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I have BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and became ill with CHD (Congestive Heart Disease) in October/November 2003. Until then I was a full-time carer for my only child Katie who died in 2004, aged 14, from CHF (congestive heart failure) caused by secondary pulmonary hypertention and a congenital heart defect.

My recovery was very slow and frustrating and I now have osteoarthritis in both my hips, lower back and knees which restricts my mobility, caused by a serious road accident in 1984 and years of being obese due to the BED.

My goal was to find a job working in IT, so I self-studied for and passed my CompTIA A+ exams in 2006. I then worked as an IT Volunteer at our local Hospice for just over a year and found a job as an ICT Technician in a local School... before my job was cut after 2 years from loss of funding due to Government austerity measures.

I had a gastric bypass in January 2009 after losing 86lbs to reach my pre-surgery target weight (BMI 50 or less). Due to health problems and depression I put 21 lbs back on while waiting but lost it again in the short run up to my surgery. During the operation my surgeon discovered that I had a very large hiatus hernia which was restricting my heart and lungs and was likely responsible for causing my otherwise unexplained CHD. I have had Bradycardia since the surgery and have also recently developed Atrial Fibrillation.

My weight plateaued after a fall caused my arthritis to flare up which prevented me from exercising, I became depressed and regained weight due to comfort eating. I also tripped and fractured my elbow back in July 14 2015 and now have post traumatic arthritis in that too. And then a couple of months later I got shingles... I'm beginning to think someone up there was seriously testing me!

I found a temporary job working for the NHS and passed my Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting in July 2016 and left the NHS in that September.

My current goal is to get my BMI below 40 so I can have a Total Hip Replacement. Beyond that any plans I have are on hold as I am undergoing counselling for my BED, which is long overdue, and an episode of severe depression .


Updated 01/11/15

Member Since: 6/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 8,090

My Goals:
My long-term goal is to lose enough weight to have a hip replacement and live a healthier lifestyle.

My Program:
I originally lost 188lbs between 2006 and 2010. Sadly due to further health problems and depression I put 106lbs back on. Now I need to get my BMI below 40 so I can have a Total Hip Replacement ASAP.

I struggle with exercise because of my disability but I will keep trying to build a regular routine.

Personal Information:
I live in the UK.

I trained in Martial Arts in my twenties and was a member of a Dark Age re-enactment society, riding my motorcycle to events around the UK. After a serious road accident I had to give up and have gradually developed severe osteoarthritis in my hips, lower back and knees.

My daughter died in 2004 and my sister the previous year, following a road accident. My father also died from a heart attack in 1991. My mother died shortly before Christmas 2013 leaving me as the eldest surviving member of my family.

Other Information:
I gained my BSc in 2000 and my AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting in 2016.

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    I am right beside you in weight loss. I have lost 35#'s so far and waiting to go to Dr on the 3rd to weigh in again. I had thought about surgery but I had a colon resection done in 1995 and for me that's the last time I ever want any surgery . It took a long time to recover. I have so many medical issues also and this has been the best program I have ever tried. I could write a book about dieting and weight loss but am now learning about being healthy and I am so intrigued by the help they give here. If you ever need someone to talk to just email me at:

    I will get right with you because I spend most of my time on the computer. I have learned a lot about computers by trial and error. I got my first as a throw out on the curb after hurrican Ivan hit Pensacola, Fla. I have actually deleted windows from one and after crashing three I finally have figured out what not to do.LOL I love just learning about them. I am permanently disabled because of arthritus and high blood pressure , IBS, COPD, asthma,Diabetes and 50% hearing loss, Just to name a few....

    Hope you can read my sparkspage. Be sure to see the photo album and see the pics of Hurricane Katrina coming in on Mississippi. They are awsome.

    Well gotta go but have a powerful and fullfilling Journey and God Bless...
    4599 days ago
    Welcome to 50+ Females! You’ve come to the right place. You’re going to love this site. There are so many wonderful people to encourage you and give you motivation to succeed! Explore the tools available until you get comfortable. If you have any questions, just ask and someone will help you. Join in on the June Forum – it’s an ongoing discussion about any and everything! Good luck with your medical issues!

    4600 days ago
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