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Hi, I'm Chris, I'm 65, divorced, and live in a country town in western Victoria, Australia. For way too long I've ignored the fact that I'm not eating properly, or getting enough exercise, and that the reason I'm so tired all the time is because those bad habits are taking their toll on my body. Late November 2014, I joined our town's branch of the T.O.W.N.(Take Off Weight Naturally) Club , on the recommendation of my doctor. Each week we weigh in, each week we have to stand and tell the others in the group whether we've put on or lost weight, and how much. Following the meeting the club makes a point of visiting a local coffee shop for morning tea, as proof that life doesn't have to be without enjoyment, just because we are trying to lose our excess weight. I was a member of Spark People quite some time ago, and because there is no structured diet as such with TOWN Club, I decided to keep track of what I eat and drink here on Spark People, so I could get some idea of where I'm at nutritionally.

Member Since: 11/26/2014

Fitness Minutes: 34,546

My Goals:
I need to -
- eat good, clean, healthy foods
- eat within my recommended nutritional guidelines daily.
- exercise each and every day - no excuses - either or indoors or out of doors.
- drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
- remember I am the one who is responsible for my health, weight and fitness level, no one else.

My Program:
1. Attend my local T.O.W.N. Club meetings each week.
2. Plan and log meals, exercise and water here on Spark People.
3. Be honest, admit the times I went wrong, and be happy with the times I did something right.

Personal Information:
I'm Chris, I live with my three dogs and elderly cat in a small town in western Victoria, Australia.
I'm 63 and my body is definitely reminding me of how badly I've treated it over too many years, with very little exercise and way too much junk food.
This stops NOW!

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Anything you would like to know about me, please feel free to ask.

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  • v LORIANNA62
    Thanks for the comment on my blog! I'm the opposite of you - meat and potatoes, but very few fruits and veggies, usually. Things they are a changing!


    2322 days ago
  • v LORIANNA62
    Merry Christmas, Chris! Thanks so much for your long, newsy note. Glad you got your wifi fixed! I hate SO MUCH when the computer is acting up.

    I'm so impressed that you walk to do your shopping!!! I'm so glad you are in this for the long haul. I know it's the only way to go - lifestyle change. I'm really sorry I've wasted so much time to get to this point, but better late than never.

    I laughed at your description of the three dogs. Sounds like a challenge. So nice of you to take your friends' dog. We also have two dogs - 1 will be 12 in April (Shiloh) and 1 is almost three (Edgar). Shiloh is big, calm and regal and Edgar is just the opposite - little, energetic and feisty. Kind of like a street urchin vs. royalty. We got Edgar as a puppy a couple years ago for free and when he arrived Shiloh just wanted to be left alone, but Edgar was determined to harass him continually. We ended up getting Edgar a shock collar because Shiloh was so distressed he couldn't keep his food down. Luckily we didn't ever have to shock Edgar - he was startled enough on the "vibrate" setting to stop his bad behavior. Now they're great pals and I think Edgar is helping to keep Shiloh young. Edgar will race back and forth across the room and Shiloh will stand in the middle of the room, turning back and forth as Edgar goes past, trying to catch him. It's really funny.

    Had a bad yesterday - depressed. I'm sure it's sugar withdrawal because there wasn't anything in my circumstances to cause it. I stuck it out and didn't have any sugar and today I'm back to feeling awesome, so I'm so glad.

    I googled "time in Victoria, Australia" and it told me it's 2:45 am Christmas morning there, so Merry Christmas! It's 10:00 am Christmas eve, here, so I still have plenty of time. Which is good because I've got several things left to do. I, too, haven't been real concerned this year for some reason. I had a ton of fun day before yesterday making labels for the kids' Christmas candy for their stockings. I found ideas on Pinterest for "reindeer poop" (malted milk balls), "snowman poop" (white chocolate chips), "chill pills" (candy to take when you're stressed), etc. You can see pictures of the finished product on my page in the pictures section.

    I hope you have a wonderful, healthy, blessed day. emoticon emoticon


    2326 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/24/2014 11:07:38 AM
  • v LORIANNA62
    Thank you SO much for being my friend here. It makes ALL the difference.

    That's awesome that you are now doing your shopping on foot. That's huge. How far do you have to walk to get there? Glad the fairy dust is continuing to motivate. emoticon

    I think I've FINALLY figured out the fitness thing just in the last couple days and I'm so excited. I realized that I've done too much too fast in the past so I get too sore and quit right away. This time I set my treadmill to 2 mph (not even really a walk, more a stroll). My thinking is that anything is better than just sitting on the couch. Plus it's two-fold. I'm not sitting still AND I'm not eating! I started with half an hour while I watched one of my favorite TV shows. It's like I'm not even exercising. I'll increase the time first, and then gradually increase the speed. My goal is to use TV as an incentive. I want to get to the point that I will never watch TV without being on the treadmill.

    It's so cool because this time back I feel really different. Like I'm REALLY going to succeed for the long haul this time. Very cool.

    Have a wonderful day, my friend. I'm spending my day today getting ready for Christmas. I'm afraid I've left too many things for the last minute. Ooops.
    2328 days ago
  • v LORIANNA62
    Hi Chris - I just wanted to come by and say "hello" and I hope you're having a wonderful day. emoticon Lori
    2328 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/21/2014 10:33:57 PM
  • v ARTJAC
    2329 days ago
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