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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: 5,801

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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    And hope your family is safe too. Just unimaginable!
    4 days ago
    I am picking our lockdown will be extended, but most of that will be caused by people flaunting what our Prime Minister keeps saying every day.....STAY AT HOME.....sadly quite a few of them are treating this like a holiday especially on nice sunny days.....
    I am very impressed at how quickly our Prime Minister locked the country down and it is sad because all our cases are traced to people who came back from overseas......and some New Zealanders are still being brought back so think this is going to continue to climb for a while....
    My hubby is still working a couple of hours a day.....hmmmm....concerns me that i am doing everything I am told to do and he is going to work 4 days a week......
    Our cafe has received some money from the government and we can pay our staff 100% of what they earn for 3 months.....our bills are all paid and we can pay our rent as well in this time and our phone and electricity.......God has been good in this and we will rise again when this is all over....my girl has done well this year to get the finances where they are to get us through all this....very proud of her and she is enjoying being home with her little on as she hasn't since he was 8 weeks old....
    You and Lee ( I think I have remembered her name..) don't want this either.....stay safe and keep well....
    4 days ago
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    5 days ago
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    Thank you my brother 👍. We WILL get through this with the grace of God 🙏. Be well and safe and keep the faith 🙏
    5 days ago
    That's my golden retriever Henry -- who will be 10 months old April 3, tomorrow. Yes, he is continuously wagging his gorgeous plumy tail!!
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