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Too bad the wolf didn't bite a few pounds off but Alaska was great!

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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: 266,418

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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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    Butter Bob's chili recipe made 7 quarts of chili. We sent some home tonight with our son's fiancee and filled a jar full and froze it. The video is online and at the end of it, Butter Bob has the recipe on a chalkboard in his kitchen. I paused the video while I wrote down the recipe. Within two hours after eating two bowls of it, my blood glucose was in the 150's which was very good. There is no nutrition information with the recipe. I couldn't find the Rotel brand of canned tomatoes, but they must have less carbohydrates than other brands.

    I didn't have the grilled cheese sandwich tonight with my chili and neither did Kate; she is dieting to get into her wedding dress. It fits now, but I understand wanting to lose more weight before the wedding.

    My Mom always got sick when she ate chili or spaghetti.
    7 hours ago
    Thank you, for the goody, I'm licking my screen, use Lysol on yours, Ha!
    7 hours ago
    I found the knife holder when I went to clean off the top of the refrigerator. It might have been up there for a long time if I hadn't found it. I am short and have to use a step stool to see on the top of the refrigerator. Hubby hasn't put it up yet. I saw in pictures of our daughter's kitchen, that she has one.

    I am happy that we didn't go to a restaurant for my birthday and have to spend money. My son always picks up the tab for birthdays, but his fiancee is inviting 150 to their wedding and had to trim down her guest list. They are saving for that.

    While they were all in Wyoming, they found things on sale and bought them. Our daughter got her brother and his fiancee, a stand mixer and they are very happy with that. My husband had the car packed full when he came home, so nobody would have to carry the stuff onto an airplane or pay shipping charges to have it delivered.

    8 hours ago
    I have gotten a lot of useful things, since my husband came home, from my family and I even bought something for myself, pots and pans.

    Another year older, but one day I shall see Jesus, face to Face.
    1 day ago

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