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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 around 160, just barely out of obese range, then stayed there for four years but still losing inches and gaining control over binge eating. In the summer of 2015 I dropped some more, plateauing at 152.

For the past four years, after getting an A1C of 6.8, I've been eating low carb, basically following the WheatBelly program - no refined carbs, plenty of good fats, no grains, lots of protein, minimal processed foods - which has brought my blood sugar down to 5.8 and has also lowered my cholesterol. I know the no grains thing seems extreme, but after the diabetes scare I'm sticking with what works for me.

Dec. 2016 - after weight crept back into high 150's, am on a renewed drive to get into the 140's.

Member Since: 10/14/2010

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

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Exercise: ST class twice a week, 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, now painting full time and member of a gallery. Big reader and Netfix watcher, especially British murder mysteries. I have a daughter, 27, and a cat. Like to cook, garden, sing, hike.

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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

"You don’t become happy by pursuing happiness. You become happy by living a life that means something. " ---Harold S. Kushner

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    I have put on a little weight (actually quite a bit) but that was as much from the depression prior to taking the lexapro. With the gloucosamine I was constantly hungry but didn't have the energy to make anything healthy so resorted to junk food or something else easy to fix which along with the inactivity really added the weight. Gained 8 pounds in a month - partly from the eating plus the extra sodium and doing nothing but sitting on my butt when I got home from work. Since I've been off of it I'm back down to what I was before I started it and the blood pressure is back to what it was before I started it, well within the normal range. Up until these meds the only thing I took was Advil and Sudafed, so this has been a big change. I was on Lisinopril for the BP and there's only a 10% chance to get that cough, but I sure had it! It was terrible! I've got a Drs. appointment tomorrow for some blood work but I'm not going to pay much attention to what it says until I have a full month of doing some sort of exercise & getting my eating back under control. 2016 really sucked for me. It will be nice to catch up with you & some of my other SparkFriends emoticon
    1 day ago
    Had a rough year emotionally & physically but I think I'm back on track. The knee problems that started last January really added to the depression that I've been dealing with for years so finally got put on an antidepressant. The doctor also diagnosed me with high blood pressure even though I felt it was just because of the pain & fear that I had because of the knee thing. Blood pressure med gave me a terrible cough that I dealt with for several months before I realized that was what was causing it so I got off of it & the blood pressure has been fine. Found out that I have a major vitamin D deficiency so treating that now. Started taking gloucosamine chondrotin msm for the knees and after a couple of months of having severe gas & heartburn and being so tired I couldn't function except to go to work found out that those side effects were from it so ... not taking it anymore. Just my Lexapro, tylenol and vitamin D and feeling a bunch better, finally. For someone who hasn't had to take any meds my whole 66 years this has been a major wakeup call - one I didn't like at all. Back to tracking my food & joined the & last week so hopefully with the improvement in emotional attitude I can get the physical part better, too.
    2 days ago
  • v EABL81
    It does sound like you had all kinds of motivation a couple of years ago. Health is an important one for me, too. It's still hard to keep that focus over the long term, though. That's my issue. While I've definitely incorporated all kinds of more healthy habits into my life but still find myself slipping up for periods of time. I know we're not perfect and slip-ups are bound to happen, but my "small" slip-ups tend to hang around for a while (sometimes a long while).

    8 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2017 6:24:53 PM
  • v EABL81
    Maintenance sounds like a good idea for now if your head "isn't in the game." I know that's how it works for me most of the time. If I can get to a certain mental space, the program works for me. It's just that sometimes a switch seems to flip and I lose my concentration. I stayed mostly in the zone for about the first year and a half, which is when I lost all of the weight I needed and reached my goal. Since then I've been up and down mentally and weight-wise. Although I'm still down over 40 pounds, I'm a bit upset that I let myself gain back as much as I did. I know I just have to find my way back to that place again and stay there.

    Now that I've been back to eating healthy and exercising again, I have realized just how sick I feel when I don't treat myself well. I don't sleep as well and constantly feel fatigued and bloated. Who wants to live like that? I'm hoping that this realization will help me maintain my motivation going forward. If not, maybe it's time for a shrink!

    10 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2017 3:23:33 PM
  • v SPARKS07
    YES!! Chocolate can help you exercise more. hah. Well that's the theory at least. There's a video on my front page today about it -- and it talks about building "rewards" in your brain circuit. It's a cute cartoon, but I'm totally going to try it out this week. I bought ONE bar of hershey's chocolate, and plan to break it into pieces for a treat after each run I do this week (but ONLY after my running exercise). We'll see how it works out, but I'm already looking forward to getting the run overwith so I can have some chocolate! Muah hahaha..
    10 days ago
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