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My big brother had a layover on his return from his vacation and my daughter came over to see him.


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My old intro:
"Not as worried about my weight as I am about my heart, digestive problems and joints, losing weight has been a happy bonus but I am not serious about it. Feeling good and strong is what I am after."
And, now:
August 2017 I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease so my course has changed and it is Time to get Serious! I have been told I can't improve my kidney function but I can stop the progression of decline, and I must because if I lose another 15% it would be time to go to dialysis and consider a transplant. I DO NOT PLAN TO GO THERE!

Member Since: 3/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 216,190

My Goals:
To improve joint and heart health.
October 2017 update, I have done a good job with my joints even with more degeneration, I have improved flexibility, rarely use my crutches, just 2 rounds since 2010 and no longer than a week a time. I was not doing great for my heart, hypertension and all, recently those numbers are improving. I have kept the Diabetes that plagues my siblings and cousins away. But, I have to add a new goal maintaining kidney function, it's down in the 30s percentiles.

Maintain kidney function.
Keep joints flexible (Oct 2017- told spinal surgery is my next treatment option- don't want that).
Keep lowering blood pressure ( August 2017- dangerously high, October 2017- high normal)

My Program:
Walking and low-impact exercise due to degenerative spine disease.
Watching every bite that goes in my mouth- is this good or bad for my kidneys?

Personal Information:
Married with a grown daughter and a dog living on the central coast of California.

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We live within a mile of the beach on one side and a mile of the foothills on the other. Just kinda perfect except the occasional crazy storm or an out of control wildfire- we've evacuated a few times, and an earthquake now & then to keep us alert. But as our tourists say "you live in Paradise," then we add "most of the time". Santa Barbara is filled with parks and very dog friendly, so we walk alot. It's rural enuf that it's not unusual to get stuck behind a tracker on Cathedral Oaks or Modoc Rd and there is an occasional bear seen roaming the grounds at UCSB, but it's big city enuf to have an International Film Festival every February. After 25 years working as an X-ray technologist, a few years in school libraries, I retired and sat on my butt, after 7 years of that I returned to the work force and now I am a Page at the Public Library. This is a great job for me as I am moving for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week- pushing cartloads of books, reaching high and squatting low to shelve th

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  • v LIGHTHOUSE1954
    Thank you so much for your comment on my SparkPage. I do Cardiac Rehab 3 days per week and have only 10 more sessions before they end. I will have to find so other way to get my exercise after that. My blood work should be ok.
    2 days ago
    I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my "Getting my needs met to find my joy!" blog. Thank you for your kind words.

    “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman (1820-1913); Abolitionist, Humanitarian
    6 days ago
    I hope you had a Sparktacular Saturday.

    “Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”-Thomas Edison
    6 days ago
  • v LIS193
    emoticon for the goodie. So glad that you are doing yoga again, it is such a great way to get the body (and mind) going. I am happy we are on this journey together!
    15 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    So happy to hear from you and that you and your immediate area is ok. Wow-that was cutting it close being 5 miles from the edge of the slides. That was so tragic what happened with the fires and mudslide! Didn't realize the ocean/beach areas were affected too. Just awful! Your area is so beautiful from the pics I was looking at online. I ended up with the influenza bug! UGH! Had to go on the anti viral med. Tamiflu Monday and that sure is a miracle med!!!!! Feel pretty good now, except for my energy not back yet and still coughing. DH now has a milder form of it-coughing, sinuses and tired. Hope he doesn't get a respiratory infection from it...keeping a close eye on him. Just hope he doesn't re-infect me!
    Stay safe and healthy! emoticon
    20 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/4/2018 2:18:46 PM
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