Not that many years ago I could sit like this. Taken at sunset in San Diego next to a lighthouse.

I don't know who this is, but it's exactly how I feel about starting this new diet.


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I thought at age 60 I'd just let myself eat without guilt for the last years of my life. Who cares, I thought. But, at 261 pounds now, I feel pain in my back, I can't get out of chairs easily, even new fat pants don't fit shortly after buying them, I'm embarrassed for the activist groups I visibly represent especially in photos, I am uncomfortable even lying down, and often can't catch my breath. For someone who has accomplished so many jaw-dropping things in my life this is the one area I no longer master. So, today I bought a Vita-mix blender, books about eating raw foods, spoke with a nutrition expert, a weight-recording scale to show my progress, and I'm taking a deep breath. It's only a matter of focus. Oh, I must mention my recent CPAP machine for sleeping nights has made a world of difference in my life. I credit my new ability to concentrate on dieting to my CPAP mask I wear at night. If you are always fatigued, see a doctor about a CPAP mask. Your life depends on it, physically and emotionally. Wish me luck, here I go.

Member Since: 10/8/2012

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My Goals:
1) To appear more healthy in photographs so I can represent my activist groups better,
2) First weight loss goal 50 pounds, ultimately want to lose 113,
3) Go on a book tour for the book I intend to start writing,
4) Feel more comfortable in all aspects of my life.

My Program:
1) Starting a Raw Food diet, using new Vita-Mix blender and recipe books,
2) Walking each day, starting by only making it to the community mailbox and back,
3) I will not be hard on myself, I will gradually blend in all new eating habits over time.

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Living in central California. Highly visible in activist causes because there are things that matter to everyone, even if they don't know it. Somebody has to get out there and take the hits to make the road a little easier for others to follow.

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Rode across country by myself on a motorcycle at age 52, loved it. Have written text books on math, engineering. Started my own business, even opened my own competition. Taught high school math in later years. Share life with a woman that society won't yet let me marry. Have shotgun and revolvers for our mutual protection, Baby.

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    U know I thought when I was younger when I got 65, I could eat anything and everything, but woe is me, I found out that is not the case. I admire ur determination to do this and invite u to read my spark page postings for some hopeful help, I really think you have the ability to do this. "who was it who said "just do It" I think It was nancy r.--not real sure on that emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Kudos to you for joining us here on the Raw Foodies Team. This will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Sparkers come here and join this great team for a multitude of reasons. They may be curious about the health benefits of Raw Food and join to learn all about eating Raw. Many join for the weight loss. Many join the Team for a Detox. There are a great many people who do the Raw Food Diet as a Detox but then they realize how alive they feel and how the pounds melted away so effortlessly they decide to continue to eat this way. There are others who will join this Team for the health benefits of a Raw Food Diet. A diet based on raw food can reverse diabetes, arthritis (I personally have experienced this. I went off all of my arthritis meds after only a few weeks), heart disease, cancer (that is how I became involved with the Raw Food Diet when my sister was diagnosed with Lymphoma), eliminates migraines, the list goes on and on.

    So join us and learn how to make the transition from SAD (Standard American Diet) to a healthy Raw Food Diet. You will be happy you did!
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    1987 days ago