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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

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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.

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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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    10 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 8/27/2016 3:12:23 PM
    I wanted to get off of medicines to lower that bill. I can't if I don't have the foods I need. By eating the way I do, our grocery bill went from about $200 every two weeks, to around 120 every two weeks. I feel like I have cut all that I can cut and yet whatever is saved, always goes to something else. I know we will need another car before we die. I look at these things as challenges, but I also get burnt out by it all.
    22 hours ago
    This was the motivator I needed to take over the finances. He would just go into the savings and transfer the money. There is no category in our budget for home repairs and other things that we will need to use our money for. My son was giving me grief that my husband had no money if he wanted to get a sandwich while he was out. I pay for my own clothes, doctor's visits and help with the bills. I want to sell my van because it just sits. It costs us car insurance, maintenance, repairs and we have no garage or carport, so it is out in the weather. Right now, the air conditioning doesn't work and hubby's car needs the defrosters checked and fixed. I don't know what to do if hubby doesn't snap out of it. My car is a 1995 Dodge Caravan and the paint is gone off the hood of it.

    The elderly housing here has bed bugs in their building. The value of our home dropped from what we paid, $160,000 to an estimated value of $136,704. We have less than $6,000 in savings. Hubby's retirement check pays the mortgage. I guess I will try to keep the books and hope that I won't be looking for a place to live in my old age. I threatened to divorce him if this happened again after the third time. This is the fourth time.
    1 day ago
    I don't buy anything not on the list of foods, but hubby, that's a different story!
    1 day ago
    Happy Birthday!

    The diet has gone by the wayside until hubby gets a check. We are eating out of the pantry.
    1 day ago
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