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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: 119,860

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!

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Totally into music, movies and reading.

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  • v BRAVAH
    Hello Raelene!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! And thanks for the suggestions. I will look into the book (when I have time, hahaha) about IF/EF.

    As for Keto/low carb/high fat diets, I have actually done that before. I got results, but I felt frustrated and angry the whole time. And as soon as I went back to eating without the restrictions, the weight came back with a vengeance - and more. My mind went into overcompensation mode with eating all of the things I had denied myself. I know it works for many people. It just doesn't work for me because of the way it makes me feel. In addition, due to recommendations from my husband's doctors, we don't have bacon at the house, and we limit butter, etc. Healthy fats are okay, although I can't eat avocados.

    I will start to cook more again once we are out of this hotel. That will be key!

    But you... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That is "One"derful! I'm thrilled for you. Way to go!!! I knew you could do it. Brilliant!

    I'll get back on track. I've got one more week of hotel living. Wish me luck!

    489 days ago
    Hi there! I saw your comment about my kale soup. I’ve been adding the recipe links to my posts in case others want to try but I know sometimes it gets cut off. Here it is just 4 you: https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/vega
    511 days ago
    LOL....strong like bull! Worth two goats and a sheep!

    Spent a lot of the day doing outside work and that keeps my mind off all of the things I have been trying not to eat or drink. End of day glass of wine looking over all we've done...very satisfying and I got my steps and probably some of my strength work in too!
    543 days ago
  • v BRAVAH
    Hi Raelene.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog a few days ago. I haven't been sparking! I appreciate the advice to stop and breathe... I need to do that. I have now finally gotten several quotes from moving companies. I will compare them today, as well as researching the reviews of the companies. Once I get that done and booked, I can book our flights. Then I can focus on getting rid of more crap, lol.

    Thanks about the knees, too. I agree... in three months, we will be enjoying our new surroundings! All this stress will be behind us!

    Thanks! I'll look at sparkmail next...

    592 days ago
    Ever the comedian!
    597 days ago
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