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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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    When I read your recent comment on Spark07's page, for some reason I immediately thought of this narrative by Alan Watts. I hope it makes sense to you.

    Blessed be,
    5 days ago
  • v SPARKS07
    Thanks for commenting on my feed this morning! I should have explained that I don't actually plan out every meal, but I plan ahead so that I have easy things that are cooked and ready to put together for the weeks lunches and dinners. Sorta like planning for left overs for the entire week. I find if I have to do cooking each night after work, that I'm far more likely to stop by the grocery store for some grab and go premade high calorie unhealthy food. So when I'm able to, I cook up chicken and make a starter salad and roasted veggies enough for the week so that it's easier for me to stay on track. The weeks when I do that are my most successful weeks.
    8 days ago
    I do my best to make some of his old clothes disappear, but I'm not always successful. It doesn't help that he can still wear clothes that he bought 20 years ago.

    He went out on one of the motorcycles today in 2-piece leathers that he bought in 1968, and they aren't even tight!

    10 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I know I look at pictures of myself in my 20s, after my weight loss and wonder how I could ever have thought myself fat. I just can't get the fat girl out of my head. Best to concentrate on health!!
    10 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I buy New Balance shoes but my favorite are New Balance 608. They come in wide sizes which I am most comfortable in these days. Usually the store in which I buy them gets two pair in my size. I buy one and then someone else buys the other I guess. Perhaps she has moved and now I can hog both pairs. emoticon
    10 days ago
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