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

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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: 283,668

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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    I don't eat fruit, breads or pasta or dairy except for cheese. I just restocked my lancets and strips and may experiment with fruit and my glucose readings. Tonight, I did have a treat of pancakes (breakfast for dinner). I haven't had any since last November.

    Thank you for the suggestions though, any advice will help.
    1 day ago
    The doctor told me that I had lost weight. I keep my vitals on the computer and that was not true.

    He was supposed to check my A1C and didn't. I am not going to sit there and tell him what he said at the previous visit. I want a different doctor.
    1 day ago
    I am popping my pills and logging my foods. It wasn't the weight at the doctor's office that made me angry, it was that I had the kidney stone in January and he is just now prescribing a pill? He told me to go on a low carb, low fat diet, but didn't give me any idea where to find that type of diet.

    I have to take care of my own health and yet he is paid to do it or that is how it seems.
    1 day ago
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    Timely suggestion. Been in the dumps for a couple days.
    1 day ago
    Ticks were bad at our house when I was growing up. Dad cut down trees and that seemed to help. My parents whitewashed the walls in the basement and that helped to us to spot any ticks that were on the walls. I know when we were burning wood that they would come into the house on the logs.

    One Sparker has seen a snake in Virginia already too, so maybe this will be an odd year for ticks and snakes.

    Generally the ticks that you can see are not the ones that carry Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a terrible disease and many times is misdiagnosed as something else. I don't remember ever finding a tick on Princess. I comb Bayau and Crellie with a flea comb and should feel anything that has attached itself to their skin.
    4 days ago
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