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This is Abbie, our little shih-tzu

Too bad the wolf didn't bite a few pounds off but Alaska was great!

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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: 260,808

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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    Thanks Pat it seems everything falls apart around here. How were we to know the guy was selling us a piece of junk?
    12 days ago

    The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. –Louis Pasteur, French chemist

    Be mindful of the simple everyday blessings God showers upon you.

    Luk 12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
    Luk 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
    Luk 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
    Luk 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

    12 days ago
    A Sparker suggested PetSmart for boarding the animals and I will have to check into that. I think we will winterize the pool this weekend.
    12 days ago
    "I feel it’s healthier to look out at the world through a window rather than through a mirror. With a mirror, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you. –Bill Withers

    Remember that the future comes one day at a time."

    I try to live in the moment. For me it is too easy to fret about tomorrow. I do set goals for myself, even in the mundane chores. I would venture that 99.9% of the things I worried about, never happened.
    12 days ago
    Hubby allowed Princess to pull on the leash when she wanted to sniff a phone pole or fire hydrant. She never did learn to walk on the leash without pulling. I need to get back to training Bayau and hope she will do as Abbie did: learn the right way and perform that way for anyone that walks her.
    12 days ago
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