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3/18/13 7:28 P

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Jump in anyone in outstate area watching the snowstorm. Interstate #94 is shut down from Fargo, ND, to Alexandria, MN,; our schools have been closed, even the colleges in Morris, Alexandria and Fergus Falls, MN. I'm a shut-in but "thank you, Lord" I have heat & electric.

What topic should I request? Maybe some low-cal recipes? Exercise anyone? We can't go for a walk in deep snow & 12 degree temp w/50 mph winds. Hurry up Spring!!!!

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2/4/13 9:22 A

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Welcome to the team Joanne. Great to hear you are tracking your food and attending the classes at your local fitness center. Way to get back on track!
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Thanks for the intro! Great to read that you've tackled your challenges and are taking awesome steps for your health!

I don't think there's a separate team for West-Central MN, but you are more than welcome here!!! Also, this link should list most of the other teams in MN if you haven't already seen them:
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Be sure to ask for help, support and encouragement when you need it!
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2/3/13 4:20 P

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I joined in November. I got off to a slow start. But I am all sparking now.

We found breast Cancer in May of 2012 and I had the left breast removed at Abbott Northwest on June 8th. It is a several hour drive to the Twin Cities and I made many trips on Interstate 94, always having to secure someone to drive my car. It turned out that the Piper Women's Breast Center was right next door to my Bariatric Center where I have had periodic appointments since 2006 after having had a Lap-Band inserted. I was their oldest patient to have that done. They removed the saline before my cancer surgery. (I will have some fills this coming spring.) I lost over 80 lbs before and after having Bariatric Surgery. I feel that gave me my health back and I am no longer diabetic and have been informed I am cancer-free at this time. Then the next cloud that befell me was I fell on snowy sidewalk the first week of December and broke my left hand in two places. An Orthopedic Hand Surgeon at the St Cloud Hospital placed a pin in those bones and a cast on my hand and arm. The cast came off 3 weeks ago and I am back on track with my life! (That's about enough about my medical life. . . . . . . . . . . .would you believe I have had an uneventful life up until I had the mammogram?)

I'm tracking my food and attending local Silver Sneakers classes at our local fitness center.
Reading blogs and sharing myself on SP has given me inspiration to go to find 19 pounds gone since October and my clothes are fitting better. Maybe I'll be able to button my winter coat at the bottom soon! . . . . ....just got to keep on keepin on.

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