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The 2016 Winter Challenge

On January 2nd, I will begin the Winter Challenge. I love these challenges as they really do hold me accountable and help me to stay on track.

As always, I will strive to reach my 5% weight loss during the 8 week challenge. I was not able to achieve that during the past three challenges so I am hoping for success during this challenge. I know that I have got to get back on track and be good so that I do not become a diabetic. I have learned this past challenge that I really do ...
On January 2nd, I will begin the Winter Challenge. I love these challenges as they really do hold me accountable and help me to stay on track.

As always, I will strive to reach my 5% weight loss during the 8 week challenge. I was not able to achieve that during the past three challenges so I am hoping for success during this challenge. I know that I have got to get back on track and be good so that I do not become a diabetic. I have learned this past challenge that I really do need to stick to exercise and a certain way of eating. I have had some health problems, DH has his problems, and my youngest daughter is going through a lot of health problems too. I have let stress and anxiety take over my life and not doing the things I need to do for myself.

I went to the dr today and will get the results of my blood work in a couple of days. I was very disappointed that I had gained 40 lbs and I am just praying that my A1C doesn't go any higher than the 5.7 that it was last time. The last visit to the dr, my A1C was 5.7 that was lower than last time when it was 6.0. I am 63 and my mom passed at the age of 66 from diabetes. That is just 4 yrs older than I am now! She was taking 2 shots of insulin a day. I am not there yet and I don't want to be so I have got to turn things around now!

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.

I am facing a second challenge of my own this time around. I have Stage 2 breast cancer and the last couple of months have been very busy with tests, seeing doctors and surgery. Now I will begin Chemo tomorrow and that will last for 12 weeks. I go once every 3 weeks for a total of 4 chemo treatments. Then I will start radiation and after I complete that I will start taking a hormone inhibitor for 5 to 10 years.

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.
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Member Since: 4/10/2008

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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% Summer Challenge and want to meet my goal during this challenge. I also will be fighting to keep my cancer from returning.

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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.

Personal Information:
I am 63, 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 43nd 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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DIANEDOESSMILES
2/5/2016 9:24:37 AM

Hi Sue!!! Thought I'd drop on in to see how you are doing overall. So my friend,,,, what is happening??

We are constantly saying how well you are are holding up. Of course that can be a wall to hide from others. Please don't hold back.

Are the treatments over over?

I have a friend with ovarian cancer. In general if one lives for 5 years,,,WOW!!! She is now in her 6th!! She has a very determined outlook that this is NOT going beat her. One doesn't always get what they want. Three years ago it had travelled into her lungs. But yeah,,,she loves being alive. She never married or had kids, she is very close to her family. Has many friends.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS
1/23/2016 7:16:04 PM

Thank you - I think I have it backwards - I'm gaining the 5% this challenge.

Oh well - at least I am still here!

Thanks for the encouragement - it helps a lot!

love you,
linda



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I am looking forward to getting to know everyone. It has been a long time since I was an Under Dawg, lots of new faces and a few familiar ones. It feels really good to be back with the pack. Have a great day.
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