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Welcome from Northwest Iowa!

You've heard the old addage; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is what helped me get started on this journey of losing weight. I believe being active and eating in a healthy manner are a better investment than concentrating on treatment. Instead of getting diabetes and then losing weight, I have lost weight first. My mother has diabetes, so my chances of having it was high. Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa says, "We've got to ...
Welcome from Northwest Iowa!

You've heard the old addage; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is what helped me get started on this journey of losing weight. I believe being active and eating in a healthy manner are a better investment than concentrating on treatment. Instead of getting diabetes and then losing weight, I have lost weight first. My mother has diabetes, so my chances of having it was high. Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa says, "We've got to change the mindset from treating sick people to preventing illnesses in the first place".

And Ben Franklin said "it is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them".

I have made it through the winter without gaining a lot of weight. :) Boy does that feel good. I'm determined to lose another 20 pounds and then I'll be where I want to be. Here goes!

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Member Since: 12/28/2006

SparkPoints: 133,363

Fitness Minutes: 86,550

My Goals:
I would like to lose about 20 pounds.

My Program:
I have totally changed my eating habits.
Instead of:
milk = soymilk
plain chips=baked chips
white bread=whole wheat bread
white rice=brown rice
bowls of ice cream=individual portions of ice cream

I've added much more fruit and vegetables to my menu.
I've made changes in recipes. For example I made an apple cake using whole wheat flour, sugar substitute, egg beaters, applesauce and soymilk.
I've added flax to my cereal each day, also blueberries.
I drink a lot of water each day and cut out the pop. My cereal is a whole grain one, Cheerios usually. I eat more chicken and 93% lean ground beef. I use a smaller plate for meals and fill the plate with 3/4 vegetables and little meat. I don't eat many potatoes, but use squash as my starch.


Personal Information:
I am married and live in NW Iowa. I have three children and I know when they were small I put all my energy into raising them. I didn't put so much into taking care of me. Now I realize that I need to take care of ME. I'm not getting any younger and why wait until I have a health issue to get healthy. So I'm taking care of me now.

Other Information:
I am now a retired teacher. Boy does that sound strange! After 33 years I have called it quits with full time teaching. I work in a book store during the summer. I will also be substitute teaching in area schools. So I will be busy.


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WIFE49
12/2/2014 2:22:02 PM

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11/26/2014 9:27:24 AM

Thank you for the spark goodie! I appreciate it! It's funny that you sent a manicure to me because that is what I am going to do this afternoon if I get a chance. :) Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving!



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All year long we focus on Healthy eating and moving the body to become fit. We do this for a chance to live life to the fullest. This fullness is to be shared at the dinner table at the holidays, not by what you put in your belly, it is to be measured from the joy you receive from being grateful for one more year with your loved ones. We do not get a guarantee to have another year with everyone you see, so make the most of the moment, and leave the worries for another day. Happy Holidays to you my Friend!

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11/23/2014 11:47:01 AM

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11/20/2014 12:23:45 PM

Thank you for the goodie. I am very excited about vacation and seeing Kristi and Josh. You really didn't miss my birthday. I didn't really announce it. We celebrate GS Will's birthday. His is one day ahead of mine! Have a great weekend with your family and enjoy Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon



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