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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 ...
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.
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Member Since: 8/25/2009

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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.

My Program:
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.


Personal Information:
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 to to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 4 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 20 yrs now.

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I am an avid reader when I have time. I like to swim and walk. Love traveling and seeing the country. We belong to Caring Canines, a therapy dog group, and take Abbie to visit hospitals and nursing homes.. I do a lot of volunteer work in the park where I reside. I am the beautification chair and take care of all the flowers and decorating in the park.

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2/8/2016 11:20:45 PM

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INFLATED
2/8/2016 10:52:39 PM

I need determination.



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2/8/2016 10:40:09 PM

All the smoke in the kitchen at our son's house was a big scare. We opened the windows and aired out the place, no plastic melted so bad as to drip on anything in the stove. Even though people were panicked, we had the presence of mind to smother the potential fire.



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2/8/2016 10:17:34 PM

I don't know if they could afford to pay us back or not. If not, she could have been honest and said so. They didn't change their clothes and even when we got there, our hostess said we could use her washer and dryer, they gave me three pair of socks to wash. I told our daughter, I planned to pack half of what we would need to make room for the in-laws' luggage and that we would stop at a laundromat or do laundry at her friend's house, if she didn't mind before we made the trip back.

I felt like she was anti-social and yet she seemed like she was above us. She spoke of her past and said she was in a choir and all of her friends had Master's degrees. I don't know what bearing a degree has on singing ability. She threw that in, I felt, because my husband and I don't have a college degree.

When I was young, a man and his family would visit my parents. I think he had 8 children and my mother would fix for the 10 of them. She and Dad visited them and weren't even offered a glass of water. She did what I did and the next time they visited, she gave the kids saltine crackers, but did not fix a meal. Some people are moochers. My daughter said she spent two days cleaning out two rooms of their house and then stopped. She thought the bank would foreclose on the property. I told her I expect the hoarding will get them thrown out of elderly housing. I got angry with her acting snooty with us when she was not seeing that her husband bathed and neither changed clothes.

It was a strange situation for sure and still is. My daughter does not put up with it.

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INFLATED
2/8/2016 7:50:56 PM

The temperature can put more of a stress on our bodies. I think of this more as a preventative measure than something being wrong.



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