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My two best friends were just diagnosted borderline diabetics....and i don't want to be one too................

I will have to change my eating lifestyle. My best friend Cindy at work.....and my best friend Edsel at home have BP, colesteral, and now diabetic problems.

We eat together....working, home, parties, share food all the time. And we are the age where our friends are dying because of these complications.

I want to loose 50 pounds. So I joined a local "all ladies" gym, and started going 5 days a week, after work. It was fun! and I stuck with myself....

Now Cindy and Edsel are diabetics.................

I am 6 months into circut gym, and lost almost 30 pounds.

I haven't seen my brother, who lives across town, in almost a year. June will be a year, and i want to loose 15 more pounts by then, and visit him. He will be surprised!

I also have started downloading "health, loosing weight" podcasts, and listen almost daily. This has been very motivational.

I finally figured out my "weakness" during Christmas. I am a "social eater", can't leave food alone when i am with others who are splurging. Especally at work. So many sweets!!!

My diet is "meat, fruit, and vegs, snacks of nuts, cheese , and yoguart". I don't have to "count" anything, This is a modified low-carb, or staying away from mostly "white stuff". I can give up potatoes, rice, breads ( sugar is harder!!) easier than following someone's elses diet plan.

After 1 year on this plan, "on 5 days, off 2" has become my mantra....weekends have a place in my free down time of not thinking about "diet"!

I'm healthier than anyone i know my age (59)!!!!!!

UPDATE: Aug 2007......50 pounds in 52 weeks!!!! I have arrived!!!!!

UPDATE: April 2009....started interval running!!! Got off 10 more pounds, and TWO inches off my hips!

UPDATE: March 2010....ran first (and last!) 10K! Got a medal for 2nd place in females, age 55-59 !!!! (It was a small race...72 runners, i was 71

Member Since: 3/13/2007

My Goals:
I know that i MUST get my weight right for my heath to be right. I don't want a heart attack or bypass surgery like my brother. I don't want to go on dialysis or loss my legs or eyesight or teeth to diabetes like my boyfriend's relatives because i couldn't control my sweets.
I don't want to see size 18 ever again!
I don't want to be on medication because of my high weight like blood pressure.
I don't want to give out after climbing 1 flight of stairs.
Now that i am accountable about what i don't want....i can get on with goals that will change me!!! This time I am determined!!!!!!!

My Program:
1. Meats, vegetable and fruits 5 days a week, snacks of cheese, eggs, yogart .

2 group exercise ... 5 days a week with walking/ interval slow jogs. total 1 1/2 hr a day ...but it's fun!!!

3. off plan 3 days a week.

Keeping 5 pound lee-way
125-130 lb !!!!!!!!! Starting Dec 2009

Personal Information:
Age 59

been at my weight
goal 4 times in 40 years.

Lower Alabama

divorced 1986, remarried 1987, widowed 1990, with boyfriend for 18 years.

works electronics on helicopters.

will retire in 4 years!!!!
may 10 2008..took early retiremt!!! Love it!!!

older brother (14 years older)
older sister (7 years).
Not a close relationship with brother or sister...occational email.

Other Information:

square dancing.

hand-writing analysis.

I enjoy my job...aviation.

I just cleansweeped my household, and organising my closets and drawers.

Was part-time caregiver to my parents who passed away 4 years ago.

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  • v JIBBIE49
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    What an fantastic accomplishment since most of the people who joined when you did have long since quit. Give yourself credit for making a new lifestyle and doing this for your health (and beauty). emoticon

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    3699 days ago
  • v DEB2448
    Welcome to the Facebook Members team. Good luck with your goals.
    3985 days ago
    Hi- Welcome to the Facebook Team!

    10 Positive Assumptions

    1) I will make and keep my commitments.

    2) I will find the right people who can help me.

    3) I will look for an answer in every problem.

    4) I will give up trying and simply do.

    5) I will make it okay to be wrong and make mistakes.

    6) I will create my own good luck.

    7) I will not be afraid to lose before I win.

    8 ) I will do it now!

    9) I will be who I am and become what I was meant to be.

    10) I will accept that all things are possible.

    -Robert Anthony, in his book Betting on Yourself.

    Hope to see you on the message boards! Have a great day!

    Feel free to add me as a friend on Facebook- my profile name is TNTSassyRedHead. . Just mention from Sparks. Can always use more friends on this journey.

    Co Leader for Facebook Team

    3989 days ago
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    I ’m just cruising around cheering folks through their journey to health!

    "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” ~ Linus Pauling

    “Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.” ~ James Russell Lowell

    “Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.” ~ Jean Kerr

    Have a healthy week!

    3990 days ago
    It is April McCormick. I still don't know how to use FaceBook worth a darn. I have no idea what all the stuff people send me is and when I ask no one explains it.
    3990 days ago
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