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Member Since 15 Oct 2013
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About Me

My journey
I was never one who was overweight. Heck, I never tipped the scale at 100 or above till I graduated from college. I never worried about my weight. Ever.
My first idea that my weight somehow wasn’t “ideal” was at my first job and they brought someone in to give us health assessments. I was 22, 5-foot 4 and weighed 117 pounds. I was told that I needed to lose 7 pounds to get down to 110, and maintain there. I was devastated. I ignored it.
My weight hovered between 115-125 from the ages of 21 to 26. It survived at a low level in spite of my being in NYC on 9/11, and dealing with a very stressful (understatement) situation. In 2004, I lost my cousin who was a year older than me, to doctor negligence (my words) after she gave birth. I believe this was the first stressor that hit me hard.
Also, I fell on ice in 2000. Initially I was okay, however started feeling very sick later on. I went to the ER 3 times over the pain – no kidney stones, no appendicitis – and they finally said “we don’t know what it is, but it could be an ovarian cyst.” Since then, I had severe stomach problems over in in 2001, had a colonoscopy for it in 2002, bad pain periodically until 2007 when it hit full force in July/August, and then again slight twinges since. 
My weight began going up until I was at 156 when I joined WW in 2007. I successfully lost 30+ pounds on their turnaround plan, and kept it off for more than a year.
Then, in December 2008, I moved to Illinois. I knew no one, had no job and was alone except for family. My weight went from roughly 130-140, not huge. I kept it there until I was “fired/mutually quit” my job in February 2011. Then I gained. And had sinus surgery, and then an appendectomy in November 2011 and finally didn’t get a job I really wanted. My weight ballooned from 140-166. And, I was (still am) in a healthy relationship with a great job.
Since high school, I’ve dealt with some skin issues that would flare up occasionally. I would get these intensely itchy spots that would almost blister, I’d scratch them and then the spots would looks like burns as they healed.
I’ve also dealt with severe sinus issues from age 12-13 to present. Sinus issues so bad that prednisone did not help. Flonase did not help. Sinus surgery helped a bit, but has not eradicated the pesky issue.
Want more? Okay. Add in calf cramps (not a potassium issue, I got my blood work and my potassium is great), legs issues I would call restless leg syndrome, hands/feet that occasionally go numb, arms that get heavy for no reason, fatigue, random bouts of coughing, diagnosed with hypoglycemia in 1996, itchy scalp that when I scratch it it looks like I’m bleeding from the follicles.
In 2010, I learned that I have a Chiari Malformation Type 1 that’s 7mm long, and that when I eat salty foods I retain fluid in my ears that gives me vertigo (the room goes wobbly).
Since 2010, I have given up soda, potato chips, salty foods in general, lots of candy and sweets. I give in to the soda temptation when I have a really, really, really bad headache (or I need a quick sugar fix).
Yes, I eat out a lot with my boyfriend. But I do not overeat, even if we eat “bad for you” foods.
I eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink tons of water and tea, don’t snack a great deal and get between 6000-11000 steps a day. I take a hula-hooping dance class. I sleep well.
I did lose about 12 pounds in a year+ on WW 360-program, however my weight loss has stalled. I think it’s because I don’t eat poorly.
I’ve been skin tested for the basic allergies (pollen, dust, pet dander) and was told by the allergist that I have no allergies. I have no allergies to medication.
My only answer is that I must have a food allergy. It’s not nuts, because I can eat those w/o problem. I’m guessing it’s gluten, because sugar and milk products don’t give me a problem.
That’s where I’m at.

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