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I am a recently retired 63 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, 286 lbs. I would like to lose 61 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of ...
I am a recently retired 63 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, 286 lbs. I would like to lose 61 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.
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Member Since: 3/9/2011

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My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 21 lbs, and did get moving. I have been regularly attending the gym for about 6 weeks now.

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.



Personal Information:
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.

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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4EVERNESS
9/18/2014 10:17:01 PM

As for vanity, Ecclesiastes 1:2,3 :)

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4EVERNESS
9/18/2014 10:05:31 PM

Oops. You took the defensive, when that particular comment was not directed or intended for you personally. Sorry for the misunderstanding. However, when muscle actually weighs more than fat, it is sometimes difficult to ascertain which is which in the process you described. Ever remember growing up, boys claiming they were stocky or it's all muscle with the flab hanging over the belt? I heard way too many of those excuses as a kid...like with too many fems that weren't, being 'big boned'...



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LOFLLAMA
9/18/2014 8:28:24 AM

That's just it. Encouragement goes way further than punishment!!!



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LOFLLAMA
9/18/2014 7:27:55 AM

I'm doing much better, Glenn. Thanks for asking. I was teasing you about being an antique kid. I think the living in the now concept should be maintained throughout one's life. It sure would have saved me a lot of worry & angst!

What do you think about therapy for kids as part of their education. Coping skills, assertiveness v. aggression, self-esteem? I think we need to go about things different. This 'rehabilitating' people after they hurt someone just seems like the wrong approach to me. How about we avoid it in the first place???



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SYDLETZIII
9/18/2014 12:00:50 AM

It took me two years to find the write combination that worked, be patient and don't give up. The only person who has to be happy is you



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