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Hi, I'm Annette the Golden Lady - I'm an animal lover and I have four golden retrievers. I was diagnosed with diabetes about 15 years ago (but it think it's more like 25 years ago) and have been struggling with my weight all my life. 2007 was a heartbreaking year for me...I lost my sister in January to cancer, my mom in July to kidney disease and my cousin to a massive heart attack in October. I've been overweight since I could walk.
Ok, so that's now over and in the past.
If anyone remembers me, I've struggled in making the decision to have Weight Loss Surgery. When my endocrinologist told me that it was WLS or insulin, I knew it was getting serious. It took me almost four years of research before he said that and about 10 months after to FINALLY make the decision to be HEALTHY.
I had surgery on January 31, 2011 and it was the turning point of my life!! I am now over a year out from surgery I am no longer on any diabetic or cholesterol meds and due to a bout of dehydration I was taken off my high blood pressure med in October!
If anyone thinks this is the "easy way out" you are 100% CORRECT!! It was easy!! I've never lost so quickly and with such little effort, except of course counting protein grams and liquid intake. Now, after a year, the tuff part begins!! Although I still cannot eat too much at one sitting, I find myself "grazing", on healthy stuff, but nonetheless, "grazing" which can cause excessive calorie intake, which can cause weight gain. However, I'm not done yet. I would like to lose another 10 pounds but at 147 I am happy, healthy and skinny. I work my butt off going to exercise classes and walking the hills of my neighborhood.
I'm hoping all of my Spark Friends are doing well.

Member Since: 1/15/2008

Fitness Minutes: 4,680

My Goals:
To be healthy and have my BS under control. I've decided to NOT be obsessed with the scale. If I lose weight because of my lifestyle change, so be it.
And after all of this is done, I will stop smoking (but that's another website!)

My Program:
Three meals a day with small, healthy snacks in between. Very low carbohydrate (bread, pasta, rice). If I do have them they will all be brown!
Exerecise!! HELP ME!

Personal Information:
My name is Annette and I'm from Holland Township, NJ. It's right on the Delawre River separating Pennsylvania from New Jersey. I moved out here about seven years ago. It's farm country but not like Iowa. I'm a real estate agent who's been trying to get started in this business for three years now. Now that the market has changed to a buyer's market, I'm expecting to do well. (Positive attitude.)

Other Information:
I absolutely LOVE Golden Retrievers. I have four. Mother-daughter, Mother-daughter. We are hoping to breed the youngest one in the Spring. I work with a breeder and I do the "whelping" which means, I deliver puppies. And I LOVE IT!!!

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  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Hi and welcome to SparkPeople and our Managing Diabetes Group where you will receive lots of support and encouragement from everyone. Just post any needs, questions, comments or suggestions you may have and someone will respond quickly.
    You have come to the right place. Take advantage of what Spark has to offer. I want to see you accomplish your goals. Stay focused and keep a positive attitude as this will be a great help to you in your daily life!!! Smile although sometimes that is the hardest, but it really helps!!! And, if nothing else, it makes people wonder what you're up to.
    Remember to just take one day at a time on this journey of a lifetime. This journey consists of many small steps, a few speed bumps and pot holes, and a lot of fun. I will be here for you and try to help you on this journey to your goals. YOU can do this!!!
    Be sure to drink plenty of water (8 - 8oz glasses a day) and walk. Water and walking will help you on this journey of weight loss and lowering numbers. Start small if that is all you can do and add to it as you feel fit. Even 5 minutes several times a day adds up to bigger numbers and will keep you moving. It's good to meet and have you with us.
    God bless you on your journey to a new beginning. Take each day as it comes and enjoy it to the fullest!!!
    God's blessings to you.

    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift."

    "If you planted hope in a heart today in any hopeless heart,
    If someone's burden was lighter because you did your part,
    If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away,
    If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray,
    Then your day was well spent."

    4830 days ago
    Hello and good luck from Corinth, MS
    4833 days ago
  • v JIBBIE49
    You made the best decision you could by joining Sparkpeople, because you can reach your goals here and have the health and fitness you want. Love and be good to yourself. You deserve it! Come sign in every single day and be honest with yourself. Set small goals and don't try to be perfect, because that doesn't work. Don't QUIT. We are all here to support you.

    Being fat is hard.
    Losing is hard.
    Maintaining is hard.
    Choose your HARD.
    4834 days ago
    Welcome to the most wonderful place to help you set your goals to a New Skinny U. May God Help you with your Journey along the Way. God has given you the Faith and Strength and Courage and Devotion to get U through this Journey. U will never have to go through the Journey alone. We are always here for you when ever you need us.
    4835 days ago
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