Lack of exercise took it's toll on my weight & I gained some of it back. Hopefully, if I can keep the regular exercise up, instead of spending all of that time sleeping; I will get back to where I was before the extended set-back. I intend to survive each day with God's help & eventually I am going to be able to say that I am "thriving"! That is my goal :)

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I am a farm wife with 2 young adult sons. I work in an office in town. In my spare time, I like to be as active as I can. I am outside as much as possible, either "horsing" around or gardening. I also joined a gym close to where I work about 14 years ago, so it's easy to fit in a workout during my lunch break & it helps me get through the day, especially the really tough days . Usually no matter how sore and tired I am, I will feel better after doing a workout and stretches atleast for a while. What I do depends on what my body will put up with at the time. Sometimes I have to lay off the weights, as later it will take me down a little too far. Lately, I have been slowly able to increase what I have been doing and working back into a full weight schedule. About 6 years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and later told it was chronic fatigue instead. Earlier this year I started some treatments for the coinfections of Lyme, that is helping quite a bit.

I've also noticed that I am what I eat; and the more things I eat with sugar in them, the worse I feel... energy and joints. I started Spark People in hopes of getting control of those cravings and so far it is working great although the scale doesn't exactly show it, I've noticed it mostly in the way my clothes fit. I'm sure that if I could lose at least another 15 - 20 pounds that I'm packing that it would also help.

Member Since: 8/10/2009

Fitness Minutes: 83,794

My Goals:
Overcome my health issues.

Lose fat and gain muscle.

Be at a reasonable goal weight by sometime in August.
Current goal is 165 --
Next goal will be 150.
Just found out my "happy weight" is supposedly 149.2.

To be able to jog a mile & then work my way up to a 5K. :)

Update: October 2010, I can now consistantly jog for a whole mile!

My Program:
Eating right.
Exercising more intensely.
Using spark people to log food and read articles and forums for support and additional knowledge.

Personal Information:
I live in the Midwest and love to load up a horse (or more if I'm sharing) and meet my friends to go trail riding at the various parks that have horse trails as often as possible. They are all so beautiful especially on horseback, and it's fun to watch how things change as the seasons progress.

Other Information:
Favorite TV shows:

Biggest Loser

Anything 'horsey' on the RFD channel.

The Voice

I rarely watch TV though. There never seems to be enough time.

" Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. - Barbara Walters

'No great thing is created suddenly. There must be time. Give your best & always be kind.' - Epictetus

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    Merry Christmas!! Thank you for adding me as a Spark friend, and for the goodie. Love your pictures. I too have metal sculptures in my gardens, I love them. Have to add some every year. emoticon Stay safe in this crazy weather we are having. Today we are suppose to get rain and freezing rain.
    4151 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/25/2009 6:57:59 AM
  • v SABLE77
    Thanks for adding me as a friend, lovely buckskin horse!! I have a buckskin mare but she is not broke to ride. I should get her trained.

    Have a Great Day!
    4159 days ago
  • v -SHAWN-
    Welcome to SparkPeople!

    I started June 2007 and by using Spark and some self discovery in the process, I'm down 25 pounds, and am holding steady at a healthy weight. Spark is a massive site, you'll be discovering new and exciting things for at least two months!

    Jump Start Your Weight Loss at: "Low Carb and Induction Friendly Recipes"

    Here: tinyurl.com/ns2fgm
    * Diet is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate! emoticon
    4287 days ago
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