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Yes, I have issues with staying committed, but now I have to commit to a whole new way of living. I did quite well with KETO, until I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease. Apparently, I've been living with it for quite some time - just was not aware of it. That being said, my lifestyle contributed to the progression of the disease. I was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003 and in 2008, Non Age Related Macular Degeneration was thrown into the mix.

Having spent the better part of yesterday at the ER, I knew it was time to really take stock of my past choices and to begin preparing to make better ones from here on out.. This presents a whole new set of challenges to me if I would like to continue my "Weight loss Journey and watch the foods that are restricted. A new awareness that I just hope and pray I can manage to stay on top of. This should be interesting, but I need to get to a health weight to alleviate the problems associated with the kidney disease. So as I research and experience, I would like to take a moment to tell you that whatever plan you choose, stay healthy and and don't give up. There are plenty of Sparkers to help ease you along, so don't worry about those who are only in it for themselves. Those of us who do care about your success as well as our own are living here withing the pages of SP and wish you great success. Treat yourself well and stay committed to a healthy new you.

As always, Keep Sparkling,
Love, the Beach.Dreamer..

Member Since: 10/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 1,517

My Goals:
To learn how to manage my array of chronic diseases while I learn to manage to llose weight
Get moving in some way EVERY day and celebrate the fact that I am able to do so.
Making regular visits to the Spark, tracking all I eat and drink
Sharing my experience with the new friends I make along the way.

My Program:
Learn all I can about the "Kidney Diet" and follow it.
Eat healthy and drop the unhealthy pounds.
Offer encouragement whenever possible.

Personal Information:
Now living on the far northwestern end of the Florida Panhandle, just a mile away from the southen Alabama border. I moved here a little while back from the Tampa Bay area, where I had spent 22 years. We will be moving onto 10 acres and for the first time in 3+ years I'll be living alone in my own home. My son and his family will be on the acreage ... but in their own home.

I am originally from Philadelphia, PA. Yes, I love the Flyers & Phillies more than I could ever say and miss being there for the excitement of Philly Sports. I tried to make the Buccaneers, Rays & Lightening my primary favorite teams, but just couldn't turn my back on the Eagles, Phillies & Flyers.

I am 65 y/o, retired. I like to read, play on the computer and watch a lot of TV (way too much TV).
I like the beach but rarely get there because even though I live in Florida, it's just a little too far away. I don't know what else to say here, but if you would like to know more, just send me a Spark Mai

Other Information:
I have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 3 beautiful granddaughters, 1 really handsome grandson.
I have Multiple Sclerosis, and 20 years after being diagnosed, I am still learning to live with the challenges it presents. I believe I am making progress.

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    883 days ago

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    Spark On Sparkers !!!

    885 days ago


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    Lets make this week a positive experience !!!

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    892 days ago

    Happy Sunday ,the start of a new week. Hope it goes well for you.

    Even though I have blogged this today I feel the message is timeless and I wanted to share it with all my teammates.

    I am taking my inspiration this week from Ann Frank.

    A 13 year old girl who was a victim of the Holocaust, She spent 2 years and 29 days in hiding during the German occupation
    Her family was discovered in 1944. She was imprisoned at Bergen Belser, where she died ,at the age of 15, of typhus in March 1945.
    While in hiding Ann kept a diary.

    I chose this quote.

    Everyone inside of them has a piece of good news.!
    The good news is you don't know how great you can be !.
    How much you can love.!
    What you can accomplish !
    And what your potential is !

    This I feel is a powerful statement coming from a young gil, who is living through horrific circumstances.

    I share it with you to honor her.
    899 days ago
    Just stopping in to see how you are doing. Have a great weekend.
    899 days ago
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