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I first joined SparkPeople in February 2020, but really didn't understand what it was about except for a way to log calories and exercise. When the COVID-19 lockdown hit at the end of March, I gave up on it.

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, someone took a photo of me meeting the new Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham (Alabama). I had planned to post the photo on Facebook, but was horrified to see how fat I looked. My shock and depression from that photo is what got me back with SparkPeople that very day.

It has only been one month now, and I really haven't lost any weight to speak of, but my outlook is so much better than it was a month ago. I'm eating better and moving a lot more, and I intend to keep up the streaks I have started for both.

What's so remarkable about the improvement is that I'm actually going through a pretty awful time with insomnia caused by restless legs. I'm trying to get in to see a neurologist, but the wait is long. It's hard to believe, but I'm only getting 1-2 hours of sleep most days.

If I hadn't joined SP and committed myself to stick with it, I am sure I would not be enduring this as well as I am. I've joined many teams, made friends, taken on challenges--and they have all combined to help me keep my sanity and sense of humor.

So that's where I am right now. Trying to sleep, trying to get medical help, trying to lose weight, but very glad for all the good that has come through joining SparkPeople.


Member Since: 2/27/2020

Fitness Minutes: 24,722

My Goals:
I so want to lose weight to take stress off my joints, to possibly eliminate some meds, to look and feel better in clothes, and to hopefully have more energy and alertness. But with lupus am not sure if fatigue will lessen.

My Program:
Tried Intermittent Fasting but it just didn't work for me. I'm now simply trying to stay within the SP recommendations for calories and fitness. Taking it slow, trying to eat better, get more exercise, and have a more positive attitude.

Personal Information:
58 years old, married to my wonderful husband, Mark, for 27 years. Originally from Chicago, then lived in Massachusetts, then met Mark in San Diego. We moved to Birmingham, Alabama, about 15 years ago just because life in CA was getting too crazy. I have had lupus (SLE) for 18 years. Also have Sjogren's Syndrome and fibromyalgia. Biggest issues are fatigue and sun sensitivity.

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    Thanks for the kitty condolences ❤️
    76 days ago
    Hey! So sorry I haven't checked in! Lots of unexpected things coming up! I completely understand the pain issue. I've dealt with chronic pain and it is draining! Just trying to get through the day or night is a feat in itself. I sure hope your pain gets better for you!
    Hope you're doing alright!
    77 days ago
  • v IVORY1825
    Thanks for the comment, and dude, yeah, I've been into Still Alive (and Portal) forever, one of my favorite t-shirts says "Look at me still talking while there's science to do" and I've seen Jonathan Coulton in concert a bunch of times! Glad you like it as well, and thanks for the birthday wishes!
    160 days ago
  • v RUFFIT
    Just chirpn by saying Hi!! How are you?? What is new?? Justin just worked on my Dad's birdhouse so it is brandy new and then he decided to make a new one. So now we have 2 bird houses up and will see if we have any new occupants!! Hugs,
    140 days ago
    Hey! How are you doing? So sorry I haven't asked how you're doing! I've been so busy with my husband graduating last week. Do you have daily goals you're trying to meet? I'm making a list myself of what to focus on daily and what's most important to meet.

    Hope you're doing well! Let's have a great week!!
    Hugs, Trina
    84 days ago
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