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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: 315,255

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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  • v MSLZZY
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    Have a wonderful Monday!
    10 hours ago
    Thanks Pat I know that He is not done with me yet and that I must trust Him to taqkie me through this too.
    20 hours ago
  • v MSLZZY
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    2 days ago
    I keep a list of my medications and my vitals on the computer. I don't know what year I had surgeries and I know the older I get the less I will remember, so I have thought about trying to start doing better record keeping and then keep up to it.

    Thank you again. My sister just had to go through a lot because they thought she had congestive heart failure, she doesn't.
    3 days ago
    "I keep a spreadsheet listing all of Bill's meds and how often he takes them, including any over the counter meds he takes so when asked for them, I have it all neatly recorded and the dr or hospital can just copy my list.

    I also keep a spreadsheet of what tests he has had and when, a list of all his surgeries and when they occurred, and a list of any diagnosis of health conditions the dr's are seeing him for.
    I have managed to get this all on a one page spreadsheet so it is easy for me to fill out forms.

    Of course, he has numerous drs and I have them all listed with their addresses and phone and fax numbers for quick reference too.

    If you are having a problem remembering or understanding what the drs want you to do, ask them to give you written directions. I would think most would be willing to get their patient to follow their directions. Our primary gives us a summary after each visit and a list of his tests and what he wants us to do. We always receive a copy of all his labs from all his dr's because I ask for it."

    Thank you so much for writing this out for me. I need to do this because I just can't remember any more.
    4 days ago
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