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Welcome from Northwest Iowa!

You've heard the old addage; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is what helped me get started on this journey of losing weight. I believe being active and eating in a healthy manner are a better investment than concentrating on treatment. Instead of getting diabetes and then losing weight, I have lost weight first. My mother has diabetes, so my chances of having it was high. Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa says, "We've got to change the mindset from treating sick people to preventing illnesses in the first place".

And Ben Franklin said "it is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them".

I have made it through the winter without gaining a lot of weight. :) Boy does that feel good. I'm determined to lose another 20 pounds and then I'll be where I want to be. Here goes!

Member Since: 12/28/2006

Fitness Minutes: 281,538

My Goals:
I would like to lose about 20 pounds.

My Program:
I have totally changed my eating habits.
Instead of:
milk = soymilk
plain chips=baked chips
white bread=whole wheat bread
white rice=brown rice
bowls of ice cream=individual portions of ice cream

I've added much more fruit and vegetables to my menu.
I've made changes in recipes. For example I made an apple cake using whole wheat flour, sugar substitute, egg beaters, applesauce and soymilk.
I've added flax to my cereal each day, also blueberries.
I drink a lot of water each day and cut out the pop. My cereal is a whole grain one, Cheerios usually. I eat more chicken and 93% lean ground beef. I use a smaller plate for meals and fill the plate with 3/4 vegetables and little meat. I don't eat many potatoes, but use squash as my starch.

Personal Information:
I am married and live in NW Iowa. I have three children and I know when they were small I put all my energy into raising them. I didn't put so much into taking care of me. Now I realize that I need to take care of ME. I'm not getting any younger and why wait until I have a health issue to get healthy. So I'm taking care of me now.

Other Information:
I am now a retired teacher. Boy does that sound strange! After 33 years I have called it quits with full time teaching. I work in a book store during the summer. I will also be substitute teaching in area schools. So I will be busy.

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    They did have fireworks last night. They originally planned them for the 3rd, but had to move them for some reason that they didn't share. Fontanelle alternates the 4th celebration with Massena and Greenfield, so next year we will have to "travel" to see the fireworks. We're going to the Iowa Cubs game tomorrow night for my birthday, so we get to see their holiday fireworks since they didn't play at home yesterday. Pretty excited about that. I went to bed early last night because I was tired!
    22 days ago
    Wednesday night into Thursday was 6/10th of an inch. I don't know how much we got Thursday night/Friday morning or last night. Mike forgot to check the rain gauge when he got home yesterday. I may have to go look myself.
    38 days ago
    Yes, he is going to be a Yellowjacket! We haven't had ice cream there in a while - half the time it's not open when we happen to be in town. It is a pretty nice town - of course I grew up there! I'm glad that you enjoyed the visit.
    45 days ago
    The Dinky Diner in Decatur City is pretty good (right off of I-35). It's just a little place. Other than that, I can't think of a lot. I'm not sure what is even still open. Lamoni has a Maid-Rite, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Pizza Shack (not sure of open hours for that one). Leon I'm not sure. Have a fun time!
    52 days ago
    Matthew will be attending Graceland University (my alma mater in my hometown!) and is planning on majoring in Computer Science/Information Technology. He is still going to be involved with band and choir so I'm pretty excited about that.
    67 days ago
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