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Since last Dec when everything in my world fell apart, I have been trying to figure out what my new normal is. I will be celebrating my 10th anniversary on Spark this month and I am not where I want to be but at least I am lighter than when I started!

My DH of 28 years passed away in Dec and since then I have had my ups and down and continue to have them but hopefully I will figure out one of these days a new normal for myself. For years I was his caregiver and now I only have Abbie & I to care for.

I continue on daily and will continue the good fight. I do it not to be thin but to stay healthy.

Member Since: 8/25/2009

Fitness Minutes: 468,151

My Goals:
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.

My Program:
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.

Personal Information:
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.

Other Information:
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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    The Gift Of Knowing You
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    It's a small price to pay
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    - Dave Stout -
    Have A Wonderful Weekend!
    Hugs, Teresa
    3335 days ago
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    3405 days ago
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    3475 days ago
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    Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...
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    3481 days ago
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