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Out to dinner recently.

That's me in the red shirt with my 3 kiddoes around my new firepit my "wrestling" baby gave me for

Christmas Eve.


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You could say I am spoiled. I have always "watched" my weight and worked to maintain my short (5' 2") curvy figure, give or take a few pounds here or there. These last 18 or so years I gradually gained about 30 pounds, but I developed a glib attitude that I am thinner than many people my age, so eat dessert first! As I near age 60, I am forced to admit that the 30 pounds really do not feel very good, and that my prideful self would really prefer to be thin again.

To complicate matters, I have self-studied all kinds of nutritional theories. I first became a student of Dr. Atkins' low-carb, high protein strategies in the early 1970's and never really bought into the low-fat, artificial sweetener "diet" (aspartame) trend that developed shortly after that.

Then, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 1990's and we had heard about macrobiotic diets having success in curing cancer. The Internet was infantile then, so we scrounged up any information we could on macrobiotics, eating as organically, purely, healthfully, vegetarian, naturally, etc. as we could. We just about starved ourselves to death, and unfortunately, the cancer still thrived and mom lost her life at age 61 after 16 months. Let's just say I lost my "taste" for healthy eating at that point, and that is when I put on my 20 - 30 pounds. Coincidentally, I gave birth to my 3rd child, turned 40, and moved to Georgia that year. Never could make up my mind what to blame it on ;-)

These last 18 years I have half-heartedly tried various diets, plans, supplements, regimes, routines, trackers to get a grip on my health and ultimately my weight. I have not found a "trick" yet that works. I did give up lunch for Lent one year and lost 20 pounds that I was able to keep off for about 18 months, but I haven't been able to duplicate that effort since.

This much I know, I do not wish to look like I am 20 . Gone are the days of joining the gym as more than a few annual memberships have gone idle, and hour upon hour of cardio exercise make me stark raving hungry (now proven to be true), and I have no heart for brutal weight-lifting workouts. Some weight workout upstairs, a little bit of treadmill and my fitbit are more my speed these days. All I want to is feel good, minimize my nutritional shortcomings, maximize my health, and look good for my age.

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