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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: 250,458

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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    We got through our busy day with no quarreling. I was afraid hubby would not make the appointment to see the man in Pennsylvania. The cat's vet appointment was at 5:30 PM and the meeting with the man at 6 PM.

    I felt good when I was done at the podiatrist's office. I got to keep my $30 and had lost a pound since my last visit with her, even though I had gained 8 pounds recently. I've lost all that I had re-gained and I am at a new low, the lowest since 2007 when I worked. Whoop, whoop!
    2 days ago
    I used to do our finances and my Mom's. My memory is getting bad. If I am working with numbers doing calculations and am disturbed, I have to start over. It is like counting to a very high number and have some calling out numbers to disrupt you or getting to a high number and then forgetting what it was.

    2 days ago
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    Fire up those Sneakers and Fall in Love with Walking and You Can Walk Your Way to a Healthier, Slimmer You!!
    2 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/23/2016 9:37:55 PM
    I hope all is well..............
    3 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I'm not about to give up on myself, I've come too far to go back. I think once I'm through with this hot and humid weather, I will feel better but until then I'll drag myself onward. When I think of dragging myself onward, I can see that crazy wedding cake topper of the bride dragging the groom. Makes me laugh.
    I hope you have a great week. Be the best you can. Enjoy your life and family. emoticon Ramona
    3 days ago
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