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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.

My Program:
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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    have you tried swimming with the braces yet? Sounds like a good idea. Great that the physiotherapist says you're strong.
    16 days ago
    excellent - how long is the show?
    17 days ago
    How did the opening go today?
    18 days ago
  • v EABL81
    I dusted the plant with diatomaceous earth, which is supposed to kill the adults. Like the spray you used, you have to reapply it after it rains, or you water, or it starts to wear away. It won't help kill the larvae in the soil, but if, as you say, the little buggers are the biggest danger to baby plants, then this should work. As long as I kill them as adults, hopefully, the plant will eventually get too big for it to be as much of an issue. Of course, I could always just go out buy eggplant, but where's the fun in that! emoticon
    18 days ago
  • v JANET552
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! My stepsister does a lot but unfortunately, out of six siblings step or otherwise, we are it. I understand that my sister is California can't help and my brother and step brother are still working. But I do have another stepsister who just doesn't help. There is a granddaughter in the same town who also doesn't help although her daughters have helped from time to time. At least we can call them in a pinch and they'll come to help. It is interesting to see who is and isn't there to pitch in even though my stepmother has done A LOT for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Not so much for her step relatives but that's a whole other story.

    I'm going to have to make more noise about finding an alternative solution and maybe go less to help so something is done. I don't want to enable this feet dragging but I do want to be compassionate.
    18 days ago
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