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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 is 130 at the end of 2017.

Update: Dec 1: 130 isn't going to happen on my original time frame. 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!! And now I'm dealing with neck arthritis... so a new phase to learn to live with. Acupuncture was so-so results...but the Physical therapist visit was REALLY good. He taught me a lot about what to avoid based on what my xrays show...and has me working on loosening the facet joints. Fingers crossed that I can manage it without too many pain meds...!

I monitor my blood glucose: aiming for a high of 140. That's been a challenge--as my fasting reads about 110 now. My June A1C was 5.8 though---so I'm pleased, and motivated to keep working on it. Cutting carbs to 25 net per meal WILL help---I've been averaging 30-35 so a little too high. 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: 63,068

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
Jul 26, 2017:134.9 GAPCO done!!
Aug 15, 2017: 134.4
Sept 13, 2017: 133.1
Oct 1, 2017: 133.7
Dec 1 2017: 135.8 still 12 lbs down, and six to go, so good reason to celebrate.
Jan; 134
Mar: 132
May: 130 a long slow journey...

Its going to be require Change and Commitment I was strong enough to do the Chilkoot Trail in 2016, and GAPCO in 2017, 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 didn't know how long the dog had been outside and it was chilly and windy outside. I have watched one TV show where a woman rescued mainly pitbulls. She used hot dogs.

    A man pulled up in a car and grabbed the dog by its collar and put it in the sun porch area of the house across the street. I went over there last night because I didn't know if the man went further into the house.

    We have a new neighbor and I didn't know there was a dog there. He said the man that pulled up in the car was the dog's former owner and that he was friends with him. The dog broke free from a lead that the guy puts on him when he is going to be gone a short while. I think he said he put him in the back yard. I wouldn't tie an animal out if I wasn't going to be home. There are too many that would tease the dog like that girl in the group of teenagers did.

    Anyway, it all turned out well for the dog and owner.
    11 days ago
    Thank you for the suggestions. Many are getting a sinusitis and bronchitis together and whatever strain it is, it is bad.

    My body is sensitive to pressure changes and I can feel the arthritis in some of my joints. I am hoping to avoid any sickness.
    12 days ago
    I like being out West. Much has changed from the way things used to be. It is so beautiful, but rugged too.

    At one rest stop there was a dirt road up over a hill and yellow signs that said, "Rattlesnakes are native to this area." I have seen two in Maryland and did not want to run into one while on a trip.

    There are quite a few videos online about Lane Frost. One of his friends, Tuff Hederman, named one of his son's after Lane.
    12 days ago
    Your pictures are beautiful and fantastic job on your progress!
    22 days ago
    Awwwww..... thanks for the good wishes.
    While the bone fragment is in my foot, it actually broke off a proximal phalanx. With the walking boot, it was easier to say broken foot, as most toes are not booted!
    In the meantime, no spinning, and I miss it so!
    38 days ago
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