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02/21/21: Hi, I am Janette. I will turn 61 years old the middle of this April. I live in Escondido, CA.

I started My Fitness Pal 05/12/2013, and Spark People the next day, at 170 pounds. I joined several other weight loss and exercise sites and groups since then. I got down to 140 pounds soon after joining the sites while I was training to run my first and only 5 K in Sept of 2013. Something that I would have never thought of ever trying before I started this journey. Since I am asthmatic and have never been really athletic because of it, and other health issues. I had old and new health issues bothering me before and after that race. So I stopped all high impact exercise sometime after that race at the guidance of my doctors. As I was having too much health problems from my Scoliosis that was getting worse with the running and Zumba. And issues with my liver, kidneys and spleen too.

On April 1, 2014 I started the Dash Diet at 144.8 pounds. My weight bounced back up as soon as I went on that diet, and I had started adding more dairy, fruits, grains and such back into my diet like my doctors wanted me to do. So I started playing with it and was doing better. But then I had health problem after health problem, and started to put weight back on. And with going back to work in 2016, I was having a hard time with it too. So I have been working more on just maintaining, and not so much concentrating on losing. I have maintained around 160 since going back to work in 2016.

Member Since: 5/13/2013

Fitness Minutes: 173,781

My Goals:
To feel better health wise.

To look healthier again.

To get back into some of my favorite clothes.

My Program:
In May 2013, I started to count calories for the first time in my life. Started exercising daily and trying to eat more whole food and less processed foods. In April of 2014 I started the DASH Diet per my doctors. March 20th of 2018, I had to go on a low oxalate diet to avoid kidney stones. I have been to PT several times over the years for my Scoliosis. So I do yoga like PT exercises each day for it.

Personal Information:
I am from San Diego, Ca. But I am now living in Escondido, Ca.

Other Information:
I like walking, and I walk to a lot of my errands instead of driving. I like walking around our downtown area of Escondido or my neighborhood.

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    Thanks for the comment. Together we can do it! emoticon
    2846 days ago
    I got an hour nap today! Hope you gave in while the BF was snoozing.
    2848 days ago
    Hi Jannette - I saw the "Linda" on here but on second thought, you may have been replying to someone named Linda who has posted here on your page. It's kinda confusing replying to people because if you do it in this page under your comments, the person might not see the reply. So most either send a private SparkMail (link in upper right side of your page), or they click on the person's profile name to the left of their comment, here below in your SparkComments section of your page, and that takes you to their page, and then you can reply there, if it is a reply you don't mind everyone else seeing (NSA not withstanding... But we won't go there.).

    And thanks for all your suggestions - many of which I am doing. Sounds like you and I have some similar health books! I don't think I have exact title of your book. But immediately after I left Doctor's office, I went to Health food store to refresh some of the supplies I was already familiar with (as I have had many friends who had shingles and used same kinds of products to shorten the length and intensity of their shingles episodes.). It wasn't until later that night that my husband kinda goaded me into getting the prescribed med. So we'll see!! I have found that a short walk in the evening and a HOT bath kills the pain for awhile, making it possible to go a longer span of time between the ibuprofen that I also have. So that's encouraging !! (Long story on the unorthodox hot bath treatment but I have had personal experience with that for other skin conditions...).

    Thanks again!

    2849 days ago
    Welcome to the Mixed Mutt team. Glad to be on your friend list.
    2857 days ago
    thanks for accepting all the friend request ladies!
    2857 days ago