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June 12 - 3 1/2 months after Covid-19 hit, people in Ontario are finally allowed to extend their bubble to include one other household, to a maximum of 10 people. Each person is allowed to be in only 1 bubble. We will now be able to visit back and forth with our daughter's family, a total of 6 of us, and will be able to hug and not stay 6' apart.

I have started carb cycling, with 5 days/week of carbs below 30 gm. and 2 days that I do not count carbs. It's probably way too early to say this, but I like it, and definitely have less acid reflux.

March 1 - starting the Spring re-read of the Beck Diet Solution (BDS) pink book. After being so proud of breaking 160, I "scuttled" back to 168... "scuttling" is how I think of it... retreating to a comfortable place. But I am determined to get back down to 160, and lower.

December 20 - 157 lbs. Now to keep it there over the holidays!

November 26, 2019
A few days ago, my weight was 159 lbs... the first time since at least 2002 that I was below 160 lbs. Breaking 160 was a huge psychological success for me. I feel like I can keep going and reach my goal of 150 in 2020.

October 4, 2019
Home after vacation, and settling into the fall season. Lots of work to do preparing the garden for the winter, including pruning some trees and shrubs. Volunteer work at church is busier than ever, with the Syrian refugee family we sponsored (part of a 5-parish initiative) expected to arrive as early as this month. Now that Aria is in school and I have more time to myself, I've started the fall re-read of the Beck Diet Solution, combining it with intermittent fasting, eating all my food between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Getting back on the treadmill and starting aquafit.

August 27, 2019
This has been a really difficult summer... the worst since I started SP in 2011... and I've learned a lot about myself in the process. As many of you know, we've been minding our granddaughter while her mother works for the past 2 years. She was 2 1/2 when we started, almost 4 1/2 now and starting school in just a few days. We've loved having her, but it has been tiring, and lots of other things have slipped. I also realize I've slid back into some of my bad habits from when my own children were young. I'm not shopping or cooking as well, using more frozen foods, and cleaning off her plate way too much! In 10 days I leave on a 13-day trip to England and Scotland, and then 2 days after coming home, Peter and I are driving to Nova Scotia for 12 days to visit my son and his wife. I'm very consciously planning to use this month to get myself back on track. It will be easier because I won't have access to the fridge or the cupboards. I will take my Beck book with me, and start re-doing the 42-day programme. In the meantime, I remind myself that I'm down 24 lbs. since starting SP and I have broken my pattern of gaining 3, 4 or 5 lbs. every year. I will not quit. I am succeeding... I am proud of myself!

April 20, 2019
Today I revised the date I want to meet my next weight loss goal in order to reduce the number of calories I am allowed to eat each day. For the past month I've often eaten more than I wanted simply to meet the calorie goal SP set for me. I hope this will help me lose weight more quickly.

March 14, 2019
Today I started back on the BECK Diet Solution plan, and joined the re-read of the 42-day programme which Kriszta leads. I tried this programme last year at about the same time, but then we went on holidays and I never got back at it. I believe in this programme because it is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which was very effective when I saw a psychiatrist for my clinical depression years ago.

At pretty much the same time, I started on Intermittent Fasting (IF), and find that the two programmes work well together. I am eating 3 meals in an 8-hour period from 12 noon to 8 pm, then fasting until 12 noon the next day.

Combining these 2 programmes, I am sleeping better, have no cravings, and more energy. I'm exercising more regularly, easily drinking my 8 cups of water/day, and my moods are more stable.

As recommended by Dr. Beck, I am setting 5 lb. goals, and will celebrate each success.

February 21/19

Revise, revise, revise...

Work, work, work...


No one ever said losing weight would be easy. No one ever said that adding regular exercise to your daily routine would be fun.

I'm 75, and I want to be active for as many more years as I can. I want to enjoy vacations with my husband and have fun with my 3-year-old granddaughter.

Today I reset my weight goal. Instead of looking at losing another 20 lbs., (I've already lost 20), I'm looking at losing 5 lbs. at a time, with a goal of being at my final goal of 150 lbs. by the end of 2019.

My main exercise is walking, using my treadmill in the winter and walking outside spring, summer and fall. I also do a bit of strength training, but have damage to both shoulders, am not supposed to lift my arms above shoulder height until my physiotherapy exercises repair the damage.

I track my food and water, aim for 250 minutes of exercise each week. I limit the number of friends I add and the number of teams I join so that I can be really active with them.

Spark People doesn't offer any magical solutions. It offers good advice on nutrition and exercising. The rest is up to you.

Thank you to the Spark Friends I've made for the encouragement and support. I wouldn’t still be here without you.

Member Since: 1/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 152,396

My Goals:
To be as healthy and fit as possible at 76 so that I can enjoy travelling with my DH and playing with our 4-year-old granddaughter.

My Program:
- track all food, water and exercise, as follows:
- stop eating directly from the container; e.g., cereal, chips, nuts, cereal, crackers
- 8 glasses of water/day
- 5 or more fruits and vegetables/day
- lean protein every meal, eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese, legumes
- eat mindfully, avoiding high sodium foods and weighing and/or measuring portion size
- include afternoon and evening snack in daily meal plan
- in the summer, much of my cardiovascular exercise is working in the garden and walking. In the winter, I swim and do virtual walks on the treadmill
- ST including resistance band and floor exercises

Personal Information:
- born 25/09/43 in Nova Scotia, live in Southern Ontario
- wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend
- reader, gardener, traveller, volunteer
- cat lover
- active in my church (Anglican)

Other Information:
Long-term goal 150 lbs

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    It's well known here that Trump hung around with Epstein and there's photos going around social media to prove it, but it's one of those things that gets lost in the huge mass of unbelievable Trump appallingness that we're just bombarded with every day. There's seemingly no one thing outrageous enough to bring him down. I'm just hopeful that enough things are piling up to convince more moderate Republicans to jump ship.

    As far as the local Democrats, it doesn't seem like there's much we can do right now. There's somewhat of a feeling of 'let's sit back and let Trump self-immolate for now.' There will be a big get-out-the-vote effort in October, probably not door-to-door as in the past. They've been having some Zoom meetings but I haven't attended, from what I gather it's mostly an outlet for general venting and I prefer to do that one on one!

    I did donate to several campaigns of people running against our worst Republican senators in other states, particularly Mitch McConnell. There's a woman ex-Marine fighter pilot running against him who I'm really keeping my fingers crossed for.

    Meanwhile we have this horrible heat and humidity wave settled over the area for the next two weeks, confining us even more. The only time I can even stand to go outside is early in the morning. This morning I woke at 5, took a walk at 7, then went back to sleep at 9. Now I'm really confused as to which day it is...

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    Thank you for stopping by and readying my blogs this week. Your comments mean a lot and I appreciate your encouragement. My SP FRIENDS ARE THE BEST!
    I hope you have a wonderful week. Ruthie
    17 hours ago
    ...out there. We may be doing some renovating here as well. But it will have to be when we are away.,, we may even switch apartments, as we need more space. An extra room for an office and guest room for visiting Montrealers.
    1 day ago
    Good grief you are undertaking a lot. We got out early today and are now on the couch . My balcony garden is suffering in this heat, but later when it’s cooler (!) I will go out yhere.
    1 day ago
    Thanks for the flowers, back on Spark full-time very soon!
    2 days ago
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