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Between a Rock and a hard place. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit get me through it.


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So much has happened to me since I started SP April 9th 2010. I've lost weight of course and regained some, I've learned to stop eating when full and I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking much of the time. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister V�ronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other problems. I also have been blessed with a new grand-daughter in May 2013 for a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
I try to keep smiling and stay positive-not always easy, but the good Lord helps. I love life from infancy to old age.
I retired May 25th, 2012.
My 5 children and 6 grandchildren are an important part of my life.

With the exception of my cholesterol levels and a mobile blood pressure I am relatively healthy. Both my son's care and my weight contribute the occasionally elevated blood pressure. My cholesterol has been high since I was in my 40's and I am allergic to statin drugs which limits what I can take for the cholesterol problem. (I am in gray in the first picture, and turquoise in the second)

Member Since: 4/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 123,990

My Goals:
1. track all of my foods, striving to get 5-8 fruits & veggies per day.
2. I will walk no LESS THAN 5,000 steps and work my way past 10,000.
3. to be more positive, and supportive to those around me, especially new widows.

My Program:
To watch what I eat, most importantly cutting back on cholesterol and sodium. Work to change a sedentary life into a more active life, which is difficult for me. Even though retired, I'm knitting and sewing more that makes for a still sedentary life.

Personal Information:
I was born in Bedford, Ohio of a Belgian mom and an American GI. I have lived in Belgium, Ohio, Florida and am currently in Georgia. I am widowed and have five grown children, one of whom had a traumatic brain injury June 2010 and for whom I am the court appointed Custodial Guardian.

Other Information:
I like to knit, sew-when I have time and play with my grandchildren.
I'd love to be able to travel again, to go back to Belgium and Austria, to see Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.

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    Thank you for your comment on my blog today. I retired early to take care of my mother who was 90 and it became harder and harder with each passing year to eat well or exercise. I think it would be twice as hardcaring for an I'll child. Hang in there
    15 days ago
    Just noticed your banner photo! Adorable!!
    15 days ago
  • v JANET552
    We are going to my MIL's for Thanksgiving. That has traditionally been her holiday plus she has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle of my caring for John and for Dad. At least that's how I feel. Dad will have lots of company that day so I know he'll be well taken care of.
    15 days ago
    The closest I can come to understanding how stressful dealing with someone with a brain injury is thinking of what it was like caring for my Dad who had Alzheimer's. There were times I alternated between screaming and crying. Not in front of him though. LOL You are in my thoughts often.

    I am praying that the weather in the pass will be clear enough for our daughter and grandson to make it over for Thanksgiving. If I was rich I would buy a plane ticket for them to fly here from Seattle. If they make it it will be the first time since 1999 that one of the kids will be at our house for Thanksgiving. We are all so scattered out.

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    20 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thanks for your comment on my 30K. I've done that twice so far. It is most likely to happen when I do yard work and then also have Zumba. That class is worth 7K to 8K alone.

    Have a great weekend!!
    20 days ago
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