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Me Late August 2016 - 25 pounds lost since January. (yay! jeans are too big!)

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Working Dutch Windmill at Fabyan Park in Batavia, IL -- Picture taken around September-October 2015.

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day 1928 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 2/22/2021


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You are what you eat! An old saying that that rings so true!
I joined SP in 2013 and was sidelined by a couple of illnesses -- then came back November 2015 and have been spinning the log in wheel every day since!

I use "constructive brainwashing" to help kick-start healthy habits -- some of the best I've found are on Youtube -- I recommend "Sugar: The bitter truth," by Dr. Lustig and "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes -- these two videos really opened my eyes about sugar and how the resultant spike in insulin affects our bodies and fat storage.

August 2015 - gave up alcohol (was beer for me!)
November 2015 - started food tracking on SP
January 2016 - gave up added sugars, refined carbs, and processed foods
March 2016 - went HFLC (high fat low carbs) and started weighing daily on newly purchased digital scale
September 2016 - reached my goal weight ~125
April 2017 - changed from daily to weekly (7-10 days) weigh-ins
June 2017 - maintaining ~125 pound range - continue daily nutrition tracking on SP
September 2017 - back to daily weigh-ins

Most important for me is tracking food intake - losing twenty pounds (March - September 2016) -- about three pounds a month.
The real trick for me was eliminating foods from my pantry that would start binges, such as candy, cookies, cake, pies, and chips -- just can't stop once I start.

A healthy lifestyle is what motivates me. Ask: "if not me, who? if not now, when?"

Member Since: 1/17/2013

Fitness Minutes: 81,024

My Goals:
Am I doing everything I can to do good, for myself and others.

My Program:
HFLC (high fat, low carb) lifestyle.
Essentially cutting out refined carbs -- breads, pastries, cookies, cakes, candy, ice cream, chips, etc., -- keep them out of the house!
Of course, the occasional birthday cake and ice cream!
Dried fruit and nuts are now my snack of choice.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired computer systems professional whose main interest is leading a healthy lifestyle.
Divorced, one son, Greg, unmarried
Big sister to two sisters, who are married, each with two children, each with

Other Information:
The nutrition tracker on SP can track as deep as you like.
I've taken advantage of this tool and track all vitamin and mineral info available.

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    Thank you for reading my blog “Life in the Middle of the Road” and sharing your perspective
    I also tend to enter the individual ingredients separately.
    Trackers keep me focused on reality and your comments keep me motivated to keep going.

    5 days ago
    Thank you reading my blog “Remember When Exercise was Fun”
    I love to recreate photos. My grandchildren usually cooperate & let me take one of them doing the same things years later, but leaping off the sailboat, probably not. LOL
    10 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog “Functional Fitness”
    That unexpected episode was a great reminder for me to keep up both my mental and physical fitness as best as possible even after nearly THREE quarters of a century on this earth.

    17 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2021 8:30:23 PM
    That grass story is just so typical of a long marriage - we just cope and cooperate and now and again, pull a fast one!

    Thanks for stopping by and sprinkling a little bloglove
    20 days ago
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    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Yes, I hadn’t noticed until now that my eyes scan the class for the moving mouth. It was quite unconscious and a surprise to find out.

    Have a great weekend!
    22 days ago
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