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My main obstacle is junk food and finally realize I can NOT out exercise my love for it. Instead, I must learn to overcome this unhealthy habit in a sustainable and healthy way. I don't want obese related problems or become a burden to loved ones. I do want to live in a healthy body, enjoy a fulfilling life and remain prescription drug free.

Restart 3/2020
2020 GOAL: Avoid processed junk food, oils, refined sugars and lose 35 lbs.

I avoided bakery goodies (cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, pastries, etc.), chips and added sugars except for honey (occasionally w/tea), throughout the year. I don't cook w/oil but ate a few greasy take-outs, packaged cookies, frozen desserts, sugary cereals, candy, frozen pizzas and french bread the first half of the year. The last half of the year I managed to avoid those foods by coming up with better options. Lost 38 lbs

Instead of lumping all processed food together and trying to avoid them all at once, I divided them into two groups.
1. Processed JUNK Food (bakery goodies, chips, candy, non dairy frozen desserts, sugary cereals, including frozen pizza, and greasy take outs), to avoid.
2. Processed Food (whole grain pasta/bread, shredded wheat cereal, tofu, dried fruit and nuts), allowed in reasonable amounts.

I eat fruit, assorted vegs, beans, lentils, rice, oatmeal, starchy veggies and some processed food. I make oil free veggie pizza (albeit w/white flour), vegan sushi, oil free vegan pancakes, oil free/refined sugar free vegan carrot cake and non dairy frozen 'ice cream' with fruit; just to name a few. I eat till I'm satiated and don't restrict calories. Because of better food choices, I'm eating a lot more food, more nutrients and less calories.

2021 GOAL: Continue what I'm doing, lose 36 lbs and achieve a healthy BMI

Member Since: 8/18/2018

My Goals:
Restart 3/2020 - BMI 38.5 (highest BMI 40.1)
-35 lbs total ----- BMI 32.1 by end of 2020 ........ -38 lbs total --- BMI 31.5 (12/2020)
-47 lbs total ----- BMI 29.9 by end of 3/2021 ..... -47 lbs total --- BMI 29.9 ( 1/2021)
-60 lbs total ----- BMI 27.5 by end of 4/2021
-74 lbs total ----- BMI 24.9 by end of 7/2021
Optimum goals:
-85 lbs total ----- BMI 22.9 by end of 10/2021
-90 lbs total ----- BMI 22.0 by end of 2021

My Program:
Plant based (whole foods, some processed)
No caloric restrictions
Daily exercise
Deep breathing/stretching sessions
Adequate sleep
Stay hydrated

Personal Information:
Married w/adult children, grand and great grandchildren

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    Happy Friday! In an effort to help keep everyone warm in the colder temperatures and all the snow, we need to get ourselves giggling. So let's get our giggles going to warm us up this morning . . . I don't mean to air my dirty laundry in public, but I have loads of laundry jokes. I promise you they're all clean. If you think there's nothing funny about doing laundry, you just need a dryer sense of humor. Sock it to me!!!

    Have you heard about the new and improved energy star rated clothes dryer that's being touted by the government for its very high 99% energy efficiency . . .
    It's called a clothesline.

    Why don't men like doing the laundry?
    Washers and dryers don't come with a remote control.

    If doing laundry makes you tired, and you decide you've done enough - you'd better think twice . . .
    More laundry!

    What do income taxes and doing laundry have in common.
    Either way you might lose your shirt.

    When I was in college money was tight. Quite often I had to choose between buying laundry detergent or something for breakfast. It was either All or muffin.

    How much fun is doing laundry?

    If your toddler gets all muddy while playing outside, just throw her in the tub and quickly washer and dryer.

    Why are poker players good at doing laundry?
    They know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when they run . . .

    Today has been a perfect finish to my week!
    Every sock in the washer had a matching partner.

    I hope my sense of humor did not leave you hanging high and dry this morning . . .

    Finally . . .

    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Clothes who?
    Time for me to clothes this now.

    Thanks for dropping by my page for a visit.
    I hope you have loads of fun this weekend!
    6 days ago
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    Thank you for dropping by
    With your message and saying Hi,
    Thank you for the goodie too,
    It was very thoughtful of you.
    So before I go I'd just like to say,
    Thank you for thinking of me, and have a wonderful day!
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    emoticon Happy Belated Spotlight Day! Thanks for your participation on our team.
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    Happy Friday! Love is in the air! They say "love is a many splendored thing", and so I thought it might be a-propose for some Valentine giggles about marriage to get ourselves in the right frame of mind for the weekend ahead. Believe me, this was no half-hearted project for me; I put my whole heart into it! I know you're getting excited, and can heartly wait, so let's get pumpin' . . .

    emoticon After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, 'You know, I was a fool when I married you.”
    The husband replied, 'Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn't even notice.”

    emoticon A man inserted an ad in the classifieds: It read: “Wife wanted”.
    The next day he received hundreds of letters.
    They all said the same thing: 'You can have mine.”

    emoticon If a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

    emoticon "I married Miss Right. I just didn't realize her first name was Always."

    emoticon A husband said to his wife, "No, I don't hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law better than I like mine."

    emoticon A woman turns to her husband on their silver wedding anniversary and says, Honey, will you still love me when my hair turns grey?"
    Her husband replies, "Why not? I stuck with you through the other six shades."

    emoticon After finishing our Chinese food, my husband and I cracked open our fortune cookies.
    "You go first", he said.
    Mine read, “Be quiet for a little while.”
    "Now it's your turn", I said.
    His read, “Talk while you have a chance.”

    emoticon My wife just nudged me and said, "You weren't even listening, were you?".
    I thought, That's a strange way to start a conversation. . .

    emoticon An interviewer asked a married couple what their secret was to their long and happy marriage.
    The husband chimed in, "My wife and I always compromise."
    "I admit I'm wrong, and she agrees with me."

    emoticon Shortly before our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband sent 25 long-stemmed yellow roses to me at my office.
    A few days later, I plucked all the petals and dried them. On the night of our anniversary, I spread the petals over the bed and lay on top of them, wearing only a negligee.
    As I’d hoped, I got a reaction from my husband.
    When he saw me, he shouted, “Are those potato chips?”

    I hope some of these made you laugh wholeheartedly! emoticon

    I heartily wish each of you a very Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy your weekend!
    13 days ago
    Hope you had a terrific day in the spotlight!
    14 days ago
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