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Dec. 30, 2010--Still workin' on this journey. Losing weight is NOT an easy task when you travel and live in hotels/restaurants so much, but I am determined to get to my goals by my birthday this year (Aug. 20). I have begun tracking my food and exercise again, and really being more determined to do what it takes...

May, 2010--It is half way thru 2010 and I hadn't updated my sparkpage! I'm still struggling with my weight, but mostly bouncing up and down within about 5 lbs, so that is much better than continuing to go up! Still on the road (or should I say, In the sky...LOL, and living out of hotels and restaurants, but I'm still plodding along. NEVER GIVE UP!

Feb. '09--We are now in London and heading to Boulder, CO next month and my weight is STILL up! I hate being so close to where I started--seeing my tummy look PG again and ring and clothes getting tight. But i refuse to give up--I've been down this road before, so I know my way back--just have to be a Nike ad and "Just Do It!"
Jan. '09--My weight has jumped up since traveling and I'm on my weigh to bringing it back down. We started traveling again this month--currently in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This time we brought our scale with us although it weighs higher than the one at home, but it SHOULD help keep us focused. Jan. also means a new BLC season--GO BLC!
11/04--The year is winding down and today is election day--Go vote! We are now in Madrid, Spain, so we are going to miss out on the election--wasn't smart enough to ask for an absentee ballot. My weight is not making any progress--actually up a few and not sure about where I will be able to weigh in since no gym here....

10/17/08--I'm in Horsham England this month and I will be in Madrid, Spain in November. I'm enjoying the great gym at this hotel and a session with a personal trainer Whew!) Also, I'm enjoying the Aquafit classes twice a week...part of the perks for being guests of this hotel--Woo Hoo!

09/06/08-Now, I'm in Paris for 4 weeks with my hubby! All this French food and still trying to lose weight--Yikes! But all the walking all over this spectacular city--hopefully that will keep the weight loss going...

NEW INTRO 12/01/2007:
I wanted to update my page but didn't want to delete my initial intro to show some of my progress. So here it goes--

My high weight was about 200 lbs (I didn't weigh very often, because I didn't want to know how bad it was) and I was wearing size 18W. I am a type II diabetic and my A1c got up to 12 because I wasn't taking my medication regularly and I routinely ate too much and the wrong foods. I also didn't do ANY exercise. After being told that my A1c was 12, I started trying to remember my meds better and I started walking around my neighborhood, but the walking only lasted for a couple weeks. I also tried to eat better (some of the time), and I dropped my A1c down to 8.7. In the spring of '07 we planned a Hawaiian cruise for Aug. '07 for our anniversary . We decided we needed to lose some weight, so we wouldn't look like two beached whales and we began walking again. By the time we left for our cruise, I was down about 8 lbs and dh was down about 15 lbs. I was really surprised what a huge difference that the walking made! During previous attempts to lose weight, we didn't do much of anything in the way of exercise and we didn't lose weight by only changing our eating habits.
We tried to be fairly good while we were gone (2 weeks in Hawaii) and only gained 3 or 4 lbs. whuile we were gone. After we returned, my daughter told me about SP and I joined about a week after our cruise. Since joining SP I also joined The Biggest Loser Challenge #1 and have increased my walking to about 3 miles daily, and began tracking my food and exercise. I am now wearing size 13/14 jeans andwill try to get a new pic of me in my new jeans to add to my page sometime this weekend. I have now lost about 13 more pounds (total of 21 lbs. so far) and my doctor has taken me off 2 of the 3 of my diabetes medication. She also said she would look at the possibility of decreasing it further, (and also maybe BP and cholesterol meds) at my next check-up the end of Jan. My A1c is now 5.7 which is considered a controlled diabetic. Note: Above 10 is considered 'very uncontrolled diabetic'. SP is partially resposible for turning me from a seriously out of control diabetic, obese female, that NEVER exercised, into a overweight female on her way to becoming a fit female who is now a team leader on a weight loss site!

I am trying to stabilize my blood sugars and become healthier by trying to eat more healthy and walking about 2 miles a day. With a husband, five grown children, four grandchildren, and a part-time job, I stay very busy, especially since three of the four grandchildren are currently living with us and their parents while our son-in-law goes to culinary school...so much for an empty-nest. We just returned from a wonderful two week vacation to Hawaii, which included a 1 week cruise and our first time to snorkel. Now we are anxious to return for more snorkeling.

Member Since: 9/13/2007

Fitness Minutes: 30,752

My Goals:
Getting healthy enough to be able to reduce and eventually discontinue my meds.
#1 Goal - get my BG back under control.
#2 Goal - get back to consistent exercise.
#3 Goal - get back to losing weight instead of gaining it.
Eventual goal - Lose 60 lbs.

My Program:
We are trying to watch our diets, cut back on the carbs and get more excercise so we will be more fit and healthy. We usually split plates when eating at restaurants (most of the time, since we travel so much for DH's job). We need to make our exercise a bigger priority!

Personal Information:
I am a female, in my mid 50's, on medication for High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, & Type II Diabetes. I live in Woodburn, Oregon but follow my husband all over the world with his job.

Other Information:
I love traveling (especially cruising) and watching Biggest Loser, Amazing Race, Survivor, American Idol, TLC, & HGTV. Ask me about my 'Treasure Hunters' big win.

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    Today is the day. Knee replacement surgery for my husband. Happy it will be over but nervous about recovery for him--don't want him to hurt (besides, he tends to get grouchy when he's hurting). Keep us both in your prayers today and the coming weeks
    1897 days ago
    Yeah, I don't check in here very often any.more & I'm not doing very well either. Back to being an out of control diabetic, but trying to get the control back again. Also, I've gained all my weight back, which pretty much explains the out of control stuff.

    My husband's weight is also back up and he will be having a total knee replacement on the 1st of both his knees on May 24th, meaning we will be forced to stay home through June and July. (No flying for a minimum of 8 weeks!).

    This will be an adjustment to us after 8 years of constant travel--so the plan is, as soon as we get back home (currently in Denmark) just before his surgery, we will jump back into SP & 'if we bite it, we write it' & work on getting back to a consistent exercise plan. We need to use this 'recovery time' to get ourselves back on track!

    We need some accountability once again!

    Vicki aka PUTTITAT
    1908 days ago
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    2005 days ago
    trying to get back on track AGAIN ....and was drawn back to look over friends pages and clean out some of the ones who like me had not been here in ages...finding ones who add incentive. I remembered your page and wanted to see how you are doing. looking over your notes are the same in lot of things...HBP... type 2 diabetic, ages....hoping you are having better luck then i have. Or should say doing better, know it is not luck, you get what put into it.
    2370 days ago
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    emoticon PLUS emoticon Happy sixth sparkversary. Don't quit. Make this your best year. emoticon
    2892 days ago
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