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Very soon I will be starting the 2017 5% Winter Challenge. This is not my first challenge by any means.

Having had breast cancer, my body was put through a lot and there were days I wondered if I would make it through all of the treatments. I did make it through chemo and radiation and if I can do that then I know I can make it through any thing life may throw my way;

I have 2 meds I have to take for the next 5 to 10 years and one likes to make me gain weight and the other causes joint pain and I just have to work through it and try to kill two birds with one stone as the saying goes.

This is a new year and no treatments going on so it is time for me to take my life back and bring it back to a healthier me. I am pre-diabetic so I have to keep my A1C in the good range. I also have to keep my cholesterol under control.

I will be continuing on the diabetic diet the dr gave me. It has been working for me keeping me in the normal range. I have since then though kind of fallen out of my routine and have gained the 40 pounds I lost back. Some of this is due to water retention and this varies from day today.

My DH is a 100% disabled vet and he has good days and bad days so my schedule is never the same each day.

I will begin by aiming for 30 min a day and work on increasing that each week. I will aim for strength training 3 times a week.

I will do the best I can with my exercise. I know there will be days that I won't be able to do much and some days maybe not at all. I will use the support of my team and this challenge to help me strive to keep myself as healthy as I can through the 8 weeks and longer.

Member Since: 4/10/2008

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My Goals:
I hope to continue losing weight to avoid heart problems and diabetes as these are two health problems that run in my family. I am currently on a diabetic diet as I was borderline on being a bo diabetic. I will exercise every day and drink my water. I am participating in the 5% Spring Challenge and want to meet my goal during this challenge. I also will be fighting to keep my cancer from returning.

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I have a treadmill and an elliptical that I use at home. I also have several other exercise machines and various exercise videos I use. I use the pre-diabetic diet now and of course I use the tools available for me here at SP! I am slowly making progress and I know that one day I will reach my ultimate goal. I have dropped my A1c from 6.0 to 5.7 so I am in the normal range for not becoming diabetic.

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I am 64, the mother of 4 and have my 12 grandchildren. My husband retired from the Navy after serving for 27 yrs. I got to live in Rota, Spain and I also got to visit Bermuda. We celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary this year.

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I live in TN and I am a retired Teacher's Asst. I worked with special needs children and I miss them terribly. I am trying to get use to not working every day and this is really a hard thing for me to get use too. I have developed some bad habits since I retired, like staying up too late and sleeping in too late. Things have got to change and get back into a regular routine.

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    Let's make the 5% Winter Challenge the best one! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    5 days ago
    OH SUE !! As I read about the car,, the sale man and his W ,, hon how could I not tear up? I am also so sorry for him. WOW 5 youngsters. I HOPE He has a lot of family/friend support and will when ready find a mate who will CHERISH his kids as did his wife, and that the kids (usually the oldest as we know) will accept her and her love. HOW SUPER Sad hon !!

    I HAD more typed,, I'd LOVE to know Izzy KNOWS how to delete what I've done. Almost every time she comes up (MaryAnn and I talk almost nightly and Izzy LOVES MaryAnn,, when she hears her (I put her on speaker phone. Often we are going over what we'd to have done or do for the team so yes,, I can't hold the phone to my ear)she comes RUNNING JUMPS Up ,, sits on my chest with her back going against my left arm,,, it's soo CUTE the way she sits herself just so every night like this. :) Izzy has been sick since the start of Nov,,,,, her breathing hasn't been good,,, a few times I honestly thought I was going to lose her. The first time I kept wanting to RUSH her to the ER vet, but I had just gotten her med the day b4 and my vet had said it could take up to 48 hrs to kick in,, so the idea of what an ER vet would do, REGARDLESS of what she was ,, was JUST TO SCARY !! The ER vets around here,,, have some really POOR reviews. Including often separating the owner from the pet. I am quite sure you remember when Izzy got out of the condo I was in. it was 3 days to find her,, well a friend and I had hung up well over 100 posters of her (yeah I WANtED HER BACK !!) a neighbor had heard a cat,, looked at one of the posters,, YUPPERS Izzy down in a celler of the condo across the way !! GRR It STILL ANGERS mme that the IDIOT (no doubt a renter !) didn't care if she died,, stating her HATES cats !! THANKFULLY management came back (after hrs and on a Fri !) and the cellars have a small hole in them in between units for any water,,, and he got her out. PHEW !! But , now if i am late from my normal routine she meets at the door meowing. POOR Izzy !! If I am in during my normal routine she doesn't come to the door,,, she usually doesn't even lift up her head to acknowlege me. LOL BRAT !! So I DO NOT want her away from me unless it can't be prevented.

    Hon the car is so special !!! AS ARE YOU !! HUGS HON !
    7 days ago
    emoticon In 2017 May your successes be many, your days be filled with happiness and that difficulties be few! emoticon
    Happy New Year!
    15 days ago
    Wishing you a Happy New Year!
    16 days ago
    Hi Sue!! Purdy gift!! Was this to you or from you?

    20 days ago
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