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I am a 65 yo SAHM. I was diagnosed with hypertension in Nov. 2009 and type 2 insulin resistant Diabetes (Jan. 22nd). My health history goes back a ways though. Back in 1998 I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease. Weight has been a battle since then. In Nov. 2009 I had to start on meds for hypertension and in January 2010 I started on an oral agent for my type 2 insulin resistant Diabetes. With the health issues of hypertension, Diabetes, and Hashimotos thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism) I made up my mind to make lifestyle changes once and for all because I want to live healthy! More importantly, I want to maintain these healthy habits!

I am Mom to two teens *(OK, absolutely no stress there, huh!)*

Update: The year has been one of huge transformation for me. Went from 192 lbs. in Nov. 2009 to 100 lbs. (120 lbs. in July 2010 and 100 lbs. February 2011.) I suspect my weight was over 200 lbs., but I avoided the scale. **SIGH**

2012 and 2013 brought lots of major changes. However, I have lots of support and have found ways to cope with stress and therefore have been able to maintain weight loss, continue proper nutrition and keep on exercising.

Proudly, DS graduated from basic training @ Ft. Leonard Wood in MO on 6 July 2012. He was stationed in Fairbanks, AK and on 12 August 2012 his unit was deployed. 15 August saw 3 comrades killed from an IED. Then 17 August my DS was shot and wounded by an IED as well. He was re-posted to Alaska on 20 August 2012 and has been there since. He is recuperating physically, mentally and spiritually with much support, gratefully.

DD graduated from High School on 14 June 2013. She is starting college on 3 September 2013. She is a very smart and beautiful young lady (inside and out!) and will go far. Very proud of her.

We learned sadly that Mom has Alzheimer's Disease in January 2013. Quite a blow. But taking it day-by-day.

I have now been OFF diabetic meds since March 29th and blood sugars stable! B/P has been running steadily 100/60 or a little lower. WOO HOO! VERY happy with that.

I have really learned the value of taking care of my health with proper nutrition, exercise and keeping myself in check mentally and spiritually as well. It's the whole package that makes the difference!

2016: Again, major changes. Mom fell and broke her right hip in Feb. 2015. After a month in rehab, we brought her and Dad here to live. Has upended any semblance of routine, but taking it day-by-day, it's working.

DS is still happily in Alaska. Not liking the weather there right now (winter), but that's part of the package.

March, 2016: DH accepted a new position that suits his talents well. It is a 1.5 hr. commute from here, but most of the time he can take the train. Otherwise, even commuting by car, it's not a bad drive. He's made the trip many times with another employer.

March, 2018: well, 2017 was a blur! Mom and Dad had health emergencies on 01 Jan. 2017. Ended up in the hospital, then to a nursing facility. Dad passed away on 12 August 2017, Mom on 02 November 2017.

We also lost our precious Mr. Spot on 21 August 2017. My brother lost his MIL on 24 August.

Truly not a good year, but still standing. Falters along the way, but still standing.

Looking to make this a year of taking care of ME.

Member Since: 2/9/2010

Fitness Minutes: 419,493

My Goals:
I want to maintain my weight loss to: keep my blood pressure lower as well as control my blood sugar. I want to decrease or eliminate my need for meds to control both blood pressure and blood sugar. I want to continue to be healthier and more fit.

My Program:
1. 8 glasses of water/day

2. walking with a goal of 10,000 steps/day

3. portion control

4. watching carbs -- not eliminating but using complex carbs vs. simple carbs

5. food journal

6. 4 to 6 small meals/day

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  • v SHINY5711
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment! I'm so glad your 'girls' are happy! Lol!
    Have a great day!
    3048 days ago
  • v WENDYJM4
    Hi, I am glad to be back. A bit sad I still have nearly 300 mesages to go through. They just keep coming. So glad to be back as I have missed being on this site. All the positive messages does help with the motivation, it is so hard when you have to do it by yourself, this really does keep you honest.
    have a fantastic Wednesday.
    3051 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my sparkpage.
    It sure is exciting fitting into smaller clothes. I'm so glad you're getting that experience now too.
    It sue is encouraging, you're right.
    Yes, lots of work, but well worth it. :)

    3051 days ago
  • v AUNTB63
    Hey Barb, thanks for stopping by my photo gallery.....Yes DH does great work with wood. The plus is that he enjoys doing it. Got him a new pattern for a wishing well (to match the bench that we did put on the front porch). He was actually looking at it already....usually starts these projects early fall.
    How's your Mom doing? Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Slow getting back into the swing of things since the month I couldn't do a lot......My routine is just still a little out of wack. We had a get together this past weekend here and thank God there was a breeze, cuz it sure was hot. Liking the weather right now, although they say by the weekend it suppose to be back in the 90's. I just don't like too hot or too cold weather.......thinking about going up to Door County the end of August......looking forward to that. Oh and by the way even though when I was mia and put on a few pounds.........I still can fit into my new size so I'm happy about that. Why is it I know how much batter I feel eating healthy, yet still let those ?#?#?# bad habits sneak in and take over. The good thing is that I don't just give up and let the program go by the wayside.....I do keep trying.
    Hope this finds you well.....going to Woodman's tomorrow with bff.
    Should be another good day. emoticon Barb
    3051 days ago
    1CRAZYDOG....congrats on your 100 lb weight loss!!! I'm just getting started with SparkPeople and am very inspired!!!!
    3051 days ago