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7-30-2008, between spin classes, Doug said to say CHEESE , I took it literally. LOL

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PJ drinking water at Edenlawn 8-11-2007 200 lbs 46% hydration level

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May 25th 2007, last day of school year at work

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Hi everyone, I am Pamela Joy ( PJ ), I am 55 I have been on sparkpeople 5 years . I love this site, the people and it has GREAT TOOLS TO HELP KEEP US ON TRACK. This past year was another one with more health challenges. This past summer in my spin class I had an episode of Supra ventricular Tachycardia my heart rate went soaring over 200 and my heart felt like it was going to burst out of my throat. In Sept I underwent a procedure 'ablation' attempt that was unsuccessful for this issue. 2 days later I had a blood clot in my right femoral vein and was hospitalized for 5 days for blood thinners. I haven't felt quite myself 'since' but I am working towards that. My weight has gone from a low of 174 back to 184 and that has frustrated me but I know when I feel like ' ME ' again and can get into the routine of working out and my normal energy levels I can get the weight moving off again. I have been off the blood thinners for just over a month now and still requiring a lot of sleep. I know that this is a journey of health and not a destination and work at being patient with myself daily . I have continued to ride my bicycle most days. My challenge for myself this year will continue to be to strengthen my upper body and core , and to keep my legs strong. So I will be doing lots of push ups , planks, side planks and so on. I went on a 26 mile bike ride this week by myself that was a lot of fun! I am looking at ways to challenge myself to stay fit and keep it fun and interesting and injury free.
At this time I am not looking at ' knee replacement' as something I am having any time soon. I was diagnosed with familial dystonia this year as well and started on Carb/levodopa , a drug often given to parkinson's patients. I have had this disorder my entire life just got a name for it and some hope! I started taking a new adaptogen herb this week Rhodiola which has helped me sleep without any dystonia symptoms for the last 3 nights and I feel very happy and strong! Lets hope that continues!

Member Since: 5/26/2007

Fitness Minutes: 134,456

My Goals:
I am getting fit! My goals are to continue to challenge myself to the point but not beyond the point of injury. I am currently 181 at down from 270 and my goal is to get down to 150 pounds and then re-evaluate my fitness level

My Program:
I work-out alot. I ride my bike everywhere I go because I no longer drive due to illness and limitations. I have a bike that I started being able to ride in 2008 for the first time in 15 years, and I love to do all of the fitness classes at the YMCA. I use to run/walk 5ks but since destroying my knee Dec 2009 I volunteer at the races and cheer on the runners/walkers!

Personal Information:
My email address is PJOY17@aol.com.

I live in Stuart, Flroida and have lived here for 10 years in July. I am orriginally from California . I will be 54 on January 26, 2011..

I was disabled 18years ago at work when I fell on a wet floor. I started working out again in 2006, and started fitness classes in 2007.

I have many interests !

I love to dance, swim, walk, bike ride go to the beach ( I live 3 miles from the atlantic Ocean ), read, tutor English to non English speaking people, children, BAKING, cooking , recipes, creating new recipes . I am a great cook if I do say so myself. I have worked as a cook for spriitual retreats in California and for households I have lived in. I love cooking for people who appreciate good high quality food. I am an herbalist. I love gardening and plants and nature and the outdoors. I love poetry, and M

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I love 'new age spiritual / psychology books " I have a masters in Holistic Health Education with an emphasis in counseling, a bachelors degree in psychology, and an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. I love being around small children they can teach us all how to live. "FULLY and in the MOMENT!"

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    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Fall? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early September. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Summer Fitness Tune up, Hopscotch and Bowling. I hope that you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Fall challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

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    Doesn't look like you have posted for a long time. Hope you are doing well.
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    Fall is quickly approaching! I hope you are making the best of the summer! emoticon

    Love, Kat
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