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At 77 I have tried numerous diets and it seems that the only way that a "diet" will work is if it isn't called a diet, but a healthy food plan. I've tried everything else - loss of weight will aid my arthritis at least.

Member Since: 5/26/2008

My Goals:
For me, a weight loss would mean less strain on my joints, blood pressure, and ability to exercise on a regular basis. But - perhaps important also, my clothes are getting tight and I refuse to go up a size!

My Program:
Tracking my meals seems to be the magic item for me. I can't believe how much I didn't know. Also, drinking more water than Tonic, and perhaps as important as tracking, having no chocolate, cookies and other sweets in the house. I'm never hungry enough for them to go out to the store and buy them.

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I have been an office clerk, a switchboard operator, a long-distance operator, a grad student, a nun, a teacher, secondary school, college. Then having left the community, I was a teacher, a receptionist again, an understudy for the secutities dept. manager of a large insurance company, the author of a pet column for a little newsletter, had a private shelter for over 15 years, mostly for cats, was a (horse) ring and farm call photographer and a personal aid assistent. Now, retired, I am teaching again but on a one to one basis. I get great delight in helping adults to read and write.

Lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, New York and Florida. And, yes, I've been around the internet and nowhere have I found a website that is so full of important information and warm and welcoming people. I must say "Thanks for being there".

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I have found that living in the moment has changed my life. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow hasn't come yet. All we can really count on is this one precious moment. I am learning to concentrate on the moment I have - so my suggestion for you who take the time to read this is Stay in the Now.

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    I'm wandering back in. My arthritis is saying 'get rid of this last part, please' in no uncertain terms.
    I love your gentle openness to life, and hope to see you around again.
    142 days ago
    Gosh Merilynn it was good to see your name and picture on activity page. I have really missed you. It is good to see you are feeling better. Go slow and easy. One day at a time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    311 days ago
    There has been some mistake - while it is an honor to be so selected - I have not volunteered to be the leader of anything. My health is just improving enough to allow me back on the computer but totally out of the kitchen, sorry to say. Have missed Spark friends and hope tp be back more soon.
    311 days ago
    Thank you for stepping up to be the Team Leader! Hugs!
    312 days ago
  • v CONNIE48036
    I enjoyed reading your blog and your page. It is hard getting older, for sure; I'm glad you are staying in your own home. I have severe arthritis and can't very well, and you know how hard it is to exercise that way. But we do what we can. Good luck with your health and your journey. Hope to get to know you. Best, Connie
    592 days ago
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