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April 20, 2019
Today I revised the date I want to meet my next weight loss goal in order to reduce the number of calories I am allowed to eat each day. For the past month I've often eaten more than I wanted simply to meet the calorie goal SP set for me. I hope this will help me lose weight more quickly.

March 14, 2019
Today I started back on the BECK Diet Solution plan, and joined the re-read of the 42-day programme which Kriszta leads. I tried this programme last year at about the same time, but then we went on holidays and I never got back at it. I believe in this programme because it is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which was very effective when I saw a psychiatrist for my clinical depression years ago.

At pretty much the same time, I started on Intermittent Fasting (IF), and find that the two programmes work well together. I am eating 3 meals in an 8-hour period from 12 noon to 8 pm, then fasting until 12 noon the next day.

Combining these 2 programmes, I am sleeping better, have no cravings, and more energy. I'm exercising more regularly, easily drinking my 8 cups of water/day, and my moods are more stable.

As recommended by Dr. Beck, I am setting 5 lb. goals, and will celebrate each success.

February 21/19

Revise, revise, revise...

Work, work, work...


No one ever said losing weight would be easy. No one ever said that adding regular exercise to your daily routine would be fun.

I'm 75, and I want to be active for as many more years as I can. I want to enjoy vacations with my husband and have fun with my 3-year-old granddaughter.

Today I reset my weight goal. Instead of looking at losing another 20 lbs., (I've already lost 20), I'm looking at losing 5 lbs. at a time, with a goal of being at my final goal of 150 lbs. by the end of 2019.

My main exercise is walking, using my treadmill in the winter and walking outside spring, summer and fall. I also do a bit of strength training, but have damage to both shoulders, am not supposed to lift my arms above shoulder height until my physiotherapy exercises repair the damage.

I track my food and water, aim for 250 minutes of exercise each week. I limit the number of friends I add and the number of teams I join so that I can be really active with them.

Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. The rest is up to you.

Thank you to the Spark Friends I've made for the encouragement and support. I wouldn’t still be here without you.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 136,165

My Goals:
My husband and I love to travel, and I want to be able to walk, climb, explore and enjoy new places with him.
I still dream of doing a walkong vacation...

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:
- stop eating directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts, cereal, crackers
- 8 glasses of water/day
- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day
- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes
- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods and weighing and/or measuring portion size
- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan
- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden and walking. In the winter, I swim and do virtual walks on the treadmill
- ST including resistance band and floor exercises

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario
- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend
- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer
- cat lover
- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Long-term goal 150 lbs

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  • v DESIREE672
    Thank you for commenting. He did take it personally and he still doesn’t like it very much, but I wake up feeling I actually slept! I don’t know if I’ll go back when school is out - maybe sometimes.
    3 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    *but it would be nice to have pretty nails (and hands) for a special occasion. *

    ditto! emoticon

    Have a great day hun emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    *More yard waste bags filled and ready for pick-up*

    I've asked our neighbours if I can fill their bins for collection on Wednesday..........I feel I've been taking advantage of our collection guys' good nature, they've taken extra bags and HUGE stumps the past 4 or 5 visits where we're removed outgrown conifers.

    AND I'll still have one bag I reckon by the time I'm done emoticon

    Might have to think of getting an extra bin from the council if this goes on, but I reckon we'll soon be at the end of all the HEAVY work!

    I've gone through 2 pairs of heavy-duty gardening gloves - Pete purchased a dozen pairs off eBay for me, works out cheaper..

    Have a good week Gail emoticon
    5 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2019 2:58:57 AM
  • v no profile image PATRICIAANN46
    The girls usually go back to school the third week in August. They had so many snow days this year, that they had to lengthen the days and also cancel teacher in-service and work-days so that the students could make up time then. The teachers have to meet face-to-face with the students a required number of days/year and must make up any days missed. I used to know the exact number when I was teaching, but it has changed since I retired.
    10 days ago
    Can't wait to see you Sunflowers. I do like your black eyed susan.
    11 days ago
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