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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, 290 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: 5,155

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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    thanks! she's physically fine, thank goodness. but we all know what stress does to the body. It will take time, but she gets better every day.

    Thanks again.
    6 days ago
    thanks for reading my blog so happy you didn't get the rain you were waiting for
    7 days ago
    It's great to hear from you, Glenn!

    I'm still a firm believer in low carb as a long term lifestyle. My understanding of how and why it works has grown over the years, and my conclusion is that low carb is good for us because real, natural food is typically pretty low in carbs and real, natural food is also typically good for us.

    I've read Wheat Belly and I think he's done his research well. Refined flours from grain seeds are relatively new to the human diet, are high in starch (which is essentially just sugar) and low in nutritional value.

    And, as Dr. Davis points out, there are additional downsides to grains, particularly the weird hybrids that we have available now. What little nutrition wheat EVER offered is even less now. Gluten and gliadin are poorly tolerated in many people.

    Another doctor who looks closely at the problems many of us have with grains is Dr. David Perlmutter, whose first book Grain Brain expands on Dr. Davis' work to look at the larger picture of how the gut and the brain are connected and how grains negatively affect brain health as well as gut health.

    I'd encourage you to browse our Living Low Carb team. It's very active and there are a lot of success stories as well as works-in-progress. Support and information is pretty critical when you're contemplating a major lifestyle change, and the team has a lot of knowledge and experience. And we're always happy to welcome new members!
    9 days ago
    Thanks for that Glenn...
    My friend who is on it is loving it but I will be watching her closely when she gets to the weight she wants to be at to see how she maintains it all.....
    there is nnothing more depressing than to put ones weight back on and some...
    am tired of doing that....
    20 days ago
  • v MARYANN2323
    You can have all the fun you want Glenn......so long as food isn't involved! lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    20 days ago
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