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Me, on April 28, 2012. And this is AFTER I have lost 20 lbs. Ouchy, but honest.

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Here I am, starting over once again. I think it might work better now, though. On Friday, Oct. 10, I finally was able to retire. The next day was my birthday, and I went all day--a leadership meeting at church, a live streaming of Verdi's MacBeth from the Met, and a Pete Seeger retrospective in the evening. The next two days, all I did was sleep, all day and all night. By Tuesday, I felt rested and well, but low energy. By Wednesday, I was raring to go, and got more done in an hour than I had in the last three days.

Now, here's the kicker. Since Oct 10 (we are basically talking a week), my blood pressure, glucose levels, and even my weight have dropped significantly. I think all this time I was just tired and stressed.

So, here I am, starting over again, and feeling like this is more do-able when I can control my schedule and my meals more than I have ever been able to do while I had to go to work.

I won't be posting regularly until I can get expensive high speed internet at home (I live in the country, and it is not easily accessible where I am), but will try to keep track on paper and keep up with my friend feed when I happen to be in town.

Welcome back to Me!!

Member Since: 7/5/2008

My Goals:
Oct. 20, 2014: Get my weight down and my activity up. Have the energy and mobility to enjoy the years I have left, now that no one else is controlling my time.

My Program:
Oct. 20, 2014:
1. do slow food as often as possible. Make my own bread, cook with fresh foods, etc.
2. do some kind of exercise for at least 10 minutes every day.
3. get the house and land cleaned up and pleasant to be around.
4. develop a new daily routine, including home maintainence, writing, practicing piano and drums, and crafts each day.
5. add some new volunteer activities.

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I'm from Columbia MO, oakshaven@socket.net.

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  • v ONUTHIN125
    emoticon Hope that you are doing well. I have been out of the loop for a long time and I am glad to be back. I hope that you had a lovely holiday and I wish you a Happy New Year. Spark On! emoticon
    2889 days ago
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    2904 days ago
    PLEASE just do what it takes to get you going again. I am sure it gives you more energy, I am sure it helps you stay healthy we know it does. Stay with us, whether you keep going ot start afresh.

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    2947 days ago
    Guess what? Someone is thinking of you - me!

    Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.
    Brad Henry
    2957 days ago
  • v ROCKINMOM776
    Thanks for your comments and support. I'm sorry to hear about what your dad had to go through, and because of that, what you had to live without. Dads from that generation are notoriously distant anyway (at least I know MY dad has been), so I can only imagine how it must've been.

    You're right about the curses going down for generations. My pastor mentioned that analogy several years ago and it really made a lot of sense to me. I think that's why so many geographical areas share the same afflictions, maybe partly because of genetics, but mostly because of learned behavior. Monkey see, monkey do, right?

    I hate that my family is having to go through this, but you're right, maybe it has taken something like this to shake me up and help me re-focus. Goodness knows I've needed a swift kick in the patoot lately!
    2974 days ago
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