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June 25, 2012 - The Day My Life Changed

I'm a married woman born in 1977 who never had to be concerned about weight or exercise until my life changed in mid-2012.

I was extremely active growing up and could eat anything I wanted without concern. Then I started to have weird reactions to food around the age of 20. Various GI Doctors blew me off, "it's in your head," "you're lactose intolerant," " you have IBS." I followed their instructions and diets and yet I progressively got sicker until I couldn't hold a job, ...
I'm a married woman born in 1977 who never had to be concerned about weight or exercise until my life changed in mid-2012.

I was extremely active growing up and could eat anything I wanted without concern. Then I started to have weird reactions to food around the age of 20. Various GI Doctors blew me off, "it's in your head," "you're lactose intolerant," " you have IBS." I followed their instructions and diets and yet I progressively got sicker until I couldn't hold a job, couldn't be too far from the bathroom, and barely had energy enough to get up out of bed some days let alone exercise. I pretty much quit eating since I would just end up in pain. For most of that time I barely weighed above 100lbs, which is very unhealthy for a 5'4" woman. I recall being 90lbs at my wedding in 2005.

And then finally on June 25, 2012, my world changed for the better, even thought it's still alien to me now. I was rushed to the hospital in severe pain where the doctors told me I had to have my gall bladder removed. It had blown up to 300x the size it should have been. Over the years, it had distended and stretched from the spot where it should have been under my ribs, all the way down to below my appendix. Portions of it had actually calcified and I had also grown a gall stone the size of a golf ball. So that seems to have been what caused all those problems for almost half my lifespan! Needless to say, after recovery I ate all those things that used to cause me such pain and enjoyed the bliss of it - especially ice cream! So, now I'm more or less normal and have gained 35lbs!

While I know the charts say I am in a normal range for my height and weight, I don't feel it. I know I am badly out of shape after so many years of relative inactivity - though I was a professional furniture mover for 4 years of my life before things got really bad over the past 5 years. So I do know what hard work is and I loved the muscles I had developed everywhere as a result of that hard work, even the weird muscles on the front of my calves. I just have no desire to start moving furniture again - that was way to hard on my body. I've learned what a calorie is and I've started a good foundation of exercises. But I have no clue if what I am doing is right, too much, too little, too whatever. And that's why I am here on SparkPeople. My goal is to learn and achieve a new healthy me!
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Member Since: 1/21/2013

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My Goals:
Now that I have achieved my goal weight, I want to make my new lifestyle into one that I can sustain over the long haul. So my new goals will be to maintain my current weight, while continuing to perform my weekly cardio and strength training programs, all while eating healthy well balanced nutritious meals.

My Program:
In order to maintain, I will:

Burn 660 calories each week by performing 30 minutes of my mixed hatha/vinyasa yoga routine for six mornings.

Burn 900 calories each week by performing 50 minutes of a cardio sculpt routine for 3 days.

Burn 560 calories each week by performing 30 minutes of a pure cardio routine for 3 days.

Continue undertaking various nutrition and fitness challenges in order to keep this all interesting.

Eat balanced nutritional meals within my maintenance calorie range, allowing myself to splurge now and then, while stressing less over the finite details.

Incorporate healthy eating habits into my life for the long run by practicing eyeballing the weights and measures of foods in order to wean myself off of my food scale and away from the food trackers.

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The Challenges:

Now that I have finished my bachelor degrees in English and History, I will be moving on to get my Master’s degree in Information and Library Science, hopefully from Florida State University. I have submitted my application. In order for me to continue on with school, I must join my husband out on the road. We own a commercial semi-truck that has what is known as a “big bunk” meaning that we have a lot of the amenities that a RV has. However, we don’t have as much space. So working out will be a challenge, as will obtaining fresh food on a weekly basis, and even cooking to a certain extent, since I won’t have a full size oven to work with. There is hope though, since several truck stops have begun to add gym spaces. And I plan to actually use our trailer as my own personal gym space when I don’t have access to a real gym facility. I have been trying to do workouts these past few months that would work in a confined space. So that will be challenging, but doabl

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JOYFUL1977
6/4/2014 12:08:30 PM

57 maintenance weeks! WOW!!!



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LOVINGAFRICA
9/14/2013 10:20:49 AM

Thank you for the thoughtful gift, Friend! This is one of the first times I wished a Sparkgoodies were real. Forgot to buy some.
Thank you so much!



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LOVINGAFRICA
6/24/2013 1:56:09 AM

Haha! That is the other side of the coin, keeping them out!
Hallo CMW405!
Thank you for reading my blog. I am so happy that you are back SPARKING.
It is all up in the air still, but if it comes through I will be very excited.
That could mean the end to my walks with my kids on the farm though.
Just Kidding! Would be delighted.
I knew you would like the info, being a useless information junkie like me.
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LOVINGAFRICA
4/29/2013 3:10:28 PM

NO, I love talking about my continent.
Thatched roofs are made from a couple of varieties of grass that abounds on the Highveld, Gauteng and Freestate areas. In the Cape they use a type of reed. (The grass even grows on the side of the road) In Mozambique next door, they also make palm roofs that are plaited into sheets. (They even construct walls from them, like Japanese paper homes)
The dried grass is cut into bundles with a sickle, the leaves and seeds are removed and it is tied. Many poor people make a seasonal living this way. The bundles are packed onto a steep frame. One to two feet thick. They are cut to be perfectly manicured. It is golden yellow when fresh, and after a couple of months it turns charchaol. It is comed with wooden blocks with grooves cut into them almost like a washboard. It breaks the outer tips of the grass off, and it is nice and yellow again.
When growing up, we used the cement screed floor of our rondawel, (round thatched building) to put potatoes and mellons on. Like a root cellar. It is really cool and a constant temp.
It is a wonderful insulator, soundproof and durable, it has a wonderful smell. Cons: Dusty and it needs maintenance. Many people install garden sprinklers on the top V of the roof in case of a nearby fire. It can also be sprayed with a fire retardant. Thatched roofs have BIG lightning conductor masts nearby.
The wiring is never done on the roof, but on top of the inside walls of the building.
I have lived many years under thatch. Love it.
Have you googled images of it, or do you want me to post some in a blog so you can look at it.



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LOVINGAFRICA
4/29/2013 2:21:21 AM

Yippee, I would just love to be friends!!
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