Hiking on the Appalachian Trail to Annapolis Rocks with daughter and granddog, 10-9-16

Elliott, my companion critter




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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.

Member Since: 10/14/2010

My Goals:
Leave Obese BMI - DONE
Leave Overweight BMI - 15 pounds to go.

My Program:
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.

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Raised in DC metro area. Retired graphic artist. Big reader, painter. I have one daughter, 27, and a cat.

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"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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    I was planning to watch it, but after the revelations on Friday, felt too nauseated by the whole thing, I decided to boycott it. A friend and I went to the movies instead. I just want this to be over so that we can move on. Definitely a low point in our history of politics!
    10 days ago
  • v EABL81
    Love the new banner pic! I'm impressed that you took that on your phone! Beautiful!
    10 days ago
    I'm trying to come back. Been really suffering from depression & lack of energy every since my knees started really acting up. Finally have some answers and meds to help so ....we'll see what happens 😃 I have been keeping up with you, my friend
    12 days ago
    We leave this afternoon by train to Vancouver, then a cruise to Hawaii for 15 days, then back by train. Hopefully very relaxing. I'm planning to do lots of reading, and taking both knitting and quilting projects with me to work on.

    We aren't paying for internet on the ship, so will have access only from Vancouver and when on land from Hawaii.

    24 days ago
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    They carry it in the international section in Kroger. A friend turned me on to it a few years back. It's a lifesaver when I'm in a hurry. A quick stir fry with some protein, veggies, fresh ginger, yogurt, lime juice, and Patak's and I've got dinner.

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