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I am a recently retired 66 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, 281 lbs. I would like to lose 36 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.

Member Since: 3/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,297

My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 50 lbs, and did get moving.

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 six year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a five year old grandson, in addition to our newest family member, a one year old granddaughter.

Other Information:
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

"You don't know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough." William Blake

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    The books I read are often spiritual books but I guess they could also be classed as self help books....

    Bill Hybels...Simplify was an awesome book that helped me make big changes....

    Often read books by John Bevere and his wife Lisa.....
    Also Joyce Meyer.....

    Just some of my favourite authors
    6 days ago
  • v CGPS1795
    HI again!

    You don't need a notebook, just use the Nutrition Tracker here on Spark People. You can even get the mobile version for your mobile phone. That's the key to success!

    13 days ago
  • v CGPS1795
    Hey Wearingthin!

    Thanks for dropping by my page. I have a featured blog but basically, you just take it one day after another, log food and exercise. 5 years ago I earned my permanent handicapped tags. I'm down over 200 pounds and 28" off my waist. I'm also a licensed Zumba & Zumba Gold Instructor. February I'll be 70!

    I added you as a spark friend. Drop me a line!

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    15 days ago
    In response to your question: The details are in my blog posts but my wife and I are going to a weight loss clinic together. I started in March with walking a half hour at work. I was walking about a half mile when I started. I changed my route outside over time to include a park near where I work. I am now walking at least a mile and half in 30 minutes. Some days when the weather is nice I extend my walk to two miles in just under 45 minutes. I also started strength training in late September using a stretch band and one of the workouts from SP. A month ago I bought a set of small dumbbells ranging in weight fro 2 pounds to 8 pounds. I saw a fitness professional who gave me a exercise routine to do. I now do that for 20 to 30 minutes every other week day. I am finding I am doing enough physical activities at home during the weekends most of the time that I can use that as a rest period from strength training.

    I also purchased a fitbit blaze. That has been a big help. I also log all food and drink. No soda, no alcohol, no added sugars.

    Hope that helps.
    18 days ago
  • v ICECUB
    20 days ago
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