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Hi. I am a 66 years old My ultimate goal from this point is to lose to at least 130 and maybe a bit lower . My highest weight was 227. My second goal (which is more important to me for health) have a normal A1C. I was here in 2018, began at 200 and participated in the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall and lost to 158 -- a 42 pound weight loss. Then I got pneumonia, found out I had MRSA in my lungs, found out I have moderate emphysema. and bronchiostasis. It went down this way: I was diagnosed with pneumonia in Oct of 2017, Followup xray showed a problem. At my physical my A1C was 5.2 which is perfectly normal (I was prediabetic). I was referred to lung doctor who did a CT scan. I was diagnosed with MRSA in the lungs and while I was in quarantine my only sibling, my older brother, was diagnosed with a virulent form of brain cancer. He lived 5 months past the diagnosis. After 2 more CT scans, I was clear of MRSA but have extensive scarring in my lungs and the dr doesn't know how that got there. During all of that I felt sorry for myself and overindulged in "comfort foods" that really didn't comfort me and my weight has crept up to 5 pounds less than where I started before.
Meanwhile, I have broken out with Lichen Planus again (I had it in '94 the doctors don't know what causes it or what to do for it but it is a purple rash with flat bumps that itch and spread like poison ivy. I started breaking out this time just before Thanksgiving 2019. Drinking cultured buttermilk helps the itching so I am convinced it is either yeast-related or is triggered by a weakened immune system which I have due to the 3 rounds of strong antibiotics I have taken recently.I will do the best I possibly can to achieve my goals and support my team. This weight HAS to GO.

Member Since: 5/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 59,194

My Goals:
To be at a healthy weight (probably between 120 and 130 based on my height but more depends on my waist circumference). I plan to lose to 140 by Christmas 2018. I am an apple (for lack of a better description because it is not all in my middle, but all ABOVE the waist!). A better goal is my old 28" waist from a health standpoint.

My Program:
Eating Plan: Atkins -- strict until within 10 pounds of my goal and then find how many carbs I can eat and still lose weight. It is a work in progress.

My Exercise Plan : 120 minutes of activity that I can handle. I cannot and do not want to eat 2,000 calories a day and on Atkins or very low carb eating I do not have to. As I get closer to my goal weight I will start working out more vigorously but right now the carb cutting is the most important thing for me, as my blood sugar has gotten in the bad range again.

Personal Information:
Married 44 years in 2018 to a wonderful man. We are Christians and my faith is an important part of my life. I would not be the person I am today without Jesus and I am eternally grateful to have been born into a Christian family in a country in which I am free to worship, have my Bible, and practice my faith. I am blessed to live in a country in which our laws are based on the Word of God! We have two grown children, 6 grands and a great-grand. Love to cook. Also sew, knit, crochet, cross stitch and crafts. Read. Play piano, saxophone, and accordion. Write music, prose, and poetry. Had a very hard time when the kids left the nest. Took 13 years for me to get over it. Gained this weight when I got something called Lichen Planus (they didn't know at that time what caused it or how to treat it ) .Now I know that it was caused by an antibiotic called Cipro that I took for a bout of bronchitis and finished just weeks before the Lichen Planus started breaking out. A lot of people have it in

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My true highest beginning weight was 227 in Feb of 2011. Somewhere I think there is a picture of me then. If I can find it, it will be my Before Picture. I did have a picture of myself eating an ice cream cone on vacation at about 215 lbs and my buttons on my blouse were about to pop. I hid that one from myself because it embarrassed me to look at it, even in private. My fasting blood sugar was 116 at my highest weight. Lost 20 pounds in 4 months by just watching myself and my portions but my blood sugar didn't change. Went on Atkins and in 3 days my fasting blood sugar was 98. I stayed on it from June 1 2011 until mid October lost 37 more for a total of 57 pounds lost but then ate a piece of birthday cake (though I didn't crave a thing) and fell way off the wagon.. Got off Atkins and gained 20 back. I have been rocking back and forth with those 20 or 30 pounds for years and now it has to stop! UPDATE! IT DID STOP! I lost 42 pounds from Jan 1 2017 to the end of Sept. and my A1C dropped

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