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My main obstacle is junk food and finally realize I can NOT out exercise my love for it. Instead, I must learn to overcome this unhealthy habit in a sustainable and healthy way. I don't want obese related problems or become a burden to loved ones. I do want to live in a healthy body, enjoy a fulfilling life and remain prescription drug free.

Restart 3/2020
2020 GOAL: Avoid processed junk food, oils, refined sugars and lose 35 lbs.

I avoided bakery goodies (cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, pastries, etc.), chips and added sugars except for honey (occasionally w/tea), throughout the year. I don't cook w/oil but ate a few greasy take-outs, packaged cookies, frozen desserts, sugary cereals, candy, frozen pizzas and french bread the first half of the year. The last half of the year I managed to avoid those foods by coming up with better options. Lost 38 lbs

Instead of lumping all processed food together and trying to avoid them all at once, I divided them into two groups.
1. Processed JUNK Food (bakery goodies, chips, candy, non dairy frozen desserts, sugary cereals, including frozen pizza, and greasy take outs), to avoid.
2. Processed Food (whole grain pasta/bread, shredded wheat cereal, tofu, dried fruit and nuts), allowed in reasonable amounts.

I eat fruit, assorted vegs, beans, lentils, rice, oatmeal, starchy veggies and some processed food. I make oil free veggie pizza (albeit w/white flour), vegan sushi, oil free vegan pancakes, oil free/refined sugar free vegan carrot cake and non dairy frozen 'ice cream' with fruit; just to name a few. I eat till I'm satiated and don't restrict calories. Because of better food choices, I'm eating a lot more food, more nutrients and less calories.

2021 GOAL: Continue what I'm doing, lose 36 lbs and achieve a healthy BMI

Member Since: 8/18/2018

My Goals:
Restart 3/2020 - BMI 38.5 (highest BMI 40.1)
-35 lbs total ----- BMI 32.1 by end of 2020 ........ -38 lbs total --- BMI 31.5 (12/2020)
-47 lbs total ----- BMI 29.9 by end of 3/2021 ..... -47 lbs total --- BMI 29.9 ( 1/2021)
-60 lbs total ----- BMI 27.5 by end of 4/2021
-74 lbs total ----- BMI 24.9 by end of 7/2021
Optimum goals:
-85 lbs total ----- BMI 22.9 by end of 10/2021
-90 lbs total ----- BMI 22.0 by end of 2021

My Program:
Plant based (whole foods, some processed)
No caloric restrictions
Daily exercise
Deep breathing/stretching sessions
Adequate sleep
Stay hydrated

Personal Information:
Married w/adult children, grand and great grandchildren

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    Happy Friday! Time for a little bit of fun and laughter to get you primed for the weekend ahead. Well, in case you don't follow the "National days calendar", today is National Read a Fairy Tale day.

    So here are a few frankly fractured fairy tales that I hope will give you a giggle . . .

    emoticon What's the difference between a Northern Fairy Tale, and a Southern Fairy Tale?
    The Northern Fairy Tale begins "Once upon a time', and the Southern Fairy Tale begins "Y'all ain't gonna believe this!"

    emoticon Did you read the fractured fairy tale about the girl who lives in the woods and steals from the rich and gives it all to her Granny?
    It's titled - Little Red Robin Hood.

    emoticon Do all fairy tales begin with "Once Upon A Time"?
    No every two years they come out with a whole series that begin with "If elected, I promise . . ."

    emoticon I heard about a fractured fairy tale about three creatures who live in trees are scared of the Big Bad Wolf.
    It's called “The Three Little Figs”.

    emoticon What did Cinderella say when the photographer lost her photographs ?
    "Someday my prints will come!"

    emoticon Rapunzel is a very long drawn out hairy fairy tale.

    emoticon Most women have read the fractured fairy tale titled, "You Have to Kiss A Lot of Frogs To Find A Prince".

    emoticon The prince summoned up all his courage after he slayed the evil dragon.
    He rode like the wind back to the castle, jumped off his high horse, and proposed to the princess. She refused, and he lived happily ever after.

    And last but not least . . .
    emoticon There is a very funny little known fairy tale about Snow White's half brother - Egg White.

    I hope you have a Happily Ever After Weekend! emoticon

    Thanks so much for dropping in to visit my page and say HI, leaving your note, or goodie.
    I want you to know how much they brighten my day. emoticon
    1 day ago
    Thanks for the Spotlight day goodie! I so appreciate you!!!
    1 day ago
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    Happy Friday! In an effort to help keep everyone warm in the colder temperatures and all the snow, we need to get ourselves giggling. So let's get our giggles going to warm us up this morning . . . I don't mean to air my dirty laundry in public, but I have loads of laundry jokes. I promise you they're all clean. If you think there's nothing funny about doing laundry, you just need a dryer sense of humor. Sock it to me!!!

    Have you heard about the new and improved energy star rated clothes dryer that's being touted by the government for its very high 99% energy efficiency . . .
    It's called a clothesline.

    Why don't men like doing the laundry?
    Washers and dryers don't come with a remote control.

    If doing laundry makes you tired, and you decide you've done enough - you'd better think twice . . .
    More laundry!

    What do income taxes and doing laundry have in common.
    Either way you might lose your shirt.

    When I was in college money was tight. Quite often I had to choose between buying laundry detergent or something for breakfast. It was either All or muffin.

    How much fun is doing laundry?

    If your toddler gets all muddy while playing outside, just throw her in the tub and quickly washer and dryer.

    Why are poker players good at doing laundry?
    They know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when they run . . .

    Today has been a perfect finish to my week!
    Every sock in the washer had a matching partner.

    I hope my sense of humor did not leave you hanging high and dry this morning . . .

    Finally . . .

    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Clothes who?
    Time for me to clothes this now.

    Thanks for dropping by my page for a visit.
    I hope you have loads of fun this weekend!
    8 days ago
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    Thank you for dropping by
    With your message and saying Hi,
    Thank you for the goodie too,
    It was very thoughtful of you.
    So before I go I'd just like to say,
    Thank you for thinking of me, and have a wonderful day!
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    10 days ago
    emoticon Happy Belated Spotlight Day! Thanks for your participation on our team.
    14 days ago
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