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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: 182,872

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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    Thank you for always being there for me. It is much appreciated. Guess we never say that enough.
    311 days ago
    Thank you for the relaxation. I did get some time to relax.
    Have a great weekend!
    311 days ago
    School starts the 23rd, so two weeks to go!
    314 days ago
    My cabbages are a small variety and they develop fast. Hubby and I can't eat those monstrosity things, this one I suppose was a little smaller than a bowling ball, and I made half of it into slaw, and it will feed us several days, and then on to the other half. I would say that one head will do us for a week. I just hope a couple of them will be a little slower, or I will have to freeze it for soups. I didn't plant any carrots this year, so I use some baby carrots from the store. I need to go out and sprinkle them again so they don't get those blasted green worms, this one was worm free, I use a homemade kind, more friendly to eat. I don't like to think about what is in Seven, so I make my own and perfectly user friendly and it work. Just equal parts of flour and baking soda.
    352 days ago
    emoticon on being the Spark Motivator of the Day!
    354 days ago
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