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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
9:39 pm
L is for Lupus, an online directory of reviews and recommendations for patients by patients, has officially gone online today.

Bear in mind, this is just the beginning. This site will not be limited to just lupus-related material. I've begun to include Fibromyalgia books and websites to review, and I hope to include other auto-immune diseases as well.

I'm very excited to be ahead of schedule! Please help get this started and write some reviews! Your opinion will help others research their auto-immune disease. I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
9:59 am
L is for Lupus - reviews+recommendations
Beginning May 15th, 2008, L is for Lupus will be an online directory of reviews and recommendations for lupus patients by lupus patients. An online community/bulletin board is also in the works.

L is for Lupus is currently seeking submissions for books and other items to review. We're not ready to accept actual reviews just yet--that will begin on May 15th. If there's something you would like to see reviewed on L is for Lupus, please let me know by posting below or send me an e-mail!

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9:58 am
L is for Lupus - reviews+recommendations
Beginning May 15th, 2008, L is for Lupus will be an online directory of reviews and recommendations for lupus patients by lupus patients. An online community/bulletin board is also in the works.

L is for Lupus is currently seeking submissions for books and other items to review. We're not ready to accept actual reviews just yet--that will begin on May 15th. If there's something you would like to see reviewed on L is for Lupus, please let me know by posting below or send me an e-mail!

L is for Lupus on MySpace
L is for Lupus on Twitter
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Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
9:39 am
It's a trade-off
Yesterday I got home, changed, and worked out on the stationary bike.

4.5 miles in 20 minutes, varying speeds (between 1 & 5), 150 calories burned.

Probably not very impressive to some of you, but for me...this is good. And it felt great.

Except for the fact that my neck is now killing me, and I have a pounding headache.

I took a hot & cold alternating shower after I exercised yesterday. Then I put some Biofreeze on my neck and shoulders. I even used the ice pack for 20 minutes.

I woke up today with a horrible headache, and would've given just about anything to not have to go to work today.


I need to lose weight. I need to exercise to feel better. But I always end up feeling worse in the long run.

I'm going to try to just "push through the pain" for the time being. I'm hopeful that once I get past this particular hurdle and start to strengthen my body my neck will stop hurting so much.

I just desperately want to get to a place that somewhat resembles a normal life...

Current Mood: sore
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
3:30 pm
I'm sorry that this community didn't really take off. I for one have found it really hard to get serious about losing weight. I'm SUCH an emotional eater. Good luck to everyone else though and don't hesitate to post here!!
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
5:27 pm
Inspired by a bananahead...
Alright. Let's be honest...we all want to healthy, but more than anything, we want to look good. We want to feel that we look good. As we get older, we miss those looks of appreciation. Truth be told, most of us are vain creatures, at least to some degree. So, we want to look good and feel good. That's what it boils down to.

That out of the way, I have much to say. Let's begin with the fact that whatever you do to lose the weight, is what you will have to do for the rest of your life to keep it off. Popcorn diet? Be prepared to eat nothing else for the rest of your life. Bad idea.

Personally, I have a free account at fitday.com to keep track of what I eat and what I do. Here's the thing...3500 calories = 1 pound. (Yes, this is the actually mathematical equation for weight loss.) So, if you burn 500 calories more than you eat every day...you will lose one pound a week.

Another good piece of advice is to not weight yourself everyday. The thing is, especially for women, the body fluctuates and it causes slight weight changes. I, personally, might weight myself more often, but the only ones that count are first thing Sunday morning. Also, I write it on the calendar, so I can see the progress, however small it may be. If you can see the changes, you are more likely to keep doing it.

I have found that small changes can do alot. I eat almost no red meat, anymore. I stick to chicken and fish. I eat alot of fresh veggies. I can have a tomato, some cucumber, and some green olives with a little vinegarette for less than 250 calories. On the other hand, ONE pizza roll is 42 calories. And really...who eats only 4 or 5 of those things?

I try to be careful with what I am able to do, due to the Fibro and other health problems. Actually, it's better this way. You should start slow and work up to more. If you do too much, it's bad in the long run. You can easily hurt yourself. If you don't think you can lose weight by doing a little, look at me. I've lost over 20 pounds in two months. When I began this quest for fitness, I couldn't do more than two or three minutes on the bike at the time due to lung problems. Now, I do an hour and then go do weight training. (Of course, right now I am in a flare, so I am being very careful and doing lower weights.)

