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Focused on improving my health through nutritian, exercise and medical care and preparing for retirement through reduced spending, increased saving and investing.

I began the Nutrisystem Flex Program in Mid January 2013. I am almost at my first goal is to lose 30 lbs. by July 4, 2013.
My next Goal is to lose 16 lbs. by October 20, 2013 - my 59th birthday.

On my flex days I am following a high nutritian, low fat plant based diet espoused by the Esselstyns and Joel Fuhrman. When I reach my goal weight I plan to transition to a completely Vegetarian or Vegan diet.

Some of the resources I am using are Forks over Knives Cookbook, the Engine 2 Diet and the Whole Foods Health Starts Here Program.

At 58 years old, my health challenges are Rhuematoid Arthritis, Osteopenia and chronic obesity. For the past few years my total cholesterol has risen to approaching 200 and I began taking a low dose statin in 2012.

My personal challenge is to increase my stamina and mobility so that when I retire in 2017 I can travel and garden. While I have no problems with the tasks of basic living, largely because my job is entirely sedentary. When I began this walking even a mile is a challenge for me but early in the program after losing only 13 lbs. my gastric reflux resolved and my stamina improved dramatically. Resources I am using are "Classical Stretch" on PBS and Rebounding.

Member Since: 1/17/2010

Fitness Minutes: 1,215

My Goals:
-30 lbs. by July 4, 2013
-16 lbs. by Oct 20, 2013
-10 lbs. Jan 2, 2014
-10 lbs. by Mar 16, 2014
-15 lbs. by July 4, 2014
-15 lbs. by Oct 20, 2014
Transition to maintenance by January 1, 2015

My Program:
Nutrisystem Flex Plan with Vegetarian/Vegan diet on two Flex Days a week.

In maintenance I plan to be Vegetarian or Vegan following a diet like Nutritarian (Dr Fuhrman, Dr Esselstyn, Rip Esselstyn, and Mrs. Dr. Esselstyn (Rip's mother) too - love her recipes and posts on the Engine 2 blog.

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    Hey susan where have you been? We miss you on our NS "What's on the menu" thread. Hope you are continuing to have success! emoticon
    2986 days ago
    Hi Susan!
    Just dropping a line to say that I hope your progress is continuing! Hope you'll stop by the 55+ team; a little mutual support always is a nice advantage in this journey!
    3171 days ago
    Great weight loss!!! Glad to see you on ETL. Keep up the good work.

    Aloha, June
    3190 days ago

    Thanks for your comment on my comment. I am constantly reminding myself that this is a long term change in my lifestyle. I am "changing my mind" about everything -- instead of asking my husband or teenager to get this or that, I get it myself. I am trying to lean into the "MOVE MORE / EAT LESS" mentality.

    I really love your description of your plan on your sparkpage -- you are thinking of everything! I need to do a much better job of getting enough sleep every night.

    I understand the dilemna regarding healthy fats. For me, I am just working to stay on the E2 plan, which includes a few fats. I am signed up for the E2 Immersion weekend in the Summer in Chicago and really looking forward to that!

    Keep up the good work.

    3435 days ago
    Thanks for adding me as a friend. I look forward to getting to know you better. Good luck on your journey. emoticon
    3651 days ago
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