I am new to this board but have been reading for a while. For years I have had FMS, IBS, and asthma, and now I have diabetes. Before I had my second child 6 1/2 years ago (a very traumatic delivery requiring 6 hours of surgery to repair things that literally ripped apart during labor), I was very healthy. Now I am overweight and have all of these chronic illnesses. I have tried and tried to lose weight, and just when I'm having some success, something flares up and sends me back to square 1 (and sometimes to square -10). In the last year I've been intubated because of a severe asthma attack and hospitalized several times for severe abdominal pain. My doctor's solution to everything is "aerobic exercise for at least an hour a day" and to "lose weight." (In all fairness, he has at least prescribed some medications - trazodone and flexeril - that help me sleep, but they do nothing for flares.) I know what I need to do in order to lose weight, but the problem is in the execution. In addition to my recurring physical limitations, I have a very demanding job which leaves me with little time and energy to work out. I am about at my wits' end and wonder if anyone out there has any success warding off the symptoms of multiple illnesses enough to be able to exercise and lose/maintain a healthy weight.