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Update On My Journey

Hello Friends,

Since I last wrote, things have gone well. I have strayed only a few times from my food plan, which isn’t bad, and have kept up with my exercise plan quite well. It is obvious to me that I am committed, which feels good. Normally, by the time six weeks has passed, everything has fallen apart. It is nice to think that I have found something that I have stuck with for this long.

I planned on posting my weight in every post, but the thought of getting on the scale made me anxious. I don’t need that kind of pressure! That kind of pressure can send me into a binge frenzy where I sabotage all my good efforts. I don’t want to do that to myself. I know all I need to know, how well I’ve stuck to my plan and that my clothes now fit my body with ease and space. One of these days I will measure myself, but I don’t seem to want to do that, either, or I would have done so. I have decided I will weight myself once each quarter. You will see that post around the first of April.


This summer, I will be out riding my own bike through the country. (I got this image for free at

I feel myself getting stronger as exercise has become easier. Every day I am either on the recumbent bike or Gazelle glider for 45 minutes to an hour. I also do yoga or strength training six or seven days a week. I’ve had a few sore days here and there, but I know that’s part of the process. I used to fear that pain, but that makes it worse. I’ve learned how to have a different relationship with pain when I exercise. Now it doesn’t bother me much.

The journey to a new, healthy body is fraught with evil and temptation. I will keep my eye on the prize and be honest with myself. That will keep me on track.

Comment below with what keeps you on track with your exercise/lifestyle/eating plans. I need some more tools in my toolbox, just in case.

Sending love to you and yours,


About Julie Hodges, RYT

I am a happily-married, 53-year-old woman living in a beautiful place with my husband and our three dogs/babies. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) in 2004. While FMS affects every moment of my life, I have learned to live with it and be happy, not allowing it to destroy me. While I have FMS, it does NOT have ME! As a yoga and meditation teacher, and as a Reiki Master/Teacher, it is my passion to help people have a good, strong and healthy life and relationships. Fibromyalgia Lifeline will help me serve that passion. It is an honor to lead by example, as well as to continue to be a student on this path to freedom from the hold of FMS. Other than that, I like to knit, read, write, be outside, play with my dogs, be with family and friends, movies, some TV shows, ghosthunting, go places in our RV, travel, music, and so many other things, but mainly laugh and have a great time.

2 responses »

  1. I am Very Proud of you Sunshine! I am by yoir side all the way. We are going to have a great time this summer, Hiking, Cycling and Walking.


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  2. Thanks so much!!! Your support means the world to me.



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