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On JUNE 25TH I will begin the Summer 5% Challenge. I love these challenges as they really do hold me accountable and help me to stay on track.

Last year was a rough year on me. I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. All the tests, the surgery and the chemo and radiation treatments put me and my body through a lot of challenging times. All the steroids you have to take, the high calorie diet they want you to follow and now taking Lyrica, my weight is a lot more than I am comfortable with. I am 1 year cancer free and I really need to get this weight off. I weigh more than I ever have and my clothes don't fit. It is important for me to keep my A1C levels down too.



This is a new year and no treatments going on so it is time for me to take my life back and bring it back to a healthier me. I am pre-diabetic so I have to keep my A1C in the good range. I also have to keep my cholesterol under control.

I will be continuing on the diabetic diet the dr gave me. It has been working for me keeping me in the normal range. I have since then though kind of fallen out of my routine and have gained the 40 pounds I lost back. Some of this is due to water retention and this varies from day today.

My DH is a 100% disabled vet and he has good days and bad days so my schedule is never the same each day.

I will begin by aiming for 30 min a day and work on increasing that each week. I will aim for strength training 3 times a week.



I will do the best I can with my exercise. I know there will be days that I won't be able to do much and some days maybe not at all. I will use the support of my team and this challenge to help me strive to keep myself as healthy as I can through the 8 weeks and longer.


Member Since: 4/10/2008

Fitness Minutes: 137,089

My Goals:
I hope to continue losing weight to avoid heart problems and diabetes as these are two health problems that run in my family. I am currently on a diabetic diet as I was borderline on being a bo diabetic. I will exercise every day and drink my water. I am participating in the 5% Spring Challenge and want to meet my goal during this challenge. I also will be fighting to keep my cancer from returning.


My Program:
I have a treadmill and an elliptical that I use at home. I also have several other exercise machines and various exercise videos I use. I use the pre-diabetic diet now and of course I use the tools available for me here at SP! I am slowly making progress and I know that one day I will reach my ultimate goal. I have dropped my A1c from 6.0 to 5.7 so I am in the normal range for not becoming diabetic.



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I am 64, the mother of 4 and have my 12 grandchildren. My husband retired from the Navy after serving for 27 yrs. I got to live in Rota, Spain and I also got to visit Bermuda. We celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary this year.


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I live in TN and I am a retired Teacher's Asst. I worked with special needs children and I miss them terribly. I am trying to get use to not working every day and this is really a hard thing for me to get use too. I have developed some bad habits since I retired, like staying up too late and sleeping in too late. Things have got to change and get back into a regular routine.




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