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I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed away December 26 and I have managed to get his affairs settled. Now I am just dealing with my dear DH's health issues. He underwent radiation for prostrate cancer and is now deemed cancer free but still dealing with several other health issues.
I am starting on a new phase of my life - Mon, Oct 1 is my target date and I am not thinking of this as a diet, but a new way of eating to make me healthy for life.

Member Since: 8/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 296,875

My Goals:
Ultimately I would like to lose about 70 lbs but my main goal is to eat healthy and get into a healthy weight and BMI range. Diabetes runs in my family so I hope by living healthy I can avoid that.

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I walk at least 5x a week for 3 or more miles and try to swim several times a week.
I eat vegan 1-2 days per week and watch my salt intake.

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Born and raised in a small town in central Ill. Moved to Edwardsville, IL to attend SIU, and got my degree from Webster Univ in STL, MO in 1985. Lived in the STL area for about 30 yrs before hitting the road and living in an rv for 6 yrs. Settled down due to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. I was forced into early retirement when the company I worked for was sold in 2000. Was able to enjoy it as it allowed us to travel and had we waited, the health issues would have kept us from doing that. I am blessed to have been maried twice to wonderful men. I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and he passed away at 41, due to complications of diabetes. I am happily remarried for 25 yrs now.

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Have had to table my love of reading for now-eye sight has been a real problem for the last couple of years.

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    We have had storms too. The water was 75 degrees the other day. This evening the surface of the water was warm and there was not a big difference in the temperature at the bottom of the pool. I ran around it many times and then just floated in the middle.

    Hubby never checked on me.. I am sure glad I bought myself a life vest.
    23 minutes ago
    I have read where some say to eat from the pantry and freezer say a week before your next check comes and use the older food. Also to make an arrangement of your food stuff, so that you can move the older things forward (where they would be visible) and put the new stuff in back of shelved items. This is supposed to be done in stores that sell food, but often the stockers will put the newest stuff in front due to quotas of boxes they are to stock or just because it takes up time to do it right.
    1 day ago
  • v RAMONA1954
    Thanks for your support and encouragement. I hope things are improving on your end
    1 day ago
    We bought freezer tape and write the date on our frozen stuff. I hate waste and it happens so easily. Too much fresh produce and it spoils. I try to freeze stuff if it is not being used right away.
    1 day ago
    I have been on Spark People for 7 years. So many Spark People, drop their weight and are living healthy and I asked myself why I hadn't done that.

    The Gorton's fish helped me this evening. I had my husband buy some more.
    2 days ago
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