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Updated June 1, 2016: Hi! My name is Ramona and I''m a divorced mom to a 24 year old son. We have a dog, Precious, who turned 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. Currently I am splitting my time between my Dad's house in Florida and mine - helping my youngest brother care for our Dad, who has Alzheimers and recently fell and had a brain bleed on January 25, 2016. Plus I'm trying to get my brother who's my vacation buddy healthier too. If he would actually hear all you tell him and not just parts, selective hearing. It's not like he doesn't know that I've been there and all I've accomplished because he's been my support through it all. Going to be an interesting year to say the least. My brother just had two stents put in. Seven years ago he had a quadruple bypass so I'm hoping he gets straightened out. My moods are all over the place s I I'm back on my Lamictal but just one dose a day instead of the two. So far so good and I see my psychiatrist on May 9th to discussed it and its staying the same for now. At 2am 6/1/16 my 88 year old Aunt called to say she was having a heart attack. My son and i rushed over. My son gave her baby aspirin and watched for the ambulance. She was admitted to the hospital for medical intervenion. On June 5th, she was released to go home. My cousins and i are tryimg to figure out things now. Talk about stress... My neurologist was rescheduled to July because they're in the process of moving again. So nothing new about the migraines . I am loving my Samsung Gear fit tracker. I''ve been back on 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. Having a MRI of my head was a no go - total disaster twice so will discuss that with neuro. 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! With all the new stresses in my life this year, my migraines are back - not the super bad ones but the daily drive you nuts because your other meds may work but then again they probably won't but you don't want to waste your "9" monthly pills of sumatriptan on it type of migraine. Having them for 50+ years has taught me a lot plus I can endure them more than most people - I have to function even on severe pain days - I have no choice in the matter - I have to keep moving through the pain. 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 loss of consciousness (including loss 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. As of March 13, 2016 I got rid of my fitbit flex and now have a Samsung Gear Fit. Unfortunately it doesn't sync Spark but I'll endure. It's more accurate than the fitbit and I haven't had any problems since I started using it. I kind of like the bells and whistles it has. 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.

Member Since: 1/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 147,015

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 per day.

Using Leslie Sansone walk at home videos

Go hiking whenever possible.

Walk my dog, Precious, as much as possible.

Work on incorporating more into my life

Personal Information:
I turned 61 on 9/16/15. I have a 24 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 (back before my migraines were diagnosed and I started on all these different meds)
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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    Ramona.... emoticon
    Thanks for your well wishes on my speedy recovery! I'm doing great! Still a little surprised by all this myself.
    5 days ago
    I recommend that you visit Reversing Diabetes group on Facebook and get Dr. Eric Westman's low carb high fat ketogenic diet. It is all free. You eat fat to fill you up and lose weight. I know, it goes contrary to what we were taught. I eat bacon and butter, mayonnaise and other fats. It is a strict diet, no fruit, no fruit juices, no bread, crackers, potatoes, pasta and some vegetables are forbidden. There are people using the group with all sorts of medical conditions. I have Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.

    The beauty of this way of eating is that exercise is not necessary. If you exercise, the weight will come off quicker. I was told I would be put on insulin it two weeks and had to show the doctor improvement. That was last year. Another woman on Spark People told me about the group. I have personally met Dr. Eric Westman. He has started HEAL clinics and sees patients in North Carolina. He was at a meeting in West Virginia to promote this way of eating for good health and I went there.

    5 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    . Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill
    5 days ago
    I finally found what works for me. I am so excited. I had an 8-pound gain from eating stuff from hubby's junk food stash.
    5 days ago
  • v 123TERRY
    emoticon Have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon
    5 days ago
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