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I am a recently retired 63 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but back and leg problems have in the past kept me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk shorter distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I am 6'4" and now, 286 lbs. I would like to lose 61 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of ...
I am a recently retired 63 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but back and leg problems have in the past kept me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk shorter distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I am 6'4" and now, 286 lbs. I would like to lose 61 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of Mediterranean foods. It is one of the better diets for heart health, diabetes prevention, and lower inflammatory problems. Also, hopefully it will help me lose weight. However, my basic eating guidelines came from Spark radio. There are two of them: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat till you are satisfied, not full. By using this credo, I have been able to gradually take off weight.

I too believe in exercise for health. That is why I started working out at the gym on 4/13/2014. There is nothing I know of that contributes to overall wellbeing than good fitness. Coming in a close second, is reducing ones stress level. Meditation can help considerably, but sometimes, it takes drastic changes in one's life circumstance to really get to reknow that relaxed self that we all have somewhere in us.

Though I'm not much of a laugher, I value a sense of humor. In the coming year, I hope to see more comedies, possibly read some witty things, lighten up and smile more. I have a new objective. For every five pounds I lose, I can buy a new comedy DVD. That will build up my collection of funny stuff for a while. Fitness can really help people feel better from the inside out.
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Member Since: 3/9/2011

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My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 21 lbs, and did get moving. I have been regularly attending the gym for about 6 weeks now.

My Program:
New eating guidelines will be to eat only when hungry, and eat only till satisfied, not full.

Also, working out at the gym three days per week, where I am focusing on overall body strengthening and some aerobics.

And I hope to get in some nature walks, for the pure joy of walking. I might fit in few bike rides too, in scenic areas.



Personal Information:
I live in a wooded area outside of Olympia, Washington and am an early retiree.

I have a three year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a two year old grandson.

Other Information:
I recently found this quote, and it speaks to me: "Live all you can: It's a mistake not to."

Another: "Some people dream about success. Others wake up and work hard at it."

And: "Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching."
Satchel Paige



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KAREN608
8/30/2014 3:03:17 AM

I noticed online that some runners/athletes use compression socks so it must do something. Gets the blood and lactic acid up and back to the heart faster so less soreness according to what I read. I have not had leg cramps for a long time now either. My feet still get sore since I am too heavy.



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MARYANN2323
8/29/2014 10:35:05 PM

Glenn, I have to ask you, do you eat a fair amount of carbs? I've read some interesting articles about carb consumption and tired aching legs and feet. I know since I've upped my magnesium and cut way back on carbs (this girl loves her bread) that things are much better. And I can definitely tell if I've had too many. In only a matter of an hour or so my legs & feet start to bother me. It was just an idea....thought I would ask. emoticon



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8/25/2014 10:14:14 PM

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Thank you for dropping by my blogs and sharing your kind comments, also cheering you on for a fabulous week ahead...Keep up the great work..

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GENRE009
8/25/2014 9:17:58 AM

Glad to see that you have progressed from the once bitter, blaming others for your pain, into this understanding person who is making an attempt at being understanding, with yourself & others! keep up the good work. I forgave you. eva



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IMLOCOLINDA
8/25/2014 12:25:27 AM

A quote from the Dalai Lama

"There are only two days in a year that nothing can be done. One is called 'yesterday' and the other is called 'tomorrow', so today is the right day to LOVE, BELIEVE, DO and mostly, LIVE."

So all I really have to do is live for today and take each one as it comes. If I do each day well I can succeed.
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