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I am a recently retired 62 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but back and leg problems keep me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk short distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I am 6'3" and now, 284 lbs. I would like to lose 59 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I started on the Mediterranean diet. It is ...
I am a recently retired 62 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but back and leg problems keep me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk short distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I am 6'3" and now, 284 lbs. I would like to lose 59 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I started on the Mediterranean diet. It is one of the better diets for heart health, diabetes prevention, and lower inflammatory problems. Also, hopefully it will help me lose weight. However, my basic eating guidelines came from Spark radio. There are two of them: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat till you are satisfied, not full. By using this credo, I have been able to gradually take off weight.

I too believe in exercise for health. That is why I'm starting on a walking challenge on 1/31/2014. There is nothing I know of that contributes to overall wellbeing than good fitness. Coming in a close second, is reducing ones stress level. Meditation can help considerably, but sometimes, it takes drastic changes in one's life circumstance to really get to reknow that relaxed self that we all have somewhere in us.

Though I'm not much of a laugher, I do value a sense of humor. In the coming year, I hope to see more comedies, possibly read some witty things, lighten up and smile more. I have a new objective. For every five pounds I lose, I can buy anew comedy DVD. That will build up my collection of funny stuff for a while. Fitness can really help people feel better from the inside out.
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My Goals:
My goals are to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again.

So far, as of 1/31/2014, I am 23 pounds down. 59 to go.



My Program:
New eating guidelines will be to follow the Meidterranean style of eating. This includes the foods of Southern Italy, Greece and the Middle East This is a low meat diet where whole grains and fruits and vegetables make up most of the carbs.

Also, walking every other day always, and renewed membership at the gym, where I will be focusing mostly on leg strengthening and some aerobics.

And I hope to get in some nature walks, for the pure joy of walking. I might fit in few bike rides too, in scenic areas.



Personal Information:
I live in a wooded area outside of Olympia, Washington and am an early retiree.

I have a two year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a one year old grandson.

Other Information:
I recently found this quote, and it speaks to me: "Live all you can: It's a mistake not to."

Another: "Some people dream about success. Others wake up and work hard at it."

And: "Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching."
Satchel Paige



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JUDITH316
4/18/2014 5:13:44 AM

Good Morning Glenn

Dropping by to wish you a Blessed Easter Weekend and share a special Easter Poem....

Easter Means Eternal Life

A perfect God demands a perfect justice;
He cannot let us get away with sin.
We used Godís gift of our free will to trespass,
So heavenís gates were closed; we couldnít get in.

Our sin required our blood, a sacrifice,
To atone for all the wrongs that we had done.
"But I love them!" cried our Father, filled with sorrow;
"Iíll send my only Son to be the one."

Good Friday marks the slaying of our Jesus,
The unblemished lamb, the perfect sacrifice.
He took our guilt and blame upon Himself,
So we could be with Him in paradise.

On Easter morning, he came back from death;
He vanished from the tomb, the empty grave.
His resurrection means eternal life
For us, the ones he came to earth to save.

This summarizes all the Easter story
And because of it, weíll be with Him in glory.

By Joanna Fuchs



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ICECUB
4/17/2014 10:16:20 AM

HI GLEN, THE GYM SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA. WE HAVE A PLANET FITNESS I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT JOINING. ALSO WELCOME BACK.

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GREENGENES
4/17/2014 9:17:20 AM

Hi Glenn,

Welcome back!

Sounds like you have a good plan and it's a good idea to wait on a fitness tracker until you know what you want to do with it. It's a lot like how I approach my teaching. What I do is based on my learning objectives, not what technology I have available. My fitness plan is pretty diverse but walking is a big part of it and the Fitbit works well with everything I do so it helps me accomplish my fitness objectives. It even seems pretty accurate which my peddling when I ride my bike.

I also use the sleep counter but not all the time (mostly because I forget to start the sleep timer :-). For measuring sleep with the Fitbit One, you wear it on your wrist with a strap which works pretty well. I wear it all the time because I love the silent alarm feature. It is a much nicer way to wake up than a loud blaring alarm and it doesn't disturb my wife (although I think she could sleep through just about anything). The way it measures sleep is simply by sensing movement. It has a timing mechanism that you can use for timing workouts or timing sleep. When you start the timer is senses when you stop moving and records that as when you start to sleep and when you move during the night it will sense that and record it as "wake" time. In a typical 6 or 7 hour sleep I will "wake" 7 to 10 times but I usually don't recall waking. I recently discussed this with a colleague who studies sleep (using flies as a model - very cool stuff) and it all has to do with the stages of sleep. When you are in the deeper stages of sleep you won't move but you will move in the shallower stages of sleep even though you are not really awake. I've noticed that when I actually wake during the night the length of the time it records being awake is longer so I can tell the difference between waking up and just moving in my sleep.



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PAULOBRY
4/17/2014 7:21:48 AM

Glenn,
The Fitbit was instrumental in getting off the couch and walking. Mine tracked stairs so I made trips up and down at work. Also tracked sleep which turned out to be a big improvement.

Despite all the good things, I have yet to replace it since it got washed. That's because I took the walking and turned up the heat to a running program.

So, similar to what you said, I now have a trigger (running logs) that keep the consistency up. Keep up the good fight!



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RUN4FOOD
4/17/2014 6:59:50 AM

Understand your thoughts about buying a fitness tracker.
As long as you have a good focus on what you want to do and you follow through on a consistent basis you'll reach your goals no matter what tech item you might have or not have.



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