Monday, March 24, 2014

A New Me in Progress!

This past weekend, we lay to rest my first cousin Randy.   It has been some years since I had seen him.  Though we were close growing up, with the death of grandparents, divorces and growing up and discovering our lives we lost contact.   He was only 4 years older than me, so at 50 he has gone on to his final resting place.  He left this earth because of poor health.  He had a massive heart attack while walking from a corner store.   He was also diabetic who had already loss 2 fingers. 

When I got the news, I was really upset, because as some of you know, I have been helping my Sister who at 41 years old is a brittle diabetic on an insulin pump, has a weak heart with an implanted defibrillator and pacemaker.  She also suffers from gout, neuropathy, sleep apnea, and myriad of ailments.  I am constantly talking and fussing with her about her eating habits, her weight and her refusal to take her condition serious. 

My families on both sides have a history of heart decease and diabetes.   So I have been working on me for quite some time now.  I started exercising and working with a Personal Trainer last August.  I have seen some results though I could be working harder and doing more.  

With all this being said. I just wan the world to know that I am changing, I am living a better, healthier life.

Now back to sewing!


  1. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. I lost my cousin two years ago to diabetes as well; he was 38. We have to do better at taking care of our physical, mental, and emotional selves. I applaud your efforts at improving your health and support you 100%.

  2. Good for you in your decision to become healthier. As I age, I am finding that my body is feeling the effects of my poor choices. I too have hired a personal trainer and following a healthier eating regimen.Best wishes on your journey to wellness.

  3. Awww Mel. So sorry to hear this. Losing a family and friend is always a hard thing to deal with. I pray that your family find the strength and courage to come to peace with this lost. It's certainly a lot harder to live a healthier lifestyle than the alternative. I'm so proud of you and the declaration that you've taken to live a much healthier and purposeful life. Keep it up hun. Cheers to a new us! I'm on the same journey with you.

  4. What a great post. Anything is attainable through hard work!!

  5. Good for you! God bless. Your changes will inspire others.

  6. I'm sorry to hear this news Melanie.

    About you though - Its very important to look after yourself, especially if you have a family history of diabetes and so on. Exercise and a good low GI diet work wonders. Well done :)

  7. Congratulations! Thanks for spreading the word.


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