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My name:Beth, age 58, height 4’11”, weight…my weight? I used to weigh 250lbs. Can you imagine a shorty like me weighing as much as a professional football line backer? Just look at my before picture and you wont have to imagine anything. Not a pretty picture.

The sad thing was that I had no idea I looked that badly. I’d look at myself and think, “Nice curves!”

The only time I was bothered by my weight was when I bought clothing but I was upset because fat girl clothes were so ugly or frumpy.

So, what motivated me to lose weight? Being diagnosed with insulin resistance. My doctor told me that if I didn’t lose at least 10% of my body weight I would be diabetic within 10 years. I was then placed on a carbohydrate-restricted diet and was instructed to do at least 45 minutes of cardio exercises most days. That was quite a jump start. But how to put it into action and keep track and stay motivated was on my mind, because my insulin resistance was not my only health concerns.

Let me tell you what my adult life has been like since I was married 38 years ago. It started with two c-sections, though that’s how I had my two beautiful daughters. Then after suffering two years with gall bladder stones I had it removed. I then developed irritable bowel syndrome. No fun. Then I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled at the same time. (I know that’s no biggie, but I think it counts.) Next, a benign lump was removed from my breast. It gave us a big scare. Thank God it wasn’t cancer! 23 years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia? You’ve seen the commercials. Computer generated images of nerves firing off pain signals. That’s what I have, but what the commercial doesn’t tell us is that there are many things that accompany fibromyagia. I’ll list just the ones that I have, though there are many others. Fibro fog (zoning out); trigeminal neuralgia/tic del-a-roux, irritable bowel syndrome/constipation; Reynold’s syndrome;restless leg syndrome; creeping flesh syndrome(I feel like I have bugs crawling on me); fatigue.

Two years ago a had a complicated surgey that involved a hysterectomy and replacing prolapsed instestines and rectum. There is never a day that goes by that I do not have pain some where. One would think that would be enough to motivate me to take the weight off. Ever try exercising while in pain? Have you ever noticed how eating seems to relieve pain temporarily? That’s how I got to 250lbs. Sitting around eating.

Now I had to break that cycle, but how?

Being a woman of faith I started to pray that God would show me where I could get free help and motivation. It was at that time that my husband bought me my galaxy 7.0 and I discovered the wonderful world of apps and Google appstore…and Nexercise…and mycaloriecounter.com. What great finds! That was a year ago…I just got my “one year younger” award! Yay! Oh, but the best thing about Nexercise is the chat room, Healthy Living and Weight Loss. The friends that I’ve made there are so incouraging. They cheer me on and send well wishes when I’m feeling “puny”. The calorie counter makes keeping track of what I eat and my carbs easy. I like that things like walking, housework, and stretching all count as exercise. It motivates me just to get up and do something, even when I’m hurting badly.

I thank God for His help and leading me to Nexercise, Mycaloriecounter.com, and the friends I’ve made in chatter. Praise God I have lost 70lbs.  My now picture I took today after weighing in at 180lbs. That’s 70lbs down from my before picture!

Bless you, Nexercise!

Thank you, my chatter friends. I could not have done it without you.

Together we will make my goal of 125lbs by the end of the year that I turn 60…Two years from now.

 

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