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This is Abbie, our little shih-tzu

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

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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 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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    Maybe later in the week I will look into the deckover situation. I will have to look up when it was applied. I am hoping I wrote about it on Spark People.

    I am stressed with the pool situation and what has been done with my belongings. I plan to go fishing.
    3 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/27/2016 12:55:21 PM
    Will you be working the weekend?

    Today we have had pool problems. Hubby just came back from Pro Pools and now is mowing the grass.

    I won't be on Spark People until Wednesday. It is too hectic for me right now.
    3 days ago
    Those are great stories.
    3 days ago
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    Great tiny stories. Enjoyed the lessons. You'd probably enjoy the six-word life observations under the caps of Honest Tea. emoticon
    3 days ago
    I think pansies are beautiful. I have never grown them and my geraniums die. This year irises came up and I have purple and yellow ones.

    Today we hope to vacuum the decks. Our son put down Behr deckover about two years ago. It is peeling off and looks terrible.
    4 days ago
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