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I am a recently retired 63 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but 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 am 6'4" and now, 286 lbs. I would like to lose 61 lbs more.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of ...
I am a recently retired 63 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues. I live in the Pacific Northwest, but 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 am 6'4" and now, 286 lbs. I would like to lose 61 lbs more.

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.
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My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 21 lbs, and did get moving. I have been regularly attending the gym for about 6 weeks now.

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 three year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a two year old grandson.

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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



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KAREN-IS-HERE
10/25/2014 11:40:16 AM

Hi Glenn, I stopped by to see how you are doing. I hope you get time outdoor a little while too- I'm heading out for a brief walk in the fresh air.
Thanks for all your posts, blogging, comments and general participation. It matters, you make a difference. Karen

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4EVERNESS
10/24/2014 6:56:55 PM

No. You do not seem like a sanctimonious prig. In my reference to that, perhaps I mentally exaggerated the way I thought you perceived some churchgoers in your attitudes quite a few months ago.



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4EVERNESS
10/21/2014 9:28:51 PM

Oh my, first that might take care of two areas-get to church, then you have a social outlet, can help many people if you get into the right groups, and if you want to critique- you might just choose to be a sanctimonious prig? Or, find some good editorial writers, I used to enjoy Bombeck, Buchwald, and Royko, amongst many others in the old and wonderful The Wall Street Journal-many articles had hidden humor that were not deemed editorials. And if nothing else, find funnies and things to critique in the stocks. Or you might join the millions who enjoy People or the Star, I mean if you can't find anything there to be critical of...Who knows, you might become the next Rona Barrett...The book is a great thing.

I wouldn't judge your son too harshly, it seems like they're teaching lack of other sensitivity these days as a means of other survival, as well as cues of treating everyone as if they are inferior. What were you like then? What are the environmental differences then and now? Also, he has a family, perhaps he is preoccupied with worries and such regarding those. Was grandpa brought up at all, by even those closest and would have the latest scoop of his activities? Perhaps he might also have cared to hear if grandpa ever thought of him...asked about him....

About five years ago, I put out a dare to friends and family on FB, although none seemed to take me seriously. I dare them to go one month without television or radio, and then find out what they talked about (in hopes that America might one day find again, the fine art of conversation-not tv and just music based).

Who knows. Be thoughtfully happy.

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LYNMEINDERS
10/20/2014 5:06:15 AM

i Love it Glenn...it will be abest seller...when are you going to write it.....



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KAREN608
10/19/2014 8:37:38 PM

I swear if I was a wealthy person, I'd love to give time off to caregivers I know, as I can see how time off is so important. I know a man that hardly leaves his house since his wife had a massive stroke years ago. He gets some time to get to the store when someone stays with her, as she lives at home in a bed, but most of the time he is housebound too.



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