Elliott, my companion critter
My daughter at Yosemite
DISCLAIMER: I am here for weight loss and good health, not to discuss politics or religion. For example, if you are promoting evangelical Christianity and/or right-wing politics we are not a good match.
Now 66, in the last two years I retired from my job, left my marriage, and moved - after 25 years in the midwest - back to the mountains of Western Maryland, not far from where I grew up.
I joined Spark in October 2010 at 174 which is obese for 5'2 (highest weight was 178); dropped down to 159, just barely out of obese range, then stayed around 160 for four years, but still was losing inches and gaining control over binge eating. In June 2015 I buckled down to drop another 10 pounds for health reasons. Two months later I've plateaued at 152 but am aiming for 145 as my goal weight.
For the past three years I've been following the WheatBelly low-carb program (no refined carbs, plenty of good fats, no grains or processed foods) which has brought my blood sugar down from diabetic to prediabetic and has also lowered my cholesterol.
Leave Obese BMI - DONE
Leave Overweight BMI - 15 pounds to go.
Exercise: ST class twice a week, swimming, walking and mountain hiking.
Food: I've cut out all sugars and grains for several years to control my blood sugar. I use almond flour and garbanzo flour in recipes and sweeten with stevia. Emphasis is on protein and good fats. I don't always get in as many vegetables as I should, so working on that. I limit fruits.
Raised in DC metro area. Retired graphic artist. Big reader, painter. I have one daughter, 27, and a cat.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --- Albert Einstein
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| current weight: 155.5
Garcinia cambogia and no, I'm not going to take it. If they are this shady about their marketing, who knows what's actually in the capsules. We are contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs to lodge a complaint, but I don't expect to get out of the contract without paying for the first shipment, less 35%. An expensive lesson.
3 days ago
Morning, Kate. Thanks for posting on my blog. One dress is new, navy & a knee length dress (for DS1s second wedding) and for DS3s wedding, I've decided to say the heck with protocol and am wearing the same gown as I did for DS2s wedding in 2009 (always loved the dress, already have all the accessories, it was expensive, and well, I loathe shopping -- can't afford to spend this kind of money again anyway). I picked up 2 dresses while in Saratoga Springs -- one from consignment that is all black but for an eye popping bronze silk flower edged in black at the waist (rehearsal dinner), and another (wedding shower) from Talbots that I'm not crazy about but the price was right ($179 but got it for $28). Of course, ALL the dresses will require me to get down to about 150#. At 163# now, that is a lofty goal over the next 6 weeks -- my starches and sugars MUST go! I'll try to get some photos posted soon.....it'll probably be a welcomed break from all of my diet dialogue, lol.
Enjoy your day!
3 days ago
That's one of the things I like best about SP... making new friends.
3 days ago
LOL - we do aim for perpetual summer! (Makes it easier to pack a small travel wardrobe, too!)
4 days ago
Wasn't she great? I didn't know you belong to a choir... I'd so love to be able to sing!
4 days ago