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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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    I don't know what will happen to us as we age. Hubby never signed up for any savings while he worked and I do the best I can to save with my Social Security. He gets a retirement check from the State of Maryland, a check from the Board of Education for washing dishes at a school when it is in session and a VA disability check plus his Social Security and spends it all, never saving a dollar.

    My parents taught me to save a portion of money that I get and I do that. Mom had just her SS and the nursing home took that. I'm hoping that all will go well with his shoulder surgery. He is doing daily exercises as physical therapy for his back. It could be that I will have to do it all in our future until we go to a nursing home or our eternal home. One never knows.
    4 days ago
    Our daughter said her husband was using the computer for Army work and that she lost track of time. Hubby was in bed asleep when she called, but I know he slept better after he talked to her.

    Kids don't know the disappointment they cause on special days. My two only used my mother when they wanted money and didn't visit her in the nursing home. That's on them. My sister had to threaten my son with jail time because he was forging Mom's checks to and for himself. He has changed a lot since high school and he makes us proud of having him for a son.
    5 days ago
    I agree with you and of course, it makes me wonder what will happen to us.
    7 days ago
    Yes, I am thankful that we have money and are not broke. I tell hubby when I am saving and make a list of things that we need. I have not had a pair of sandals in a long time. I wore thick-soled flip flops.

    He had a pair of sandals when I met him in 1978 and when they broke, he never bought another pair. Hubby had a pair of San Antonio shoes , SAS shoes, that he had worn holes in the soles and the sole was separating from the side of the shoe. I didn't want him to fall or get Athlete's foot from water getting into his shoes through the holes.

    I got one of those watches where you touch the dial and it shows the digital time in red on a black dial and the date. I really like it and it was less than $11.
    8 days ago
    I am pretty sure it was the same man. The nursing home administrator when Mom was there left. Within a year there was a news story about residents of another home in this area, being taken to Baltimore and dumped on the streets in terrible heat. The reason was they could fill the place vacated by someone that would pay more.

    An elderly veteran was dumped and he had the knowledge to call the police. The story broke and there were a few families that found out their loved ones had been dumped, one woman in 90 degree heat. The administrator resigned and I don't know if the families sued him or not. There are some things that if I were rich and could hire lawyers for folks, I would put people like that in prison. It just seems like the almighty dollar is more valuable than life itself.

    I had been told by a woman that worked there to get my mother into another nursing home, but my sister thought the move would confuse my mother more than she already was. The administrator quit and went to the other nursing home and when the story broke, I was glad he had left the home where Mom was. Who would think such a thing would/could happen?

    8 days ago
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