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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: 19,908

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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    391 days ago
    Hi CJ,

    Welcome aboard. I started back with SP the end of Oct. 2019, and I'm also doing IF and Low Carb. I try to keep my carbs below 30 and aim for 20 a day and I'm on 18/6 but most of the time I end up doing 20/4 Intermittent Fasting (IF).

    I have found that the more fat I eat the less hungry I am. I have 2 to 4 eggs and 3 to 4 slices of bacon with avocado most every day. I also have green smoothies and lots of kale salads. I have just started trying out new Keto recipes like Keto Pizza.

    I started a team called: Keto - Intermittent Fasting & Dr. Berg's Videos. Your welcome to check it out and join if you like. The pizza recipe is in the thread called "KETO Recipes, Please ADD Yours!"

    I wish you the Best on your journey.

    (((Hugs))) Bobbie

    433 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2020 10:17:52 AM
    Hi Birdlover-CJ

    I have just returned to Sparkpeople after several years. Like you I have a ton of health issues that I have been dealing with the past few years and yes! the pounds keep packing on. It is very discouraging I know, but fight it with all you have if it is what you really want. I had not been able to exercise due to severe back pain, which was holding me back. Now, my pain is so bad that I can't sit still, so I figure if I must suffer I may as well move, the pain is there anyway. I will keep you in my thoughts, hope you find what works best for you. Good Luck!
    431 days ago
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