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I am now 68. 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 enjoy my "golden" years.

I have suffered from depression my whole life, but learned from my mother how to be depressed without being depressing. It is now mostly ...
I am now 68. 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 enjoy my "golden" years.

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 need to lose some weight so that my arthritis does not get worse.

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.

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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.

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My mother (96) moved into a nursing home this summer. This year is the 15th anniversary of my son's death.

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BADGER-GAL
4/7/2015 5:40:14 PM

Thank you for the goodie; I guess you picked up that I'm a sports fan. 😍 Here's wishing you well,

Deb



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JET150
3/17/2015 2:16:34 PM

Thanks for the shamrock!



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ANGIEN9
3/7/2015 8:35:53 PM

Thanks for reading my blog and looking at my page. I added you as a friend. I am re-losing some weight I have regained in the last 8 months.



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1CRAZYDOG
2/11/2015 2:55:03 PM

Welcome to Spark Wisconsin. Glad you're here.



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MISSROCKABILLY
1/9/2015 3:20:55 PM

emoticon so much for the sweet blog comment!

It is so hard to lose someone you love, we all deal with that in different ways. I actually found that sticking with my health program gave me something to focus on other than the grief, which was something I desperately needed at the time.

I'm pretty excited about my travel plans too! I will definitely be making updates as I find more out. I always love reading people's travel accounts on here and am looking forward to sharing mine. I'm not as young as many of the students I attend school with, but am lucky to still be able to go back and take part in so many of these activities. There was so much that my mom had still wanted to do, especially travel related, and never got to, and I don't want that to be me someday as well. I have learned a whole new appreciation for seizing the day and doing things NOW, not when I lose weight, or graduate, or this or that.

I hope that you are staying warm and that you have a great weekend! Thank you for the goodie too! I loved it!!

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