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My daughter at Yosemite




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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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  • v EABL81
    I'll bet your daughter has had some unbelievable experiences. I only have to travel on business once or twice and year, and even then, sometimes it's close enough that I can drive. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.
    23 hours ago
    you don't know the half of it... then they put me at the end of the altos, so I had an alto on my left and a soprano on my right!

    She was a cranky old biddie anyway... British, a former church music director, tall, skinny and

    I really did love being in the choir, though, and hope that you enjoy your new music friends.


    1 day ago
    Popsicle experiments, here I come! Thanks, what a great idea, especially now that it's summer time.

    I know your new art journey is overwhelming, but take one step at a time. You didn't get here by drawing a picture and becoming famous....you got here with one step at a time. I do understand the trust in letting someone into your home, especially as a single woman. Perhaps you could always arrange to meet with someone who wants to commission you...in a public place like a restaurant to discuss things....and have a friend with you. Let your customer(s) know that you hope they understand that personal safety is an issue...and so besides living in a complex that has video cameras, you would ask potential customers to have their photo taken with you before even giving them an address. In this day and age with all the horrific violence, I don't believe any person with half a brain would object to this at all. Just one thought.
    11 days ago
    Aaargh! Your sis needs to hide her birth date for a while....hopefully NOT having to wait 4 years before she comes out of the closet with her real birthday again! LOL
    12 days ago
    have you tried swimming with the braces yet? Sounds like a good idea. Great that the physiotherapist says you're strong.
    16 days ago
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