Spotted in a Whole Foods parking lot.
Hiking on the Appalachian Trail with daughter and granddog, 10-9-16
Elliott, my companion critter
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 66, in the last two years I retired from my job, left my marriage, and moved - after 25 years in the midwest - back to the mountains of Western Maryland, not far from where I grew up.
I joined Spark in October 2010 at 174 which is obese for 5'2 (highest weight was 178); dropped down around 160, just barely out of obese range, then stayed there for four years but still losing inches and gaining control over binge eating. In the summer of 2015 I dropped some more, plateauing at 152.
For the past four years, after getting an A1C of 6.8, I've been eating low carb, basically following the WheatBelly program - no refined carbs, plenty of good fats, no grains, lots of protein, minimal processed foods - which has brought my blood sugar down to 5.8 and has also lowered my cholesterol. I know the no grains thing seems extreme, but after the diabetes scare I'm sticking with what works for me.
Dec. 2016 - after weight crept back into high 150's, am on a renewed drive to get into the 140's.
Leave Obese BMI - DONE
Leave Overweight BMI - 15 pounds to go.
Exercise: ST class twice a week, walking and mountain hiking.
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.
Raised in DC metro area. Retired graphic artist, now painting full time and member of a gallery. Big reader and Netfix watcher, especially British murder mysteries. I have a daughter, 27, and a cat. Like to cook, garden, sing, hike.
"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
"You donâ€™t become happy by pursuing happiness. You become happy by living a life that means something.â€Š" ---Harold S. Kushner
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| current weight: 158.0
It does sound like you had all kinds of motivation a couple of years ago. Health is an important one for me, too. It's still hard to keep that focus over the long term, though. That's my issue. While I've definitely incorporated all kinds of more healthy habits into my life but still find myself slipping up for periods of time. I know we're not perfect and slip-ups are bound to happen, but my "small" slip-ups tend to hang around for a while (sometimes a long while).
2 days ago
Comment edited on: 1/16/2017 6:24:53 PM
Maintenance sounds like a good idea for now if your head "isn't in the game." I know that's how it works for me most of the time. If I can get to a certain mental space, the program works for me. It's just that sometimes a switch seems to flip and I lose my concentration. I stayed mostly in the zone for about the first year and a half, which is when I lost all of the weight I needed and reached my goal. Since then I've been up and down mentally and weight-wise. Although I'm still down over 40 pounds, I'm a bit upset that I let myself gain back as much as I did. I know I just have to find my way back to that place again and stay there.
Now that I've been back to eating healthy and exercising again, I have realized just how sick I feel when I don't treat myself well. I don't sleep as well and constantly feel fatigued and bloated. Who wants to live like that? I'm hoping that this realization will help me maintain my motivation going forward. If not, maybe it's time for a shrink!
4 days ago
Comment edited on: 1/14/2017 3:23:33 PM
YES!! Chocolate can help you exercise more. hah. Well that's the theory at least. There's a video on my front page today about it -- and it talks about building "rewards" in your brain circuit. It's a cute cartoon, but I'm totally going to try it out this week. I bought ONE bar of hershey's chocolate, and plan to break it into pieces for a treat after each run I do this week (but ONLY after my running exercise). We'll see how it works out, but I'm already looking forward to getting the run overwith so I can have some chocolate! Muah hahaha..
4 days ago
I know what you mean. I put off weighing in after the holidays until yesterday. I know that the result would have been way too depressing otherwise. I'm planning on staying off at least another week now, maybe two. I know that I'm eating right and exercising now so weighing in less often shouldn't lead to weight gain. I hope that weighing in a less often might help me stay positive.
I had the problem of avoiding exercise a lot last semester as well as over the break. Some weeks I'd do okay but others were iffy. Right now, I've pledged to exercise at least 10 minutes a day, and that has helped. Once I get started I rarely stop at 10 minutes, but it is easy to convince myself to start that way. I have a treadmill that I enjoy using at a moderately slow speed (3 miles/hr) and a moderate incline (5% right now). That way, I can read while I walk. I have a novel on my kindle that I call my exercise book. In other words I can only read it while I'm walking and for a few minutes (~5) after I stop. If I want to find out what happens next, I have to walk. Crazy how I need to psych myself out like that, but it works! :-)
4 days ago
Comment edited on: 1/14/2017 12:07:40 PM
Thanks for stopping by my Tony blog. He is such a character. Makes me laugh every day.
7 days ago