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Slowly and patiently you will reach your goals. Keeping a food diary is my best use of portioning.

I am an art retired teacher who had a heart stint placed in 2007. I weighed 248, and I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. My doctor told me to loose weight and lower my blood pressure. My normal bp is 135/88. Sometimes it goes lower and sometimes a little higher. I see my doctor quarterly, and take several bp pills.

I go to my local Tops Group once a week and I use Sparks for my food diary. My wife belongs to this Tops group also.

Currently last week I ...
I am an art retired teacher who had a heart stint placed in 2007. I weighed 248, and I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. My doctor told me to loose weight and lower my blood pressure. My normal bp is 135/88. Sometimes it goes lower and sometimes a little higher. I see my doctor quarterly, and take several bp pills.

I go to my local Tops Group once a week and I use Sparks for my food diary. My wife belongs to this Tops group also.

Currently last week I weighed in at 208.4 pounds and I had lost 14 lbs. the last sesson Jan. - June 2013. We had added 30 minutes each week day of dynotrack bicycling to shape up our body core. After 3 weeks we will add upper body toning with light weights. We are not 40 any more and must go slowly.

I like to keep my food diary on Sparks as it keeps me in my portion control and low, low salt. We read labels constantly, buy little processed foods, measure and weight all foods before we cook them.

My goal is to get to 205 lbs., as I am tall and my doctor agrees on that weight.
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JR-FIRE
8/1/2013 2:22:16 AM

Read one of your comment re breakfast and I find your story really inspiring! I also love the fact that you've found your body needs sweets and you just need to teach it there are healthier/controlled versions of those :)
I aspire to anyone who can realise in time as they grow older that they need to be both healthy and happy! Best wishes to you and your wife emoticon Keep up the good work!



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MAVERICK59
10/7/2011 3:42:13 PM

Hi, welcome to Sparkpeople. I try to send this message to help folks with the website because I found it a bit difficult in the beginning. I am not anyone special, just someone trying to gain control of my health, just like you. I hope you enjoy this website as much as I do. I have gotten so much out of it. I have met some wonderful folks on this website.
This can all feel a bit overwhelming at first, but don't give up.(All the advertising can feel distracting, but it keeps it free for all of us. Just ignore it if you want.)
Explore a little at a time.
Scroll through other member pages, if you see anyone you would like to have as a spark friend, just click the little button at the top and that will add them to your friend list.
If you are confused, ask questions on the Messages Boards, under the Get Help section.
Under the Message Boards tab, check out Sparkpeople Café and the Sparkpeople Game Room. There are a lot of fun running posts on these message boards.
Check your Sparkpoint page and see where you can earn more points. It’s fun to use the points to buy and give the ‘goodies’ to yourself or to other Sparkpeople.
Be kind to yourself and take it one day at a time. Expect set backs and just ride them out.Don't compare yourself to others.Don’t ever give up, instead, reach out. That is what we are all here for.
I promise, it gets better, one day at a time.
I like to think of daily food control like the pages of a book. One page (day) is not very thick, hardly seems worth the effort, but when you close the book the thickness of all the pages (days) together really have an impact. It is up to you to decide if the story is a good one.

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