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At the age of 12, I was healthy, very active and the right weight...120 lbs. Over the years, smoking, lack of exercise, health issues and eating took it's toll. I quit smoking over 10 years ago and at the same time began walking to help lose weight. I'd lose 40 pounds in 4 months, get injured and gain it all back. I even did the Seattle Half Marathon walk 2 years in a row. The injuries just kept coming. Finally, about 3 years ago, I was in 3rd stage stress hair started falling out, my temperature dropped 3 degrees and I got scared. I went to a Naturalpathic Doctor and since she discovered what the problem was I have been on the pathway back to health. My problem takes twists and turns along the way but eventually I will have it all figured out. I am gluten intolerant, allergic to corn in all forms and have a few other allergies that I haven't found the cause of just yet. The corn was discovered in December of 2009. With each new clue, strange and interesting twists and turns happen and I learn more and more. So my journey continues. Oh and over the last 2 months, I have managed to go from 312 down to 264 lbs (48 lb loss)...where I am now. My health improves with every change I make. I am also working with a physical therapist to help me walk better. The progress I am now making is amazing and exciting at the same time.

Member Since: 5/26/2010

Fitness Minutes: 105

My Goals:
My main goal is to be healthy. I will walk every day and follow my eating plan.

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For health: I am alternating protein days with protein and veggie days as well as drinking lots of water.
For fitness: I am walking daily.
I am tracking my food every day.

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I live in Washington State. I moved here in 1990 and fell in love with the beautiful scenery and milder weather. I am originally from southern Texas. I try to visit with family once a year and keep in contact on the phone often. Over the past 2 months I have lost 48 pounds and am anxious to lose more.

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I am really into science fiction stories. I sew, listen to music and enjoy watching tv while working on my computer.

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    Hi I just saw your note that you hate rice bread and am so with you on this. I use a cookbook by Carol Fenster that has a flour blend using sorghum flour that makes bread taste ever so much better to me. My 2 favorite cookbooks are "1000 gluten free recipes" and Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus. Both are available at and I initially checked the 2nd one out of the library before buying it. I also have made rolls with Pamela's Bread Mix and added Bob's red mill gluten free oats to them. This recipe is in my shared gluten free cookbook. I loved eating whole grain breads before I went gluten free and sorghum flour blends seam to be more similar to that. Finding bread we like is so important to keeping on this gluten free road and being successful. Hope you have a great day. Smiles Barb
    2470 days ago
    I moved to WA in 2005, South King County. I am originally from Lubbuck Tx. It looks like you are doing great. Keep up the good work.

    take care, Amilie emoticon
    2622 days ago
    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! Finding the right ratios is not easy. I by no means want to do a strict 80/10/10, I'm sure that's not right for me. I suffer from gluten intolerance too, as well as a few others... not fun, and it is a wake up call. Do you know exactly how to figure out how many grams and such to have along with your ratios? I'm no good with this stuff. Atkins diet is very good for losing weight, but it's not an easy diet to be on, that's for sure. Good luck with your goals! I know how much of a challenge it is with intolerances. emoticon
    2679 days ago
    HI and thanks for the comment on my blog. I know 10 minute miles is a hefty goal but what the heck. I have nothing to lose and lots to gain. And I don't mean weight. LOL

    All a part of this journey and living a healthier lifestyle. Plus, the DH is joining me and that makes it even more special for me.

    You'll get there. Just keep at it. You're doing great! I walked for over a year and a half before I got this urge to even TRY to run/walk. I had always convinced myself that "I" couldn't do it and for a variety of reasons but no more. I at least must try and see what happens and ironically, every time I go out, I want to do it again.

    Hang in there!!! emoticon
    2696 days ago
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    I am taking things one day at a time. emoticon
    2698 days ago