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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: 263,945

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 35 years and LOVE it. I'm 67, 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 this past year joined a community organic gardening co-op.

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    emoticon On being chosen Motivator of the Day

    366 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon The Motivator of the Day. What an honor. emoticon

    So happy to see you are a Cancer survivor. Sorry about your husband, but do be careful he doesn't fall. Stephen Jepson on his web site really has wonderful exercises to help us improve our balance. He has clips on YouTube as well. My neighbor who is 65 has had TIA's and she has fallen and broken her arm once and another time she broke her cheekbone.
    I see you live in Scottsdale. I follow "America's Cheapest Family" the Economides who always say that Scottsdale where they live is one of the most expensive places. My Aunt lived in Buckeye starting in the 1920s and she loved it out there since her husband had asthma.
    367 days ago
    Thank you for the Spark Goodie! We had a sunny day here but a cold wind. I'm hoping tomorrow will be more springlike.

    I'm so glad you have that opportunity to be with friends who support one another through breast cancer and work toward better health as survivors.
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    421 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2015 10:23:59 PM
    I saw your post about the dragon boat and was intrigued. Congrats on winning the bronze and fighting breast cancer. That sounds like neat enjoyable exercise with good friends.
    422 days ago
  • v TWESTEN1
    Thank you for commenting on my blog - I love the quote that you wrote! And yes, it is nice that each day we get to make decisions... especially when they're the good ones :)
    Have a wonderful day!
    484 days ago
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