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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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  • v EXOTEC
    Congrats on your success - and hope you continue on your journey.

    I'm so glad you liked my quote about our being animals. We're all part of the great family of life, after all!

    Stick with it, you'll find your perfect spot and the perfect diet for you. Wer're all on that path!
    3192 days ago
    Welcome back!!! Congrads on your weight loss!!!

    I started my journey on 09/05/2006 and I did not expect for it to happen....I lost 30lbs in 4 months!!!

    Spark People WORKS!!

    It does become a habit and you will succeed. This is a GREAT site and best of all it's FREE!! You have nothing to lose but weight and you are motivating soooo many which is the BEST FEELING EVER!!

    and remember if motivation leaves you, find will power and reel him on in :)

    God Bless :)
    3294 days ago
    Hi! I was just reading your comment above that you are adding carbs back in and are looking for advice. Feel free to post in the Living Low Carb forum. There are lots of very knowledgeable folks there who could give you some great info. We love to see new faces too!
    3295 days ago
    Wow, you are making great progress already! Good for you. I, too, have some health issues and some weight to lose. Let's hope we can both make progress!
    3334 days ago
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