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I am a recently retired 67 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but

I am 6'3" and now, 275 lbs. I would like to lose 30 more pounds. Back and leg problems have in the past kept me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk shorter distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of Mediterranean foods. It is one of the better diets for heart health, diabetes prevention, and lower inflammatory problems. Also, hopefully it will help me lose weight. However, my basic eating guidelines came from Spark radio. There are two of them: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat till you are satisfied, not full. By using this credo, I have been able to gradually take off weight.

I too believe in exercise for health. That is why I started working out at the gym on 4/13/2014. There is nothing I know of that contributes to overall wellbeing than good fitness. Coming in a close second, is reducing ones stress level. Meditation can help considerably, but sometimes, it takes drastic changes in one's life circumstance to really get to reknow that relaxed self that we all have somewhere in us.

Though I'm not much of a laugher, I value a sense of humor. In the coming year, I hope to see more comedies, possibly read some witty things, lighten up and smile more. I have a new objective. For every five pounds I lose, I can buy a new comedy DVD. That will build up my collection of funny stuff for a while. Fitness can really help people feel better from the inside out.

Member Since: 3/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,553

My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 39 lbs, and did get moving.

My Program:
New eating guidelines will be to eat only when hungry, and eat only till satisfied, not full.

Also, working out at the gym three days per week, where I am focusing on overall body strengthening and some aerobics.

And I hope to get in some nature walks, for the pure joy of walking. I might fit in few bike rides too, in scenic areas.

Personal Information:
I live in a wooded area outside of Olympia, Washington and am an early retiree.

I have a six year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a five year old grandson, in addition to our newest family member, a one year old granddaughter.

Other Information:
I recently found this quote, and it speaks to me: "Live all you can: It's a mistake not to."

Another: "Some people dream about success. Others wake up and work hard at it."

And: "Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching."
Satchel Paige

"You don't know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough." William Blake

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    GLENN I have over two thousand log ins and I keep those log ins still.
    I walk with friends on our rail trail and we often get 10,000 steps.
    I have been here a long time, I used to do blogs but I have to write it short and getting it right so I just do them rarely.
    I use my tracker for years and I rarely use recipes because they are way too unhealthy.
    I look out what we buy and I cook it. I rarely going to restaurants but I go with friends and I try to make certain my food is appropriate for DH.
    I was 225 and my Dr put me on Diabetic medication. I went to the book store and it was near Xmas and when I opened the door there was a stack of books. I flipped it open and I saw thin and obese side by side. I took it home to read but I went back for three more for our sons. I did not have a computer I never wanted one. In January I WANTED to see if I can do it.
    There were 4 People who would help me from Canada, Holland two others from US.
    I used the tracker and in 6 months my Dr asked what I did and I told him. He said one month and see the numbers and I still have Diabetes 2 but my numbers were down and I stick my finger daily.
    I am still wanting to get to 176-I am 181 and I want to get to 3,000 log in time some day soon.
    Thanks Glenn, My DH and I eat sensibly for a long time.
    Pat and DH in Maine we came to USA for 2 years to get rich(Ha-Ha)---we have stayed 54 years and, stayed in Augusta Maine and lived here and we have loved it.
    " We are Americans." emoticon
    2 days ago
    It sure does however we can never lose hope....there is always hope Glenn
    5 days ago
    I think so too, and I think the question of whether a sitting president will be impeached is ridiculous. I used to think that only Nixon was impeached; not true there was at least one other. And--we had a president named Chester Arthur! Very obscure.
    26 days ago
    Woohoo....I personally think it needs to....
    Just so long as the ordinary people aren't under it when it does
    27 days ago
    for certain, the house is coming down!
    27 days ago
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