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

Starting Weight = 319
Current Weight = 217 (-102)
Goal Weight = 152 (65 to go!)

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

Non-Scale Victories:
Stopped needing a cane to walk
Size 3X/28 to a 18/regular 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)
Goal hips = 40 (current 46)
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, 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, though very little fruit since I'm not a big fruit-eater. I eat fruit maybe three times a month.

I don't eat any of the high-fat "fake meats" 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 eat mixed grain bowl meals - around 2 1/2 cups of whole grains, up to a cup of beans, and plenty of greens and veggies over the course of a day. Every week or two I have a peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread. I usually average 1300-1400 calories a day, just to give you an idea, and I will always measure all my portions.

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- 230.8 (-88.2)
10/31/19- 224 (-95)

Bloodwork I hope to improve (values as of 2/28/17):
Cholesterol = 182 (I've seen it said it should be 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)
My long-term weight loss goal = 152 pounds (will be a 167 pound loss)

Once I get to 152, I will change my program on Sparkpeople from weight loss to maintaining the range of 152-158.

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, beans/tofu, greens, and veggies. 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

My nutrition is very simple, here's my main formula: 1 cup Whole Grain + 1/3 cup bean or tofu + Greens and Veggies as the basis of a lunch or dinner, with 1-2 tablespoons of nuts/seeds/dried fruit/sundried tomatoes added as condiments. Sometimes potatoes, sweet potatoes, or whole wheat pasta. I usually just mix the plain foods together.

I meal prep my foods by cooking a big batch of whole grains, like barley, twice a week. I steam 24 oz bags of potatoes and sweet potatoes as 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 mental illness 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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  • v JOYBELL47
    Okay , while I was away from Spark People, YOU DID IT !!! You reached your weight loss Victory of 100 POUNDS GONE ! CONGRATULATIONS AND I AM SO VERY PROUD OF YOU !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    You truly are an INSPIRATION to all of us here at Spark People and our team.. We are so thankful to have you as one of our leaders and setting an AWESOME example of losing weight with Jesus by your side !!!

    Hugs and Prayers,

    3 hours ago
    Good Morning Renee!
    I hope you have a blessed and amazing God filled week this week! emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v MELLE77
    Thank you for the verse and goodie! It came right in time. Bless you!

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    1 day ago
    Thank you for thinking about me today. It was a busy day and I'm pretty exhausted. I did get in my water! Great reminder! Thank you!
    2 days ago
    Your diet looks interesting. I tried to be vegetarian a long time ago. It lasted a week and then I really craved chicken, so I quit. I was told because of my body type, I need more protein than the average American diet suggests, so I shoot for 30% protein, or about 90g per day. The suggestion I received from a Nutritionist Doctor was to eat 1 gram per kg of weight, which now is 97g a day, and at 150 pounds would be 68g of protein daily. Not enough protein would cause me to lose more hair and I'm already thinning at the top. I still eat tons of non-starchy vegetables though.

    You are doing a great job. Keep it up. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4 days ago
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