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I am 44. I weighed 266 pounds at the Doctors office yesterday. I went for a walk with my dog yesterday. She wanted to run. I couldn't. Flashback 12 years. I was a confident 32 year-old, 125 lb. mother of three. I played women's indoor soccer twice a week, ran nearly every day, and taught tennis in the summer for the school district. I was a ski instructor when my husband and I met in 1986. Our honeymoon was in Yosemite, rockclimbing. WHAT HAPPENED!!! I feel like I have woken from a horrible dream, but GUESS WHAT? I am still fat! I have medical issues not related to the extra human I am carrying around with me. First, I have "Mixed connective tissue disease". Short answer, I have several individual diseases, all considered "mixed connective disease" or "autoimmune disease". So how does that make me fat? My disease is somthing like Lupus, I have the butterfly rash, severe joint issues, spinal pain, migraine headaches, seizures, palpitations, eye problems. I also, like many of you, have Fibromyalgia. This lovely co-conspirator makes me feel as if I have that all over body ache one gets when they have a temp of 103, only I have it all the time. There is not a single system of my body that has not been affected. The largest challenge is fatigue. Dealing with this much pain on a daily basis takes it out of you. I will also tell you all that all three of my kids are still at home, along with most of thier freinds (I have raised more than 3....) and I work full time. How do I do it? My house is a disaster area, I am a week (at least) behind in laundry. I also have a very patient, concerned, supportive husband and partner in life, and I have three pretty terrific kids. But, back to the basic question, How did this history make me fat? As I became more tired and sore the exercise levels fell off. I was also placed on prednisone and a few other live saving, but weight-gaining meds for the last 18 years, and between the two, here I am. I am lucky, I have a flexible family, that like the fact that I laugh at myself (what else can I do?).
And so my adventure begins.