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I am 55 now. A few years ago I was finally diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I have a bunch of other rheumatalogic stuff as well and deal with anxiety and depression as secondary disorders, I have finally realized.

Ok, I have been far too sedentary which is the opposite of how I was until about age 35. I have now lost 25 pounds out of the forty I needed to lose. I became very ill from long term magnesium deficiency due to poor diet. Vitamin D deficiency as well. These both are readily available in normal foods but I wasn't getting enough. But I am trying to to keep it in balance now. I could not absorb either from supplemental pills, either.

I have tried the LCHF diet, but also found, in using the nutrition tracker and as I increase my activity level, that I do need more carb than that, yet it's not cake walk due to the fact it raises Blood Glucose/Sugar levels. I am only diet controlled, and it's not a cake walk, and honestly, sometimes I can have that piece of chocolate cake if I want it. It doesn't have icing on it, and I do count it in. It is not impossible, but it does have to be micro managed.

I still am in shock at how many carbs are suggested, in some cases. Our society is rampant with them. I try , rather to eat more hunter gatherer and I do eat dairy, not really any particular diet style because most of them have a lack or excess to them. I do eat meat and fish.

My dream would be to have a small homestead and I am just trying to get healthier so I could manage to do the daily work on one if I ever get the chance. I would love to grow my own food and I know how to properly preserve it. I like doing that stuff and tucking it away , shelf ready usually, to be used as I need it and it reduces the bad habit of running to the store for stuff that I know is not grown in healthy ways anymore.

So, as I get some strength back, continue to lose weight, I am learning to knit to make useful and nice clothing items. Knitting is a challenge I am learning to meet. I have come to the understanding that it would take a 2 year vocational college degree to be issued , because of what it really takes. It is great if you learn as a young child, from an experienced knitter, but that was lacking in my family, so I am learning mostly on my own but with some groups I found on another website finally, they can answer my questions I have and one at a time, I learn the concepts and stitches, which combined with a lot of practice help keep me busy providing something for myself with my own two hands , when I am not in a situation where I can do much else. This is very satisfying. I am starting to really get the hang of it and enjoy it very much. It also lasts so much longer than store bought, commercially made stuff and in wonderful natural fibers. I am enjoying the amazing diversity that is out there, for yarn choices as well.
I also am slowly working on some book writing. Maybe I can eventually get it ready for kindle publishing. Adventuresome subjects, fiction, history, things like that are mixed into the themes.
The warm months here are available for local adventures. I am working on walking stamina this year, and a little wider scope of distances so I can enjoy more things outside. I love the outdoors and live in a beautiful area that has a lot to offer.

Member Since: 12/4/2014

Fitness Minutes: 746

My Goals:
I have lost 25 lbs. since June 2014 by changing my diet to low carb, high protein and lots more veggies and salad. I am now wanting to start my walking program despite winter coming on strong already, including seriously cold temps here in Upstate NY, the Adirondacks. I have much less chronic pain now too and my thinking is much clearer. My blood sugar levels are pretty darn good , normal ranges much of the time now.

To get down to 125 lbs. weight.

To regain walking and hiking stamina and ability to do exercises regularly without pain.

To enjoy life more, all the basics.

Long term to be able to do outside work again and enjoy being outside more again.

Long term to be there for my son and grandchild(ren).

To be able to run if I need to, again. To be a bit more agile and capable physically than I am, after a depleting chronic to severe long term period of time.

Make sure that my nutrition needs are truly met.

My Program:
Walking, stretches to keep my tendons and joints limbering up more and more, light weights as I became really really weak being sick the last several years and I was wiped out.
Eventually to hopefully hit the trails next summer that are not far from my little town in the boonies!
Just walking up the hill and around town is good too. Consistency is the key I must develop again.

Personal Information:
I enjoy reading really good novels, such as the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Absolutely a fan. I enjoy different movie genres . I enjoy art and photography and fiber arts. Currently working on becoming a really good knitter. It helps provide good socks and clothing! ( this town has a severe shortage of clothing in stores and I rarely can get to a city.)
I am a navy aviation veteran. So I support the military and veterans of all eras.
I support those with aspergers and find so many of us went undiagnosed and still have a hard time getting it done in many places. I am pleased that children today are getting more help.
I will just say I color outside the lines. For now.

I enjoy writing historical fiction. I hope to eventually get something on kindle books as it is easy to self publish now, this way.

I wish I could do a survival / bushcraft / woodscraft instruction school for disabled people and older adults. I certainly live in a great place for i

Other Information:
I am naturally mechanical. I would like to get a good used truck and build my own trailer eventually , so that I could just travel and live that way for a while.
I would also love to have my own bit of land and grow my own food to preserve it , naturally and have small livestock to provide milk and cheese and meat. I follow other modern homesteaders info on line. I also believe in prepping for emergencies, whether they are short term or long term. I would like to get better organized about that.
I love my country and things these days trouble me about it. I care.

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    Looking forward to the journey with you!
    870 days ago
    Hello! Just wondering how your summer went.
    2084 days ago
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    That is great , HORSEHABIT! I miss having horses in my life! If I still did I would have a better daily routine!

    Still working on my cream socks, but decided to do a simple fan and feather stitch which can be useful for a lot of projects , traditionally. It does make a pretty pattern and I thought it was nice for some summer socks. I also am starting some mittens for a friend. Even if spring is coming, they will last her years.
    It is nice to see it dripping outside, mostly now as the days change to warmer weather, eventually it will be bare, then green up around here and it will be more comfortable going outside again.
    2255 days ago
    Nice to hear from you. Things are going pretty well for me...soon I will be able to get on the trails without snowshoes! It has been a " real winter" this year for sure!!!
    2261 days ago
  • v VICKIE_A
    emoticon Hi everyone, just wanted to say, am here, been quietly getting through winter, not badly, either, so all is good. The end of winter is here, it is good to see. I am so ready for Spring!

    My knitting skills are continuing to improve. I will never be a fast knitter, but I am becoming a good knitter, and that is what matters to me. I am continuing to work on socks , learning new stitch patterns in the doing of socks, recently found some vintage knitting patterns that were free downloads and will be modifying one, for a larger size, of a long classic coat, but using wool ease yarn in three woodsy colors that I think will present a lovely long sweater coat that will be nice to wear and have a little style. Main color and accent colors.
    The main thing, is that I am enjoying it, and I am improving, and can now provide a nice way to make some nicer clothing than is available to me in my own location. It is a great creative process and soothing to my concerns as well. So I am very happy I decided to jump right in with it finally.
    I am also gathering some yarn each month or so for a twin size blanket for my bed here, so that is another project I can do. Numerous other smaller projects and needs regarding clothing I can wear about seven months a year in this climate are also on my mind, and I have patterns and will put those into motion as I go along now. So there is always something on the knitting needles.

    2262 days ago
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