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My big brother had a layover on his return from his vacation and my daughter came over to see him.


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My old intro:
"Not as worried about my weight as I am about my heart, digestive problems and joints, losing weight has been a happy bonus but I am not serious about it. Feeling good and strong is what I am after."
And, now:
August 2017 I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease so my course has changed and it is Time to get Serious! I have been told I can't improve my kidney function but I can stop the progression of decline, and I must because if I lose another 15% it would be time to go to dialysis and consider a transplant. I DO NOT PLAN TO GO THERE!

Member Since: 3/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 208,440

My Goals:
To improve joint and heart health.
October 2017 update, I have done a good job with my joints even with more degeneration, I have improved flexibility, rarely use my crutches, just 2 rounds since 2010 and no longer than a week a time. I was not doing great for my heart, hypertension and all, recently those numbers are improving. I have kept the Diabetes that plagues my siblings and cousins away. But, I have to add a new goal maintaining kidney function, it's down in the 30s percentiles.

Maintain kidney function.
Keep joints flexible (Oct 2017- told spinal surgery is my next treatment option- don't want that).
Keep lowering blood pressure ( August 2017- dangerously high, October 2017- high normal)

My Program:
Walking and low-impact exercise due to degenerative spine disease.
Watching every bite that goes in my mouth- is this good or bad for my kidneys?

Personal Information:
Married with a grown daughter and a dog living on the central coast of California.

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We live within a mile of the beach on one side and a mile of the foothills on the other. Just kinda perfect except the occasional crazy storm or an out of control wildfire- we've evacuated a few times, and an earthquake now & then to keep us alert. But as our tourists say "you live in Paradise," then we add "most of the time". Santa Barbara is filled with parks and very dog friendly, so we walk alot. It's rural enuf that it's not unusual to get stuck behind a tracker on Cathedral Oaks or Modoc Rd and there is an occasional bear seen roaming the grounds at UCSB, but it's big city enuf to have an International Film Festival every February. After 25 years working as an X-ray technologist, a few years in school libraries, I retired and sat on my butt, after 7 years of that I returned to the work force and now I am a Page at the Public Library. This is a great job for me as I am moving for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week- pushing cartloads of books, reaching high and squatting low to shelve th

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