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My oldest granddaughter (now 24) dubbed me "Ooma the wise and wonderful" many years ago during a viewing of "The Wizard of OZ". It stuck, and now my 7 other grandkids are convinced that I am a repository of magic, knowledge, and somehow vitally useful information -- I must admit I haven't done very much to discourage that view.

During the past 20 years (post-menopause) I put on 60 extra pounds, stopped smoking after 40 years of puffing away on a pack a day, had major surgeries on both knees (culminating in two total replacements), and stopped working full-time. Now I'm focusing on getting on with my life and trying to fix as many things that I've let slide as I can. I'm looking to set up a mutual support network with some like-minded people.

In July of 2010 during a 'routine' exam, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer. In August I had surgery to remove the tumor and in September underwent internal (brachy) radiation to help ensure that it won't be coming back. Treatment went very smoothly, in large part because of the steps I had already taken to improve my total health. I went on long-term endocrine therapy to help prevent a recurrence, but side effects were so bad I went off meds entirely and am now trying to get my body back functioning smoothly.

Recently my DH of 35 years was diagnosed with vascular dementia (result of stroke and several TIAs) and is now sleeping 14 hours/day and has lost interest in virtually everything. I'm trying to stay supportive without giving up MY life in its entirety.....

Member Since: 4/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 299,858

My Goals:
After losing the 60 lbs that came down out of the sky and dropped right on my hips, I regained some of it while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. I want to re-lose that excess baggage and focus on strong, not skinny.

My Program:
1. Being careful to track EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth

2. Adherring to a program of bike riding (stationary), walking, and swimming, getting in at least 60 minutes/day - NO EXCUSES . Put in time and improve performance paddling with my dragon boat team (all breast cancer survivors).

3. Get rid of whites - bread, rice, pasta, etc. and reinvent preparing healthy, balanced meals.

Personal Information:
My name is Carol - I've lived in Scottsdale, AZ for the past 36 years and LOVE it. I'm 69, retired, with an understanding husband and adorable little dog at home. I have 8 grandchildren and 1 great grand (6 live locally), and need to get serious about weight loss and body fitness. I had two total knee replacements 14 months apart (3/06 and 5/07 ) and my rehab started me on this fitness quest . In July of 2010 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I underwent surgery and radiation and fully intend to live long enough to die of something other than cancer.

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Don't have much time for TV, but am an avid reader (at least 2 books/week) and enjoy gardening a lot. Musical tastes run to classical and jazz, but like exercising to 60's rock. DH and I love travel and would really like to explore more of our world. Since retiring, I've become a volunteer docent at the Desert Botanical Garden as a way of channeling my love of plants and gardening, and a few years ago joined a community organic gardening co-op.

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  • v JUNEPA
    Hi Carol
    I am doing the 30-day Plateau Busting Challenge, and I saw on your Day 24, you mentioned a rowing machine and a boating team. I use my indoor rower a lot, I prefer it to a treadmill.
    How did the challenge go, were you happy with the result?
    I am finally moving down in weight again, I was on a plateau for the last 6 months, I have 10 more pounds to go, but they are the hardest, and finally I am making progress again.

    "Going with my boating team to do erg trials (on rowing machine, how many meters in 3 min) to get a baseline on what we need to work on"
    How did it go, how is your boating team doing this year?

    382 days ago
  • v LPORTER2015
    Welcome to The Realistic Resolutions Challenge. Believe you can and you're halfway there. Stay encouraged and keep making positive choices for better health!
    Your Spark Friend, LPORTER2015
    384 days ago
    Just saying .. emoticon
    388 days ago
    Always weigh-in morningside BEFORE you eat or drink anything! emoticon That will give you the most accurate reading on the scale!

    EAT well. emoticon

    MOVE daily. emoticon

    HYDRATE often. emoticon

    SLEEP lots. emoticon

    LOVE your body. emoticon

    REPEAT for life. emoticon
    402 days ago
  • v LCDDUB
    Thanks for the goodie CARPROTH! Quite a surprise and very welcomed, as the heat here on the "Left Coast" is UP! Also, a new phrase to add to my vocabulary - Carpe Acetaria - how perfect. Thanks again.

    Carpe Diem

    412 days ago
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