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My Challenge...My doctor advised me to reach the low end (!) of my weight range now that I'm dealing with hip osteoarthritis and sacroiliac joint issues. My goal is going to take me into July 2017 to get down to 130lbs.
Update: Jan 6 2017: 139 I'm excited to tackle my remaining 9 lbs.-- in Nov I was 136, so some of this is the result of "Holiday Excuse"... ahem... that's over with now!!

I monitor my blood glucose: aiming for a high of 140. That's been a challenge--as my fasting reads about 110 now. My Dec A1c was 5.6 though---so I'm pleased, and motivated to keep working on it. Cutting carbs to 25 net per meal helped. It just requires me to be diligent. We do what we must if we choose healthy!!

Like almost everyone, I have health issues lurking in my Life. I picture it as sitting at a campfire with the wolves circling: there's one named Pre-Diabetes, one named Gout; one is Metabolic Syndrome...with its offspring: High Cholesterol and High Blood pressure. ..and these have been in control for some time. And now...Osteoarthritis. As long as I keep throwing "good nutrition" and "exercise" on my fire, I will keep them at bay!

I will remember this is a continuing Journey, not a destination!

In Nov 2015 another Sparker posed a question: What is Life in Recovery look like? After some serious thought, I responded:
Teaching myself that food is for nourishment;
Being pro-active about eating healthy foods before I am hungry;
Learning to recognize the feeling and concept of *Enough* to sustain my body;
Experiencing the personal empowerment of saying "No...I can make a better choice"
Accepting that if I want health, I am choosing to keep living this way...One Decision At A Time....and that this IS a Lifelong Journey!!

My Doctor added some great advice:
Eat veggies first, protein second, carbs last.
Make breakfast larger than lunch; lunch larger than dinner.
Exercise 10 min post meal to keep blood glucose regulated.

all the best to you while you travel in your Journey,

Member Since: 10/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 56,239

My Goals:
Jan 2013: 151
Dec 2013: 142.5 start of 3 foot surgeries...
Dec 2014: 144.1
Dec 2015: 148 (last foot surg Mar 2015)
July 2016: 140.7 Chilkoot Trail Backpack!!
Aug 2016--lowest weight yet: 135.8
Nov 2016-- 137
Dec 2016 --139
Plan to Lose 17lbs:
start: Apr 19 2016: 147
Jan 1 2017: 139.4
Feb: 136
Apr: 133
Jun: 131
JULY 2017: 129

Its going to be a long slow process requiring Change and Commitment I was strong enough to do that Trail this year, so I KNOW I can make these changes!!
Advice to ponder: On a 1200-1250 calorie range, the gram amounts would be:
40% Carbs: 120-125 grams
30% Protein: 90-94 grams
30% Fat: 40-42 grams

My Program:
Exercise enough to stay healthy as I age, and eat foods that I enjoy and are good for me (for the most part!) :)

Personal Information:
Western Washington
Retired and Lovin' it!.

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"Its not the Mountain ahead that wears you out, but the grain of sand in your shoe..."

"The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
Gandalf: Lord of the Rings

"You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you�d rather be." ( from Kathy--don't know who wrote it)

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch." Coach Jen

"you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view" Obiwan

New Rules: Veggies; then Protein; then Carbs! Exercise 10 min after meal...!

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  • v MCFITZ2
    That is an older photo when we were still in NYS. I go to pow on Sat. Cost $10 and you get to get a lot of veggies. They determine how much of what. Last week 4 acorn squash, 1 spaghetti, grape tomatoes, roma tomatoes and small slicing tomatoes, green, and red bell pepper, chili peppers, corn on the cob, egg plant , tomatillos and iceberg lettuce.
    So I have made 2 eggplant lasagnas and tomatillo strawberry sauce.
    46 days ago
    thanks for the support. I don't get phased out by people with different opinions..that's what freedom of speech means. If what I say gets someone concerned enough that they feel they need to leave a negative may be that something they don't WANT to admit, is beginning to register.
    The lady doth protest too much emoticon
    47 days ago
    Thanks for leaving the comment about car repairs. I hope the repairs for your oil leak are not too expensive. I drive an 8-1/2 year old Saturn, so I guess I feel lucky just to be able to get good parts and service for it. And it's still a lot less expensive than monthly car payments. Best wishes to you.

    54 days ago
  • v NARNIAROSE2003
    Thank you! I love Gandalf!
    57 days ago
    Thank you for your sweet comment.

    "Kind words are the music of the world.
    They have a power which seems to be beyond natural causes,
    as if they were some angel's song, which had lost its way and come on Earth "
    ~Frederick William Faber
    57 days ago
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