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At 77 I have tried numerous diets and it seems that the only way that a "diet" will work is if it isn't called a diet, but a healthy food plan. I've tried everything else - loss of weight will aid my arthritis at least.
At 77 I have tried numerous diets and it seems that the only way that a "diet" will work is if it isn't called a diet, but a healthy food plan. I've tried everything else - loss of weight will aid my arthritis at least.

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My Goals:
For me, a weight loss would mean less strain on my joints, blood pressure, and ability to exercise on a regular basis. But - perhaps important also, my clothes are getting tight and I refuse to go up a size!

My Program:
Tracking my meals seems to be the magic item for me. I can't believe how much I didn't know. Also, drinking more water than Tonic, and perhaps as important as tracking, having no chocolate, cookies and other sweets in the house. I'm never hungry enough for them to go out to the store and buy them.

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I have been an office clerk, a switchboard operator, a long-distance operator, a grad student, a nun, a teacher, secondary school, college. Then having left the community, I was a teacher, a receptionist again, an understudy for the secutities dept. manager of a large insurance company, the author of a pet column for a little newsletter, had a private shelter for over 15 years, mostly for cats, was a (horse) ring and farm call photographer and a personal aid assistent. Now, retired, I am teaching again but on a one to one basis. I get great delight in helping adults to read and write.

Lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, New York and Florida. And, yes, I've been around the internet and nowhere have I found a website that is so full of important information and warm and welcoming people. I must say "Thanks for being there".

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I have found that living in the moment has changed my life. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow hasn't come yet. All we can really count on is this one precious moment. I am learning to concentrate on the moment I have - so my suggestion for you who take the time to read this is Stay in the Now.

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9/16/2014 11:41:10 PM

Oh Meri, you are so sweet. I too am going to try be better at getting and then staying focused on my health.

We really SHOULD make plans to meet some day!
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7/17/2014 12:01:17 PM

Just a note to say emoticon . Hope you are doing well.

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6/9/2014 6:01:15 PM

Merl; Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Yes I can do this. I will do extra walking and other fitness that does not require using my arm/shoulder. Lots of lower body videos out there. There are some that I can do. I know not to push that shoulder do not want surgery on it again. Hugs and take care.

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6/6/2014 5:33:55 PM

Hi Meri; hope things are going well for you. Thank you for comments about my blog Motivation slipping. My eating habits are not as good as they should be. Seems like I eat too many carbs and am usually lo in protein and calcium. Sodium is another problem. But I will not give up, I can and will do this. Shoulder is giving me problems right now but will see Doctor on Monday. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed week-end. Hugs Pat

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5/26/2014 1:34:48 AM

Hi Meri,
I'm back in business and I was back reading and didn't see you on site any time in the recent past. I hope all is well with you.

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