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October 4, 2019
Home after vacation, and settling into the fall season. Lots of work to do preparing the garden for the winter, including pruning some trees and shrubs. Volunteer work at church is busier than ever, with the Syrian refugee family we sponsored (part of a 5-parish initiative) expected to arrive as early as this month. Now that Aria is in school and I have more time to myself, I've started the fall re-read of the Beck Diet Solution, combining it with intermittent fasting, eating all my food between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Getting back on the treadmill and starting aquafit.

August 27, 2019
This has been a really difficult summer... the worst since I started SP in 2011... and I've learned a lot about myself in the process. As many of you know, we've been minding our granddaughter while her mother works for the past 2 years. She was 2 1/2 when we started, almost 4 1/2 now and starting school in just a few days. We've loved having her, but it has been tiring, and lots of other things have slipped. I also realize I've slid back into some of my bad habits from when my own children were young. I'm not shopping or cooking as well, using more frozen foods, and cleaning off her plate way too much! In 10 days I leave on a 13-day trip to England and Scotland, and then 2 days after coming home, Peter and I are driving to Nova Scotia for 12 days to visit my son and his wife. I'm very consciously planning to use this month to get myself back on track. It will be easier because I won't have access to the fridge or the cupboards. I will take my Beck book with me, and start re-doing the 42-day programme. In the meantime, I remind myself that I'm down 24 lbs. since starting SP and I have broken my pattern of gaining 3, 4 or 5 lbs. every year. I will not quit. I am succeeding... I am proud of myself!

April 20, 2019
Today I revised the date I want to meet my next weight loss goal in order to reduce the number of calories I am allowed to eat each day. For the past month I've often eaten more than I wanted simply to meet the calorie goal SP set for me. I hope this will help me lose weight more quickly.

March 14, 2019
Today I started back on the BECK Diet Solution plan, and joined the re-read of the 42-day programme which Kriszta leads. I tried this programme last year at about the same time, but then we went on holidays and I never got back at it. I believe in this programme because it is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which was very effective when I saw a psychiatrist for my clinical depression years ago.

At pretty much the same time, I started on Intermittent Fasting (IF), and find that the two programmes work well together. I am eating 3 meals in an 8-hour period from 12 noon to 8 pm, then fasting until 12 noon the next day.

Combining these 2 programmes, I am sleeping better, have no cravings, and more energy. I'm exercising more regularly, easily drinking my 8 cups of water/day, and my moods are more stable.

As recommended by Dr. Beck, I am setting 5 lb. goals, and will celebrate each success.

February 21/19

Revise, revise, revise...

Work, work, work...


No one ever said losing weight would be easy. No one ever said that adding regular exercise to your daily routine would be fun.

I'm 75, and I want to be active for as many more years as I can. I want to enjoy vacations with my husband and have fun with my 3-year-old granddaughter.

Today I reset my weight goal. Instead of looking at losing another 20 lbs., (I've already lost 20), I'm looking at losing 5 lbs. at a time, with a goal of being at my final goal of 150 lbs. by the end of 2019.

My main exercise is walking, using my treadmill in the winter and walking outside spring, summer and fall. I also do a bit of strength training, but have damage to both shoulders, am not supposed to lift my arms above shoulder height until my physiotherapy exercises repair the damage.

I track my food and water, aim for 250 minutes of exercise each week. I limit the number of friends I add and the number of teams I join so that I can be really active with them.

Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. The rest is up to you.

Thank you to the Spark Friends I've made for the encouragement and support. I wouldn’t still be here without you.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 141,065

My Goals:
To be as healthy and fit as possible at 76 so that I can enjoy travelling with my DH and playing with our 4-year-old granddaughter.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:
- stop eating directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts, cereal, crackers
- 8 glasses of water/day
- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day
- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes
- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods and weighing and/or measuring portion size
- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan
- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden and walking. In the winter, I swim and do virtual walks on the treadmill
- ST including resistance band and floor exercises

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario
- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend
- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer
- cat lover
- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Long-term goal 150 lbs

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    I didn't realize Beck was the cognitive behavioral therapy guy. I've heard nothing but good things about CBT. But I would absolutely detest that much structure and data-keeping, it's just not me. I know you told me once you kind of like the data side of things.

    I do often go in the kitchen in the evening when I'm fasting and prepare food for the next day - taking things out of the freezer, washing and preparing vegetables, that sort of thing. It actually helps me with the fast, knowing I'm going to eat something good in the morning. But that's as structured as I get, and I know I wouldn't stick with something like Beck for any amount of time.

    I'm feeling very good about 19:5. I do sometimes get a bit of an acid stomach during the fast, but it happened to me on 16:8 too. I isolated butter as giving me heartburn and that helped, and I do think certain other foods might be affecting me but haven't figured out which ones. But I've found that sipping a glass of water with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda pretty much gets rid of it. I also switched to cold-brew coffee because it's lower acid and cut back on the club soda.

    Actually, one of the benefits I just realized the other day of going back to tracking is that when I get an acid stomach I can go back and see what I ate.

    One thing that's happened to me, and to others I read about, is my food sensitivities have changed, probably because the gut biome changes with fasting. I think I've mentioned avocado before - used to get intestinal attacks from just tiny bits of it in my sushi, and today I ate half an avocado for breakfast with no effects whatsoever. But it also works the other way, where foods that didn't used to bother people now do. So it could be something you're eating rather than the fast itself that's giving you the reflux.

    We will figure this out!
    4 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 10/18/2019 3:59:40 PM
  • v MARUKI52
    You are certainly right there, plenty of that! LOL Thank you for your good wishes.
    2 days ago
  • v MARUKI52
    Thank you for your comment on my blog.
    4 days ago
    I was doing 1500 for a long time, like years, before I started IF and I didn't lose with it. I only seemed to lose a little when I went lower.
    5 days ago
    The fires are not from Global Warming. Last years fires were really bad because the Gov. of California would not use money to clear out high shrubs, and dead trees. A power line fell over due to high winds, and that sparked the shrubs. It was like a bomb going off because that area hadn't been cleaned out for years.

    This fire was started from a illegal camp site. Again, a lot of shrubs etc. It's a shame. I feel for the people who lose their homes, and lives (at least 3 people have died as of now, and 25 homes destroyed), but also there is a lot of wild life in those areas. Just sad.
    7 days ago
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