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Welcome from Northwest Iowa!

You've heard the old addage; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is what helped me get started on this journey of losing weight. I believe being active and eating in a healthy manner are a better investment than concentrating on treatment. Instead of getting diabetes and then losing weight, I have lost weight first. My mother has diabetes, so my chances of having it was high. Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa says, "We've got to change the mindset from treating sick people to preventing illnesses in the first place".

And Ben Franklin said "it is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them".

I have made it through the winter without gaining a lot of weight. :) Boy does that feel good. I'm determined to lose another 20 pounds and then I'll be where I want to be. Here goes!

Member Since: 12/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 206,610

My Goals:
I would like to lose about 20 pounds.

My Program:
I have totally changed my eating habits.
Instead of:
milk = soymilk
plain chips=baked chips
white bread=whole wheat bread
white rice=brown rice
bowls of ice cream=individual portions of ice cream

I've added much more fruit and vegetables to my menu.
I've made changes in recipes. For example I made an apple cake using whole wheat flour, sugar substitute, egg beaters, applesauce and soymilk.
I've added flax to my cereal each day, also blueberries.
I drink a lot of water each day and cut out the pop. My cereal is a whole grain one, Cheerios usually. I eat more chicken and 93% lean ground beef. I use a smaller plate for meals and fill the plate with 3/4 vegetables and little meat. I don't eat many potatoes, but use squash as my starch.

Personal Information:
I am married and live in NW Iowa. I have three children and I know when they were small I put all my energy into raising them. I didn't put so much into taking care of me. Now I realize that I need to take care of ME. I'm not getting any younger and why wait until I have a health issue to get healthy. So I'm taking care of me now.

Other Information:
I am now a retired teacher. Boy does that sound strange! After 33 years I have called it quits with full time teaching. I work in a book store during the summer. I will also be substitute teaching in area schools. So I will be busy.

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    Thanks for the love about my day at the village and at home. Weaving started when I was about 6 or 7 with the potholders. That is true weaving and the same kind as what I will be doing with the scarf. Spinning did not start until sometime around 1983 when I had a chance to take a class through Parks and Recreation in Tulsa with a master spinner. But, like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it.
    8 days ago
    Thanks for the clues comment. With a MKAL, Mystery Knit-a-Long, parts of the pattern are shared on a schedule. This one was a faster than normal one. Clues were opened every 4-5 days. Usually the clues are opened once a week. I am taking part in one that we have two weeks for clue two because it is the majority of the piece (a scarf). They are fun to be a part of; looking at other knitter's pictures and reading their comments.
    29 days ago
    Thanks for the comment about my emergency knitting in the car. When I travel in the winter I also toss in an extra hat, mittens and shoes. Dearly Beloved keeps cat litter, sleeping bag and other extras added to the car in the winter.
    37 days ago
    Thanks for the blog love on my calamari post. It was cooked. I had one piece from the middle but it still felt like chewing bubblegum! This is a fabulous restaurant. Over a year ago they opened one near Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville but this one is much closer and has a little less frenetic vibe. Plus last night with the cold at one point we were one of two couples dining!
    48 days ago
    We still had school today, but they've already canceled all the evening activities and I'm pretty sure there won't be school tomorrow.
    49 days ago
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