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Too bad the wolf didn't bite a few pounds off but Alaska was great!

Abbie Christmas 2014


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I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed away December 26 and I have managed to get his affairs settled. Now I am just dealing with my dear DH's health issues. He underwent radiation for prostrate cancer and is now deemed cancer free but still dealing with several other health issues.
I am starting on a new phase of my life - Mon, Oct 1 is my target date and I am not thinking of this as a diet, but a new way of eating to make me healthy for life.

Member Since: 8/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 287,387

My Goals:
Ultimately I would like to lose about 70 lbs but my main goal is to eat healthy and get into a healthy weight and BMI range. Diabetes runs in my family so I hope by living healthy I can avoid that.

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I walk at least 5x a week for 3 or more miles and try to swim several times a week.
I eat vegan 1-2 days per week and watch my salt intake.

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Born and raised in a small town in central Ill. Moved to Edwardsville, IL to attend SIU, and got my degree from Webster Univ in STL, MO in 1985. Lived in the STL area for about 30 yrs before hitting the road and living in an rv for 6 yrs. Settled down due to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. I was forced into early retirement when the company I worked for was sold in 2000. Was able to enjoy it as it allowed us to travel and had we waited, the health issues would have kept us from doing that. I am blessed to have been maried twice to wonderful men. I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and he passed away at 41, due to complications of diabetes. I am happily remarried for 25 yrs now.

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Have had to table my love of reading for now-eye sight has been a real problem for the last couple of years.

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  • v RAMONA1954
    Believe me I know about trying to get steps in at 1145pm...done that many times
    21 minutes ago
  • v RAMONA1954
    When the heat sets in, its hat for me to get out and walk. My asthma gets worse and I have trouble breathing. So I'm just taking walk breaks inside to get my steps in.
    21 hours ago
    My son lost his driver's license. I suppose he handed to someone when he was carded and they kept it. They aren't home yet from the airport, so I haven't talked to them. I suppose we might see them tomorrow to hear about their honeymoon.
    21 hours ago
    My husband went to the airport to get the newlyweds. I am glad that they have a free day to get ready for work. They have a lot to do to put their house back together and get their clothes steamed for work before Tuesday.
    23 hours ago
    My husband was willing to get up and dance with me. That was a first! He nearly fell into a bush planted in a concrete container, lol! Neither of us drank any alcohol. No, I had a glass of peach sangria with my meal.

    Several were taking pictures including the wedding photographer. I am anxious to see the candid shots.

    We did have fun and the venue looked gorgeous as a backdrop for the wedding. It was built in 1812, pre-Civil War. It reminded me of some of the plantation houses I had seen when I was in the Air Force and stationed in Montgomery, Alabama in 1970.

    The outfits of those in the wedding party were gray for the men and mint green for the women. The bride's mother wore a navy blue dress and the picture of mine in a Spark People blog, was exact minus the white jacket that went with the dress.

    The wedding party had a long walk between two old street lights up a wide path to the house. The only thing that would have made it more spectacular is if they had been in a horse-drawn carriage. There is a long, tree-lined lane out to the main road and it made you feel like you had stepped back in time 200 years.

    I am sure they will enjoy their wedding pictures for years to come.
    1 day ago
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