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Ooma the Wise and Wonderful

My oldest granddaughter (now 23) 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 ...
My oldest granddaughter (now 23) 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 dignosed 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.....
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Member Since: 4/10/2006

SparkPoints: 238,379

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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 33 years and LOVE it. I'm 66, retired, with a great 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 have decided 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.

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WATERDIAMONDS
1/8/2014 9:27:24 AM

Carol, I'm just taking the time to go back to visit the SP of the members of our WW team and to sign up for blogs--just want to say that I admire you very much for your stamina in the face of your illness/knee surgeries, your husband's illness…

…and for giving up smoking after 40 years!!!! WOW, now THAT's an accomplishment.

have a great day.



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WATERDIAMONDS
1/5/2014 4:09:20 PM

I'm ready to rock it, aren't you? Thanks for the friend ad…Let's go Warriors!



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HOPESINGH
1/5/2014 1:27:46 PM

Hi! Thanks for adding me!



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MOMMY2TWO07
1/4/2014 1:25:36 PM

Hi ! Glad to have you a part of the white warriors !



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL
12/15/2013 10:29:11 AM

Thanks for your feedback on the Spark tracker. emoticon Kay



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