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Disabled and New Year’s Resolution

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It’s the first week of 2011 and I’ve been reflecting and re-evaluating my goals. Short term as well as long-term.  Everyone has been on this topic since before the New Year rang in. Took me some time and I am still working on it.

However, first and foremost, I know with All my heart that if I do not start an exercise program now, that I am doomed and will die an early age.  I just turned 45 and my mother passed at 58.  God rest her!

I am also a Lupus patient. I also have Reynaud’s Disease, RA and vasculitis.  I was diagnosed in 2003. I’ve made it this far through the infusions, operations, and all the medicines that I am now taking.  So it’s been almost 8 years and through the years I have lost muscle tone.

I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant and did not lose it all by the time I was diagnosed. So when they had to put me on a high dose of prednisone, I ballooned. I told my husband and brother that I looked like a NFL Line Backer. 🙂

I’ve lost quite a bit, but still have a way to go to get down to optimum weight. I am tall, 5’9″ and I can carry the weight well, but I am not comfortable in my skin right now.  Not to mention, my Husband Willie doesn’t like heavy women, so he is constantly on me about the extra weight.

So in preparing for the new year, several months ago I found an exercise program that  I feel like will help me tone back up. My joints can not handle aerobics, tybow, or any intensive movement. So I found Yoga.  The DVD that I found is called Better BELLY Yoga with Desiree Bartlett.  I found it through my membership with Prevention Magazine. It’s  their fitness program.  From sitting in front of the computer so much, I have gotten the mushroom look. I hate it. But with this dvd and walking on the treadmill or in the neighborhood, I can beat the belly fat.

When I found the dvd, I also ordered several books on Yoga so that I could learn more about it.  The book I chose to keep is called Look Better Naked! by Michele Promaulayko Editor-In-Chief of Women’s Health with Maura Rhodes. I chose this book because it includes a 6-week plan to your leanest, hottest body ever!  LOL  It makes you get naked and really look at ALL your flaws, but it’s inspiring because if you follow it and apply all the right steps, you will transform your shape, boost your confidence and feel sexier in-and-out of your clothes.  It is a tried and true program.

I am putting this out there in hopes that I can inspire others with disabilities and disease. Being a young mother when diagnosed, it devastated me. We were very active with our boys. Camping, hiking, boating, fishing and all the usual activities that kids get into.  I was a trained Cub Scout Leader for 3 years. I could not believe what was happening with my body.

So now that I am in remission and doing pretty good; I get so bored being disabled. Pain causes depression. Depression causes you to not want to do a darn thing. Somedays, you just don’t want to get off the couch. I’ve always been a go getter. Very active.  So I wanted to find a way to make money from home.  Then I found network marketing.  For the last three years, I have invested time and money to figure out how to make money over the internet.  And in doing so, I’ve got cushion all over and I don’t like it. So I’ve got to get back in shape so that I feel better about myself.  Being disable at a young age can devastate your confidence, not to mention the extra weight is not good on my back or my joints. It gave me diabetes from taking the medicines, but I lost enough of weight and got off some of those meds that I don’t have to monitor my sugar levels anymore or take any meds for diabetes.  Yea!

I hope to reach out to other Lupus patient and be an inspiration to them and I hope that some of them get on this band wagon with me as I blog about losing the weight, what is working  and what is not.  I am committed to this endeavor.

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