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Star, on her favorite perch at Shoreline Park in Santa Barbara

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the beach I grew up on, Coronado

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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: 317,146

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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    How sweet of you Marbea, thank you for the goodie! Hope your challenge is going well and I do look forward to more pictures from your garden. It appears that that property was created for a person like you so enjoy!
    1 day ago
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    I keep forgetting that you watch GH! Yes, it was so cool to see it back and it was excellent!!! I loved everyone's faces, especially Carly when Nelle had her tirade in court! Way to go Nina on both days telling it like it is! And Dante being back- that was a big surprise!! Today's show, so sad about Mike and his struggling and Sonny dealing with it. Nelle- ugh-- I hope she and Cyrus don't stick around too long! Can't stand them! It's interesting to watch with all the social distancing. You can tell now. Some scenes were leftovers before lockdown, you can tell which ones on that too. Sam (Kelly Monaco) was replaced temporarily due to possible Covid19? She quarantined for 2 weeks and tests were negative 3 times. Also, Brooklynn is pregnant in real life and will soon be replaced while on maternity leave.
    Thanks for stopping by. I love talking about GH! After 53 years of watching it off and on, it's addictive to watch. I have 2 other spf's that watch too.
    Have a good night. emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Saw your comment on my blog. Glad you stopped by. Hope you are feeling better these days. How is Tacy doing at her new place and job? I know you miss her. Does she still have the pet rats? Hope you and Jeff are doing good. Sounds like you hit the jackpot with your new home!
    Take care and keep in touch. emoticon
    14 days ago
    Today was the first time in 5 months that Bob has left the apt. We went for an oil change. I think it did him good to get out for a little while. He goes in for his pacer check tomorrow.
    I know what you mean about the days of the week. If I didn't have the date on our computer, I'd get all mixed up.
    Stay Safe !
    25 days ago
  • v TAJONES57
    emoticon I hope you had a wonderful day being in the Spotlight!!! emoticon
    30 days ago
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