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I just turned 66. Retired in '07 to stay home with my then 92 year old mother.

My weight struggles started in my 20's when a doctor told me to lose 10 pounds. No problem. But they came back with some additional and I yo-yo-ed my way up over 200 pounds. Now it is time to make some major life changes so I can be here to care for my mother and husband, both of whom have recently survived heart surgery.

I have suffered from depression my whole life, but learned ...
I just turned 66. Retired in '07 to stay home with my then 92 year old mother.

My weight struggles started in my 20's when a doctor told me to lose 10 pounds. No problem. But they came back with some additional and I yo-yo-ed my way up over 200 pounds. Now it is time to make some major life changes so I can be here to care for my mother and husband, both of whom have recently survived heart surgery.

I have suffered from depression my whole life, but learned from my mother how to be depressed without being depressing. It is now mostly under control. Both healthy eating and exercise are supposed to be good for the mood, too. Hubby says being retired has been good for my disposition!
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Member Since: 11/18/2008

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My Goals:
I would like to lose 50 pounds and get the one number of my cholesterol that the doctor doesn't like down so I don't have to go on statins.

My Program:
I am cutting calories by substituting whole grains where possible, increasing fruits and vegetables and cutting back on sweets. I am also exercising.

Personal Information:
I live in Madison. Retired. Care for my mother. Both mother and husband have had open heart surgery to replace heart valves. Husband also had bypass. He retired Feb. 2013 a week before getting a carotid artery cleared.

Other Information:
My mother (95) lives with us so we play a lot of cards on weekends. My family is as disfunctional as the next, but we keep trying to develop relationships that work. This year is the 14th anniversary of my son's death.

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LOFLLAMA
2/20/2014 6:47:56 AM

How are you? WHERE are you? I miss you.
Lisa



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LOFLLAMA
12/27/2013 5:25:36 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Let's make 2014 the best year yet! This is going to be the year I BECOME who I am supposed to be! Will you join me?
Love Ya!
Lisa
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LOFLLAMA
12/22/2013 10:01:47 PM

Thank you for commenting on my blog. I really appreciate your thoughts & comment.

That's a very nice thing to take your old warm clothes to a recovery house. Many of those people only own what is on their back. I am proud to know you!

I seriously have gotten rid of SO much stuff in my life. I'm feeling the need to 'purge' now, but I lack the energy to do much more than the basics. Since I have lived here for so long I have accumulated much more than I probably ever have in my life! I don't really regret that I have gotten rid of so much. If I hadn't done it when I did I would just have found another day...another excuse to get rid of it anyway.

Even with my writing & drawing it must not have been GREAT or I wouldn't have discarded it. I kept what I considered the 'good stuff' for these years, so...

I'm very excited about my writing! More so than I ever have been. You and others on Spark have given me so much great feedback that you have helped me to believe that I might actually have something to offer after all. THANK YOU for that!

Merry Christmas to you too. I hope it is a blessed and grateful filled day for you & your family.

Love Ya Lots!
Lisa



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LOFLLAMA
12/22/2013 8:56:02 AM

emoticon Well, Hello Beautiful!



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LOFLLAMA
12/6/2013 3:59:32 PM

Oh, thank you thank you thank you!!! I REALLY do need those slippers! We got snow this morn! It's supposed to be cold...down into the teens for a week. OOUUU!! i don't like it!



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