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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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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 LUCYCAN7
    Happy Earth Day,Pat! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
    That must be so painful for her. Once you have it done, there are probably restrictions of how much the insurance will pay for do-overs unless it is an emergency.
    4 days ago
    There was a customer at Big Lots that had the same thing happen to her hip. It makes you think twice about getting the surgery.
    4 days ago
    I had to learn to face things when Mom was in a nursing home. I knew my sister wasn't going to help me. Knowing that Jesus would never leave me nor forsake me, I tackled problems knowing that He was working everything to my good-Romans 8:28. I even wrote out that Scripture to take with me at times, so I could keep my temper in check.

    I will pray about your bill and for Bill. I think it is good that here at Spark People, we have others that have been through similar experiences and they can give us advice.
    5 days ago
    I have to say that I wonder how these agencies can pester people in their elder years. We went through a thing with the local hospital, where they billed our supplementary insurance first, instead of Medicare. Then they tried to get the money from me because they weren't paid. You really have to be on top of things. I think when you call your supplementary insurance that they will be able to tell you the status of the bill and why it hasn't been paid.

    Is Bill alert enough to help you figure out when problems like this arise? My husband probably guessed at our income if anyone ever asked him. I would like the VA to prove to me that we were asked for this information. It's weird that we have to answer their questions, but they show no proof of asking them.

    Lord help us when we get to be 80 or 90 years old.
    5 days ago
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