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10 VM: Véronique, Virginia(GinieMie)Vicky, Valerie, Vanessa, Viviane, Vance, Vaughn, Vincent, Vernon

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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 working on eating less again , with more fruits and veggies.I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking as much as I can and getting back to tracking. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister Veronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's death (12/2/2017) has added to things to adjust to. I also have been blessed with a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
Y. 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 to be Erik's primary care person. My eldest two try to help at times. 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 live with the adage that all is a Gift from God and try to trust Him.

Member Since: 4/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 127,998

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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  • v JANET552
    I recently ran into the wife whose husband died mid December. We hadn't had much of a chance to talk to her at the funeral and she probably would not have remembered much if we had. It was nice to chat and I must talk John into going over and visiting her this next week. The reason I'm telling you this is that I remembered you saying how much a widow (and probably widower) misses physical contact. I made sure I gave her a hug as we parted and she thanked me. You give grief support even when you aren't present!! Thanks for helping me help her.
    22 days ago
    Hello! I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you. emoticon
    23 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I think raspberries would be an excellent substitution. I'm less sure about the blackberries but the ones in the grocery stores here tend to be too sour. I also think the red berries make a prettier salad.

    I agree a strawberry allergy is a shame. I have known a couple of people with that allergy but both outgrew it in later life.
    25 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I forgot, I own The Spark Solution too. I found a book yesterday at the library which I like as the beginning book in my health related reading -- The Mature Mind by Gene Cohen. He believes (and has research to support) there are four phases of development after age 60. I started the book last night and I am loving it. Easy read and I certainly buy into that idea.
    26 days ago
    Hi! I was just stopping by to say hello and that I am praying for you. We are here if you need us. God bless you.

    (co-leader of Guided by God's Promises).
    30 days ago
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