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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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    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.
    21 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan, Kate, especially the smaller paintings to sell in the gallery.

    22 days ago
    Thanks, Kate. I've planted 2 clematis to grow on the trellis at the end of the verandah.

    Terribly hot here; I should go out to get more crabapples for jelly, but am hoping it will cool off a bit later on.

    How's the painting going?

    23 days ago
    Thanks for checking in with me. I have been checking in every day, recording my food most days, but you know me well...I'd slipped with my friend's and sister's visits, and the three pound gain shot me between the eyes. I did lose 1.2 lbs. this week, and I just got mad at myself. It took me so long to get weight off and in a snap I pack back on 3. Can I take 3 off qickly? Oh, no...of course not! I feel lost...I lost 2 weeks with visitors and staying the same and then gaining. Now I am losing another 2-3 weeks with just getting back to where I was 2 weeks ago. That's a wasted month! Sheesh! I keep shooting myself in the foot. I'm on track with my blood sugar levels, but I need to focus on planning my meals in advance....recording them every day....AND fix/cook/bake things I love that are very low carb. I've been lazy though I did make more banana bread. I cut it into 12 slices and freeze.

    We looked into a city gym/pool facility to try to do the swimming thing, but it's just too expensive for us. The drive just to get to that facility eats up tons of gas, and the senior membership is obviously for someone who has a bit more income than SS. But I'm walking or "bowling" or playing tennis almost every day, which is fun.''

    Thanks again for caring. I've not left, but I haven't been a cheerleader for anybody else for some time...another fail! You will see me here more often. I am not giving up.
    26 days ago
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    Thanks for the movie tip. I saw it tonight and it was great!
    27 days ago
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