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January 2020 time to bring this up to speed.

I am doing remarkably good. My weight hovers around 150, about what I weighed in "86. So I am quite happy with it but would like to be more toned. If I lose more, grand.

I had the spinal surgery I was so afraid of on Aug 28, 19, while very painful I knew as soon as I woke up that I had a positive outcome.

Then I found out that I had improved my kidney function to over 50%, something I'd been told I couldn't do!!! My kidneys are certainly damaged but dialysis is no longer close if I keep up with my diet and keep my blood pressure controlled, (I also dropped 1 BP meds + lowered doses on 2).

Just this week I was released from my neurosurgeon's care, I was told I can resume dancing, my favorite exercise, meaning I can join Tacy at Zumba, I can also ride a horse at a trot. I am excited, there is SO much my spine kept me from doing! I cannot move furniture or push a car, I should not do repetitive jumping. No complaints here!

I really woke up from surgery feeling like a new woman. Now it's time to live her life (and dance!)

My old intro:
"Not as worried about my weight as I am about my heart, digestive problems and joints, losing weight has been a happy bonus but I am not serious about it. Feeling good and strong is what I am after."
And, now:
August 2017 I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease so my course has changed and it is Time to get Serious! I have been told I can't improve my kidney function but I can stop the progression of decline, and I must because if I lose another 15% it would be time to go to dialysis and consider a transplant. I DO NOT PLAN TO GO THERE!

Member Since: 3/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 306,304

My Goals:
To improve joint and heart health.
October 2017 update, I have done a good job with my joints even with more degeneration, I have improved flexibility, rarely use my crutches, just 2 rounds since 2010 and no longer than a week a time. I was not doing great for my heart, hypertension and all, recently those numbers are improving. I have kept the Diabetes that plagues my siblings and cousins away. But, I have to add a new goal maintaining kidney function, it's down in the 30s percentiles. I Did It!!! in the mid 50s, Jan 2020

Maintain kidney function.
Keep joints flexible (Oct 2017- told spinal surgery is my next treatment option- don't want that).
Keep lowering blood pressure ( August 2017- dangerously high, October 2017- high normal, November 2019 - low normal))

My Program:
Walking and low-impact exercise due to degenerative spine disease.
Added weights/bands to my daily routine, Nov 2019.
Watching every bite that goes in my mouth- is this good or bad for my kidneys?

Personal Information:
Married with a grown daughter and a dog living on the central coast of California.

Other Information:
We live within a mile of the beach on one side and 3 miles of the foothills on the other. Just kinda perfect except the occasional crazy storm or an out of control wildfire- we've evacuated a few times, and an earthquake now & then to keep us alert. But as our tourists say "you live in Paradise," then we add "most of the time". Santa Barbara is filled with parks and very dog friendly, so we walk alot. It's rural enuf that it's not unusual to get stuck behind a tracker and there is an occasional bear seen roaming the grounds at UCSB or mountain lion within a block of our main street (honestly!), but it's big city enuf to have an International Film Festival every February and horrendous traffic jams.

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    Thanks Peggy.. emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
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    As we come to an end to this challenge I hope you did well and will see you this summer.

    “You can dance in the storm. Don't wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”
    Israelmore Ayivor
    8 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    What a bummer that GH left us hanging with the trial outcome. Drat!! Will miss the show so much! We're spoiled that it's always been there for years and years.
    How about them mentioning Luke today? I truly believe, after seeing his interview with Tony Geary with Nancy Lee Grahn on her YouTube "soaps in Quarantine", he will come back for a brief visit. I don't think Holly is dead either or they wouldn't be doing all this with Robert. Did you know Emma Samms who plays Holly was sick with Covid19?
    I'm glad you're doing ok and have nice, new places to walk, even if one area is a cemetery! Hehe emoticon emoticon
    Tacy is traveling? Is her job back open? I'd be petrified to go on a plane right now.
    Have a good weekend. emoticon
    12 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thousands of books?! Wow! I know what you mean mean about being in a funk.

    I forgot you watch GH! Tomorrow is the last new show until who knows when- I could just cry! Darn Covid19!!!!!!
    Crazy Belle! Hard to believe she's Nina's daughter. Aren't you glad they brought Nik back? Now we need Spencer back. And Luke! They killed off Holly, sure hope they don't do the same to Luke. The whole Mike storyline is just so sad! emoticon
    Good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. Have missed you. emoticon

    13 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2020 6:53:01 AM
  • v KURTZIE1998
    Just stopping by to say emoticon and wishing you a great new week, emoticon

    The more clear the goal, the more clearly the path will show up.
    23 days ago
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