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  1. Lisa Neal
    4 March 2024 @ 7:07 am

    Hi Tara

    Health is everything – both mental and physical. Life is short, so set goals, do what you have to do to get there and don’t listen to the naysayers. Live your life with head held high.



      4 March 2024 @ 2:06 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I appreciate those words of encouragement. x


  2. Mike Moffit
    15 March 2024 @ 9:55 am

    Re: Your Car

    In the wise words of Indiana Jones, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage!”

    Just before Thanksgiving Day 2020, Covid caught me. In the hospital for a week, unable to do anything important because of Covid Brain Fog. It also irritated my RA, so moving and walking were dangerous activities because of the pain.

    I made up my own program which I call, “The Eat What You Want But Less Of It Diet.” Portion control, up the protein and lower the carbs. Something is working… I’ve lost 50 pounds since then!

    Good luck with your program!


      17 March 2024 @ 10:01 am

      Hi Mike. Ugh, COVID. It caused a lot of issues for a lot of people, and RA on top of it, is not good. Sorry to hear it. I have OA, thankfully, but I hear you. It’s all constant pain. I wish I could do your program and lose weight – everything in moderation at least, and because of Ozempic I’ve definitely upped the protein – – but we ‘women of a certain age’ have a little thing that also gets in our way: Menopause. It just adds to the pile. Thanks for the luck. I appreciate that.


  3. Virginia
    15 March 2024 @ 1:33 pm

    Hey Tara, welcome to my world. Crappy isn’t it, damned if we do and damned if we don’t. I had the sleeve surgery, I had severe back issues that I could not work out anymore. But according to the surgeon who did my surgery, “It is what you put in your mouth, what you put in your mouth”. Yet the doctor who saw me every other month asked me to keep a food diary. Everything I put in my mouth I had to list, which I did. She looked at it and said that i was not doing bad at all. I just needed to stop my sweet tea 🙁 and adjust my eating amounts. Which I did, but did not lose a ounce of weight. I stopped going back to the Weight Loss Center. Before the back got so bad, I started my study of the martial arts in 1973, when I had to stop I attained the level of 4th degree. I loved the arts oh how I loved that life. Before Fibromyalgia destroyed my life I had gained weight again. My husband did not like me being gone 3 nights a week, I needed to be home for our son and him. Another story for another day. I got into not body building but body thinning. I did more reps less weight. I was down to a size 2x, my weight was still the same on the scales. I got back into pants I hadn’t worn since high school. Studied kick boxing, also had a green belt in Taekwondo. Best bench press was 210. Then fibro came into my life and my body has gone down hill since.


      17 March 2024 @ 9:57 am

      Hi Virginia. Ugh. Damned is right! And you’d think doctors would know better.. or be a little more sensitive to their patients! I went to a dietician too – she was surprised as I eat healthily. She couldn’t understand what was going on either. Yes, I’ve tried it all. I have learned that it’s not the scale number that counts, it’s the clothes fitting, but right now, all of my clothes are sacks on me, yet somehow I’m STILL reluctant to buy new. I’ve hit thrift stores instead.I hope you can find a balance in there somewhere. Because, I know, the health issues don’t help at all.x


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