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This is my journey to get healthy and change my eating habits.

I have always struggled with my weight and body image even when I was perfectly healthy, athletic, and fit.

This journey began in Jan '09. Just before my twins turned two I decided to finally lose the "baby weight" - because honestly can you even call it "baby weight" when your kids are two years old :). I worked really hard, was very dedicated, lost 30 pounds and felt great. That summer I started having some strange symptoms and by October I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 30.

I was scared. I still am scared. But here I am seven years later and although I have moderate to severe RA, I am on a drug regimen that allows me to function (most of the time) and raise my kids.

When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time in a lot of pain, barely able to move, plus I was on pretty high doses of prednisone - needless to say I gained back all the weight I had lost and then some.

From 2011 - 2013, I lost over 30 pounds and was consistently walking/jogging/running over 10 miles per week. Then in September of 2013, I took a spill while running and it has taken me two years to get back in the swing of things.

So here I am.

I am journaling and looking for inspiration and support anywhere I can find it.

Thanks for reading my little story.

I wish you strength and joy in your journey.

One day at a time.

Hindu prayer

I recognize you are the temple
in which my spirit and creative energy dwell.
I have created you from my need
to have my spirit manifested on earth
so that I may have this time to learn and grow.
I offer you this food so that you may continue
to sustain my creative energy, my spirit, my soul.
I offer this food to you with love,
and a sincere desire for you to remain free
from disease and disharmony.

I accept you as my own creation.

I need you.

I love you.

Member Since: 6/1/2010

Fitness Minutes: 8,061

My Goals:
Get to a healthy weight and get fit.

My Program:
I am starting with eating a healthy number of calories.

Personal Information:
I am a 38 year old mother of twins who has severe rheumatoid arthritis.

Other Information:
I love to read.

In 2010, when my RA was particularly active, I read 123 books in one year.

In 2011, I read 57 books.

In 2015, I read 228 books.
In 2016, I have read 138 books.

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