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I have been a member of SparkPeople since April of 2006. Since then, I've gained and lost and regained the same twenty-five pounds. :P In that time, I have walked and completed four half marathons and one 5k.

I suffered a serious back injury in May 2015, which has caused me to pretty much stop all exercise. I have had two rounds of epidural steroid injections, a round of oral steroids, and I suspect another round of injections will be forthcoming once I see the neurosurgeon again in March, since I re-injured my back in November 2016. *sigh* I have let myself eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, for all the wrong reasons (and steroids are no help whatsoever). I now find myself slightly above my previous highest weight, and I'm desperately trying to stop the proverbial bleeding with regard to weight gain. I'm returning slowly to the way I used to eat--mostly plant-based. The thing I'm concentrating most on removing from my diet is dairy. I may not be able to exercise right now, but I can control what I eat, so I'm starting there.

Member Since: 4/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 34,895

My Goals:
Having to rethink these after my back injury. Right now, small steps:
--reduce my blood pressure medication (been trying to keep my BP under control has been a struggle with this back injury...definitely tied to pain levels).
--lose 15 pounds and get back into the clothes I had to temporarily pack away.
--start exercising slowly, with the blessing of my doctor. I may have to work my way back up to walking, but I'm looking into Tai Chi.

My Program:
Right now, determined to reverse some of the chronic inflammation and pain I have. I can do this partly through diet, which is what I'm choosing to concentrate on at the moment. Hoping this will help when I have to have epidural steroid injections again.

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My name is Christine, and I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I have some chronic health issues that I live with, including PCOS, high blood pressure, chronic knee and joint problems, and degenerative disk disease. I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver in 2012. I herniated my L5-S1 disk in the summer of 2015 and am still recovering from that injury.

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    hi im mali and i live in clayton nc and i have over 100lbs to loose and am looking to get to know people in my area better if your interested in phone conversation or emailing let me know hope to hear from you
    1654 days ago
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    1962 days ago
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    emoticon I think I am suffering from late oneset athleteism too emoticon

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    1962 days ago
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    2012 days ago
    I like that adult onset athlete. :)
    Flying Pirate interesting name for a race.
    I hope you did well, Congratulations on doing it.
    2205 days ago
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