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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: 147,083

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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    Awww Sue,, NO doubt your great GD is sooo very precious !! FUNNY how we still look at boys/girls. I look at my Great GS and think "Oh he's ALREADY showing how STRONG he is !" And yet if it had been a girl I KNOW I'd be thinking "Oh she's so tiny, so delicate !" Yet I was raised as a TOM BOY ALL THE WAY !! My Mom did NOT want me as some girly girl who could not take care of herself. My Mom raised me to be MY OWN PERSON !! LOL I guess she succeeded eh?

    Children should NOT have children, yet they do. in many years gone by when all families lived upon each other,,, was it any better ? doubt it. I am so so sorry for your sisters GD , the baby and yes perhaps a tiny, ever so tiny bit for the boy only because YES babies do take a lot of patience to handle when one is so young and hasn't develped any compassion. When teens THINK they know it all. Oh they find out about age 25, they know NOTHING. My GD and I have had this very discussion as she grew into her teens. Snicker,, snicker,,, and now I remind HER the "little man" will be saying these things in a VERY SHORT 13 , 14,, 15 yrs. OH I WANT TO SEE THAT !!! I MIGHT even help to know the things his Mom said !! OHHHHHH A HAPPY GRANDMA I'd BE !! LOL See ROTTEN TO THE CORE !!

    My weight went UP 4 lbs this week !! BUT !! I have 2 kidney stones. This is now week 3 with the horrid little brats !!! Last Weds the surgeon put in a stent. I go in on Fri and have it out. One of the stones though is deep inside of the kidney. Eh, we all know ti's veyr temporary and in a year,,, it'll just be a story when everyone sits around "OOOHHHH I have a PIMPLE ON MY BUTT !!!" and EVERYONE chimes in "OH THAT's NOTHING !! I have one on my FINGER ANd it's MY FAVORITE FINGER !" HAHAHAH YOU KNOW Sue how it' goes. I usually WALK away from such nonsense. I'd MUCH rather talk about something else, but NO recipes. Grins.
    5 days ago
    LOL Sue on the pic of the NAUGHTY scale ! That's a funny one. Mind if I use it for this weeks weigh in reminder?

    How are you doing Sue? CONGRATS on being a GREAT GRANDMA !! A little boy or girl? In June my GD had a little boy !! We went up when she was in labor and of course we saw the "little man" as I call him. Awww aren't they so precious? He's now almost a month old and of course you see some of his personality. He has his own mind and LOL he's showing it which of course we think is perfect. CONGRATTERS !! Grandmamary is also recently a Great Grandma !
    5 days ago
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    Congrats on your weightloss, Sue! I read your introduction and I am sorry for your loss - I'll be thinking of you all.
    In the meantime, take care of yourself and keep sparking ☼
    7 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss this week!
    7 days ago
    Hi Sue, I'm one of the new Puppies in the Kennel for this challenge. As a puppy I'm working my way around to everyone's page to say hello. WOOF! First I'm sorry for your loss, my prayers and best wishes. Lets make this challenge a good one!
    16 days ago
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