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April 2013. The end of a long day.

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July 3, 2013. With my BFF SparkBuddie, my daughter.

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With my birthday yesterday I am 74 years old now. I've been on Spark since September of 2012 and I'm still fighting the battle of the bulge. These last 3-1/2 years have been tough. My husband had back surgery - then cancer that went into remission - then shoulder surgery - then cancer again and then degenerative back and balance issues. Somewhere in there we also had several deaths in the family. My life continues to be one big care-taking project and I have gained 25+ pounds since starting on Spark. Female surgery 4 years ago seems to have derailed my body's ability to lose weight. Now I'm dancing around the "officially" diabetic label. That just has to go.

Still, SparkPeople has been my lifeline to sanity, connecting me to wonderful people who have supported me through these difficult times. I also know where to find help and encouragement towards renewing my self-care efforts. So having just had another birthday, I'm still here, still trying to stay healthy. It feels as though it's really time for a breakthrough, time to take back some control of my own life, even if only for a few minutes a day.

Member Since: 9/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 48,541

My Goals:
My goals are simple: get my weight down about 25 pounds and my clothes down about 2 clothing sizes. My A1C has crept up to where my doctor and I are trying to find a medication to help that will not upset my temperamental intestinal tract; I want to be able to get off that and it seems the weight loss is the key.

My Program:
I will start again to get onto SP everyday and to track my calories when I do. I will make a better effort to get in some sort of exercise every day, whether it is "official" exercise or work out in the yard.

Personal Information:
I retired from the paid workforce to retired status 6 years ago - it hardly seems possible it's been that long.

Other Information:
I am deeply immersed in a wide variety of metaphysical activities and researching family histories. I welcome correspondence with those who share any of these unconventional interests.

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    Carol, thanks for the comment on my page, and for the flower Goodie ! I can certainly use that... my garden still has a couple of feet of snow piled up on it, and they are predicting 5-9 new inches of snow here tonight!!! Grrrrrr...

    Meanwhile, however, I was merrily starting my tomato seeds today (indoors, obviously) -- can there be anyone with more faith than a gardener that lives in the Michigan Upper Peninsula?

    Finally, thank YOU for being my friend, too!

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    2677 days ago
    Thank you for stopping by my blog 63 Down ~ 302 to go...I'm not down 63 lbs, that is how many days have passed this year so far. However, I am down 40 lbs and that's nothing to sneeze at. Thank you for the encouragement! Looks like you are doing well yourself! emoticon
    2715 days ago
    Hi! Saw your note about your weight loss being noticed at party. I am sure that made you feel so proud. Those unexpected comments are the rewards that make our journey so worth it. emoticon emoticon
    2715 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by and reading my "Time Travel" blog. Always great to know people are actually reading. Here's hoping this is the year you meet your goals and travel to a time you love ... the day you succeed.
    2716 days ago
    HI Just a short note, hope you have a nice restful weekend. Pat
    2717 days ago
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