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My name is Rolenia Thomas. I am 50 , on disability, Catholic, married, have a Daushund named Cinnamon, two cats Destiny and Purcy and on facebook as Rolenia Thomas.. I just lost my mother and best friend in May 5th 08. I have worked on my health through the help of Sparkpeople. Heart trouble runs in the family. I have 3 heart valve defects (aorta & tri-cupid) and on medication for it. Feel better than I ever have because the meds work and I am eating right and exercising right now. I suffer from depression, lack of sleep, high blood pressure (no longer have now because pain is controlled by implant), overactive bladder, chronic back pain (nerve damage in S1 of spine, bulging disk L4&L5,disc degeneration), thyroid problems (have Hashimoto's disease) and fibromyalgia. If I can lose this weight you all can too. I just had a bunionectomy on Dec 11th 2009. Still recovering. I had a spinal cord stimulator implant on May 15th. As long as it is on, it numbs my pain. Since I've been on this site, I've lost 45 pounds as of March 29th. My start weight was 181. Now I'm down to 143. I am so proud of myself because I have hypothyroidism. This makes it hard to lose weight. I have shown that because you have hypothroidism, doesn't mean you can't lose weight. I've worked hard. There are 4 stages to this lifestyle change. I am now in stage 4. Last stage is the 4th one. This stage will keep me on track and motivate me more to stay on track forever. I am now a CO-LEADER ON EMOTIONAL EATERS TEAM. I am on my way to a better lifestyle change. Being with sparkpeople has helped me mentally too. I am more positive, like looking at myself now and feel more confident in me. I have been voted as a Motivator too. Hard to believe. Drink lots of water, using the nutrition tracker and posting is the key to success. We can't change the past, but we can change today.
Current news as of Sept. 22nd 09:
I lost my grandmother (mom's mother) on June 12th 09. My sister had a terrible car accident on July 1st 09. I have now gained 9 pounds back because I have let all this get the best of me. Now, I have just put my head back on straight. I am confessing this because I must be honest, hold myself accountable, and show others members how easy it is to get back on the wrong path to a healthier lifestyle. We all make mistakes but just as long as we admit it and do something about it, we'll be fine. We all can do this with the support of each other. I get 8 to 9 hours of sleep at night, eat 3 meals a day, 2 snacks and walking 8 blocks in the evenings. I've got a new family doctor and she has me on the right meds I need for my heart and etc. Now with the meds, diet and exercise, I feel like a new woman. Enjoying life now.

Member Since: 6/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,229

My Goals:
To loose weigh, lower cholesterol, be more active and live a healthier lifestye

To give back to people who have given to me

To help encouraged others to live a healthier life.

The stars will align in 2009...
on the dance floor I will shine...
health and wellness will be mine...
we'll all join hands and cross that line...
the year 2009 will indeed be fine.

My Program:
low fat low cholesterol
drink 8 glasses of water a day
cardio exercises 5 days a week
strength exercises 3 days a week
log my meals on the nutritional tracker daily
get 30 grams of fiber a day
eat 5 veggies and fruit serving a day

Personal Information:
My name is Rolenia Thomas. I am married, from the WV, have a Dauchund named Cinnamon, and two cats Destiny and Purcy. I keep myself busy so I don't think about emotionally eating so much. This give me time for my husband and taking care of my children (dog and 2 cats). I am 49 and belong to the Catholic faith. I am disabled due to a injury to my back.
Check out my facebook page.

Other Information:
Live today as if it was your last day.

Smile and let's all support each other to this weight loss and cholesterol struggle.

Peace Be With You All!

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