Ok, there's my lecture for the day...
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
7:58 pm
Those who exercise regularly die healthier.
I went to the gym early today. I had a therapist appointment then went to the library. After that, I decided to stop at the gym and get my work-out done with. I am so glad I did.

Anyhow, I was on the exercise bike, doing my thing when a very nice guy got on the treadmill next to me and we chatted a bit. Long story short, Jim is another trainer. In fact, I think he's a better one than Rosco. When I got done with my daily work-out, I went to go through the weight room on the way out and we chatted a bit more. In the end, he showed me some exercises to begin getting into better shape. This way, I will not only get thinner, but better toned and in better shape as well. I made arraignments to go at the time he goes on weekdays. Every weekday, when I am done with my regular routine, he will do these exercises with me to make sure I do them right and to help me learn them, so they will become habit as well. I figure, I will do those five days a week when he is there and just do my normal stuff on weekends as a little break. Also, he told me some stuff I can do at home as well.

When I left the hospital, I wore my dark blue jeans and they were tight. Last night, I went into my room to get ready for bed. I took off those same jeans...without undoing them. I can literally take them off and put them on without undoing them. Time for new jeans! I think, when you can do that, you can't say "I'll get new when I lose a few more pounds." That is a sure sign to get new. As soon as I can, I will be buying a pair to replace the big pair. I really need some new undies as well. Most of my underwear is too big on me. I am so pleased!

It's not really about getting to a certain number. It's about wearing a certain size and feeling a certain way. I still feel fat, but not quite so fat as I did. My view of myself is beginning to shift and this is such a good thing.

Today, I am a happy camper.
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
10:34 pm
Hey all! First off, I think this is a great idea for a community, knowing personally how hard it is to loose weight / keep weight off with fibromyalgia. Back in high school, I weighed in the 140's or so until I got pneumonia and it triggered my fibromyalgia. It hit me hard and I gained about 60 pounds, partly from not being able to get out of bed most days, partly from meds that my psycho ex-doc put me on (she called weight gain "normal" for my age and said they couldn't be caused by the meds despite weight gain being listed as a side effect). I was probably about 200 around the time of my wedding - and I hate looking at those pics. It was several years, though, until I was properly diagnosed. Meantime, I lost some weight having stopped those previous meds. Then it was new meds, new weight gain. Every antidepressant I tried caused weight gain. I'm not depressed, and they don't help my fibro so now I am off for good. It was hard, though, loosing weight slowly over a few months only to put it all back on in a week or two on some new med.

Now, I have been loosing weight slowly, but surely (about 3-4 pounds a month). I'm now down to 168 - about the most I should weigh according to BMI calculations. This month is the first month since June that I haven't lost any weight, but it is the holidays, afterall, and I just finished my B.A. and a hell of a finals month. I look forward to getting on the ball again (literally and figuratively).

For those that are curious, here are things that have worked for me:
* Getting my 1st gym membership and actually going. My husband joined, too, and that has helped since we drag each other there. And it is better to go irregularly than never. Sometimes we go three times a week, sometimes once every few weeks. The gym we go to is open all night on week nights, which is great since I never know when I will have some energy to go.
* At the gym, I do weight training. I walk on the treadmill when I can, but I get more (and different) benefits from weight training in less time. I find it to be very empowering since I can chart my progress very easily. And I like that I burn calories even after I go home because of the added muscle.
* At home, I do stretching and yoga. It's rather informal and I'm already flexible, but it feels good and is very relaxing.
* I can't stress this enough - watch those portion sizes. I try not to eat out (although I still do regularly), but when I do I make sure I leave food on my plate - and I don't take it home. It feels weird, coming from a family where "wasting" was a "sin", but it does me no good to eat what I don't need. At home, I snack throughout the day on healthy foods, rather than eating big meals.
* When I go to the grocery store, I refuse to buy stuff with trans fat and high fructose corn syrup. They are both bad, but the latter will give you bad cravings. It can be hard, but look in health food stores or aisles. Instead, I buy foods that naturally reduce cravings (e.g. nuts, olives). Check out "You On A Diet" for more info on those foods. It's a great book and I saw great results just with cutting out high fructose corn syrup.
* I drink water. I used to be a soda addict, but now I hardly ever drink soda or even tea or fruit juice. Now my tastes have changed and soda is rather disgusting tasting (especially Coke). I love Evian. Plus, water is free in restaurants so I save several dollars right there. Diet soda might have no calories, but it is not good for you, either - and it makes you crave sweets and other foods more.
* I avoid fast food like the plague. Fresh veggies, fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts - they are even faster and a lot healthier.
* Herbs and other no/low calorie seasonings are great for taste and other health benefits.
* Go slowly. Trying to loose 3 pounds a week is hard and you're likely to gain it back and then some. Loosing 3 pounds a month is easy - and easier to keep off.

