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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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I am 73 years old now. I've been on Spark since September of 2012 and I'm still fighting the battle of the bulge. These last 2-1/2 years have been tough. My husband had back surgery - then cancer that went into remission - then shoulder surgery - and now cancer again. Somewhere in there we also had 4 deaths in the family. My life has turned into one big care-taking project and I have gained 25+ pounds. Surgery a couple years ago seems to have derailed my body's ability to lose weight. 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 a birthday, I'm still here, still trying to stay healthy. Maybe this will be the year of a successful breakthrough.

Member Since: 9/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 46,486

My Goals:
My goals are simple: get my weight down about 25 more pounds and my clothes down about 2 clothing sizes. My A1C has crept up into the early diabetic range and getting that down has to take top priority.

My Program:
I will continue to get onto SP everyday and to track my calories when I do. Exercise will come when I can find time.

Personal Information:
I have transitioned from the paid workforce to retired status and look forward to discovering new places and creating new friendships.

Other Information:
I am deeply immersed in a wide variety of metaphysical activities. I welcome correspondence with those who share this journey.

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    Thanks for the thoughtful comments on my today's blog. I appreciate you.

    17 days ago
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    Anytime! Books are an amazing life-saver! I miss having my books around to escape life's dramas.
    22 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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    61 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....
    80 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
    97 days ago
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