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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: 272,028

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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    Stay safe if you are in the path of the ice storm this weekend! Make healthy choices!
    7 days ago
    I still have trouble making the house look nice. We had tile floors in the military. I hate the carpeting in this house. It holds dirt when it gets wet and then that dries into stains. Bayau came in today covered in mud from digging up the back yard.

    I needed to mature and the military helped me with that. We were asked, "Is there any one here that cannot iron?" I raised my hand. From then on, my uniform would be checked for "cat whiskers" in the corners of my collar. I learned, but it would be hard. Did I get angry at the drill instructors? No, they could assign extra exercise or things to make a fool out of you in front of others. I learned not to volunteer information about what I didn't know how to do.

    I was a fast runner and they would have me race and cheer for me. We even had a song with the names of the three drill instructors in it. It went to the turn of Rise and Shine (Arky Arky), a children's song for church.

    The Lord said to Carpenter, to build Him a flight-y, flight-y,
    The Lord said to Carpenter, to build Him a flight-y, flight-y,
    Put them in the Air Force Might-y, Might-y,
    Airmen of the Lord

    The Lord said to Strong to take them a drill-ing, drill-ing,
    The Lord said to Strong to take them a drill-ing, drill-ing,
    Make them be, something thrill-ing, thrill-ing,
    Airmen of the Lord

    The Lord said to Thiel, to give them some Spirit, Spirit,
    The Lord said to Thiel, to give them some Spirit, Spirit,
    Make them shout so Major Drew can hear it,
    Airmen of the Lord

    Major Drew was the WAF (Women in the Air Force) commander at Lackland where we took basic training. One woman was a Puerto Rican lady with a very powerful, soulful voice. Her voice could carry and she was our song leader when we marched. We turned heads. She made up the words to the song above and we had another that wasn't a song, but words we chanted in time to our marching. We outshouted the men and often, the male drill instructors would match their men "sounding off" against us as we marched past each other. This one was hilarious.

    Songleader: Ah-so
    Response: Ah-so
    Songleader: A Kum ba Yah, Bang, Bang and give me some soul
    Response: A Kum ba Yah, Bang, Bang and give me some soul

    Songleader: And if you don't,
    I swear,
    I'll sock it to you
    So keep the faith!

    Songleader: 29 is really fine;
    Response: So keep the faith!
    And we know we're really cool;
    So keep the faith!
    Response: So keep the faith!
    So keep the faith!

    Songleader: U S
    Response: Air Force
    So keep the faith!
    So keep the faith!

    29 was our Flight number.

    8 days ago
    The bees are endangered by whatever it is that is killing them. Without them, we are in danger of not having food. They sting, but they pollinate too.
    8 days ago
    I try not to use honey. I like it too much.

    I know that the vinegar helps me when my throat is sore. I felt well enough to do some chores today. Hubby vacuumed the main level for me yesterday. I went through tonight and wiped door handles, toilet handles, light switches, electrical outlets, thermostat plates, computer, remotes and our phones with Clorox wipes.

    Bayau lost her ball. She was moaning and watching us to see if we could find it. She reminded me of a baby when the pacifier gets lost.
    9 days ago
    When I looked up the link for I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, last night, I had never heard of Buddy Liles, lol!
    10 days ago
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