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Im 57 and live in Washington state... Have lived here all my life (snohomish county) and never plan to leave. Have 2 adult children and several grandkids.. the youngest being 1 month old.
Have lost a lot of weight since starting here around 2007 but most of the loss is due to deaths of loved ones all in a row and losing the desire to eat... Have diabetes and fibromyalgia... so am tired a lot, especially in the winter months when its so dark out....
Still need to lose at least 17 lbs and maybe more depending on how old the weight loss makes me look, lol... I don't want to exchange fat for wrinkles...

Member Since: 1/7/2006

Fitness Minutes: 5,991

My Goals:
Life has changed for me and so have my goals to a degree.

Resolutions for 2011

1. Keep saving money to buy my own home or to pay for my cremation.

2. Continue to get more organized! Am tired of searching for everything. Have quit acquiring things for my 'hoard' and even cleaned some out. Will continue getting rid of stuff.

3. Get healthier! Lower blood sugar, lose weight, tone body..Continue lowering BMI - Has went from 32.6 to 26.9 between 2008 to 2011.

4- Have got my chloresterol and diabetes under control and will continue to improve the numbers. Last A1c was 6.6.

5. Get tests done at doctors. Need another breast exam, pap test and colen checked.

6.Need dental work badly but am unable to get it done at this time.

7. One last resolution! I will no longer accept blame, guilt or responsibility for anyone's financial or emotional states unless I caused it.

My Program:
Originally came here Jan. 1st 2007 with the intention of learning to eat healthier and get on an exercise program to improve my health. After about 4 days of being on here I decided I would also try to lose weight, after seeing how much others had lost.

Have had my ups and downs with exercising and consistanly eating right but due to several deaths and heartbreak the weight is coming off.
Have now lost 50 lbs and hope to lose at least 17 more.

I will continue to do some type of exercise and to eat healthy as much as possible. With the arrival of cold weather it will be a little harder to get some of the exercise that I was getting by playing outside with the grandkids so will need to find a substitute for that.
Have bought a shaker for toning the upper body and will continue using it at least 5 times a week but hoping for more.

Personal Information:
My name is Carol, and Im from Washington State... Im 57. A few years ago I started being exhausted all the time and quit going anywhere or doing anything. No, depression wasn't the cause of it, although I did get depressed from it.

I am still depressed from all that has happened the last couple years but Im not as tired as i was when I started this. Having diabetes, I've found that food is one cause of my tiredness so I only eat a couple times a day and one of those is before bedtime. Im still working on putting my life back together after all my losses and am doing better than I thought I ever would after losing so many loved ones.

Other Information:
I love the internet! It has become my lifesaver, lol... I do a lot from home which helps me from getting too exhausted. I've been helping my daughter a lot since she just had an unexpected 3rd child and is wore out. The weather is getting bad now (oct. 2011) and I have intentions of getting my car ready for winter, getting another haircut, and getting some housework done. My sleeping hours are more regular now and Im feeling better than I was.
I've taken in another kitty that needed a home and am feeding a bunch of strays outside. I was regularly feeding 5 cats but not so many are coming lately. I also feed squirrels and birds and taking care of all these creatures helps me to feel needed still.

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    Hi Carol,
    Just stopping by to see how everything is with you. ( How are all of your furry friends?) I'm sure your daughter appreciates all of your help with the baby and all - but - you need to take care of you or can't help anyone.
    Wishing all the best! emoticon emoticon Nancy
    3020 days ago
    Aww, I really know how difficult it is when we lose a fur baby. They're so trusting and loyal.

    Yes, it has been very difficult lately. But like it is said, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
    3106 days ago
    The sad part of it was that I was taking care of myself, or so I thought. I can safely say that it had nothing to do with drinking because I don't drink at all. So the pancreatitis had nothing to do with that. but I tell you, I never want to go through that again. I couldn't even hold down water.........

    As far as nutrition classes go, I never took any either, but my sister did, 2 hears worth. So I ask her if I need to know anything specific.

    Yup, the salt is a HBP thing. 2 years ago the doc thought I had congestive heart failure. Tests ruled it out, but I still present like it so I am having to adjust my eating as if I did. I retain water like crazy, so I am back on diuretics again, after being off them for so many years. Doesn't take much salt for me to retain 10 lbs or more. My poor ankles, I never know from one day to the next if I still have any, lol

    I see you are a member of the LIVING WITH DIABETES Team. I am one of the team leaders there. Stop by sometime and say hi.

    Take care of yourself. I would love to get to know you.
    3632 days ago
    Carol, Happy New Year.. here's to a new year and a new start.

    Christine In Canada
    3682 days ago
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    Good morning! emoticon

    Just stopping by to offer strength and love and a shoulder to lean on as you go through this terribly trying time.

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    Peace and Light
    3819 days ago