That's really about it. I've changed my lifestyle one piece at a time and it's worked great. I don't feel deprived or like I am on a diet. I just feel like I am listening to my body for once. And I feel like I will continue like this for life (compared to a temporary diet).

If you have any questions, please ask away. I hope everyone can has as much success as I have.
6:08 pm
Doctors trip
A trip to the doctors got more more Vicodin and a new diagnoses of something that will cause me pain, but not kill me. Lovely.

On the other hand, even the scale there says I lost a bit more weight. It's a special kind of thrill for the doctor to say you lost a few pounds.
10:56 am
Im 25...my name's nora..>
i should be graduating in may from school, with Arts for Children w/a theatre emphasis...

i'm...185 lbs...
i have the lovely circumstance of just barely getting into a 14, but having a 16 fall off me...

i used to be a size 9 in h.s...i'd like to at least get back to that...
i'm gonna try to go back on weight watchers, but i have to be careful, b/c i have eating disordered tendencies...

i also have diabetes ( type 2) so i have to lose weight anyway...
the diabetes is horrible, to say the least. i'm  gut wrenchingly hungry at the most bizarre times, and always thirsty...i also have the parasthesis already...( numbness)
it sucks...

so yah...weight watchers it is...when i have some money...

sorry, not feeling very hopeful yoday...
just needed to vent...
i think one of the most upsetting things is that this fibro b.s. totally *ucked w/my ability to partcipate in a beginner gymnastics class....i took it, but it was hit and miss as to whether i wasnt sore and stiff....its just...not fair..


Current Mood: hungry
Sunday, December 31st, 2006
3:29 pm
Stupid pain
My gyms hours today and tomorrow are awful, so I would not be going to the gym anyhow. However, I woke up this morning in extreme pain. I have taken a pain pill, thank the Gods for Vicodin, and I still hurt. I am still having trouble moving around. So, now I won't even be able to do the stretching exercises to help me tone. I can hardly move. I think if I try to do anything more active than shuffle to the bathroom, I would collapse from pain, in spite of the pain pill.

Right. I wanted two days completely off, so I could fall more behind in trying to lose this weight. I just want to scream.

Current Mood: frustrated
Saturday, December 30th, 2006
6:28 pm
So it was the brilliant mind of starshine2night to have a community like this. I felt that it was a great idea and had to get one started up. :) I really hope we'll be able to find enough people interested for this kind of support group. I know I need help staying motivated and getting started with trying to live better. I have so little energy and so much pain right now. Like starshine2night, I hope to lose around 50 pounds, possibly slightly more.

I never had a weight problem and always swore I never would, but over the last few years I've been slowly gaining and I'm now in a very uncomfortable, overweight body. Being five feet tall and weighing 113 before I started gaining, the weight has been very difficult to cope with. I haven't weighed myself recently, but I think I'm around 160 pounds.

I've heard good things about aquatic aerobics. Anyone know anything about it? I haven't any options to leave the house currently, but hopefully that will change in awhile.

Current Mood: hopeful
6:18 pm
Starting it off...
So, I will start this off, since I am a co-moderator.

I was diagnosed with fibro just over two years ago. However, the doctor was certain that I have had it since I was in my teens.

Years ago, I was thin. Now, thanks to having a 10 pound baby, fibro, and hashimoto's (thyroid disease) I weight *cough* pounds. I would like to lose about 50 pounds.

Every day, I am able, I drag my self to the gym. (By every day, I mean seven days a week. Yes. EVERY day.) I mostly use the bike cause I seem to be able to do that the most. With instructions from my regular doctor and my thyroid doctor, I am eating between 1200 and 1500 calories a day.

At first, I did great. I lost 16 pounds. Now, I can't seem to get any lower. My joints hurt, I feel like death on a popsicle stick and I can't seem to lose any more weight.

I am frustrated. I am very close to just saying forget it, and staying fat. I am so sick of the way my body fights everything I do.

I, on the other hand, am good to my body. I don't eat junk food. I snack mostly on fresh produce and I try to get enough sleep.

Stupid body.

Current Mood: frustrated
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