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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: 283,308

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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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    I do pray and tell God my problems. Often, I will dream about them and wake up and then not be able to get back to sleep.
    6 days ago
    The son and his wife are in the same financial boat. She has diabetes and asthma and is hospitalized often. He had a vehicle, but could never afford to maintain it. I don't know if he still has it. I don't know how they get to work, both of them work and they have no children.
    Before this happened, she was talking about having him and his wife move in with them and sharing the rent, but now I doubt that will happen. There would be no income for them until they found jobs in the area.

    6 days ago
    The son is married and lives in Virginia. They should have readied the house before bringing her home. Her heart is too weak for open-heart surgery. They are hoping it will strengthen and then they will do the surgery. She spent a week and a day in the hospital. They did exploratory surgery when they did the hearth cath. Carotid arteries on both sides of the neck have blockages. Arteries/veins around the heart are blocked and will need bypass surgery. She needs new heart valves too. I am not sure how many.

    It made no sense to me that they would put her in a car and drive from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Fredericksburg, Virginia and then back to Pennsylvania on the day she was released from the hospital. She had a heart cath and probably still has a place on her where they did that. If it is bumped, it could cause an arterial bleed.

    We didn't know the time when she was going to be released.
    6 days ago
    I saw on the weather last night that we are in drought conditions already. We had a little bit of rain this morning.
    8 days ago
    Yes, the person in a bunny suit on a motorcycle was definitely an attention-getter. It was really windy here today and I could feel hubby fighting with car on the way home from church. I would suppose it was hot in that rabbit suit, but maybe being on a motorcycle, it was comfortable. 85 degrees here and very windy, I don't know if motorcycles are hard to ride in the wind.
    9 days ago
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