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Between a Rock and a hard place. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit get me through it.


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So much has happened to me since I started SP April 9th 2010. I've lost weight of course and regained some, I've learned to stop eating when full and I've made some great spark friends. I'm sparking much of the time. Many know about my son's accident (6/17/2010)and the changes that has wrought on my life, my sister V�ronique's death (11/7/2012) due to a brain tumor and Vicky's congestive heart failure, diabetes and a host of other problems. I also have been blessed with a new grand-daughter in May 2013 for a total of 5 grand-daughters and 1 grandson-the first and eldest of the grands..
I try to keep smiling and stay positive-not always easy, but the good Lord helps. I love life from infancy to old age.
I retired May 25th, 2012.
My 5 children and 6 grandchildren are an important part of my life.

With the exception of my cholesterol levels and a mobile blood pressure I am relatively healthy. Both my son's care and my weight contribute the occasionally elevated blood pressure. My cholesterol has been high since I was in my 40's and I am allergic to statin drugs which limits what I can take for the cholesterol problem. (I am in gray in the first picture, and turquoise in the second)

Member Since: 4/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 123,990

My Goals:
1. track all of my foods, striving to get 5-8 fruits & veggies per day.
2. I will walk no LESS THAN 5,000 steps and work my way past 10,000.
3. to be more positive, and supportive to those around me, especially new widows.

My Program:
To watch what I eat, most importantly cutting back on cholesterol and sodium. Work to change a sedentary life into a more active life, which is difficult for me. Even though retired, I'm knitting and sewing more that makes for a still sedentary life.

Personal Information:
I was born in Bedford, Ohio of a Belgian mom and an American GI. I have lived in Belgium, Ohio, Florida and am currently in Georgia. I am widowed and have five grown children, one of whom had a traumatic brain injury June 2010 and for whom I am the court appointed Custodial Guardian.

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I like to knit, sew-when I have time and play with my grandchildren.
I'd love to be able to travel again, to go back to Belgium and Austria, to see Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Italy.

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    Got another suggestion...challenge....suppose every time we make a trip to the necessary room, we do some exercise. Not only is that daily, it's many times a day. LOL
    28 days ago
    If at first we don't succeed? LOL A long time ago, I was on a team that did daily exercise bursts...each day a particular exercise...wall push ups, squats etc and you needed to fit ten or more of those sets into the waiting for the water to get hot etc. You just reminded me of that and it wasn't bad. Maybe I need to do that again.
    29 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Aquatic Therapy has certainly improved John's outlook. He is demonstrating an interest in following the on land program and seems to have a lot of hope. That alone is a success. It is amazing what one can do in the water. I also go in the water and try to make that time work for me too as much as I can. We drive an hour to get there so it's nice to be able to use the pool to our maximum benefit.

    Are you feeling back to yourself now? The virus going around here is upper respiratory. It involves lots of coughing. John had it and now the stepsister who shares parent care with me has it. I get to Dad's as much as I possibly can. So far, I've been able to escape that virus. Knock on wood.

    My stepmother is being transferred back to her original room -- with a roommate. She is feeding herself now and talking up a storm. Not to us. When we visit, she sleeps. No matter what time we go. Makes me wonder.
    29 days ago
    Thanks for the support and the company! I think a lot of us who have been doing this for a while are in need of some re-dedication...stress (for you it's Erik, for Janet it's John and her parent/stepparent, for me it was our two guys with cancer, who BTW are both doing fairly well) gets in the way of our best laid plans but since the race goes to the tortous not the hare...LOL
    36 days ago
  • v JANET552
    John thinks Aquatic Therapy seems promising. I had no thought that this was going to be paid for by insurance but, turns out, it is physical therapy in the pool. Therefore, the therapist has six sessions which could be continued if progress is shown. The therapist believes he can help John. I would never say this to John but...everyone has started out with great positivity. I can't get excited about it anymore. Still, I think it is definitely worth a try and I am a bit surprised the doctor didn't suggest this before I did.

    I like that they have water safe wheelchairs so the problem I envisioned of John falling on the water around the pool isn't a problem at all. They just take him right into the pool in the chair.

    I told John he had you to thank for this. I had seen brochures at the doctor's office but I think it was your urging that made me bring it up to the doctor.
    38 days ago
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