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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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  • v JANET552
    Thanks for your comments about my stepmother entering a facility. Tomorrow is the big day. As much as Dad doesn't want this to happen, he realizes this situation is past our abilities to care for her. She's even starting to beat me up in my dreams so I will be happy to start a new chapter.

    I hope you have a great holiday weekend!!
    29 days ago
  • v EABL81
    I know what you mean. They won't offer anything unless you demand it. Once they delayed a flight I was supposed to take out of Phoenix for over 6 hours (before they eventually cancelled it). About 4 hours in, a bunch of us went up to the counter and demanded dinner vouchers. They weren't offering until we insisted. On this last flight cancellation, I asked the representative if they were planning to put me up in a hotel and give me vouchers for dinner and breakfast. She said they would, but when I found out that they weren't going to be able to get me on a flight for another 24 hours, I decided that I wasn't willing to spend another day away from home when I could drive it in 3 hours. It used to be that they bent over backwards to reschedule people (even on other airlines), but these days, they offer almost nothing unless you insist. Very frustrating! I feel for your daughter having to fly a lot for work. It's just not a pleasant way to travel anymore.
    29 days ago
  • v EABL81
    I'll bet your daughter has had some unbelievable experiences. I only have to travel on business once or twice and year, and even then, sometimes it's close enough that I can drive. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.
    30 days ago
    you don't know the half of it... then they put me at the end of the altos, so I had an alto on my left and a soprano on my right!

    She was a cranky old biddie anyway... British, a former church music director, tall, skinny and

    I really did love being in the choir, though, and hope that you enjoy your new music friends.


    31 days ago
    Popsicle experiments, here I come! Thanks, what a great idea, especially now that it's summer time.

    I know your new art journey is overwhelming, but take one step at a time. You didn't get here by drawing a picture and becoming famous....you got here with one step at a time. I do understand the trust in letting someone into your home, especially as a single woman. Perhaps you could always arrange to meet with someone who wants to commission you...in a public place like a restaurant to discuss things....and have a friend with you. Let your customer(s) know that you hope they understand that personal safety is an issue...and so besides living in a complex that has video cameras, you would ask potential customers to have their photo taken with you before even giving them an address. In this day and age with all the horrific violence, I don't believe any person with half a brain would object to this at all. Just one thought.
    41 days ago
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