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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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    I ate some of everything at the pool party, not all of it was on the approved list.
    1 day ago
    When my niece was little, she wanted to go to the store with my mother. Mom told her not to ask for anything because she didn't have money. My niece said, "You have your checkbook." They grasp the concept early on.
    1 day ago
    Hubby set up his car payments to be taken directly out of the checking account. They took them out when they wanted to, but he would write in the register when he thought they would take them out. Eventually, he just quit writing them in at all which made for disastrous results. We had to refinance the house to pay off the car.

    When we moved, we had to wait a long time for accounts to be switched to the new bank. We had to leave money in both accounts and it was a real headache. He fails to write in the register when he uses a debit card. I don't think he would do any better with a credit card. He does have a Discover card, but uses the money he paid out like it is still there to be used, so he is spending it twice. I know he knows better, but he gets what he wants by doing it. Sometimes we have been $1,000 in the red. That is stupid!
    1 day ago
    Strange isn't it how our view on life changes as we age. I remember thinking my next door neighbor was very brash for speaking her mind but I find most people do as they get older-have figured out they want to speak "their truth" and if you accept it fine and if you don't, they don't really care.

    I am getting this way.

    As to the 50 cents. My mother added $100 from one page of the check register to the next and I have learned to check that. Also I have to use a magnifying glass to tell an eight from a three and a five from a six on some receipts. I have to recheck numbers to make sure I did not write down the wrong number. I have difficulty reading hubby's chicken scratches. He is left-handed and his zeros, eights and threes look like something else (not numbers)!
    1 day ago
    We both put $150 a month towards savings. We saved $300 a month when he worked. We want to visit our daughter in Wyoming and then go to Colorado, so it is important to leave the savings alone.

    The air-conditioning is out on my van.
    1 day ago
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