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I am a career coach who has spent the majority or her life guiding and shaping others, to the point where I almost started yet another business website on coaching, However, having come into serious health problems with interstitial cystitis, a chronic disease, I have returned to the important focus of reshaping me.

Today, I am still committed to my career but more in touch with the necessity to achieve harmony within myself for my health, sanity, and future. I am focused on eating well, living well, and getting stronger. I will not let this disease destroy all that I am!

Member Since: 4/1/2006

My Goals:
To lose weight, improve my health, improve my professional image, and increase my activity level. Especially important is to get down to a level where I qualify for pelvic floor therapy (PT) to treat my disease, interstitial cystitis.

My Program:
SparkPeople is really helping. I make a point of reading the articles, tips, and motivations for the day. I am following an old weight watchers food plan because it has always worked for me and is easy to tailor to my bizarre food requirements with my disease (I'm sensitive to about 90% of what others take for granted). I want to exercise but it is difficult because almost any activity beyond walking jars me but I hate walking in FL heat. I am looking to buy an elliptical machine as I understand they are low impact. Also, I write in my Spark journal daily, which is very helpful. My husband and I are doing this together, which is great to have the extra support.

Personal Information:
Laura DeCarlo, Melbourne, FL

Age 37, married, no children

Resume writer & career coach; self-employed - A Competitive Edge Career Service, LLC

Executive Director - Career Directors International, a professional association of resume writers and career coaches.

Founder - - a site where those with IC or related diseases like fibro can share poetry and art related to their disease.

Hobbies: reading, raising orchids, floating in the pool and soaking up the sun, growing things, cooking, designing ads, bowling occassionally, going to the movies, motivational speaking, learning all the time.

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Favorite books: Miracle Strain and Sabella

Favorite movies: too many

Favorite color: red

Goals: be a leader in my industry; help as many people as possible; heal my disease; look and feel good; and increase wealth.

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