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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 ...
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.
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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.

My Program:
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.


Personal Information:
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 to to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 4 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 20 yrs now.

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I am an avid reader when I have time. I like to swim and walk. Love traveling and seeing the country. We belong to Caring Canines, a therapy dog group, and take Abbie to visit hospitals and nursing homes.. I do a lot of volunteer work in the park where I reside. I am the beautification chair and take care of all the flowers and decorating in the park.

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JUDITHANNIE
7/30/2015 8:33:48 AM

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7/30/2015 4:28:58 AM

Hubby told me last night on the way to church that I could get another dog.

We will probably wait to see how we do financially once he retires. The vet bills mount up quickly and the animal hospital doesn't do billing. The total payment is due when they are done with your pet.

I am glad that Duchess was given a good life. I looked at a couple of pictures of two male rottweilers and neither got along with dogs of the same gender. That is typical dog behavior. We have two male dogs on one side of us, a female on the other side and I believe a female in back of us and a male and another dog beside the female in back of us. I haven't been seeing the larger dogs out lately.

The vet first mentioned rat poisoning to us as to what could be wrong with Princess. I don't have any in the house or use it. There has been a rottweiler that was poisoned, just a couple of blocks away. That really upsets me to think that someone would do that to an animal.





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emoticon for SPARKING by my page with a positive comment! Hopefully you have enjoyed a beautiful summer day and you're feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

HOPE = Have Only Positive Energy!



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"Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your own estimate."

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Take a minute and think about your personal self-esteem. Do you think highly of yourself? Are you always giving 110%? Do other people look up to your positive attitude? There are times in all of our lives when we could use a self-esteem boost. It is easy to get discouraged in our fast paced society. It is crucial for you to remember that you must always think highly of yourself because most people only see how you treat yourself. So, think about it. Are you giving a message to others that says, I am successful, I give 110%...as this journey is more than losing weight!

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7/28/2015 9:21:39 AM

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..........the cool comfort of shade
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......when we feel lost and need to find our way in this world!
The gift of your friendship is more precious to me than any words could say!

So for this Tuesday "pep talk"....stay true to the Spark plan you have prepared for the week ahead. Get moving and enjoy this wonderful summer weather. Keep taking steps--both big and small--to reach your goal!



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7/27/2015 3:10:20 PM

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YOU are a special person and you give cheer and support to those around you----keep giving "good medicine".

Be focused..
Be determined...
Be successful in meeting your goals!



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