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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: 276,108

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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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    It isn't the devil causing me to overeat and to eat the wrong things, it is me. I suppose it is a form of lust to eat that which I know will harm me. Sugar for me is like an addiction and so are carbohydrates.

    I like peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwiches. Hubby still offers me stuff I am not to eat. I know he knows he is tempting me and it is hard for me not to get verbal with him when he does it. I am upset with myself that I have had another pill added to all the medicine that I already take.

    I know that this way of eating works and I have been busy looking for recipes that comply with the food list that Dr. Eric Westman recommends.

    I have a shaping garment that I bought for a wedding we cancelled out on due to Koty's disappearance. It sure would be nice to lose my flab rolls and not have to feel poured into it.
    6 hours ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate the prayers.
    9 hours ago
    Koty went missing January 25 and it is just two days from being a month since it happened. I have stayed up at night and tried to read things online. I eat when I do that. I know I don't like going to the primary care doctor. I knew I needed help with my blood glucose numbers. The Trulicity shots don't seem to do anything to lower my blood glucose.

    He growls at me about cholesterol, but eating low carb and high fat is not what causes heart disease or strokes. I am tired of arguing and am ready to face whatever comes. I think taking too much medicine will probably kill a person quicker than most diseases. Cancer thrives on sugar and my body is super sensitive to sweets whether it is fruit and yogurt, or snack cakes and ice cream.

    I could do well on the diet plan until it came to dinner and then we would have something not on Dr. Westman's list or fast food. If hubby was going to be in Pittsburgh, he would buy fried chicken, pizza or something I could just reheat and eat or eat cold (chicken). I know the A1C is an average over 3 months.

    When I go to the doctor in two months, he plans on doing an A1C check there at his office. His staff told me he went through training to learn how to do it and he will no longer be sending his patients to a lab to have it done. This is more convenient for me and probably puts more money in his pockets.

    If I get to 218 pounds, I will look pretty good for our son's wedding in May. I just hope I can stay focused with that as an incentive and being able to walk hills to look for Koty.
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2017 2:05:05 AM
    I never got outside to work on the yard. Hubby suggested a walk at 10:30 PM with the dog. I went and the temperature was warm for February. It was 76 degrees here today. 78 predicted for tomorrow, the record is 82 degrees.

    I did well again today on my eating plan and didn't have a roll with my hamburger or half a hot dog, just cheese and mustard. We also had potato salad and I was able to resist. Our son's wedding is coming up in May and that and wanting to look for Koty are good incentives to stay on plan.

    Maybe I will get up early and get the edging done while it is cooler, I hope so. I will need to carry the phone in case the insurance calls back to tell me why the hospital coded the bill the way they did, and if it will be resubmitted for payment. I have never had to do an insurance claim and I tell you since we went on Medicare, our insurance sure has been messed up. Hubby received a letter from the Congressman's office that they are working on it.

    There are so many things that we don't have any control over, but God can bring it to mind like he did about Mordecai. Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
    Esther 6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
    Esther 6:3 And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

    Such a small detail led to the Jews being saved. Had the devil been able to carry out their destruction, humanly speaking, Jesus would not have been born.

    I know that a sparrow does not fall to the ground without the Lord knowing it and trust that He will deal with the wickedness of this hoax.

    1 day ago
    I couldn't believe what I was seeing when my husband told me there was a news segment about Koty.

    Yes, that is the difficult part, knowing that both Medicare and your supplemental insurance have been sent a pending bill. I agree with you about seniors that are not alert paying for things that their insurance should have covered.

    I don't like to be told about portals for different doctors and the hospital and now having to download coupons onto a Smart phone. My mental acuity is waning and I don't want to have to use those means. Give me something on paper please.
    1 day ago
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