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I am a recently retired 69 year old who is looking to lose weight despite some health issues.

I am 6'3" and now, 275 lbs. I would like to lose 40 more pounds. I recently read, about a person who lost 80 lbs, that the easiest way to do that is to lose one pound, eighty times. All I have to do is lose 1 lb, now 40 times.

Back and leg problems have in the past kept me from getting out and enjoying our beautiful walkways. I can walk shorter distances, and with practice may get much better at that.

I believe in eating for taste and for health. That is why my wife and I eat a variety of Mediterranean foods. It is one of the better diets for heart health, diabetes prevention, and lower inflammatory problems. Also, hopefully it will help me lose weight. However, my basic eating guidelines came from Spark radio. There are two of them: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat till you are satisfied, not full. By using this credo, I have been able to gradually take off weight.

I too believe in exercise for health. That is why I started working out at the gym on 4/13/2014. There is nothing I know of that contributes to overall wellbeing than good fitness. Coming in a close second, is reducing ones stress level. Meditation can help considerably, but sometimes, it takes drastic changes in one's life circumstance to really get to reknow that relaxed self that we all have somewhere in us.

Though I'm not much of a laugher, I value a sense of humor. In the coming year, I hope to see more comedies, possibly read some witty things, lighten up and smile more. I have a new objective. For every five pounds I lose, I can buy a new comedy DVD. That will build up my collection of funny stuff for a while. Fitness can really help people feel better from the inside out.

Member Since: 3/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 5,834

My Goals:
My goals were to LOSE 82 lbs and get MOOVVING once again. Well, since then I am down a total of 39 lbs, and did get moving.

My Program:
New eating guidelines will be to eat only when hungry, and eat only till satisfied, not full.

Also, working out at the gym three days per week, where I am focusing on overall body strengthening and some aerobics.

And I hope to get in some nature walks, for the pure joy of walking. I might fit in few bike rides too, in scenic areas.

Personal Information:
I live in a wooded area outside of Olympia, Washington and am an early retiree.

I have a six year old granddaughter who is just adorable and a five year old grandson, in addition to our newest family member, a one year old granddaughter.

Other Information:
I recently found this quote, and it speaks to me: "Live all you can: It's a mistake not to."

Another: "Some people dream about success. Others wake up and work hard at it."

And: "Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching."
Satchel Paige

"You don't know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough." William Blake

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    Hi Glenn.
    You're welcome. So are you preparing all the food for your wife, as well?
    I guess it's all a matter of what we're willing to do at any given time, what it seems "worth it" to invest in, with all the other factors taken into consideration.
    You must feel overwhelmed with all the responsibility you have, plus the medical tests. Let me know if I can ever be of any help.

    9 days ago
    RE: shopping...
    I buy a couple of 5# bags of potatoes, usually one of white or Yukon gold and another of russet or red. I just use them until they run low. Some weeks are faster than others. Also about 1 sweet potato for each day. I buy a big bunch of bananas and that lasts about 4 days.
    I do an inventory of dried and canned goods every week. I try to keep a variety of dried and canned beans and a full list of canned tomato products, like crushed, sauce, whole, etc.
    I also make sure I have a backup on hand of 2# bags of brown rice, boxes of whole wheat pasta, and some high fiber breakfast cereal, and almond milk (which keeps forever, Lol).
    I usually have a cart pretty full of fresh and frozen vegetables, at least frozen kale and broccoli... and at least fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, celery and carrots for salads. I keep citrus fruit and apples on hand. Lately, I've been using bottled fat-free vinaigrette, but you can make your own fat free salad dressing from so many recipes on the internet.
    I'd say just buy a bunch of stuff that you like, and replenish supplies as you go. There is so much good food on this diet, I LOVE doing my shopping, feels like I'm doing something nice for myself.
    9 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page.
    For me, this is the first time I've been able to lose weight, without being hungry all the time. In the early days, I would eat sometimes 24 oz boiled potatoes with sauteed (in water) onions and green pepper, maybe with some salsa, for breakfast.
    If I needed a substantial snack, I might eat 4 large bananas. The main thing is that you have to eat quite a large volume of food and eat to satiety.
    Now (38.8 # lost) I try to balance my plates, half potatoes, half green vegetable for supper. Then a second plate if I'm still hungry. Or a bowl of oatmeal with a grated carrot, apple, canned pumpkin in it. 2 large bowls for breakfast. I still feel like a bit of a bottomless pit, but this way of eating is working out really well for me. I hope you find that it does for you too.
    Just remember to eat a LOT of whole food, plant based food, lots of starch. No oil.
    10 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/21/2020 3:16:06 PM
    Glenn, what have you got to lose in trying the plant based diet. I have faith in you, I think you CAN do it! Come on and prove it to yourself!

    10 days ago
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