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I am a recently retired 66 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, 281 lbs. I would like to lose 36 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 50 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.

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

I have a six year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a five year old grandson, in addition to our newest family member, a one year old granddaughter.

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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

"You don't know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough." William Blake

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    Thanks for checking in, Anne. I'm doing quite fine, thank you. I was to start cardiac rehab three weeks ago, but just before starting had some surgery in a strategic place. Then, an infection has kept me out. My doctor said, "Don't get sweaty." I plan to return to cardiac rehab next Friday.

    Monday, my son and his family are bringing us their five year old Aussie-doodle. The are moving to Dubai, where my son and daughter-in-law will be working with a large clinic with kids who have Cortical Visual Impairment. So we will gladly get this dog. I'm in the process of trying to fence the yard, but seem to have a dragging-his-feet contractor. Wish me luck.

    How are you doing, Anne? Best to you, Glenn

    19 days ago
    Just checking in on how you are doing. Anne
    19 days ago
    Just stopping by to say HI and see how you are progressing....
    23 days ago
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    27 days ago
    My wife is from Detroit! I've been in WA for over thirty years, before that I lived in Oakland CA. Hope the well ahead is a great one for you both!
    49 days ago
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