200,000-249,999 SparkPoints 209,614
See this image larger
Christmas in Colorado 2012

See this image larger
April 2013. The end of a long day.

See this image larger
July 3, 2013. With my BFF SparkBuddie, my daughter.

go to goodies page
Green Tea
go to goodies page
go to goodies page
Fruit Salad

Interact with WESTERNSAGE
Add as SparkFriend Send Private Message Leave Comment

With my birthday yesterday I am 74 years old now. I've been on Spark since September of 2012 and I'm still fighting the battle of the bulge. These last 3-1/2 years have been tough. My husband had back surgery - then cancer that went into remission - then shoulder surgery - then cancer again and then degenerative back and balance issues. Somewhere in there we also had several deaths in the family. My life continues to be one big care-taking project and I have gained 25+ pounds since starting on Spark. Female surgery 4 years ago seems to have derailed my body's ability to lose weight. Now I'm dancing around the "officially" diabetic label. That just has to go.

Still, 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 another birthday, I'm still here, still trying to stay healthy. It feels as though it's really time for a breakthrough, time to take back some control of my own life, even if only for a few minutes a day.

Member Since: 9/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 55,691

My Goals:
My goals are simple: get my weight down about 25 pounds and my clothes down about 2 clothing sizes. My A1C has crept up to where my doctor and I are trying to find a medication to help that will not upset my temperamental intestinal tract; I want to be able to get off that and it seems the weight loss is the key.

My Program:
I will start again to get onto SP everyday and to track my calories when I do. I will make a better effort to get in some sort of exercise every day, whether it is "official" exercise or work out in the yard.

Personal Information:
I retired from the paid workforce to retired status 6 years ago - it hardly seems possible it's been that long.

Other Information:
I am deeply immersed in a wide variety of metaphysical activities and researching family histories. I welcome correspondence with those who share any of these unconventional interests.

Read More About WESTERNSAGE - Profile Information moved here. (Updated July 1)

Shown if member clicks "Read More"

(Shown after Message Board Posts)
Add a Link
Save Changes
Current Status:
My Ticker:
 current weight: 169.0 
Login to Leave Comment
  • v LEISL814
    Been thinking about you lately. Hope all is well. I’ve been super super busy with life here. Not sure what is going to happen with SP shutting down. If you wanna find me outside of SP, send me a message and I’ll give you my contact info.
    44 days ago
    Thanks for the congrats! :) Keep showing up for yourself today emoticon emoticon
    48 days ago
    emoticon Thought I would stop by and say hi. I think of you and hubby a lot. It has rained almost every day. Been hot and humid. I try to get outside everyday. Ususlly just to the back deck but at least it is outside. I saw where you were getting rain too. My place was starting to dry out and then bam it rained again. My pasture will never get shredded at this rate. Take care.
    49 days ago
    Thank you for your comment. It was comforting & a good reminder of not being alone. Glad you are taking responsibility for you and doing your very best while navigating uncertain times. Here's to living out our dreams & goals. Have a beautiful day!
    61 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    I look at food and gain 10#.
    65 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/28/2021 12:28:17 AM
Member Comments (573):  123Next >Last >>