Spotted in a Whole Foods parking lot.

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail with daughter and granddog, 10-9-16

Elliott, my companion critter





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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 EABL81
    Thanks for the inspiration! It's nice to think that it could have a happy ending like that... It would be great if we could fast forward the video though! :-)
    22 days ago
  • v EABL81
    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog, Katy. My nightmare scenario is the identity of one of the potential picks for Secretary of the Interior. Fracking in Yellowstone, anyone?
    24 days ago
  • v EABL81
    I couldn't agree more. The one bright spot for me yesterday was the fact that most of my students were as shell-shocked as I was. While I wouldn't call this generation activists, they are certainly more open-minded and tolerant than their parents, I think. They want to see change as well, but very few bought into the hate-filled rhetoric that Trump was offering. I felt bad that this was the first national election for most of them as voters, and I know how discouraging this loss was. My first vote got cast for McGovern, and instead we ended up with "Tricky Dick." Most of my students realize that what we're being offered now isn't real change, but instead a return to the past, before civil rights, and the women's movement - to a time that disenfranchised a large segment of the population. That image holds little appeal for them, so I have some hope for the future.
    27 days ago
  • v EABL81
    I'm sorry to say that I added a pizza to that bag of chocolates. I appear to be eating my frustration and depression over recent events.
    27 days ago
  • v EABL81
    Hi Kate! Thanks for the idea - it sounds like a good one. I just might need you to come down here and tie my hands behind my back though, to keep them out of the bag of chocolates at night :-). I've had absolutely no will power recently. I'm hoping that I can turn it around soon.
    29 days ago
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