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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: 250,098

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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    I don't know what my labs will be like. My blood glucose was up when I got home from the lab and before I had eaten breakfast. I read somewhere where dark-colored urine can be an indicator of dehydration.

    What it is, is what it will be when I get the results. I will have to deal with it then. We have so much planned, that I didn't wait until closer to my next appointment on July 29th. We are in and out of the house running errands and helping others, so I wanted to get the lab work over with.

    I was surprised that my blood glucose was up. It was probably stress. I wasn't sure how to start doing the 24-hour urine collection, though I had done one before for the kidney doctor. I called the number on the paperwork, I was given at the lab with the instructions of what to do. The person at the other end said to start when I began collecting the urine. I didn't listen to that advice.

    You urinate and then flush it, that is your start time, then you collect all of your urine for 24 hours from that first void. I did it that way instead and it was the right way. I am so glad I didn't have to repeat it all for another 24 hours!
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    Yes, once you overheat your heat tolerance goes down the tubes. Take care and stay cool
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