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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: 278,873

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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    Matthew has been working at Zipp's in Adair so he's going to continue with that. He's decided not to detassel this year. Jacob will just be mowing. I tend to want them to wait until they are 16 so that we don't have to worry about driving them to work and picking them up. When we live 7 miles from Greenfield and 2-1/2 miles from Fontanelle it's a little inconvenient. That's why I'm loving the school permit right now!
    33 days ago
    Choir was only required for the 6th graders that weren't in band first semester because the choir teacher was also subbing for the band teacher. Usually there is a general music class for those not in choir or band, but her schedule was insane for the first 6 weeks of school. There are some high schoolers that got a failing grade, so it's not as easy a credit as they think!
    36 days ago
    We survived graduation and the reception despite the steady drizzle all afternoon. I am definitely ready to crash though!
    38 days ago
    Thanks for the balloons! We vacationed at Crescent Beach (?) about 32 years ago. Not sure that beach is there anymore. I love the area. You are so lucky! Bad storms last night here. 80's today. It's getting hot. I'll take it over snow and ice anyday!
    76 days ago
    Hello Iowa Farmwife. I enjoyed looking at your page. I have lived in Southeast Louisiana for a year and a half but lived in Northeast Nebraska for 40 years prior to that. My daughter lives in Sioux City with her family and my mother and son live in Allen Ne. I have a sister in Omaha and one in Northwest Iowa. Great to have run into a 'neighbor'! Good luck with your goals. Laura
    78 days ago
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