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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 ...
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.
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Member Since: 8/25/2009

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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 to to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 4 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 20 yrs now.

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I am an avid reader when I have time. I like to swim and walk. Love traveling and seeing the country. We belong to Caring Canines, a therapy dog group, and take Abbie to visit hospitals and nursing homes.. I do a lot of volunteer work in the park where I reside. I am the beautification chair and take care of all the flowers and decorating in the park.

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8/31/2015 2:42:30 AM

Our days have been full since my husband retired. We will try to do the things we want to do and go places we have wanted to go to. Right now, with our neighbor getting a new fence, hubby is talking about putting in a building for the lawnmower and other tools in the back yard. We looked into that when we first moved here, but the problem would be off-loading a building from a truck onto a prepared pad. The neighbor's fence is part of the fence around our yard and there is a gate and piece of fencing that would have to come down for a building to get to where we would want it. Getting rid of the wood and the neighbor redoing his fence may present us with that opportunity to get a building put on our property.

When the mower is put into the basement after being used on the yard, I can smell gasoline upstairs. It also has to be lifted up and down the outside steps into the basement. Hubby talked to our son about this last night and we will see what happens. Money would probably be the only reason why we couldn't travel.

I am practical and want hubby to begin saving for a car. Prices are rising and I like to keep a $500 cushion for emergencies. When hubby has money, he has to spend it. I am also greatly concerned about our national debt. It is my thinking that the economy will collapse. Just because everyone else will be in the same boat if it does, does not ease my mind. I don't have any answers for how to face that problem as a couple. We don't have much in savings and will not be able to pay for a nursing home should one of us have to go into one. We don't have a pre-paid funeral either. Mom had a grave lot beside of Dad and that was counted as an asset by Social Security and the nursing home. The owner of the graveyard said that no grave could be taken and sold to repay debt and Mom's couldn't be sold to someone that wasn't family.



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8/31/2015 12:48:56 AM

I have thought my stomach problems were due to Truvia sweetener or Metformin. The Metformin didn't help and now I don't have "accidents," but there are times I can hear noises and I know that I should stay close to home.

Hubby has been using a liquid dairy drink, DanActive Probiotic because he would get sick at night and vomit. It seems to have helped him. I drank one and didn't like it.

I notice that sometimes coffee sets my stomach to rumbling, maybe that is the culprit. I have some unsweetened applesauce here. It is easy to work into my meal plan.



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8/31/2015 12:00:39 AM

I drink Snapple diet peach tea and hubby drinks the regular, but I try to limit myself to one bottle of it a day. I use Truvia sweetener in my coffee (two packets) and have at least one 12-oz mug of coffee daily and in the colder weather more than one mug a day. I don't mind ice water and drink that too. Hubby has to have soda. If he can't afford Coke, he buys A&W root beer, ginger ale or cream soda. I am concerned about the artificial sweeteners of any kind. They have said that sugar lights up the brain even worse than heroin. I have never gotten over my taste for sweet stuff.

I showed my husband a video of Coke destroying an egg left in a glass of Coke. He came from a family of 12 and they never had much. I think now that he can buy what he wants, he is stuck in thinking he wants to buy the stuff he wanted when he was a kid, stuff they couldn't afford. If he was single, he would probably have a cabinet filled with junk snack foods.

It really makes it hard on me when I have a craving because I don't have to step out the door to go and get what I might want. As with being overweight, if you complain to the person, it makes it worse, so I believe that he has to come to the realization of what he is doing to his body.

I use rewards to be able to have a treat when we want one. We don't go out to restaurants. Hubby will get fast food and bring it home. I like to be served a meal, but he opts for buffets because of the variety and he can stuff himself for the price. He does have high blood pressure and I have asked him if his doctor tests him for diabetes, I don't think he does. Hubby never volunteers any information to a doctor. They are supposed to figure out what is wrong with him and generally he doesn't even tell them his symptoms.

My situation is one that I have to do the work to get healthy and I can't blame him. He is not forcing me to eat any thing. The majority of our grocery dollars are spent on stuff that has no nutritional value for the body, empty calories. I imagine worms on the food at times so I won't take the first bite. If I taste it, then I am sunk. This is just one coping mechanism that I have learned and what really happens if I don't check myself.



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8/30/2015 7:06:15 PM

Wow! Congrats to Yadi, and to the Cards. That's quite a distinction.



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MSLZZY
8/30/2015 2:41:36 PM

Glad Erika is no longer a threat. What a relief!



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