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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: 271,548

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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 try not to use honey. I like it too much.

    I know that the vinegar helps me when my throat is sore. I felt well enough to do some chores today. Hubby vacuumed the main level for me yesterday. I went through tonight and wiped door handles, toilet handles, light switches, electrical outlets, thermostat plates, computer, remotes and our phones with Clorox wipes.

    Bayau lost her ball. She was moaning and watching us to see if we could find it. She reminded me of a baby when the pacifier gets lost.
    4 days ago
    When I looked up the link for I Know Who Holds Tomorrow, last night, I had never heard of Buddy Liles, lol!
    5 days ago
    When Mom was in the nursing home, I thought about people that were in their 70s or 80s that had a spouse there. They themselves might still be able-bodied, but I had thoughts like, What if they only had an 8th-grade education or their glasses were bad and they couldn't see well. They would try to contact someone for help, but the person being paid to do that, was not available.

    When I moved Mom out of her apartment and in with us, the Housing Authority handed papers to me and said, "Sign here." Signature of Tenant. I handed the paper back and said, "I have never been your tenant."

    I wonder how many are duped legally by stuff like that?
    6 days ago
    You are right about God put him in pain to find this and have it removed.

    I have a similar story. Before I met my husband, he was smoking weed and was caught with one marijuana cigarette. He received probation before judgment. Years later, we would meet and get married. We had our daughter and though I can't remember, maybe our son too, by the time this happened. Somehow the prison or the State of Maryland was informed of this charge. My husband had put on his job application for a prison guard that he had no arrest record. He was fired.

    I remember telling his mother that I was wondering where we were going to get food if he couldn't find work soon. She sent me to her basement and told me to take 1 jar each of her canned food.

    We had to hire a lawyer and have his record expunged at a cost of $500 to do it. We found out, that had we not done it, that just 8 months later, it would have been put on his permanent record.

    We both were saved when our daughter was about 9 months old in 1980. I think back to that and I didn't really know anything about any of this, but it had a big impact on us after we were married. God manifested it in the nick of time, just as He did your husband's condition before it could give him problems. There are times He does this and there are times when we have to suffer and a time to die.

    My fears about dialysis were unfounded. I called The Kidney Center today and they checked what all was done at the hospital. I had a CT scan done on Saturday which showed the stones. The ones in my kidney may never give me a problem, but if I pass another one, they have it on record what is going on.

    I had to argue with them at the hospital while I was barfing, do not give me contrast or dyes or drugs that are NSAIDs. The Kidney Center checked on that today and they hadn't done it, but they wanted to do the CT scan with contrast.

    I don't know why I was left for hours in discomfort and vomiting. I finally urinated and I may have passed the stone. They didn't put a hat in the toilet to screen my urine, but all at once the discomfort was gone and I quit vomiting. I thank the Lord for that, because they put me in a room and other than an IV of fluid, let me alone to deal with it. After that, they put morphine in my IV.
    6 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2017 3:38:15 AM
    The hymn is called, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow. You can type into a search engine, Listen to Buddy Liles sing I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.
    6 days ago
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