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New Motivation...New Challenge...New Goal!! My doctor wants me to get to the low end (!) of my weight range now that I'm dealing with hip osteoarthritis and sacroiliac joint issues. My goal is a 17 lbs loss, which realistically is going to take me into July 2017 to get there. But I am accepting his challenge!!
((Update: Aug 2017: 10 lbs done!! now the hard work commences...!))

My Doctor suggested I self monitor my blood glucose. Discovered my fasting glucose average is 103! So, starting there, its a pretty small window to aim for a peak BG 140. Cutting carbs a moderate amount to 25 net per meal seems to be working. 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!!
all the best to you while you travel in your Journey,

Member Since: 10/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 50,770

My Goals:
Jan 2013: 151
Dec 2013: 142.5 start of 3 foot surgeries...
Dec 2014: 144.1
Dec 2015: 148 last foot surg in Mar 2015
July 2016: 140.7 Chilkoot Trail Backpack!!
Aug 2017--lowest weight yet: 135.8--now to keep it there....

Plan to Lose 17lbs:
start: Apr 19 2016: 147
Apr: 145
May: 143 end of May: 144.2
Jun: 141 -- June 15 141.4; Jun 22 141.7 Jun 30 141.3
Jul: 139 --July 10: 142.5 July 26 140.7
Aug: 138 Aug 8: 138.8 Aug 17: 137.0 (little happy dance!)
Sept: 137
Oct: 136
Nov: 135
Dec: 134
Feb: 133
Apr: 132
Jun: 131
JULY 2017: 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!!

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!) :)

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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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  • v DALMOM2007
    Thanks for thinking of me...just for you, on my blog page, I posted pics of the pups. I'll try to be back later today to see what all you've been up to this summer.

    4 days ago
    Amen and yes it is!


    - Nancy Jean -
    4 days ago
  • v MASHLEIGH1964
    Good morning. Thank you for answering my questions about how often to weigh myself. I appreciate your feedback.
    19 days ago
  • v MCFITZ2
    Why thank you for the offer. I must decline. The cost of water is a eye opener. After being on our own well and now having to pay for it. Oh if I were still at our Horton Rd house with my Front loader I would consider it. Renting I only have a top load agitator.
    27 days ago
    Thank you for the comments on my blog.

    I take another supplement from the peoples chemist called daily dose it has "Boswellia" in it along with Tumeric and and Bromeloin (found also in pineapple) which is great I did not mention that in my blog perhaps I should have.

    Thanks so much for your suggestions, I will look at them all carefully.

    Have an awesome weekend.

    Take care, Paula emoticon
    48 days ago
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