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Myself with my Dad and Stepmother, Before Pic.

September 2010 after losing 25 pounds

Sept 2013 with my son, ready to get back on the weight loss journey.

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Survivorship and Beyond

The 7th of December is my 2nd Anniversary as a Breast Cancer Survivor. It has been an eventful two years and I have learned a lot of lessons. One thing, nothing is a sure thing.
I was unsure of what would happen in the two years since the lumpectomy.
As I stated before I went through chemo and radiation. There were delays due to fever and being hospitalized twice and developing Neuropathy and low white blood counts, etc. But finally after 10 months of treatment, I was done. A ...
The 7th of December is my 2nd Anniversary as a Breast Cancer Survivor. It has been an eventful two years and I have learned a lot of lessons. One thing, nothing is a sure thing.
I was unsure of what would happen in the two years since the lumpectomy.
As I stated before I went through chemo and radiation. There were delays due to fever and being hospitalized twice and developing Neuropathy and low white blood counts, etc. But finally after 10 months of treatment, I was done. A reason to celebrate.
When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Sept of 2012, I was working and had a nice little apartment (I called my little cottage). I was very blessed to be working with a wonderful District Manager and wonderful co-workers that would do anything to help while I was going through treatment. Unfortunately, due to side effects, low white blood counts, fevers, weakness, of course hair loss and a few TMI's I choose not to put here, but use your imagination. So, I discussed with my manager and he told me that I could take leave of absence. So I went on FMLA. Note: my little apartment was a perk I got for working for the company and I was worried I would lose my home but the company allowed me to live there during the chemo, rent free.
Finally in July of 2013, I was finished with chemo and was told I could go back to work if the side effects were not an issue. I of course had to get release from the doctor, and what I would be allowed to do physically, etc. Well, a problem arose. Due to the lymph node removal, I was told I would be limited in how much I could lift, push, pull, push..etc. No repetition. When my corporate office called and questioned me how long I would be restricted in these restrictions.I had to tell them that it was indefinate. At that time I was informed they could not accommadate me and therefore they would have to let me go ( I was on a non paid leave and had not been paid since January).
So, I faced being homeless. They generously gave me an extra month to relocate which was greatly appreciated. I was not able to move into another apartment since it had been 2 years since I had rented an apartment and being jobless and the price of rentals here for a decent apartment, I could not find a place. So, my sweet daughter made sure I had a place to live. She talked to her father (my ex-husband) and asked if I could stay in the spare bedroom. I need to point out due to prices of apartment and low pay. My sons are still at home as is my daughter who is a college student. So though I would be moving back in my old home, the perks were I would be with my children. So though unconventional. It has worked out. After more than a year, I am still living and renting a room. I am on disability and SSI which due to my work record (I was a stay at home mom for the bulk of my time), I don't make enough to pay for an apartment. My eldest son is looking for a place to live so our option is to move into a two or three bedroom apartment and rent together. So, prayers are needed in hopes of finding a place to live. I am grateful that I live where I do. It is a strange living situation, but one we all can live with.
It took over a year to get the Disability and SSI so I am finally getting caught up on things. I have medical coverage and I am finally going to see my Oncologist and other specialists to catch up.
I had a set back on my exercising due to a fall and breaking my foot the end of July. I am back walking (slowly, limping but I am doing it).
I have been given what they call the Survivorship Plan from my Oncologist. I have had weakness and loss of motion in my left arm due to the lymph node removal and radiation. So they want me to suspend the foot Physical Therapy and start working with the Lymphedema Clinic for therapy. So starting November 26 I start. The plan shows what I need to do and how often I need mammograms and follow-up appointments. One of my instructions to help keep the cancer and other diseases away, lose the weight and excess around my "tummy". So I practice positive thinking, and mediation. It does help.
So as I begin my 7th year with SparkPeople and the friends I have made on this site. I also begin my 3rd year being cancer free. I still have bascially the same goals. Maybe I will tweak the done the line but for now they remain the same.

It is a longer journey than I expected, with the weight loss, etc. I have about 35-40 lbs to go, and I pray by summer of 2015, I make that goal. It has not been easy.

I can do it and will do it.

Thank you SparkPeople.
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My Goal:

1. Eat Healthy Everyday.
2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week.
3. Loss 1-2 pounds a week.
Take at least 60 minutes a day for myself.
4. Spend Valuable alone time with my Three Grown Children.

My Program:
I don't have a specific weight loss program. In the past I have realize, programs don't work for me. What has worked for me is to:

1. Monitor my weight (weigh in) 1 time a week.

2. Tracking all my foods (honestly even the slips)

3. Find things that motivate me each day.

4. Exercise, Exercise (even if it is doing housework or something else.)

5. Get support from SparkFriends)

Personal Information:
I am a divorced 59 year old mother of three grown children. I have two boys, ages 31 and 28 and one girl, age 24.
I will never be considered skinny. In my day they called it big boned. When I look back at pictures of myself as a child, I was not fat, I was "chubby".
I have fought with that all my life, but my weight really got out of control after I had my first son. In 1996-1997, I hated being the "fat mother" at school events, etc. So I got serious and lost the weight in 6 months time. Shortly after, I gained the weight back within about 6 months. I realized, I did it the wrong way. I ate less than 1000 calories a day and exercised for 2 hours a day. Once I stopped, it came right back on. I realized, you have to be in the right mindset to lose the weight and keep it off.
I live in S Florida and everyone here is very concious of weight, etc. I am a very private woman and do not like attenion brought to myself, so my exercising is by way of at home and with my daughter.

Other Information:
I love to read. I will read pretty much anything. My favorite authors are Nicolas Sparks, Nora Roberts (J.D. Robb). I like autobiographies, but am selective with them. I lean towards ones that tell of their struggles, etc. I have made a goal for myself to read no less than 26 books this year. I have read 4 books already. I like suggestions and have received a few from some of my Spark Friends.

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Member Comments:
5/3/2015 4:54:30 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, Florida has some really unique parks...I love to explore them. Maybe you can do the same once you are feeling tip top shape. I see you might go to one today....good for you. Start taking your camera-it is so fun to post blogs and photos. One place I would love to hear about it (or go to one day) is where the Gator Boys on Animal Planet have their business! You live right down the road from them.
Here is the link; It is called Everglades Holiday Park:


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5/3/2015 1:18:21 AM

I hope you get a chance to see Weekie Wachee Park. It is really nice for a short walk and the mermaid show and boat ride. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a successful week! emoticon

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5/2/2015 9:40:57 PM

Welcome to Eat up n Slim Down!

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5/2/2015 6:31:17 PM

May 3 my race day
One of the greatest moments in our day is realizing that two weeks ago your body couldn’t do just what it did. My moment will be when I cross the finish line today.
This is the day I do my 12 K. We will be heading to the race about 7 AM finding parking church service and walking to staging area. People watching and playing with the beach balls .
The elite wheel chairs leave at 8:30 followed at 9:00AM for the elite runners. The race starts The race is now on for everyone else the last runner will cross the start line at 10 AM moms and dad pushing strollers

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5/2/2015 1:10:47 AM

Everything starts from gratitude. Everything. From there, all else line up for you . Gail Lynne Goodwin
Your day is only as good as you make it make it great and reach for the stars face book

feel better less sore and ready for race day.

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