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I just turned 66. Retired in '07 to stay home with my then 92 year old mother.

My weight struggles started in my 20's when a doctor told me to lose 10 pounds. No problem. But they came back with some additional and I yo-yo-ed my way up over 200 pounds. Now it is time to make some major life changes so I can be here to care for my mother and husband, both of whom have recently survived heart surgery.

I have suffered from depression my whole life, but learned ...
I just turned 66. Retired in '07 to stay home with my then 92 year old mother.

My weight struggles started in my 20's when a doctor told me to lose 10 pounds. No problem. But they came back with some additional and I yo-yo-ed my way up over 200 pounds. Now it is time to make some major life changes so I can be here to care for my mother and husband, both of whom have recently survived heart surgery.

I have suffered from depression my whole life, but learned from my mother how to be depressed without being depressing. It is now mostly under control. Both healthy eating and exercise are supposed to be good for the mood, too. Hubby says being retired has been good for my disposition!
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Member Since: 11/18/2008

SparkPoints: 14,706

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My Goals:
I would like to lose 50 pounds and get the one number of my cholesterol that the doctor doesn't like down so I don't have to go on statins.

My Program:
I am cutting calories by substituting whole grains where possible, increasing fruits and vegetables and cutting back on sweets. I am also exercising.

Personal Information:
I live in Madison. Retired. Care for my mother. Both mother and husband have had open heart surgery to replace heart valves. Husband also had bypass. He retired Feb. 2013 a week before getting a carotid artery cleared.

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My mother (95) lives with us so we play a lot of cards on weekends. My family is as disfunctional as the next, but we keep trying to develop relationships that work. This year is the 14th anniversary of my son's death.

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NIMIRRA137
11/11/2013 1:26:30 PM

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog! I think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned the November blues. I definitely have always been lower in the winter months and today is one dreary day with snow in the forecast (I hate snow). I should check into a light box, my mother had one when I was a kid. You'd think I'd realize it's genetic by now.

I take measurements once a month so you could be right that maybe the weight gain could be some muscle mass. Maybe I will remeasure and see how I am compared to a few weeks ago. I'm not pre-menstrual but it could still be water weight from the salt as you mentioned.

What a great idea about just slowly planning your wedding! That's hilarious and awesome. I am going to wait until after the cruise. A lot of people think it may happen then, I hope they are right only because coming home and seeing disappointment in peoples face when I tell them I'm not gets tiring.



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IMTCDZ
11/10/2013 10:38:23 PM

Hey, thanks for stopping by my Sparkpage and leaving a comment on my blog. I was looking at and reading on your Sparkpage...you may have some longevity genes from your mother! Liked what you said about learning from your mother how to be depressed without being depressing. Sometimes I think I may be the opposite....depressing without being depressed. emoticon



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LOFLLAMA
11/8/2013 12:10:34 PM

WOW! Thank you so much for your thoughts & comments on my blog. You really make me feel like somebody special!!! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the words you said to me! I love you.
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NEELIXNKES
11/7/2013 9:39:55 AM

emoticon for swinging by my blog! I wish that sodium actually pulled the weight off of us instead of the opposite. emoticon Wouldn't that be wonderful... emoticon I hope that you are having a healthy week!



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