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2016!!!! Living MY Life NOW! Not tomorrow but TODAY!!!!!

Updated January 4, 2016:
Hi! My name is Ramona and I''m a divorced mom to a soon to be 24 year old son. We have a dog, Precious, who will be 14 on Valentine's Day. I''ve been through ups and downs I never dreamed would happen but did. The last eleven years of my life I feel like I''ve been through heaven and hell.

I''ve been back on SparkPeople.com since July 2011. I started back in 2008. Lost some weight, thought I could do it on my own, so I quit. What changed? My blood ...
Updated January 4, 2016:
Hi! My name is Ramona and I''m a divorced mom to a soon to be 24 year old son. We have a dog, Precious, who will be 14 on Valentine's Day. I''ve been through ups and downs I never dreamed would happen but did. The last eleven years of my life I feel like I''ve been through heaven and hell.

I''ve been back on SparkPeople.com since July 2011. I started back in 2008. Lost some weight, thought I could do it on my own, so I quit. What changed? My blood sugars got out of control and my doctor gave me three months to make improvements or go on insulin. Since that date I had one of my diabetic meds stopped. I''m still on Metformin. However that doesn''t mean life is all well and good. I''ve been having blood sugar issues for the last few months and will be discussing going back on my other meds with him. I did discuss it but he felt that I was doing okay. So my doctor told me to watch what I eat. Walk more. So I'm trying to do that. I got my new glasses back in November 2015. In Dec. 2015 my neurologist changed my migraine meds to sumatriptan - oh my gosh, I have my life back again! On Dec 22, 2015 I stopped taking my Lamictal (I told my therapist about it today 1/4/16) because the increased dose caused major headaches - worse than my migraines. I see the psychiatrist Feb 2016. I see my retina specialist 1/11/16 and my neurologist again in Feb. 2016. My therapist said he thinks that the sumatriptan has really helped both my migraines and my moods. Having a MRI of my head was a no go - total disaster twice so will discuss that with neuro next month. Having problems with the floaters in my eyes - I have Weiss rings and all sorts of large floaters in both eyes. The past few days has been miserable for that but No Headaches!

I have multiple health issues: arthritis (in just about every joint), fibromyalgia, non-insulin dependent diabetes, high blood pressure (under control), high cholesterol (under control), migraines, status post major concussion with lost of consciousness (including lost of memory and how to spell, short term memory is almost nothing), status post dying from complications from gallbladder surgery when I was at my heaviest which was 278 pounds (more or less). I also have macular degeneration in my left eye so I have vision problems - those Weiss rings & floaters drive me nuts. I''m also bi-polar II (depressive) and have anxiety issues related to my asthma and breathing problems (if I have trouble breathing I also tend to panic and have panic attacks - not a pretty sight). I have battled with depression for the last 14 years. Not a pretty sight.

On July 24, 2011 I started walking as much as I could. August 2014 my son bought me a fitbit flex and for the last 131 days (as of August 14, 2015) I have walked a minimum of 10,000 steps per day. Yes it took me a long time to get to this point because after that gallbladder surgery walking six feet was a major deal. It''s been a slow process. I''m in this for the long haul. This isn''t some diet to reach a certain weight. NO! This is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE! Something I''ll live with for the rest of my life. It''s not a quick fix - I didn''t gain all the weight overnight. Each day is a new challenge and I'm trying to face them as best as I can.

So stop my and chat. If you need a buddy, I''ll try to be there to help you on your journey. Take care of yourself! Love where you''re at right now. Don''t put off doing things you want to do just because you''re not at some magic number, do them now. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow so we need to make sure we live our lives to the fullest now.


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My Goals:
Remember that each day is a gift from God and cherish all your memories, friends and family.
There's no magic number I want to be. I just want to be healthier today than I was yesterday. Yes I want to lose weight but I want to live my life each day as best as I can.

My Program:
Walking at least 10,000 steps a day everyday.

Walk two miles with Leslie Sansone at least three times a week.

Get back on my recumbent exercise bike and ride it three times a week. (Currently sciatic nerve problems are really reeking havoc on this)

Strength training is needed to be started back again.

Personal Information:
I'll soon be 61 on 9/16. I have a 23 year old son.
A couple weeks after my 50th birthday my husband died of a massive heart attack. Got re-married and divorced in short order two years later. Now I'm single and loving life, one day at a time.
When my hands cooperate, I like to knit or crochet. I love to read. I love to bake and cook. I go crazy at Christmas time making all sorts of goodies as gifts for family and friends.
I'm a genealogy nut and currently working on multiple lines in mine and my son's families.

Other Information:
Today is the first day of the rest of your life so make the most of it.

In November 27, 2007 I weighed my heaviest at 278 pounds .

Here are my goals for my weight:
These are weights from back in the 1970s when I last saw them. I can't wait to see them again!
198 pounds last saw in 1978
178 pounds back in 1976
154 pounds at graduation June 7, 1972
My goal weight according to my BMI is under 145. I'm not sure how this will play out but I'm wanting to get down to my graduation weight at least.


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2/9/2016 12:09:38 AM

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2/7/2016 10:52:42 PM

"Life is like a camera... emoticon emoticon FOCUS on what's important, CAPTURE the good times, DEVELOP from the negatives, and if things don't work out, TAKE ANOTHER SHOT."
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2/7/2016 8:32:54 PM

Glory of Friendship by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2/6/2016 11:22:06 PM

We all "can" do it! Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met.
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