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I started this journey back in 2009 and have lost a little over 20 lbs but that is not nearly enough. I have been told by my dr recently that I must lose 50 lbs as if I don't I am going to be a full blown diabetic. Well, that is enough to scare me into doing something drastic as I lost my 1st husband to diabetes nearly 25 years ago and I know first hand all the complications that it can cause because he pretty much had them all.
Up until Dec of 2011, I was caring for my dad. He passed away December 26 and I have managed to get his affairs settled. Now I am just dealing with my dear DH's health issues. He underwent radiation for prostrate cancer and is now deemed cancer free but still dealing with several other health issues.
I am starting on a new phase of my life - Mon, Oct 1 is my target date and I am not thinking of this as a diet, but a new way of eating to make me healthy for life.

Member Since: 8/25/2009

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Ultimately I would like to lose about 70 lbs but my main goal is to eat healthy and get into a healthy weight and BMI range. Diabetes runs in my family so I hope by living healthy I can avoid that.

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I walk at least 5x a week for 3 or more miles and try to swim several times a week.
I eat vegan 1-2 days per week and watch my salt intake.

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Born and raised in a small town in central Ill. Moved to Edwardsville, IL to attend SIU, and got my degree from Webster Univ in STL, MO in 1985. Lived in the STL area for about 30 yrs before hitting the road and living in an rv for 6 yrs. Settled down due to health issues of my hubby. I have 2 sons, 2 step-daughters and a step-son. Between us we have 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandkids. I was forced into early retirement when the company I worked for was sold in 2000. Was able to enjoy it as it allowed us to travel and had we waited, the health issues would have kept us from doing that. I am blessed to have been maried twice to wonderful men. I married my high school sweetheart at 18 and he passed away at 41, due to complications of diabetes. I am happily remarried for 25 yrs now.

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Have had to table my love of reading for now-eye sight has been a real problem for the last couple of years.

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    15 hours ago
    Good idea. This year for the first time, I have been doing things with my old boss from the newspaper. Our husbands met and the four of us get along. We all have the same last name, but aren't related. I will ask her if she would like to go thrift shopping or to yard sales.
    3 days ago
    I love going to thrift stores, but hubby hates to shop. I would hit yard sales too, but they have to be within walking distance.

    I posted this to my own page, DUH!
    3 days ago
    I remember having to sell a brass lamp for scrap and I sold nightcrawlers to help pay bills. I did a savings plan last year for the first time and completed it. Our son got married last year and there were expenses connected with that. I used the savings, then put back what I had taken from it.

    A lot of stress would be gone if people learned to save some money. I follow Everyday Cheapskate and the writer got herself out of over $100,000 worth of debt. We owe a mortgage, but had I saved all along like I did last year, it would probably be much less and we probably could have paid our first house off.

    My husband's family was 12 in number and there was never enough. Now he will buy for himself and let other things slide. I pay my debts first, then food, then the rest is mine. He wanted to combine our incomes, but he has a bad history with money and at least if I take care of my own money, I know that there will be something left.
    4 days ago
    I haven't tried out the vacuum my sister gave to me. I cleaned the rotating brushes today on the Roomba and got dirt all over my clothing.

    I had a Dyson and there was a cap on one tube that kept coming open and it would lose suction. I gave that vacuum to my son and he cleans with it every weekend. I am grateful to have the one my sister gave to me though. We had a good evening last night with her.
    4 days ago
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