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After many setbacks, I am finally on the road to recovery. I have been cleared of the lung disease that had plagued me for so long and am on my way to great health!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my page! I'm Crystal, 53, a writer, a personal trainer, and a stay-at-home web developer.

For many years, I had a poor self-image as a result of being abused as a child, teen and young adult. I am now learning to love myself with the help of my husband, children and good friends. I now know that I don't need anyone's approval to go on with my life, and I am doing just that. It can be very difficult sometimes, and one moment at a time is all we can handle. I deal with my anger and resentment through my writing and I don't let it affect the other areas of my life.

Now, about my health: I was always the one person in my family who took good care of herself. I always watched what I ate, drank plenty of water, and exercised regularly. Then one day I was hospitalized with blood clots in my lungs and I was shocked. There was no particular reason they showed up. After some intensive treatment in the hospital, 10 days later I was sent home with an oxygen machine. I got better, and I got worse.

During one of the better periods, I started losing weight and working out, and was starting to feel great again. Then I had a back injury that sidelined me for about a year. Still determined, I decided to join a gym. I went to the pool every day for 3 weeks and thought I was going to give out because of my lungs, but I still went, and gave it my best effort. Then one morning while getting ready for work, I took a fall that shattered my foot. Multiple breaks and multiple dislocations. I spent six long months in bed. Ugh... I thought I would go nuts. My boys didn't know how to take care of me... how to feed me... so I ordered Nutrisystem just so I could have something other than carrots and celery and wouldn't gain any weight while laid up. It didn't work. I put on more weight.

Then last August I was diagnosed with mycobacterium avium complex, a cousin to tuberculosis. NOW I'm angry! How dare these things keep happening to me! I'm gonna do this! Come hell, high water or sleet and snow! Throw it at me! I'm gonna take the advice of my sensei and "be water". Go over it, under it, around it or through it, but keep going!

To date, I have gone down 10 pounds from where I started. I still have about 63 to go, but I feel confident that I can do it this time. I am loving myself for the first time, now that all the negativity is out of my life. And you know, it's amazing how everything comes into focus once you pinpoint the problem. It's my life to live, isn't it? So I'm going to make it the best life possible. If there is one thing I've learned it's that I don't need anyone's permission or approval to be me. So here I am, through all the drama and travesties committed toward me. "Be water." It's so true.

3/1/2009: I have posted my goals to the right. I am using my training as a personal trainer to develop my program. I am not giving myself "rewards" because I feel that my reward will be good health. I don't need anything else to spur me on. Nothing else matters.

Member Since: 10/21/2008

Fitness Minutes: 9,139

My Goals:
June 1, 2013 -

I have a goal to get to 15% body fat, which on my large framed body would be 135 pounds. My deadline for doing this is June 1, 2015.

August 2013:
Weight at 210
Bodyfat at 36%

September 2013:
Weight at 200
Bodyfat at 32%

October 2013:
Weight at 190
Bodyfat at 28%

November 2013:
Weight at 180
Bodyfat at 26%

December 2013:
Weight at 170
Bodyfat at 22%

January 2015:
Weight at 160
Bodyfat at 20%

February 2015:
Weight at 150
Bodyfat at 18%

March 2015:
Weight at 140
Bodyfat at 16%

April 2015:
Weight at 135 - GOAL
Bodyfat at 15%

My Program:

20% fat
30% protein
50% carbohydrates

2 cheat meals per week - Wednesday and Weekend day


Cardio -Every day

Some days it may be mall-walking, others it may be rebounding on my mini-tramp or learning line-dancing. I am working up to 45 minutes of cardio. Right now I'm at about 30 minutes which is GREAT for someone like me that had lung issues!

Strength training - 30 minutes
Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Flexibility and Balance - 45 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (NOTHING beats yoga!)

SMR (Self Myofascial Release) - Every day!

Sunday - No weight training or yoga. The body has to rest sometime!

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Other Information:
I am a voracious reader and I love to watch the History Channel and Biography. I have 4 cats and 4 dogs that I adore. The dogs are 2 chihuahuas, 1 American Foxhound and a Bluetick Coonhound. Figure that out!

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    I am so PROUD of you for not only changing from poor eating habits to living a healthier lifestyle, but taking the necessary fitness actions to achieve your INSPIRING weight loss!! Visit my SparkPage anytime. You are among an SP friend. I am right by your side, walking along this path with you towards your weight loss goal! Sending CONGRATULATION on YOUR 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY and YOU ARE A WINNER hugs from Missouri. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL!!

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    3381 days ago
    Happy emoticon ! You are doing great!!!

    3383 days ago
    Keep up the good work, it will all pay off in the end.

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    3384 days ago
    Happy Sparkversary to ya! Keep going strong. You are worth it! *S*
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    Happy Sparkversary! You are doing great and I wish you health and happiness for your next year!
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