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Looking real pale in between infectious diseases... But who cares right? Lol

First time dressed up since surgery. Yep, I've gained 20 pounds since last year at this time.

Max with his coveted donut. He plays with it & I don't have to enterain him. Best $1.63 I spent.



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I've been Sparking since June 2012. I lost 60 pounds & gained back 62 after a tough year in 2014. It started off with surgeries, that turned in to failed surgeries, osteomyelitis caused by staph epidermidis (No thanks to Memorial Hospital), I screamed & cried s lot from pain & wish I could have erased most of it.

Now my spine is free-floating, so sitting is difficult & fast-paced walking is quite painful. My degenerative arthritis is eating away at all of my joints whether they've been traumatized before or not. Bone spurs are everywhere the doctors look. Bursitis in both hips & shoulders are up with bone pitting.

And now the doctor is lecturing me on being fat. I started gaining when I got osteomyelitis in December 2014 & have gained the entire 62 pounds again. He just told me last month that he wasn't surprised I gained so much weight while it was impossible to get out of bed.

Although my husband loves me & my fat (we met when I was still 50 pounds down), I don't. I feel lazy, my body isn't doing what I want, and EVERYTHING hurts at the end of the day & the morphine barely touches the pain.

Add to it the opioids I am taking, nerve meds, anti-depressants... I'm a walking pharmacological cocktail.

Time to wake up and get in check again! I'm the only one holding myself back from change!! So now I will give my fat cells an eviction notice and fight them off one by one!

The big start... Changing my eating habits since my body is s bit dysfunctional. And even though I haven't had a smoke in a year and a half, I still want one every weekend. I do drink a little wine on the weekend as a kickback. Gonna have to start tracking those calories too!

So here I go again. I have to have the willpower to say no to what my family is eating & opt for less carbs & fattening meals. Ugh!

Member Since: 6/18/2012

Fitness Minutes: 61,978

My Goals:
-Lose 50 pounds (done)
* Lose another 30 lbs
* 15 pounds at a time
-Work out daily
-Healthy eating habits
-Bring down my BP(done)
-Arthritis management
*Degenerative Disc Disease
* Degenerative Joint Disease
- Ventricular arrhythmia
- Tendon replacements ongoing

My Program:
-I am working out in some way, shape, or form EVERY day.
-Strength training 3x/week
-Cardio 3x/week
-Cycling (recumbent)

Personal Information:
Angela Ritter
38 years old
Jacksonville, FL

I am NO LONGER single and trying to enjoy it. Getting my disability settlement has been a great buden lifted
from me and my parents who are now retired and living with me. They carried my expenses for 4 years, so now I do everything I can to pay them back every day.

I have osteoarthritis, degenerative joint and disc diseases, migraines, fractured neck, nerve, muscle and tissue damage, IBS, and lower back issues from when I broke my back about 19 years ago.

I fight depression on a daily basis and have been in a very ugly place for years. I hope this program will help me out of the abyss. (It has so far! 10 months and counting, but still struggling with large bouts of depression, but I feel like there MAY BE light at the end of the tunnel).

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I am NEWLY on disability, an avid reader, and have led a sedentary lifestyle for the first 3 of the past 4 years. Since June 2012, I have been moving and shaking almost every day and am damn proud of that!

I have quit smoking, kinda quit gorging on food, and now am getting my weight under control. (Lost 50 pounds as of March 2013 & am working on the next 30!)

I am a hazard to myself most days, but am trying to keep moving through the pain. I am accident-prone. I can build a house and not break a nail, but make me shuffle paper and I can break an ARM! HAHA

And I love an emotionally unavailble man. Go figure. So the next man I date had better have it all together!

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  • v MAMALOU1942
    Thanks for reading my blog!
    458 days ago
  • v BKWERM
    Ang, I know you'll get back to exercising regularly as soon as you are able because you're as determined as I am to keep moving but try not to overdo it. My dad twisted his ankle two months ago and started hiking again far too soon and now he's in agony most of the time and is doing physio.

    I know you can take a lot of pain but it's one thing to have uncontrollable pain. It's a completely other thing to cause your own pain.

    Take care, girlfriend!

    It was so nice to hear from you again.

    460 days ago
  • v KAREN2LOSE55
    Well Sweetie Ang, I've missed you so much too, and all our antics that we've played back and forth. Oh, and I'm still working to get some sort of a car, but more than likely not a beetle bug. I would not be happy with my dear Roger reading all the reviews and pa-pooing my love for the thing. I really wouldn't want to be broke down for the umth-teenth time either!! I still have to lose all the weight over again. I went swimming again today so that was good and it felt so good. I wonder if going into a pool would be such a good feeling to you, as it is to me??!! The warmth surrounds my joints and I feel no pain for one whole hour. I think of you lots and lots, girl!! Loving you, Karen
    461 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    Glad you are back! Sorry to hear about your spine though.
    613 days ago
  • v LYNNA1968
    We're back! We kick ass! This is our year!
    703 days ago
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