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My name is Lew. I'm 71 yrs. old and happily married. I joined Sparkpeople in January 2012, use the trackers each day, and participate in Spark Teams. This program is working for me and I'm getting healthier. It will work for you if you work it in a way that you can maintain over time.

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My vision is to change my lifestyle to a healthier one. I have gotten my weight back to 170 pounds, from 205, and have maintained ...
My name is Lew. I'm 71 yrs. old and happily married. I joined Sparkpeople in January 2012, use the trackers each day, and participate in Spark Teams. This program is working for me and I'm getting healthier. It will work for you if you work it in a way that you can maintain over time.

My Vision Statement

My vision is to change my lifestyle to a healthier one. I have gotten my weight back to 170 pounds, from 205, and have maintained that for five months as of this update. I was up to 205 but I had gotten it down some before I got the Spark. I have improved my physical condition and will continue working that as long as I'm capable. I wanted to do this to be better able to take care of my family, be able to do more with my 10 year old grandson, and continue to be a positive example for my children and grandchildren. I have come a long way in that department.

I want to have more strength, endurance, and a healthier Cholesterol level. Specifically, I will keep my Cholesterol level below 200 and get off Lipitor by 2013. UPDATE 8/12: I'm off Lipitor and one other medication I was taking. I will be able to walk 5 miles 3 times per week and complete a full body workout 3 times per week, all without exhausting myself by Sept. 4, 2012. UPDATE 8/12: I'm there

I will achieve this vision with calorie intake control, more healthy eating habits, aerobic exercise, strength training, and perseverance. Walking will be my main aerobic exercise because of my left knee problem. Strength training will be with dumbbells and restricted to those exercises that don't stress my shoulders. Success is dependent on the understanding that failure to meet a daily or weekly goal, and it will happen, does not signal failure of the vision. Setbacks will be opportunities to learn and improve the program. The journey will be as long as it takes and success is the only option.

UPDATE 11/30/12: I've been on maintenance for 5 months now, holding at my target weight, and I know that to avoid regressing I have to stay with the program that got me here. That's Sparkpeople with all the tracking and community involvement that keeps me focused.

If I don't do it, who will?

Lew Newby
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Member Since: 1/3/2012

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My Goals:
Be successful in a lifestyle change that will endure beyond the weight loss.

My Program:
I usually eat my normal high fiber breakfast with Yogurt. I eat various things for lunch and dinner keeping my calories within the goal parameters most days. I try to exercise daily and do a strength training program doing dumbbell and floor exercises with accommodations made for physical limitations.

I reached my weight loss goal, 170 lbs, at the end of July 2012. My BMI is 22.5 and my body fat percentage is about 18%. My waist measurement has dropped from 40" to 35". I no longer need the cholesterol lowering drug nor the acid reflux drug I was taking.

I started this journey at 205 lbs. with a BMI of 27 over 2 years ago. I joined Sparkpeople 7 months ago weighing 192 lbs.

I am far from finished in this transformation. My next focus will be on getting at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day while maintaining my workout program. I will also focus on introducing more complex carbohydrates into my diet while getting my fat grams consistently into the

Personal Information:
I'm 70 yrs. of age and married my high school sweetheart 48 years ago. My interests are God, Family, BBQ and grilling, fishing, and woodworking.

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BOILHAM
10/28/2012 12:04:34 PM

Thanks Lew, for the nice comment on my blog.



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RAD062010
10/27/2012 2:06:51 PM

Thanks for the Add and the comment.

I enjoyed your blog.... Keep up the good work/words.....:-)



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MDBUTTERFLY
10/24/2012 7:57:03 AM

Thank you for your comment on my blog yesterday Lew! Having the support of you and those like you is priceless ans such a help to me on the journey. Have a beautiful day my friend! emoticon



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10/23/2012 8:01:24 AM

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Just cruising through leaving everyone with some motivational thoughts for today:

“Believe in yourself! Have fait in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

“Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are & are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.” ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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MDBUTTERFLY
10/20/2012 5:40:02 PM

Hope youre having a wonderful weekend Lew! emoticon



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