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Christmas in Colorado 2012

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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: 48,601

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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  • v LEISL814
    Anytime! Books are an amazing life-saver! I miss having my books around to escape life's dramas.
    148 days ago
    Carol thank you for your condolences and the goodie. We almost made it to our 54th anniversary. I'm so thankful he left this world peacefully, no suffering. I'm trying to carry on, my friend, Margaret and I have started back up to walking three days a week out at the ALIVE center, trying to take care of myself now. I'll have to move into a one bedroom now and there's one right across the hall from me that will be empty soon and I think that's the one I'll be moving into after the redo it, I'll probably be moving the end of this month or first part of March. I hope you and your DH are doing ok. I'm ready for spring, my DD did see a bluebird out in her yard the other day, I hope that was a sign spring will be early this year. Please take care of each other and stay warm and safe.

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    187 days ago
    Thanks for the idea on the turkey meatloaf! It is good, one of my faves; also mix it w/beef sometimes too also. Great minds, lol....
    206 days ago
    Happy New Year Carol. Starting a new chapter in our journey. Looking forward to brighter and healthier days. Give hubby a hug, I hope he is having better days. Tell him to use that walker! I am into my 3rd week of therapy and beginning to feel stronger. Still having shortness of breath with activity but am able to do more before I have to rest. Remember to find me time every day. Hugs
    223 days ago
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