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I am a retired 65 yo male from Montgomery County, MD., having been retired for 4 years when, 7 years ago, I had a heart attack. The newly discovered heart disease, which probably was a result of borderline high cholesterol, required insertion of a pacemaker/defibrillator. For nearly 5 years I became very sedentary, although my high cholesterol was rather quickly knocked down by high doses of Lipitor to a 115 total. During this 5 years, I did go through prescribed physical therapy, then I joined a gym for sporadic cardio exercising. However, I also added about 7-8 lbs. yearly, until my weight reached 248.

Near the end of 2010, and almost every 6 months thereafter, I was inflicted by sometimes very painful bursitis, 3 times in the right foot/toe, and once the right knee. While I journaled my food, liquids, exercise and sleep in a home-grown database immediately after the surgery, I was only recording the info, not doing anything with it.

Finally, in mid-2012 after a lot of warning shots from my cardiologist, I decided that I had to take better control of my diet and body. I looked about the internet for sites such as Spark People, and realized that my database could perform well in helping me achieve that control. For the next 6 months, I started to get that control, and by the end of the year, I lost my first 25 lbs. through diet. However, exercise was sytmied by the bursitis episodes, which took usually 2-3 weeks to completely recover from, and my weight remained static. Another visit to my regular doctor resulted in confirmation that the bursitis had literally become gout. In the past 6 months since, after determining how to combat gout with only a 1-day whimper 3 months ago, I have been consistently increasing my exercise, mostly walking and cardios, such as using resistance bands and stretching; the pacemaker restricts repetitive motions and the use of weights.

In the past 4+ months I've been able to shed 19 more pounds, and have just dropped out of the nation's high obesity statistics.

Nov. 17, 2013

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