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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 2065 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/9/2021

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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.

Edit 8/3/2021:
Wow, two weeks from today, lights out!
It occurred to me that I should mention another tool I've used when starting my "healthier nutrition" journey -- the whole30 program on So much wonderful information -- all for free.
I continue to track nutrition on which works great for me. I just use the free version -- easy peasy!
Did recently join At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance, so I can keep in touch on the Google Maintainers and Aspiring Maintainers Group -- thanks so much for all you do there!

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
The Year 2020 - what can I say! stopped daily weigh-ins a long time ago. Still keeping to my lower carb lifestyle and am maintaining.
June 2021 - have not updated profile for a long time, and now
SparkPeople, sadly, will be ending operations August 17 this year, but I'm looking at this as an opportunity to shake things up. I've chosen Cronometer as my new nutrition tracker and have been pleased with it (3 days in as of today, 6/9/21).
I've never joined any of the SP groups but have so enjoyed following some SP members' blogs -- They were especially much appreciated and needed during the pandemic lock-downs.
Thank you to all the SP members who have generously taken the time to share your life experiences -- from around the world.

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: 82,539

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 four grandchildren.

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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