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April 2013. The end of a long day.

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July 3, 2013. With my BFF SparkBuddie, my daughter.

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With my birthday yesterday I am 74 years old now. I've been on Spark since September of 2012 and I'm still fighting the battle of the bulge. These last 3-1/2 years have been tough. My husband had back surgery - then cancer that went into remission - then shoulder surgery - then cancer again and then degenerative back and balance issues. Somewhere in there we also had several deaths in the family. My life continues to be one big care-taking project and I have gained 25+ pounds since starting on Spark. Female surgery 4 years ago seems to have derailed my body's ability to lose weight. Now I'm dancing around the "officially" diabetic label. That just has to go.

Still, SparkPeople has been my lifeline to sanity, connecting me to wonderful people who have supported me through these difficult times. I also know where to find help and encouragement towards renewing my self-care efforts. So having just had another birthday, I'm still here, still trying to stay healthy. It feels as though it's really time for a breakthrough, time to take back some control of my own life, even if only for a few minutes a day.

Member Since: 9/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 48,401

My Goals:
My goals are simple: get my weight down about 25 pounds and my clothes down about 2 clothing sizes. My A1C has crept up to where my doctor and I are trying to find a medication to help that will not upset my temperamental intestinal tract; I want to be able to get off that and it seems the weight loss is the key.

My Program:
I will start again to get onto SP everyday and to track my calories when I do. I will make a better effort to get in some sort of exercise every day, whether it is "official" exercise or work out in the yard.

Personal Information:
I retired from the paid workforce to retired status 6 years ago - it hardly seems possible it's been that long.

Other Information:
I am deeply immersed in a wide variety of metaphysical activities and researching family histories. I welcome correspondence with those who share any of these unconventional interests.

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    Thanks for the comments about the moss on my walkway.

    When it rains here, my neighbors yard floods and that overflows to my driveway and walkway.
    So the moss will be a constant for me to clean. The lady that lived in this house as a little girl, told me when it rained, they used to float boats in the driveway when she was a kid.
    4 days ago
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    I get up at least once and go back to sleep, the 2nd time is a coin toss......lol emoticon emoticon
    glad you got some rest..... emoticon
    4 days ago
    Hi Carol, been thinking about you, hope you guys are surviving the heat and the covid 19. My sister and I are still staying in the house, wearing masks when we go out to get groceries. We are seeing more cases every day in our county.
    21 days ago
    Hi Carol---- Yes we weighed the risk with the Piano--so far we are OK--- and this guy was careful--Well, I made sure!--Stressful however-
    Yu both OK?---
    I always enjoy yer comments--and appreciate yer advice--Hugs, Lynda
    44 days ago
    Thanks for your words of encouragement on my blog about purging my attic. I appreciate you.

    I am doing this now, because I would not like my Son to have to do this when I get a lot older and cannot do it.
    55 days ago
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