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June 22 2019 at starting weight of 301 pounds

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In 2016 while going through a divorce I wound up on the hospital for 10 days, seven of them in intensive care, with heart failure and Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). When I went in I weighed 287 pounds. When I got out, I started going to cardiac health physical therapy. I started exercising on a treadmill and stationary bike. As I started feeling better, I began speeding up and walking for longer periods of time. Eventually I got up to 2 miles per day and even did a 10 mile walk across town one weekend. I also changed my eating habits, carefully weighing and measuring and recording everything I ate and drank. Over a period of 5 1/2 months I lost 60 pounds. But, it was taking so many hours every day between walking and planning and preparing food and on and on. Eventually I got weary of the bland diet and limited daily options and the walking got mundane instead of a joyful celebration of success over my weight and poor health.

Bad habits returned. I started spending more and more time playing games on the computer and watching TV and less and less time on eating right and exercise. Before I realized it, I was gaining weight again.

It is now two years and eight months later. This morning when I stepped on the scale, I was over 300 pounds for the first time in my life. So, today I'm starting again. I want to get to 160. I also want to hike the Appellation Trail. Right now, that is a seemingly impossible dream of youth, but I've put it on my bucket list, because the alternative is kicking the bucket.

Member Since: 6/22/2019

Fitness Minutes: 1,554

My Goals:
I have started this program today with a 2-pound-per-week goal and a 160 pound maintenance weight.

My Program:
I am a heart unhealthy, diabetic with insulin injections, 66 year old vegetarian. I'm going to try to keep my daily caloric intake at 1440 to 1690 cals. The vegetarian part is the hardest because all vegetables, even the best ones, are more carbs than protein. Legumes, nuts, and to a much lesser extent, some grains all provide protein, but trying to get a recommended balance of carbs and proteins on a meatless, birdless, fishless diet was difficult last time. I have no expectations that it will be any easier this time. It is not bad enough that the balance is difficult to find, but in our modern supermarkets, finding the right things is ever more frustrating. I have to eat the same fresh food for a week at a time because you can't put together healthy meals without needing more of every ingredient that one person needs, so I can't get a variety or else I have to pay for fresh vegetables to go bad. Shopping is not fun to me. Cooking for one is not easy. And I really LIKE being lazy now

Personal Information:
I am a retired computer technician. I also lay claim to being a shipfitter who worked on nuclear submarines. In high school I thought I wanted to be a writer. In college I thought I wanted to be a preacher/minister. What I became was a shipfitter who was curious about computers and who taught myself how to program personal desktops when they started showing up on my bosses' desks in the 70's. Over the years I sort of migrated from working jobs on the submarines to maintaining and upgrading the office PCs and teaching my bosses how to use them. The more I learned about computers and networking, the more famous my reputation became until I was rewarded with a promotion from Journeyman Shipfitter to Information Management Officer.

I have two daughters, both grown and on their own, and six grandchildren. I'm divorced and single and likely to remain so for the rest of my life. I was married three times and learned many valuable lessons from those relationships. The most important l

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When I was in high school wanting to become a writer, I used the pen name "Bruce the Beloved". When I was transferred from submarines in the California Bay Area to an Army computer network in Denver, Colorado, I began referring to myself as "The Denver Badger". Now I'm retired and live in Georgia, so I guess it makes more sense to go back to being Bruce the Beloved.

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