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UPDATE 11/20/2020
Another year, kind of staying static. With all the ups and downs in life during this challenging year of COVID, I am happy to report that I have not regained ALL my lost weight. Just a little. I kind of took the summer "off" and 10 lbs. found me again. So, now am working on those plus 10 more, to get to my "goal" of 155. I put that in quotes because, truly, if I lost more that would be a bonus! However, my clothes are fitting well at size 16, close to 14, and I don't want to have to buy more. I am working on taking in several favorite things.

With bad weather here, I have replaced walking outside, which had replaced going to the gym, with indoor yoga, treadmill and elliptical (sometimes.) When I'm stuck at home, though, I tend to find other things to do besides exercise. I have, however, been sticking to doing 1 min. planking every morning while my coffee brews, and in 5 weeks it WILL be a habit! LOL!

With good thoughts and wishes for the coming year, as Life goes on, I vow to keep living a healthy lifestyle and avoid the dreaded D; Diabetes.

UDATE 12/19/19
I have continued to lose weight and tone my body with Pilates, yoga and water classes. I am 2 lbs from a total loss of 50# this year alone! I am thrilled and encouraged. Fasting, Time Restricted Eating, etc. is definitely the way to live for me. DH does One Meal A Day and is happy with his results.
UPDATE 3/21/19
I am SO close to Onederland! The same 5# up and down. It is Lent now, and I should be sacrificing and make my goal as a result, but...traveling more, and when I am out of my routine at home, my diet suffers! As does my exercising. Lucky us, the major employer in our town has built an Aquatic and Activity Center which is a boon to helping us move our bodies! I have discovered Pilates is something I can do, moderately, and the Silver Sneakers Program is a keeper for life I have been doing Intermittent Fasting and Extended Fasts since December 2018, and feel that is helping in several areas. Kind of keeps your body guessing. The great thing, is my hubs has joined me and we keep each other on task. Life is good; sometimes exciting, sometimes boring, but always worth it!
Working on finding what is right for my changing body. Back, hip and knee problems have derailed my activity so that I can't make progress! Working with a PT person and other health professionals to "be my best self." Hoping my new team "Circle of Surrender" will be key, along with my old friends on "ASK."

Went Low Carb in July 2016. Over the past 5 months, my hubby and I have lost 20+ lbs each and have not felt deprived. This is the longest I have stuck with any program in many, many years. I plan to continue and perhaps add some fruits and other variety in moderation. My goal is 40 or less grams of carbs per day, but sometimes I find myself at 20 or less. I joined another Spark Team with a Paleo focus, so am looking for inspiration and validation. 2017 is going to be a Onederland for me!

2/9/15 -- Over the past 5 years, (see below) I have not made much progress. However, I am still learning a lot from my SparkFriends and about myself. I not gained (or if I did, it was temporary) and I have tried new eating and drinking habits. My age and metabolism are working against me. (Only the dates have changed in the past 2 years. In other words, the only thing I have lost is time.)

12/30/10 -- 230# I recently had an embarrassing episode on the airplane when we took our annual vacation. The seatbelt almost didn't fit!!!!! OMG! Talk about a wake-up call! In pictures, I look like Buddha. This week has been a time to make a plan to reach those goals I set almost THREE years ago!
Hi, here I am, still trying to change! Tried everything out there, including gastroplasty over 20 yrs. ago, fen-phen, etc. and still do not have a handle on eating and exercising. Age 61, retired, no kids at home, travel around quite a bit. Had fibromyalgia years ago, but still think there is some residual symptoms. Neuropathy sometimes a problem; have high BP, borderline high cholestrol & diabetes. Slowly getting back to a walking program after knee probs.

Member Since: 5/13/2008

Fitness Minutes: 119,905

My Goals:
To get to a non-obese BMI. I have made some progress and that is motivating in itself. 12/19/19: two pounds more and I will be in the "Overweight" category, no longer obese!!!!!

To be a healthy weight so I can be more active - and vice versa! Specifically:
weight under 200# by the end of 2015. Well,THAT didn't happen, with a vacation and the holidays. SO now, my goal is 25# in the next 3 months. Exercise 6x a week for at least 45 min.
Lower Fasting Blood Sugar to 100 or less.
Lower Blood Pressure.
Lower Cholesterol.
Addendum: Lab tests Sept. '10 & '11 were all LOWER! (exc. triglycerides.) Dr. was pleased, as was I, to see that my efforts are showing! Yay for oatmeal!
'15 labs were "OK"

My Program:
Eating more veggies and fruits, less JUNK, less alcohol. I will pay attention to portions. I pledge to do 30-45 min. of exercise every day! (w/ one day of rest.)

Personal Information:
Raelene here, living in NW WI, but my heart is in Jamaica! Or anywhere tropical. We have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, no pets. Our goal as a couple is to be there for each other when we are old and gray. Getting there fast!

Other Information:
Totally into music, movies and reading.

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  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am already at 2 Tbsp psyllium. That seems to be the most recommended per day. I don't want to go higher. Ugh! But thanks!
    2 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks for the comment about my silks photo! I sent sparkmail yesterday.
    34 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks for the hugs and the support, my friend! Diva is fine. She's still a little off, but much better than last night. She's super jowly (being a mastiff), so I never see her teeth anyway. But she's got gaps now. I'm just glad she made it through the surgery okay, as anesthesia is scary.

    I'm freezing the remainder of the brownies today!

    43 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Hi Raelene,

    Thanks. I had a nice Valentines Day, which helped. Plus, the weather is better, which is always better!

    Yes, I'm loving my new orchids, thanks. They are too cool! I hope you're enjoying your trip. Loving the photos!

    65 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Thanks, Raelene. I do love words, hahaha! How are you doing?
    76 days ago
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