Commissioned portrait. I elongated his face between the eyes and nose but it's close.

Elliott, my companion critter

My daughter at Yosemite



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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 65, in the last year and a half I've made a lot of drastic changes: retired from my job; left a crumbling marriage and moved from our small town to a large city, where I stayed five months; and then relocated to the mountains of Western Maryland, not far from where I grew up, to be closer to family. Now I'm hunkering down for the long haul.

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 two 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 and lots of hiking in the Appalachians.
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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Living in western Maryland, 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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    Oy, I'd never go see that first dr again after that experience! Some drs have zero bedside manner, and I always wonder why they chose to work with patients!

    And yes, many of us have bodies that hide infections. My husband is that way. I'm the opposite, my body over-reacts to everything. At least I know my immune system is working, LOL.

    I agree, women drs usually are more willing to listen to and believe the patient. Sounds like that first dr is the one in 100 who isn't!

    (I used to go to a medical practice in St Thomas, and would sometimes get a different dr. There were two who I finally just refused to see - both male, one who never believed me and one who told racist jokes. I told the receptionist that I wouldn't go to either one. Apparently there were complaints about both of them - one was let go, the other I actually received a survey about him and was asked my opinion! He eventually left the practice as well. So it might be worth calling the place and letting them know that you were less than pleased with the way you were treated by the dr.)
    44 days ago
  • v EABL81
    Thanks for asking about my cats. They apparently ate something that disagreed with them in a big way. The vet thought they had a bad can of food - scary thought! They're both doing much better now. Tigger's been losing weight, though, so we're trying to figure out why. Her blood work and parasite check was normal, so she'll need to go back for x-rays and an ultrasound to see if they can find the cause. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort, though, so it's a mystery for now.

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    44 days ago
  • v EABL81
    Sorry your dim sum experience was so disappointing. Having a sushi option is nice, but I find it's easier to come by. Good dim sum is really, really hard to find outside of major metropolitan areas, I think. I haven't had really good dim sum since I left San Francisco. Sure do miss it!
    45 days ago
    If you have the time,, I do recommend you get on a few teams,, if you wish to lose the weight with a LOT of support I'd recommend one that is built around losing,, exercise. There are a TON of "theme" teams,,, for I am a grand parent,,, how to sew,,,, my favorite this or that interest. Those are fun, but most don't focus on weighing in a weekly basis. Those are usually built around exercise,,, tracking food,,, AND they have as far as I can tell,, I've been on for 5 1/2 yrs,,,, are the WAY TO GO ! I belong to the Spring (than summer, fall ,, winter) 5% Community Challenge for the team which helps me the VERY most. However that won't open again til around June. There are also the Biggest Losers teams,, BLC,, BL teams.They are intensive, but you are VERY supported,, cared for.
    47 days ago
  • v JANET552
    I learned in the essential oils class that I know very little. I didn't realize there were "hot" oils that you need to dilute so they don't burn. News to me.

    It sounds like essential oils are the cure for everything. I was a bit reminded of the old medicine guys in the Old West and their elixirs. Still, I think they have value and want to try them. The presentation I went to was by someone from Young Living. They have very good oils (I've heard that from others, not just the presenter). Unfortunately it is a home based business and I just don't want to get involved with that. I did look on Amazon and found I can buy some so I think I will delve into oils that way. I did buy a book on oils so I can learn what each is good for and how best to utilize it (on skin, ingest, mist into the air). I'm glad I went!!
    53 days ago
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