This is Abbie, our little shih-tzu
Too bad the wolf didn't bite a few pounds off but Alaska was great!
Abbie Christmas 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Have had to table my love of reading for now-eye sight has been a real problem for the last couple of years.
Secrets of Success
| Pounds lost: 14.0
Generally, I take my thyroid pill and then wait an hour before eating, since I am to take it on an empty stomach. The day that I had the cramping, I had been fasting, then came home and took the thyroid pill, then went on to another appointment. It was about 10:30 AM before we went to the steak house. Waiting so long without coffee or any food could have been a factor.
2 days ago
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2 days ago
I hadn't eaten breakfast because of fasting and then took medicine and still had a doctor's appointment to go through before we went to brunch at Ponderosa. Who knows what set my stomach off.
I hadn't taken my blood pressure medicine the night before either and was surprised that my blood pressure was that good. Honestly, I don't trust medicines in pill form and would rather get what I need through food or quit eating certain foods. I do believe the food supply is tampered with too.
3 days ago
We went to see my husband's cousin that has Stage 4 breast cancer. She told me I should get pro-biotics at Costco. We don't shop there. Hubby also was affected soon after the meal at the steak house. I do believe there is something in our food. I don't know if it's bread or what. They did give us each a piece of garlic bread with the meal.
At his cousin's house yesterday, my stomach started to make noises and hubby gave it a look once while he was sitting next to me. His cousin said her daughter and her husband both were that way and she was too, but the pro-biotics stopped it and it cleared it up.
4 days ago
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I worked cleaning today in a chat room with other Flybabies (followers of Flylady). I am trying to work my way out of the depression I have been in.
I took pills for depression after Mom died, but I had to take them for six months. I found that the pills didn't seem to do anything. It was when I worked on the house and property and felt like I had accomplished things around the house, that I felt better.
Hubby needs to do this (work a job) for himself, but he will be putting a heavy workload on me. I just need to convince myself that I can do it. Our son comes over and does the mowing and trimming in the summer, this summer, he will be married. I have told my husband to stop asking him to do for us, that our work is ours to get done.
I have to put on my optimistic glasses and see this as a way to exercise more and be outside more and maybe get involved in a craft group. I think there is an embroidery group that meets once a month. There is a radio program called, The Phone Party, where people call in with tips, tell about events coming up in the community, and so forth. We listened to it today for the first time in years. I may call them about the embroidery group once hubby starts his job.
I was sick yesterday with bad cramps, nausea and diarrhea and thought that was how I felt when I had the kidney stone. I was able to sleep in the recliner/rocker in the living room and felt much better after that. Hubby brought me a cold wash cloth and a bit of Coke to drink to try to settle my stomach. Had he not been here, I wouldn't have been able to get those things for myself without vomiting. I can't let the "what ifs" take control.
4 days ago
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