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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: 49,851

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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    --Nice that yu can come--See yu tomorrow--Lynda
    289 days ago
    Well Carol, I'm crying at the drop of a hat--I miss Dee (my SIL) very much--- I Question--"Why her?"--- I was buying an eyebrow pencil this AM after dropping Fred, and the saleslady mentioned Cancer--and I started to cry and she felt so bad, she said, "Here--Have this free tube of cream--It's a Bromo"--poor soul--did not know what to do with a blubbering customer--What is wrong with me Carol?--I never cried this much when my Dad died--- I put on a front --but ---the tears still roll--I think I need to call you- one day--- have yu tell me to smarten up--- Yu see, I spoke to Dee, Daily -----almost daily---- absolutely loved her---
    now I am crying here again--Lynda
    329 days ago
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    333 days ago
    Hi Carol, checking in on you and hubby. We made it to a new month. I hope it is a better one for you and hubby. I read that hubby was weak and unsteady. I know you worry about him falling. Doesn't give you much me time watching after him. emoticon Hugs. We have rain and thunderstorms right now, an hour ago it was 89 with heat index of 97 and humidity 79%. Not too comfortable outside. I keep getting up and walking through the house and drinking water. I do what I can. My yard man quit. I am surprised he lasted as long as he did. He is a stroke survivor and has very limited use of his left side. But he loves to mow. I will have to find a replacement. Hope you have a great week. Have a safe and fun 4th of July.
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    456 days ago
    Thanks for your support and encouragement. emoticon
    463 days ago
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