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Just when the caterpillar thought life was over, it became a butterfly!

As a teenager I was at a healthy weight for my height of 5'5" (115-120 lbs). Once I entered my twenties however, it became a different story. I began to gain weight, slowly at first than increasingly especially after the birth of my daughter at age 28. It wasn't until years later though that I realized I had developed a real problem with food. I understood for the first time that I had become a emotional compulsive overeater and had absolutely no clue how to control it. I tried every resource under the sun from fad diets to diet pills. Nothing worked longer than a few weeks. I always managed to gain the weight back, and those returning pounds brought friends.

2008 found me at 340 lbs, unhappy and very unhealthy. I had become a grandma the year before, a role I hold very dear that has brought me much joy, and with it a huge wakeup call. I knew if I was going to live long enough to watch my grandson grow up I had to do something about my weight and NOW! I have recognized the only thing that is going to reduce my size over the long term is healthy eating, portion control and exercise. In other words, the good ol' old fashion way. A complete lifestyle change was in order.

So I began taking the steps needed to create a new and improved me, inside and out. My journey is a slow one, it definitely has its share of ups and downs, good days and not so good. It is far from over but nonetheless I am happy to say I am on my way.

Over the course of a few years I dropped 80 lbs and have kept that off. Nevertheless the years of obesity have caught up to me and in January 1014 I collapsed unable to breathe and spent 5 days on Life Support. Turns out I have loss the use of my one remaining kidney ( loss the other as a child) due to uncontrolled High Blood Pressure and am heading for Dialysis and the Transplant List. My life is not my own anymore but I am doing the best I can. Taking it all day by day!

My advice to all those with a weight issue is ...Do what you can about your weight NOW before it's too late.
Don't take your health for granted!






Member Since: 1/6/2008

My Goals:
Lose weight.

Impact my health in a positive way as much as possible.

Learn to put my needs first.

Control the stress in my life more productively.

Learn to be less anxious.

Learn to handle my Chronic Kidney Disease and all that comes with it as best I can.

Mission Weight Loss Program
Week 1 -


My Program:
1. Make healthier choices.
2. Portion control.
3. Stay within my dietary guidelines.
4. Track my food daily.
5. Be Kidney Smart.
6. Drink 10 glasses of water daily.
7. Exercise at least 3 days a week.
8. Learn to relax.
9. Focus on the positive.
10. Prioritize my health.

2016 Transplant Tests:
*Immunizations
Mammogram
Kidney Ultrasound
*Lab work
Chest X-ray
TB Test
Dental Clearance
EKG
GYN Exam & PAP
Echo cardiogram
Eye Exam
Colonoscopy
Cardiac Stress Test
UNC Lab work

*= completed



Personal Information:
I'm 57, married and a retired Teacher (Pre K - 3rd Grade). I live in North Carolina however I was born, raised and spent most of my life in South Florida. My husband of 33 years and I have a grown daughter who is an RN and a young grandson. One dog (a Brown Lab), two cats and two red bellied frogs round out our little family.






Other Information:
I enjoy reading, crafts, ceramics, drawing,
scrapbooking, photography, painting, card making, cooking, baking, organizing, travel and spending time with family.




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  • v LKWQUILTER
    Thinking about you Sally and continuing to pray. Hope all is going well. ((HUGS)) Linda Kay
    363 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Just thinking of you.

    -*♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥
    With faith, belief and action, all things are possible. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    -*♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥

    382 days ago
  • v NANA-JEAN
    Thinking of you - hope your dialysis is going well.
    Please stop in or write a blog so we can know how you are doing.
    Take care.
    emoticon your kidneys
    Jean
    393 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Just stopping by. Hugs and prayers!

    -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥
    Who and what you are will be determined by YOU, not by your circumstances. Gail Lynne Goodwin
    -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥

    409 days ago
  • v 2BE-MY-BEST
    Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ArthuStart where you are. Arthur Asher
    415 days ago
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