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I'm now 62, widowed and in a long term relationship. I'm a mother of four adult children. Two of my sons have Autism. One still lives with us. I'm a retired nurse.

I need to start over. Again. And again. It's been a struggle. I've been away so long and I've missed the support here, very much. Thanks to all of you who kept in touch. I have appreciated you more than you could ever realize.

Last three years have been a series of surgeries and complications ad nauseum. I've been on bedrest most of the time and my muscles are mush, despite trying to at least still use resistance bands a bit while in bed, when able. Naturally I've gained even more weight with inactivity, and at my age it's just going to be harder.

I continue to fight off other health issues, that seem to be in my way. I have not kept up with either diet or exercise. The gastritis is causing problems with diet, and the exercise is not happening often with the infections that keep recurring. The latter really fog my brain, now that I'm older, and I'm in constant pain from several problems.

I just had another birthday. I have to admit that old age is cerainly not for sissies!

Still have chronic gastritis, and I am not sure how to even eat healthy foods anymore, since so many of my dependable diet foods are now verboten. I've been surviving on far too many potatoes and rice, and other high glycemic foods, because they seem to stay down better. I've gained it all back because those make me hungry too soon after eating. My blood sugar rebounds.

I've been changing how I eat for the last several years. I have found that I cannot eat wheat or any gluten products, so no bread, cakes, brownies, cookies, pizza dough. Not unless I make it myself anyway, and it doesn't usually taste the same, so I've gotten used to that, and it doesn't bother me anymore. What does bother me is that I can't eat a lot of things without just getting sick, and I am chronically nauseated. Sometimes I have difficulty telling if I am hungry or sick and I tend to eat when I am feeling nauseated because it settles things, for a while, due to the gastritis. Anyone else wouldn't eat at all, but I'm kind of conditioned to eat at the wrong times. I need to retrain myself.

Now I'm not only GF, I've cut out grains entirely, and the weight is slowly beginning to drop. I don't think I tolerate grains very well. Even rice. After reading that most American rice is contaminated with GMO genes, that may explain why it also makes me feel sick. (If you haven't guessed, I'm vehemently Anti-Monsanto, and have been for decades).

I'm learning to eat clean. Not that I'm a stranger to it, since my son's neurologist told me to not allow any FDA food colorings, (which are petroleum based), Nutrasweet or MSG 16 years ago. That made a huge difference in my shopping and I started having to cook everything from scratch, and reading all labels, anyway.

In the past five years, I've also been eliminating sugar, artificial sweeteners, HFCS, and trans fats from our house. We've been using Stevia for at least 16 years, now, and I've gone pretty much exclusively to using that for the last two years.

I have gastric problems that are now chronic, probably mostly from my prolonged intolerance of wheat. Because of that I have to be very cautious of what I am eating. I also found that, because of these and the medications used to control them, most of the problems that I have had for the past several years are from malnutrition. I need certain vitamins and CoQ10, so I've spent a lot of time researching these and I now take a lot of supplements that help with the pain a great deal. I think they're also keeping me alive.

Two weeks ago, my boyfriend consented to try eliminating grains from the house. Entirely. His, too. And he's a grain addict. This gives me control over what my son eats, too, because he's a grazer and since the surgeries he's ballooned to 320 lbs, and that scares me. So he's on this path with me, like it or not, and just not having things available for him to raid is probably the best path. I just keep out lots of fresh veggies and fat free yogurt for him to snack on. He's losing, too! But my boyfriend is the biggest surprise. He lost 17 lbs just the first week, on no breads, no cereals, no grains of any kind. And we feel so much better. It's not even low carb because we are eating plenty of fruit and even some veggies occasionally that are high GI index, like potatoes. We have sweet potatoes. We have grapes and melons and corn and beans. We're not hurting for food at all.

I did cut full fat dairy, too. We drink 1% milk. We do eat small amounts of low fat and fat free cheeses, including Laughing Cow, which my son loves on celery. Not everything is organic, yet. I'm working on that.

I'm able to do some gardening this year. I hope I can continue. It's something I think is important for our health, and for the exercise. I was so ill right through April, and did not think I would ever be able to garden again, but it ended up I had yet another infection going on. That finally cleared up and I'm feeling much better and putting in some work, even though I'm not supposed to be lifting much, yet.

This is not just a way to lose weight.
It is a way to gain health.

This time, I'm not going to be posting very often. I will drop in when I weigh and sometimes I'll check in, but I found that I end up sitting too much on the computer, because you are all such lovely, wonderful people. I would love to catch up with everyone but I get caught up and I can't sit that long. It's really not good for my vascular problems. I do better with my leg in the air when others would usually sit. So I'm trying to do that.

Rededicating myself... yet again! Learning to take care of myself and those I love in 2013!

Member Since: 4/1/2007

Fitness Minutes: 3,514

My Goals:
Improved health and weight loss.
BTW, the ticker is just because goal #1 is now to lose what I have gained since surgery. Just taking baby steps, here. Breaking things down into managable goals.

My Program:
Using the nutritional page and logging in everything I eat.
I need to use the exercise program as much as possible, too.
I'm trying to utilize McKenna methods as well as tapping and visualization to help me attain my goals.

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I'm interested in alternative medicine, beads, jewelry making, wire wrapping, crystals, animals of all kinds, reading, arts, crafts, House MD, Heroes, Dexter, Gray's Anatomy, and so many other things...

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Being fat is hard. Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight is hard. Choose your hard.
(Meredith from the 100-plus club)

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  • v JIBBIE49
    emoticon Happy Holidays emoticon
    It looks to me like you haven't been here in a long time. (Maybe I'm wrong.) Restarting January 1, 2015 would be a great day for you. Our health is what matters most. Hope to see you then. emoticon
    2272 days ago
    It's to bad we don't live closer to each other. We could start our own garden club. Hope we can meet each other. I can come down to your house, or like you said, find an in between spot. That would be fun.
    Dennis planted Corn, Carrots, and Onion seeds today. He expanded the garden this year, so he finished putting up the fencing in the new area to keep the dogs out. He thinks he will grow the Melons in that area. I will take a pic tomorrow for my blog. It was overcast here today, cooler, with a breeze. I have to admit I have become very spoiled this winter with our unusually warm weather. So today I was disappointed it was coolish. Then I thought, "your not getting tons of snow, so be quiet" lol.
    I was wondering if the Hummer that was here everyday made a nest. I rarely see it now. They do like silky type of stuff for their nest. The nest of a Hummer amazes me. It is so tiny. They can become very aggressive if you walk near their nest. Years ago I had a Hummer chase me back into the house. I didn't know the nest was in our tree, and started to walk under the limb the nest was in. It went crazy lol. Have a good day tomorrow.
    2544 days ago
    Of course it's snowing now as I write this, but on Sunday, when I biked and ran? We were having one of those "break" weekends... high's in the 70's! It was wonderful.

    Thing is, when you live in a place that does Winter, you learn to USE the unseasonably warm days when they happen!

    p.s. I'm fine... hope you're well!
    2544 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2014 8:40:26 PM
    It's about 80 miles from your place to here, 1 1/2 hrs. I will look around as well!
    2546 days ago
    If you find a gardening group, let me know! emoticon
    2547 days ago
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