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Very soon I will be starting the 2017 5% SpringChallenge. This is not my first challenge by any means.

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 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: 145,354

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.

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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.

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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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    HI Sue hon !!

    AARRRGGHHHH on swelling !! As long as my NASTY Granny Stockings (LOL OOPPS SORRY For the "Granny" part, but my Gram wore them alll time but she did not at all take care of herrself) are on,,, and I continue to drink water (Personally I think it really helps me out) with my legs. Now I am GONE of 3 of those lbs. YO ! It's NOT easy Sue, but keeps a GOING GAL !! We CAN DO THIS !!

    I've been thinking of all your going thru, but a quitter you ARE NOT It's easy to see that you give it all you can under some very different times.
    2 days ago
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    Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. emoticon
    Jim Carrey

    5 days ago
    Part of the good feeling after working out is not having to feel guilty for not working out. emoticon
    6 days ago
    HI Sue !! What do you do for the swelling? On Sat I was at 181,,, on Mon I was 188 !! YO !! I put on my GRANNY STOCKINGS (they now have them in variegated colors, but mine are the old GROSS ones, but that WILL CHANGE !!) and put my feet HIGH UP !! I have a foam leg rester thingie from ALL the GAZILLION Surgeries !! It does make it nice !!

    Hugs !! I HOPE You are going to join us for Roodles (Maryannsquest) mini challenge !!

    I KNOW Sue you appreciate why this had me laughing SO HARD !!! Hey Karen (friend of 46 yrs,, has QUITE the sense of humor, but if I can catch her OFF GUARD,,, which of course knowing her well,, its NOT hard !)

    I had gone shopping with a friend of 45 yrs, Karen. We were at Sams and they have this machine which spits out coupons. Karen will STAND ON THE TOP OF HER HEAD For ANYTHING FREE !! Drives me INSANE,,,, and I'm often embarrassed by this, but there we were. She kept putting her card under where it reads the bar,, and spits out the coupon or product. It was for small bag of CAT treats !! The girl does NOT EVEN HAVE A CAT !! She was getting so FRUSTRATED because it hadn't spit ANY out and she stood there with her face in DEEP concentration. I was standing there saying "LET"s GO !! U do NOT even HAVE A CAT !" "I am getting them for Izzy." Izzy does NOT need more treats. I am having her lose weight." but, she did not listen. So a lady who was giving out the samples snuck up quietly with her finger on her lips to me. Of course Karen was SO FULLY INVOLVED she did not see this. The lady tossed one in the cart. I waited until she stepped back a few. "KAREN !! One is RIGHT THERE !" "WHERE?!!" "RIGHT THERE in the FRONT of the cart !!" "I didnt see it come out !" "HOW DO YOU THINK it GOT there? FLY?" (at that woman was almost besides herself) Karen turned her self back to the machine. Lady crept up ,, threw in another one., stepped back.

    "LOOK Karen you got ANOTHER ONE !!" "HOW !!??? I was watching the machine and it did NOT come out !" "DON'T be RIDICLEOUS FOR THERE IT IS !!" "HOW??" Almost in tears (I wanted to simply die laughing,but I held myself as did the lady) "I DON'T KNOW I did NOT put it there !" Back to the machine,,, the lady did this 2 more times. I had kept up my antics.

    Karen was sooo BESIDES herself that the lady as she went throw in bag 5 started to laugh,,, as did I. Karen looked at me,, than her and did NOT get it. We were totally BESIDES ourselves !! She kept saying "The machine is BROKE !" the MORE she did so the harder we laughed. FINALLY the lady said as she toss another one in "This is how. I AM THE MACHINE!" FINALLY Karen got it. She STILL DID NOT Understand it though. I laughed so hard on the way home,,,, I NEEDED PAMPERS !! And that poor lady,, she had TEARS coming down her face !! Oh I have NO DOUBT the both of us have had WAY TO MUCH FUN retelling this OVER AND OVER AGAIN !

    6 days ago
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    The dawgs are growling this Spring!
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