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Well I am back and ready to meet my goals. I had both knees replaced at the same time in April 28, 2014

I will be applying the 9" plate and reducing portions. Drinking more fluids i.e. water or flavored water drinks that are sugar free. Keeping track of my meals on using the my plate app so far I just started that so we will see how that goes for now. Sharing a meal when eating out.

I will be exercising with my hubby as we work on our live well plan together. :) We go for a walk around our local park every morning that life permits and have started to take our minature toy poodle that is actually my disabled son's dog. But we are working on his barking. So far he has been super good.

I'm a 53 year old stay at home mom of 3 ... my son is 31 and my daughter is 30 and a 15 yr old son. I've been married for 36 yrs . Found out 10 years ago that I have degenerative disc disease and several bulging discs . in 2015 found out that my spinal areas? are narrowing causing many pinch nerves. That is causing some permanent damage that I want to prevent from getting any worse. I have 2 of my bulging discs that both are pushing on the S1 area of my spine causing a lot of pain when standing in one place. I guess this is one way to keep my moving. :) And due to the fact that I'm so overweight it has caused more complications for me . I'm hoping that sparks people is where I need to be . Have been through all the diets and even gastric by-pass surgery as well. I had success with the by-pass surgery until I was put on psych meds for bi-polar disorder 3 years after my gastric by-pass, then unfortunately I regained a lot of the weight. With Spark People I have lost about 50 pounds successfully. :)

Member Since: 1/13/2008

My Goals:
To improve my health, get more phsycally fit so that I can do more things with the hubby and even my kids. The kids and hubby are very patient. The kids don't mind me tagging a long to all the neat places we have in down town Salt Lake and they love it. I do too but I feel like it slows them down as I have to take breaks and sit on my walker and they NEVER complain. My hubby and I walk the park do the treadmill and just set new goals we accomplish the old ones. We don't get much a lone time as we would like it just is hard with the life we have but when we do we keep moving on.

My Program:
1. Drink more water to be more successful.

2. Reduce sugary drinks.

3. Keep all my exercise commitments.

4. Walk in the park 3-5 times a week with Duane and Blackjack.. ( the miniature poodle )

5. Plan meals in advance.

6. Get better sleep to decrease pain and have more stamina.

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I am 53 years old. I am working on losing weight to become more healthy and also live long enough to spent some time with my husband.. I love to do stitchery, sewing and many other crafts. I*I used to volunteer for Utah's annual Belly Dance Festival for about 16 years I had to give it up due to my back and knees becoming so horrible. Now I try to do random acts of kindness mainly for friends to make their day special for them.

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  • v CAROL_31649731
    Paula, how sweet of you, to check up on me. You're right, I haven't had much time to spark lately. This is my very, very busiest time at work. I keep the books for a large family farming business, and of course, we are mid-season & extremely busy. I have tomorrow off, though, so I will send you off that sparkmail I promised, filling you in more on my knees, etc. And yes, there will be a Fall Challenge. I will keep you informed on that, as we get closer. It'll be cool to be on a team with you! Talk soon
    6 days ago
  • v CAROL_31649731
    I've been thinking of you, too! Thanks for the calming music ... I need it everyday. There's a Christian rock station on the radio I love to listen to, mainly in the car. It's amazing how much it helps with my day! I will be sending you a sparkmail tonight, btw.
    13 days ago
    emoticon You are doing some HEAVY emotional lifting right now! Your alter ego must be "SURVIVOR80"!
    16 days ago
  • v CAROL_31649731
    I'm a night owl, too (unfortunately ... I wish I wasn't. Insomnia is a serious problem I wish I could get a handle on). Anyway, I'm so glad to see that you & Jess have hooked up! She is a Champion in the Kitchen, too (the name of our 5% Challenge Team), so when you join us in the the Fall Challenge, you will already know 2 people! She is the best, so continue to spark with her, my friend. I learned a lot more about you, by reading what you shared with her. Talk soon!
    17 days ago
    I read your comment to CAROL_39649731 on her Spark Page about your mom and ESKD.

    emoticon I have juvenile diabetes so I've experienced some of the consequences of this destructive disease, even though I'm on an insulin pump and generally have had pretty good control. I'm also in nursing school. We studied diabetes second quarter and the kidney and ketoacidosis issues in fourth quarter. It is a nightmare horror show for all involved. My heart goes out to you, your dad and your mom. Please be very gentle with yourself. You are going through one of Life's huge transformations and maybe our greatest mystery. I hope you give yourself all the care and accept all the support you need to walk this path.

    I hope in time you may even find yourself changing your Spark name to PEACEFUL80.

    17 days ago
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