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Looking real pale in between infectious diseases... But who cares right? Lol

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First time dressed up since surgery. Yep, I've gained 20 pounds since last year at this time.

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Max with his coveted donut. He plays with it & I don't have to enterain him. Best $1.63 I spent.

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I've been Sparking since June 2012. I lost 60 pounds & gained back 62 after a tough year in 2014. It started off with surgeries, that turned in to failed surgeries, osteomyelitis caused by staph epidermidis (No thanks to Memorial Hospital), I screamed & cried s lot from pain & wish I could have erased most of it.

Now my spine is free-floating, so sitting is difficult & fast-paced walking is quite painful. My degenerative arthritis is eating away at all of my joints whether they've been traumatized before or not. Bone spurs are everywhere the doctors look. Bursitis in both hips & shoulders are up with bone pitting.

And now the doctor is lecturing me on being fat. I started gaining when I got osteomyelitis in December 2014 & have gained the entire 62 pounds again. He just told me last month that he wasn't surprised I gained so much weight while it was impossible to get out of bed.

Although my husband loves me & my fat (we met when I was still 50 pounds down), I don't. I feel lazy, my body isn't doing what I want, and EVERYTHING hurts at the end of the day & the morphine barely touches the pain.

Add to it the opioids I am taking, nerve meds, anti-depressants... I'm a walking pharmacological cocktail.

Time to wake up and get in check again! I'm the only one holding myself back from change!! So now I will give my fat cells an eviction notice and fight them off one by one!

The big start... Changing my eating habits since my body is s bit dysfunctional. And even though I haven't had a smoke in a year and a half, I still want one every weekend. I do drink a little wine on the weekend as a kickback. Gonna have to start tracking those calories too!

So here I go again. I have to have the willpower to say no to what my family is eating & opt for less carbs & fattening meals. Ugh!

Member Since: 6/18/2012

Fitness Minutes: 62,498

My Goals:
-Lose 50 pounds (done)
* Lose another 30 lbs
* 15 pounds at a time
-Work out daily
-Healthy eating habits
-Bring down my BP(done)
-Arthritis management
*Degenerative Disc Disease
* Degenerative Joint Disease
- Ventricular arrhythmia
- Tendon replacements ongoing

My Program:
-I am working out in some way, shape, or form EVERY day.
-Strength training 3x/week
-Cardio 3x/week
-Cycling (recumbent)

Personal Information:
Angela Ritter
38 years old
Jacksonville, FL

I am NO LONGER single and trying to enjoy it. Getting my disability settlement has been a great buden lifted
from me and my parents who are now retired and living with me. They carried my expenses for 4 years, so now I do everything I can to pay them back every day.

I have osteoarthritis, degenerative joint and disc diseases, migraines, fractured neck, nerve, muscle and tissue damage, IBS, and lower back issues from when I broke my back about 19 years ago.

I fight depression on a daily basis and have been in a very ugly place for years. I hope this program will help me out of the abyss. (It has so far! 10 months and counting, but still struggling with large bouts of depression, but I feel like there MAY BE light at the end of the tunnel).

Other Information:
I am NEWLY on disability, an avid reader, and have led a sedentary lifestyle for the first 3 of the past 4 years. Since June 2012, I have been moving and shaking almost every day and am damn proud of that!

I have quit smoking, kinda quit gorging on food, and now am getting my weight under control. (Lost 50 pounds as of March 2013 & am working on the next 30!)

I am a hazard to myself most days, but am trying to keep moving through the pain. I am accident-prone. I can build a house and not break a nail, but make me shuffle paper and I can break an ARM! HAHA

And I love an emotionally unavailble man. Go figure. So the next man I date had better have it all together!

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  • v UMBLAH21
    Hey pretty lady, good to see you are back on here. I decided to get back with it a few days ago. Hugs---Elisabeth
    1621 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    Good to see you again! emoticon
    1621 days ago
    I have missed you for as long time. Was taking care of my husband for a loooong time at home and lost connection to so many Spark friends. My oldest daughter moved in with me to help take care of her dad and will stay with me. Husband John passed away on March 26th. Really difficult after 56 years to find myself a widow but I am doing ok. Lots of family and friends.
    I was looking at the comments about my dogs, past and present and saw your name. Other sad times losing both my chocolate labs and my loving mutt within 2 years. we looked for another chocolate to adopt gut there were none in our area, female or male. My youngest daughter and her hubby found a kennel with pups and brought me Brandy that may have saved my sanity, Ha! She is 4 now and "think" she is done chewing but she and her yellow lab pal, Alex, managed to get hold of the little ones mitten and by the time we caught them the mitten was no more.
    I have always felt badly that you have had so much to deal with, life throws nasty curves at us sometimes. I read your page, hope you are happy and comfortable and have a great Christmas and NY!! so glad to be able to contact you again. emoticon Georgine

    1636 days ago
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    1637 days ago
    Thanks for the cheer! emoticon
    1900 days ago
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