Commissioned portrait. I elongated his face between the eyes and nose but it's close.

Elliott, my companion critter

My daughter at Yosemite


Cast Iron Skillet

Ice Cream Cone

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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 65, in the last year and a half I've made a lot of drastic changes: retired from my job; left a crumbling marriage and moved from our small town to a large city, where I stayed five months; and then relocated to the mountains of Western Maryland, not far from where I grew up, to be closer to family. Now I'm hunkering down for the long haul.

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 two 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.

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Exercise: ST class twice a week and lots of hiking in the Appalachians.
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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Living in western Maryland, 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 think quite possibly you and I are old enough that we just flat out don't like change. Period. emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v EABL81
    No, I haven't run across a cooperative coyote yet. We've got lots around here. Some nights I can lie in bed and hear them talking to one another. I've only seen one so far out here, and he didn't hang around long enough to say cheese!
    3 days ago
  • v EABL81
    Thank you! I came across him sitting in a pond in Nova Scotia, and he was most cooperative about having his picture taken. So was the fox from New Brunswick (same road trip) that I'm currently using for my profile. Just love photogenic and cooperative wildlife!
    4 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I have to agree about your Medicare comment. I don't turn 65 till next year and late in the year at that. I thought I'd start learning now because I heard there is so much to think about.

    The info meeting I went to yesterday was fantastic. It was by the Aging and Disability Resource Council. Today's is by an insurance company. They are also willing to sign people up right then and there but I won't be doing that.
    7 days ago
    Introverts are something like 25% of the world's population - we need to work at carving out the alone time and space we need!
    26 days ago
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