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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: 303,975

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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 had a call from that number again today.

    The guys didn't do the winter closing. Instead they put on the leaf cover and everything is as it was except they drained the water to below the eye.
    18 days ago
    The blood pressure cuff at the VA was already made into a cuff. When I took mine out of the box, it was flat and had a plastic slit for the other end of the cuff to go through, but the way we were trying to do it, it wouldn't fasten together. I didn't think about any of that when I was at the VA because the cuff they used, I was able to slip my arm through it and all the nurse did was tighten it around my arm.
    19 days ago
    Thank you for the kind words of encouragement on my blog "A Journey to NO SUGAR Land". I am doing much better each day. I will be on it officially 5 days tomorrow. So far, I'm doing okay!! It's great to have encouragement and inspiration from my SparkFriends.


    20 days ago
    My sister rarely stops by. I agree with you that it was the Lord working out my blood pressure cuff problem. It is hard to get a call through to the VA or to get an appointment by calling in. My blood pressure was up when I saw the nurse on Monday because I thought they would be expecting a record of my blood pressure readings, but I had no cuff. Then when I did get one, I should have asked to try taking my blood pressure myself using the cuff, so I would know what to do.

    My sister e-mailed me to tell me they have plans for the weekend I wanted them to watch Bayau, but that is okay. Also we are to go to our son's house tomorrow instead of him and his wife coming here. We will get to see over 4,000 wedding pictures. We offered to bring dinner with us, but they are making enchiladas.
    21 days ago
    I think I will connect to the call, but not say anything and set the phone aside and see how long they stay on the line. My version of reverse harassment.
    22 days ago
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