a bit late for introductions but here it is-
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this is me in thailand last year-im the grey one lying down!
i am a 50 year old mother of 3 children-23,21 and 19. 2 still at home and poor uni students.
i am married to a semi retired school teacher.
i retired 5 years ago after almost 30 years of nursing after i was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and found i was no longer able to cope with the stressors and physical demands of the job.
at the time of diagnosis i weighed approx 92kg and was totally paralised down one side from underam to toe and all of the other arm. i could not walk or use my arm at all and was in hospital for a month-then lots of rehab.
this was a terrible time for me as i was not sure what was happening or whether i would be wheelchair bound for life and i was unable to do anything for myself-couldnt even wipe my own bum (had drip in elbow of good arm as my veins had shut down). because i was so overweight at the time and paralysed i found it almost impossible to even move around in the hospital bed-i swore straight away that i would lose weight!!!
i begain to regain movement and feeling 3 weeks after initial paralysis.
gradually i did lose weight, but it took a long time as i was unable to exercise but pushed myself as much as possible-eventually after a few months and with the help of hitler (my best friend) i started to swim with a group of ocean swimmers-i was on steroids at the time for my ms and had lots of energy-and swam laps of the beach where i live(i was a swimmer when i was younger so found it easy)-i then ended up with shoulder pain in both shoulders and was told by my physio that i had almost torn both my rotator cuffs!-no more swimming for a while!
then took up walking!
after 12 months of eating correctly and walking-and swimming (not as far this time) i had lost 30kg-also went to weight watchers with my hitler friend for some of this time.
over the last 12 months my weight has again climbed and 6 weeks ago i decided i didnt want to and couldnt afford to get big again so i joined the local gym-costs me a fortune but i am loving it-and i cant make excuses such as its too hot or too cold to walk/swim.
i am really glad i have found this site and the calorieking site as they have kept me motivated, educated and supported-thanks to you all!
my goal is to feel healthy,look healthy and fit into my old clothes by christmas-not my 92kg clothes though!!