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To Flourish - "to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way".

Member Since: 4/1/2011

Fitness Minutes: 277

My Goals:
I want my senior years to really be my "golden" years!

I want to be a healthy weight and have grace and balance.

I want to be able to fit in seats again; whether it's on a plane, a hockey arena or a theatre.

I don't want to feel pain walking and I want to be able to take stairs normally.

I want to be able to kneel down and garden.

I want to be a success story so that I can be an example to other survivors of CSA who struggle with food addiction as a result of that abuse.

My Program:
I followed the 17DD for 4 rounds in 2011 and lost 50 lbs. Now I'm taking those principles of carb cycling and clean eating and doing my own thing.

I also learned that - "I can do it". It takes constant vigilance, but it's doable.
I also learned that a sensitivity to gluten was a major roadblock in my previous weight loss efforts. I would never have learned that without the 17DD.

Personal Information:
I'm from upstate NY, married, no children. We have two dogs and one cat all rescues.
I have fibromyalgia/CFIDS. I'm very into organic gardening and like to travel. My husband and I have a small travel trailer. I'm an avid reader (fantasy fiction, psychology books and mysteries). I like New Age, classical and oldies music, and am very into meditation and mindfulness practice.
My DH and I are both retired.

Other Information:
I believe in the power of the individual to create their own reality.

Anything on MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction by Dr. Jon Kabbatt Zin is well worth checking out if you suffer from chronic pain like I do.

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    2093 days ago
  • v THEPOET465
    I came across your page today. I am also a survivor of abuse. I was raped buy a neighbor boy, molested by my father, his father, and another neighbor boy. I was also mentally abused by my mother, I lost count of the times that she said i was stupid.

    One of my brothers was also molested and he committed suicide in 1964, a couple of months before my 11th birthday: I still remember my brother's scream and the bloody scene.

    I can look back now and realize that everyone in my family was molested...we all lived in a dysfunctional household. Several of my family turned to drinking, drugs, or self harming behaviors because they were also abused. When my baby brother was only 21, he committed suicide, and I started drinking and then attempted suicide, with an overdose, a few years later.

    I seldom talk about this abuse and tragedies in my youth: i try to keep them hidden because of the fear of reliving it all. I am now fully aware of the early signs of my dark depressions and all the triggers of in 2010 and 2012, I voluntarily went to the E.R. and was sent to a psych ward. This was the best thing to happen to me.

    The psych ward in 2010: it was discovered that I had sleep apnea which was causing my oxygen level to drop to 70% and my breathing would stop about 17 or more times an hour.

    The one In 2012: it was discovered that my antidepressant medications needed adjustments because I was not on the right dose, and Ritalin was added as well.

    So after all this, I managed to get my life together, found joy in living and I tell myself that the word "CAN'T" does not exist anymore in my mind.

    So hang in there and I know you are strong and after reading your post, i know you will reach your ultimate goals.
    2094 days ago
  • v MPETERSON2311
    stumbled across your page today. Way to go! Thank you for all the inspiration and I added you as a SP friend too- we can do it!
    2101 days ago
    You are such a joy to this group. You deserve more than a goodie emoticon
    2103 days ago
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    Hey there Gabby Sue!
    Yes, it IS sunny and hot where I'm at! Finally! We're at an RV rally in the Hill Country (@75 miles north of San Antonio). It's our 3rd year here, and while the rally only lasts a week, we booked an entire month in this park since it's so-ooo relaxing and in the country!

    Oh, my goodness! If you're going to convert your garage into a "summer" room, I can only envision that you're going to LOVE it!!! What a fun thing to look forward to! I'm happy for you!

    . . . s u s y . . .
    2114 days ago
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