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I'm on a journey to lose a little over half my starting body weight! 161-167 pounds!

Starting Weight = 319
Current Weight = 211.5 (-107.5)
Goal Weight Range = 152-158 (155 +/- 2%)
57 to go!

Beginning tummy measure = 58"
Tummy measure 11/19/19 = 48"

SW: 319 (BMI 53)
3/31/19 - 268 (-51)
4/31/19 - 262 (-57)
5/31/19 - 256 (-63)
6/30/19 - 252 (-67)
7/31/19 - 244 (-75)
8/31/19- 235.5 (-83.5) BMI 39! Finally under 40!
9/30/19- 231 (-88)
10/31/19- 224 (-95)
11/30/19 - 214 (-105)

Non-Scale Victories:
Stopped needing a cane to walk
Size 3X/28 to a 18/XL
10" lost around tummy
Can now shop in a regular women's department and not plus

Renee's Size 12 Goal Tracking -
Goal waist = 30 (current 42, was 56)
Goal hips = 40 (current 46, was 58)
I can do this!!!

As of October 5, 2019, after a LOT of research and experimenting to optimize my nutrition, I'm following the McDougall way of eating (starch based - whole grains, potatoes, beans, and plants - low fat - no animal products or oils) as outlined in The Starch Solution. I've been both vegetarian and vegan before in my life, so it's not a totally new concept, this time I am just also eliminating oils.

Some of what I eat is organic, but I don't *have* to eat organic foods. I buy canned/boxed 365 or Goya low-sodium chickpeas and beans. I am batch cooking my own whole grains and using old fashioned oats for breakfast. I also eat a lot of fresh veggies, and frozen fruits. I LOVE my frozen cherries!

I don't eat any of the high-fat "fake meats" or vegan cheeses that are out there. I have no desire to substitute fake bacon, sausage, hot dogs, chicken, cheese, or ground beef. I am a vegan who hates nutritional yeast and doesn't own a Vita-Mix. I also don't eat vegan junk food. I want to eat clean, not find junk substitutes! In the past I have been a high-fat vegetarian and vegan - and it showed! You really CAN be a fat vegan if you eat the junk foods!

I mostly eat mixed grain bowl meals - whole grains, starchy veggies, beans, and plenty of greens and non-starchy veggies over the course of a day. Every week or two I have a peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread. I usually average 1300-1600 calories a day, just to give you an idea, and I will always measure all my portions.

Bloodwork I hope to improve (values as of 2/28/17):
Cholesterol = 182 (McDougall likes it under 150)
Triglycerides = 188 (should be under 150)
HDL (good cholesterol) = 32 (should be 40-60)
LDL (bad cholesterol) = 112 (should be under 90)
HDL/LDL Ratio = 3.5 (should be under 3.2)

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:34

You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:4

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart's delight. Jeremiah 15:16

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Honor the Lord with your capital and sufficiency from righteous labors and with the firstfruits of all your income. Proverbs 3:9

Why do we call it radical when, to Jesus, it is simply the way it is? The way it should be? Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Member Since: 7/15/2013

My Goals:
Short-term weight loss goal = 219 pounds (100 pound loss) MET!
My long-term weight loss goal range = 152-158 pounds (will be a 161-167 pound loss)

Once I get to 155, I will change my program on Sparkpeople from weight loss to maintenance. And I will join the At Goal and Maintaining Sparkteam! I have read there that many people continue to lose at first when they hit maintenance since they don't know exactly how many calories to add to their diets to help their bodies adjust. So I am starting maintenance at 155 in case I still lose a bit. I don't want to drop under 150.

I have a pair of size 12 pants as incentive for my long-term goal of getting into that size. I am currently in an 18.

My Program:
Lots of whole grains, winter squash, beans/tofu, greens, veggies, and fruits. I follow the regular McDougall program (not the one for Maximum Weight Loss) as taught in The Starch Solution and on the extensive free resources on

I meal prep my foods by cooking a big batch of whole grains, like barley, twice a week. I steam winter squashes as meals or snacks. I always have canned/boxed beans and corn on hand, canned tomatoes, greens, sauteed (in water) onions and peppers, and a well stocked spice rack. I LOVE the way I eat.

Personal Information:
I live in Virginia with my wonderful husband, Chris, and my beautiful rescue cat, Mondo Kitty. I am a dual Canadian/U.S. citizen though, and my heart is still in western Canada. I will move back there eventually. I spent nine years there after Chris and I were married and I miss it every day.

Other Information:
I became a born-again Christian on October 12, 2012.
My anniversary of being miraculously put in remission for my schizoaffective is March 13, 2019.
My McDougall anniversary is October 5, 2019

My favorite Christian authors are Merlin Carothers, Randy Alcorn, and A.W. Tozer. I mostly read the NLT Bible, but I also have a NCV and ESV I bring out from time to time. I just finished reading the NLT cover-to-cover as of October 2019.

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