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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 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 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 three 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.

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Exercise: ST class twice a week, swimming, 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.

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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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    Thank you for your reading my blog. Binging is the worst and something I need to work on. I retired recently and I have done a little work with pastels and hope to get back 2 working in that Medium. Can't wait to see your next piece.
    11 days ago
    I always think ochre is pretty much mustard colored. With the little smidge of purple, I'm guessing that makes it sort of a slightly darker ochre? Though the green would brighten it a little. It comes across as sort of muted but sunny. Like, late afternoon before dusk. Which goes well with the purple shading.

    Thinking about it, do you use purple a lot to dull your colors? Sort of saturating the entire painting with purple as almost a hidden color?
    11 days ago
    You're right... eating out is often disappointing. I had a lunch meeting today about Lunch & Learn, and feel VERY virtuous, as I had an egg white vegetable omelette, tomato slices instead of hashbrowns.
    11 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/15/2016 2:50:48 PM
    The play was great, and we found a Greek burger place with all the burgers named after Greek gods... delicious. I didn't eat the bun, but enjoyed everything else. Pasta with shrimp and scallops tonight. Low calorie but high sale as I'm drinking gallons of water. Good thing we don't go out very often.
    12 days ago
    I know what you mean with the portion control! There are many things I can't have around...buttered bread is the worst for me.
    17 days ago
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