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Today I start the 2017 5% Summer Challenge with SUDS team. This is not my first challenge and I hope it won't be my last. It seems like there is always something trying to get in the way of my being successful. This week has been a really bad week for myself and my family. Our biggest upset this week was the death of a 2 month old baby girl. She was the granddaughter of my SIL that lives in Arkansas. It is tragic because she did not die of natural causes. I cannot give you the details at this time, but I am sure that you can figure out some of it.

I went to the doctor on Thursday for my 3 month check up and my A1C was good, but my cholesterol was up a bit. I also pulled some ligaments in my right knee. I got a steroid shot and the steroid pack so I am taking the pills also. But I shall forge on as I have been up against much harder challenges in my 65 years of life.

Having had breast cancer, my body was put through a lot and there were days I wondered if I would make it through all of the treatments. I did make it through chemo and radiation and if I can do that then I know I can make it through any thing life may throw my way;

I have 2 meds I have to take for the next 5 to 10 years and one likes to make me gain weight and the other causes joint pain and I just have to work through it and try to kill two birds with one stone as the saying goes.



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 have Type 2 Diabetes 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 am his caretaker so no 2 days are the same. A lot of stress and some days I really have to work at not being a binge eater.

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: 149,448

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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