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I'm 70, and still working on taking charge of my life. When I joined SparkPeople, my main goal was to lose weight, but that's gradually changed into something much more dynamic. In general, I'm eating more healthfully, doing some kind of exercise daily, and working toward my goals. I like to say I anticipate at least 25 more years, and with SparkPeople's help, they will be good years!

Member Since: 10/16/2007

Fitness Minutes: 23,721

My Goals:
While the underlying goal is to lose weight, the goals that will allow me to achieve it are to develop and maintain habits that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. The weight loss should occur without my giving it much thought.

My Program:
For now, I am doing the following:

1. Tracking everything I eat on the Nutrition Page.

2. Getting the daily amount of fluids (but I still love my coffee, so I try to drink more water than coffee each day).

3. Tracking my cardio and strength training. I'm doing 30-40 minutes of various types of cardio per day and trying to do some kind of strength training at least 3 times per week.

Personal Information:
I'm Lou, currently from Vancouver, WA, originally from central Illinois via 7 years in the Bay Area of California. I'm 70, and recently lost my husband Larry, after almost 45 years of marriage. I have no children, but I currently have 2 spoiled cats.

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Other Information:
Although I maintained a weight of about 163 most of my adult life, in 1993 I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. I was on prednisone off and on over the next 6 years, gaining weight each time, but never managing to lose it before the next time. In 2007, I had to go back on prednisone and gained again, though I lost that weight fairly quickly.

With an advanced degree in English, I would never have anticipated becoming a technical writer, but that's what I did for 20 years before retiring in 2005.

Larry & I got active with a local rose society in 1986, and I edited the society newsletter for 12 years and the newsletter for the PNW District of the American Rose Society for 6 years. I am an ARS Consulting Rosarian, and our shared love of roses deeply affected our lives.

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    Oooh, I missed your 5-year Sparkversary! Hope you celebrated it in style.

    We were in Vancouver last month and enjoyed walking all over familiar territory. We even participated in the Veterans Day volksmarch the Saturday of the holiday weekend. We soooo want to move there.
    2879 days ago
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    emoticon How wonderful to be celebrating your five year Sparkversary. Keep going. emoticon

    Do watch the YOUTUBE series "THE SKINNY ON OBESITY" with Robert Lustig M.D. whose book "FAT CHANCE" comes out in December. It is so helpful.

    I'm reading Richard Johnson M.D.'s book "THE SUGAR FIX" and have learned so much about Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance. He has a wonderful lecture on Youtube.
    2943 days ago
    Lou, I have a compound fracture of my right ankle, still in hospital. I will not be going to the Greater Portland area.
    3047 days ago
    Thanks for the Spark friend add, Lou...added you back! Just got the e-mail notice about the add. Wow, from famine to feast. All the e-mails from Saturday through Monday are now appearing in my mailbox. Did you have Spark e-mail woes, too? I heard from a few other people that the e-mail stream dried up. Guess SP figured it out.

    DH is STILL talking about heading west, and he actually sounds serious this time. I thought I'd be stuck on the East Coast forever, but now there appears to be hope of escaping.
    3095 days ago
    Lou, where is Wendy the Welder? Oregon, Washington, Willamette River? One of my nieces is asking and I have not figured it out from our conversations.


    3095 days ago
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