Thanks for taking on the leadership of the Team!
I'm Lin. I turned 60 yesterday (I can't believe I'm 60!!). I'm married for the 2nd time and have a wonderful husband. I also have a wonderful daughter from my first marriage. I have one grandson who I adore. We all live in Peterborough, ON, Canada.
You mentioned the health history in your family. For myself, like your son, I have Crohn's. Like your daughter and yourself, I have a pacemaker. Mine also has a defibrillator attached. I have Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Congestive Heart Failure and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I now also have Mitral Regurgitation (leaky Mitral valve in my heart) and I may have to have open heart surgery. I am also a Type II insulin dependent Diabetic. Even before the CHF I had Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome. I'm kind of a mess but things could be a lot worse!!
I lost 20 lbs. on my own last year and since joining SparkPeople 11 weeks ago, I've lost an inch here and there but have been up and down the same bloody 4 lbs while keeping my cals between 900-1200 and my sodium below 1500 and watching my carbs, fats, and protein! My husband also needs to lose weight and he has lost some as I've cut down on our servings and made more drastic changes to our diet. But, it hasn't been enough. We have signed up with a local health clinic and we are going to be trying their weight loss program which is designed to reprogram your metabolism while you change your habits and learn to eat more healthily. I will be keeping up with SparkPeople for motivation and logging of my meals and exercise etc. though. Don't think I could manage without SparkPeople now. Lin
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
10 STEPS TO SELF-CARE
- If it feels wrong, don't do it; Say "exactly" what you mean; Don't be a people pleaser; Trust your instincts; Never speak bad about yourself; Never give up on your dreams; Don't be afraid to say "No"; Don't be afraid to say "Yes"; Be kind to yourself; Let go of what you can't control; Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible. (unknown)
Lost 18 lbs. in 2012 plus figure on ticker below in 2013:
| Pounds lost: 24.4