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Bennet Lake--We DID it! All 33 miles....

first sighting of "Deep Lake"

its more of a route than a trail up here


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My Challenge...My doctor advised me to reach the low end (!) of my weight range now that I'm dealing with hip osteoarthritis and sacroiliac joint issues. My goal was for July 2017 to get down to 130lbs. ...

Update:June 2017: 135 now, so my July goal is not going to happen. I'm good with that and I'm still VERY motivated--especially since my knees are "telling me" they are joining the Arthritis Band Wagon. Each pound lost is less pain, less restrictions on what I will be able to do these next years of my Life!!

I monitor my blood glucose: aiming for a high of 140. That's been a challenge--as my fasting reads about 110 now. My Dec A1c was 5.6 though---so I'm pleased, and motivated to keep working on it. Cutting carbs to 25 net per meal helped. It just requires me to be diligent. We do what we must if we choose healthy!!

Like almost everyone, I have health issues lurking in my Life. I picture it as sitting at a campfire with the wolves circling: there's one named Pre-Diabetes, one named Gout; one is Metabolic Syndrome...with its offspring: High Cholesterol and High Blood pressure. ..and these have been in control for some time. And now...Osteoarthritis. As long as I keep throwing "good nutrition" and "exercise" on my fire, I will keep them at bay!

I will remember this is a continuing Journey, not a destination!

In Nov 2015 another Sparker posed a question: What is Life in Recovery look like? After some serious thought, I responded:
Teaching myself that food is for nourishment;
Being pro-active about eating healthy foods before I am hungry;
Learning to recognize the feeling and concept of *Enough* to sustain my body;
Experiencing the personal empowerment of saying "No...I can make a better choice"
Accepting that if I want health, I am choosing to keep living this way...One Decision At A Time....and that this IS a Lifelong Journey!!

My Doctor added some great advice:
Eat veggies first, protein second, carbs last.
Make breakfast larger than lunch; lunch larger than dinner.
Exercise 10 min post meal to keep blood glucose regulated.

all the best to you while you travel in your Journey,

Member Since: 10/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 58,868

My Goals:
Jan 2013: 151
Dec 2013: 142.5 start of 3 foot surgeries...
Dec 2014: 144.1
Dec 2015: 148 (last foot surg Mar 2015)

July 2016: 140.7 Chilkoot Trail Backpack!!
Aug 2016: 135.8
Nov 2016: 137
Dec 2016 --139

Plan to Lose 17lbs:
start: Apr 19 2016: 147
Jan 1 2017: 139.4
Apr 19 2017: 137.5 10lbs gone...
Jun 7, 2017: 135.5 slowly succeeding!
July : 133
Sept: 132
Nov: 130

Its going to be a long slow process requiring Change and Commitment I was strong enough to do that Trail this year, so I KNOW I can make these changes!!
Advice to ponder: On a 1200-1250 calorie range, the gram amounts would be:
40% Carbs: 120-125 grams
30% Protein: 90-94 grams
30% Fat: 40-42 grams

My Program:
Exercise enough to stay healthy as I age, and eat foods that I enjoy and are good for me (for the most part!) :)

Personal Information:
Western Washington
Retired and Lovin' it!.

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"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."

"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
Gandalf: Lord of the Rings

"You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you�d rather be." ( from Kathy--don't know who wrote it)

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch." Coach Jen

"you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view" Obiwan

New Rules: Veggies; then Protein; then Carbs! Exercise 10 min after meal...!

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    I skipped making the pesto. I put the basil in my salads and stew. I was pleasantly surprised to find it at the farmer's market. I've been looking for interesting greens. I eat a ton of salads in the summer. More cooked veggies during the fall/winter.

    going to look for eggplant. I want to make ratouille. yum

    15 hours ago
    Humans are designed to move. This doesn’t mean that you have to kill yourself at the gym. Find a beautiful activity that involves moving. Julianne Soviero
    11 days ago
    Thanks very much for your reply to my tight calves question and for sharing your stretch with me ... really appreciated!
    88 days ago
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    emoticon nice to meet you Patti, have just added you babe emoticon
    93 days ago
  • v MCFITZ2
    That is an older photo when we were still in NYS. I go to pow on Sat. Cost $10 and you get to get a lot of veggies. They determine how much of what. Last week 4 acorn squash, 1 spaghetti, grape tomatoes, roma tomatoes and small slicing tomatoes, green, and red bell pepper, chili peppers, corn on the cob, egg plant , tomatillos and iceberg lettuce.
    So I have made 2 eggplant lasagnas and tomatillo strawberry sauce.
    168 days ago
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