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February 18, 2016

I have been on and off Spark since 2010. I would lose and then lose interest. I'm retired and have many other projects to do and trips to take which I'd rather do than work on weight loss. But this time is different. This time I have a serious health challenge. I received a diagnosis of Diabetes.

I really got cracking after that! With lots of self-education, self-discipline and change of eating habits I have lost fifteen pounds and taken my blood glucose numbers into a normal range. The doctor and I are both hoping that I will be able to control this with continual exercise, diet modifications and some pills.

Now that I have started some weight loss again I want to keep going and get back to a really healthy weight and fitness. That may take over a year, but I'm serious about making a life change, not just a temporary one. As Lincoln said: "We must make haste slowly."

Member Since: 3/24/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,177

My Goals:

Mainly to lose belly fat

Need to lose another 50-40 lbs to be 130-140 .

Maintain that weight (or less) for the rest of my life.

170 by August 1

Lose 20-30 lbs by January 1, 2017
Maintain a steady 2-3 lb loss every month

My Program:
1-2 hours exercise every day

Exercises of choice: stationary bike, walking and senior classes at the YMCA

Add strength training
resistance bands
some light weights
body resistance exercises

Personal Information:
72 years old
diagnosed Type 2 diabetes Dec 7, 2015 which currently is well under control.

Generally good health now and have had excellent health up to this time.

Have been thin and have been fat. This is still the most overweight I've ever been.

I'm a homebody. I'd rather cook for myself than go out to eat. I used to prefer solitary exercise to joining classes because 1) I enjoy the flexibility to control my time and 2) I'm a bit of a germaphobe when it comes to being with lots of people. But since I joined the YMCA a month ago I've been really learning a lot in classes for seniors.
I am TERRIFIED of bed bugs. UGH! I've never seen one, hope to never see one.

Other Information:
I have cut out most breads and sweets except for rare occasions.

I've cut down meat portions. My plates currently are 2/3 full of veggies and fruit.

I have been learning exciting new tastes from many natural foods I've never had before!

I find the changes I've been making to be even more FUN than they are Beneficial...though of course they are very beneficial.

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  • v ELSIEO62
    I have run across many diabetic materials over the years as an RN. I would like to recommend 2 books that are 1) practical, 2) tasty, and 3) educational/very helpful.
    This author has written many crockpot cook books- "Fix It and Forget It" genre. One is for oven and stove use, the other is for the crockpot. Just went on Amazon and ordered them for a friend and another for a wedding gift for a newly diabetic senior. Look up the author on line, Phyllis Pellman Good. Best wishes
    1639 days ago
  • v FRAN0426
    I agree tea seems to stay hotter than coffee. Could be that we heat the tea water to a high temp without tea bag or leaves in the water so the water gets hotter---anyway my thought about that.
    We love Texas, we are in the lowest point in the state, just 7 miles from the Mexican boarder. We even have northern Texans from Dallas and other northern locations that come down to the Rio Grande Valley to spend the winter. It is nice being up in Mpls, to visit with our kids however; we are somewhat chilly with the 30 degree weather. Thankful though as it could have been worse. We will fly home to Texas this commg Tuesday. Minnesota will always be my home state ( in my heart ) since I lived here all my life until this past April
    1707 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my profile. Should I say when those pictures are from? They are the pictures from my original foray into SP, around four years ago. At the moment I'm trying to get back to what I look like in that blue shirt.
    1707 days ago
    Thanks for the comments on my blog! I am still praying, and when I look at the issues instead of all the mudslinging being reported by the media, you are right. There is a clear direction, although my one little vote isn't much, I want it to count!
    1752 days ago
  • v FRAN0426
    Thanks for stopping by an reading my blog and for the comments too.
    1762 days ago
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