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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: 310,695

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 have enough and am glad that I don't have more things to dust, lol! My daughter did so much preparation for Thanksgiving and we were there 5 days and left on the 6th day.

    My sister no longer drives so it would be up to her husband to mail off a card. Cards are a big waste of money in my opinion, because most of them go into the trash within a week after the event.

    I was happy to still be alive after reading about the death of a woman I knew.
    7 days ago
    After I went outside trying to find the owner of the loose dog, I felt better when I came in.

    I went over to his house this evening and he said it was the dog's former owner that caught him and put him in the sun porch area of his house. He said the dog broke free of a lead holding his harness while he was gone today.

    If I wake up in the morning feeling rough. I will drink vinegar in water and then have some hot tea.
    9 days ago
    My birthday is tomorrow, but thank you for the goody.
    9 days ago
    We had our dirty clothes in a tall kitchen trash bag. I think when it fell, it just made less room for Bayau, but it didn't hurt her. We were able to restack it and secure it. She would lie down once the van was in motion and wanted to sniff when we stopped and let her out at a rest area. She is a good traveler.
    10 days ago
    We knew we would be bringing stuff back with us too. We stacked stuff, but still the bag of dirty clothes fell on Bayau. Our daughter gave us a bungee cord to try to strap down stuff inside so it wouldn't move.

    We bought a Styrofoam cooler and she packed that full of meat.
    10 days ago
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