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I am a recently retired 65 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but back and leg problems have in the past kept me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk shorter distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I am 6'4" and now, 285 lbs. I would like to lose 40 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of Mediterranean foods. 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 started working out at the gym on 4/13/2014. 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 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 a new 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.

Member Since: 3/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,282

My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 42 lbs, and did get moving.

My Program:
New eating guidelines will be to eat only when hungry, and eat only till satisfied, not full.

Also, working out at the gym three days per week, where I am focusing on overall body 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.

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

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

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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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    I don't check my SparkPage very often so I missed a couple of your comments. Things are going well. I just got "too busy" and slipped away for a while. Still working on finding the right balance. I really benefit from the tracking and enjoy the regular contact with Sparkfriends so I keep coming back. No new projects but I am putting a lot of effort into public engagement with science events. In this day and age it is too important not to.
    18 hours ago
  • v ICECUB
    1 day ago
    HMMMMM. you are sounding just like me Glenn....

    I loved stacking up the points each day....now i don't actually care....
    Like you I will be here occassionally.....

    4 days ago
    Not sure i have "retired" persay./....lol
    Have just reached the age where the govt pays me...woohoo...enjoying that....lol

    8 days ago
  • v KAREN608
    Find myself busy for a few days. Wish me luck, I need it. Did well eating less today. Hard to get back in the right groove. I've been doing mini videos with my phone on youtube. Cat features highly as she is cute. name on there is karen4you ...world's shortest videos almost ha ha. Hope things are going smoothly for you both. We had windstorm/rain but tornadoes were south of us! Really messed up people's lives and in Michigan power out for days I hear from another youtuber.
    17 days ago
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