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I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed away December 26 and I have managed to get his affairs settled. Now I am just dealing with my dear DH's health issues. He underwent radiation for prostrate cancer and is now deemed cancer free but still dealing with several other health issues.
I am starting on a new phase of my life - Mon, Oct 1 is my target date and I am not thinking of this as a diet, but a new way of eating to make me healthy for life.

Member Since: 8/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 294,055

My Goals:
Ultimately I would like to lose about 70 lbs but my main goal is to eat healthy and get into a healthy weight and BMI range. Diabetes runs in my family so I hope by living healthy I can avoid that.

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I walk at least 5x a week for 3 or more miles and try to swim several times a week.
I eat vegan 1-2 days per week and watch my salt intake.

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Born and raised in a small town in central Ill. Moved to Edwardsville, IL to attend SIU, and got my degree from Webster Univ in STL, MO in 1985. Lived in the STL area for about 30 yrs before hitting the road and living in an rv for 6 yrs. Settled down due to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. I was forced into early retirement when the company I worked for was sold in 2000. Was able to enjoy it as it allowed us to travel and had we waited, the health issues would have kept us from doing that. I am blessed to have been maried twice to wonderful men. I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and he passed away at 41, due to complications of diabetes. I am happily remarried for 25 yrs now.

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Have had to table my love of reading for now-eye sight has been a real problem for the last couple of years.

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    I am to the point that my health care is going to be about me and I will keep looking until I find a doctor that wants to work with me toward my goals, instead of giving me ultimatums. Too many want to prescribe pills that when I enter them online, they have interactions. When I print out the interactions, they won't read them.

    My primary care is also my husband's primary care doctor. He called here and told my husband to stop taking a medicine he had prescribed to him, that hubby had taking for over a year, and the doctor told him it could kill him. We have to look out for ourselves. I am convinced, "Doctors bury their mistakes."
    6 minutes ago
    I am to see a woman doctor at the VA. I really am looking forward to it because I don't like my primary care doctor. He just looks at his computer, tells me how my labs are and never says that I have done well when I lose weight or have brought down my A1C number. He just wants me to take more pills that he prescribes and won't even look at the interactions that the medicine I am on can cause.

    2 hours ago
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    emoticon Pat,thanks for the goodie.Sure hope it clears up for you!Just
    trying to stay out of this heat,thank God for ACs!Hope you enjoy your night! emoticon
    6 hours ago
  • v RAMONA1954
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting about. I appreciate it
    1 day ago
    I have used a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 12 ounces of water when I have respiratory problems like a cough with phlegm. It takes about an hour after drinking it all that I start to notice a difference. I sit up and sleep in the recliner when I am congested.
    1 day ago
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