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Old 12-24-2018, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by galaxyhi View Post
I was 300 pounds when i found out i was diabetic while in the hospital for pneumonia, and lost 30 pounds quickly once i had a diabetic med started. I think that was water weight as i drank a bottle of water every half hour and had a bottle bedside in case of midnight or 2 am thirst.

I lost another 45 pounds down to 225 over the following 7 months.

I stuck to my 5-7 carb allowance and 1800 calorie diet, though i strove for 1600.

I substituted oranges ( tangerins) and bananas for snacks. I ate a "free food" such as broccoli often with dinner. Cut out pasta quick meals. Cut out sugar and potato in any form ( a favorite of mine). Stuck to chocolate oatmeal for breakfast, only 1/2 a cup. Then a tangerine for mid morning snack. A 1/2 sandwich for lunch...no side unless i wanted veggies as a side. Then a banana for afternoon snack and small dinner. Nothing after dinner. No midnight snacks. Salad a lot too.

I had a 58" waist, needing a 60 really. Now down to 46". I wore 4&5XL shirts and pants, down to 2xl.

It CAN be done, but youve got to set your mind to it. And maie the changes necessary.

Im stuck here for a year, but ive laxed a little. Next year after the holidays ill get serious again.

I wont ever punish myself for being lax and enjoying the holiday food as long as i dont go overboard. 5 weeks isnt going to kill me.

Best of luck to you and other "loser hopefuls" in 2019!!!

Well, for a year i was stuck at 225. Thus morning on a whim, i stepped on the scale.

97.8 kg!!

I FINALLY broke through that 225 barrier!


And while enjoying holiday treats!

Happy and merry holidays to all....

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Old 12-24-2018, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by jim9251 View Post
What are your plans for 2019?

My plans are to win the lottery, buy a log home in the mountains on a thousand acres, have sex with Jennifer Lawrence, and get the brakes done on my Jeep.
I'm not sure who Jennifer Lawrence is, probably some celebrity I choose to ignore. Remember, though: girls your age are probably better in bed than she.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:27 AM
Location: Spring, Texas
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Planning to retire at end of 2019 and near to 42 year in the oil patch.

Been oversea's since 2003 in places no one goes to vacation at. Been permanent resident for over the last 10 years and we work 7 days a week around the clock. Lots of high blood pressure and heart disease due to the stress.

Once we are back to Texas full time, hope to never get another stamp in our passports again.

We'll leave the glamorous international travel to those who enjoy it.

I'm looking forward to chasing Ms. gamboolgal around the house nekid....


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Old 12-26-2018, 08:46 AM
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Keep working while controlling my stress as I head for retirement in 2020

Keep working on my health, by walking 5 miles a day and being more attentive to my diet.

Going on a summer trip to Spain where I will look at the possibility of retiring there.

Those are my plans and hopefully life won’t throw monkey wrenches on them.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:43 PM
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New hearing aids.
New car.
12 day Viking cruise St. Petersburg to Moscow.
7 day Mexico cruise.
Removing all the rock and most plants in the landscaping and redoing all of it (Las Vegas - no grass).
Considering a trip to the Mediterranean area. Not sure yet which places to visit, but Italy and Greece are at the top of the list.

Other than that relax and enjoy life.

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Old 12-26-2018, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by SunGrins View Post
Looking at a possible trip to Ireland in the fall. Daughter wants to hike around Dingle peninsula so I need to be in better shape with my new hip. I'll probably make a trip back home (St. Louis) in the late spring (by train?). House exterior woodwork needs painting. Get back to some quality fly fishing. I'll continue with my hobbies and hanging out with my old pub-crawl friends (We've given up on morning coffee).
If you decide to do a tour of the Ring of Kerry contact this man. We took a tour with him and it was amazing. Instead of a big bus with 50 people it's a max of 8. We spent 8 1/2 hours with him seeing sights you won't see on a big bus because they don't fit on some of the roads he can drive on. He knows the history of Ireland so it's also a learning experience. Highly recommended.

Paul Brown
Kenmare Taxi Tours-Private Escorted Tours of Kenmare & Ring of Kerry
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:05 PM
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Default Renovation

1. Me
2. My house

I really was shocked at recent pictures of myself. Just need to lose that weight, improve the posture and tone, tone, tone. (Then, if I need the facelift....LOL)

My house needs a major facelift also.

My son (sweet son), in a very kind way, told me about a place where I could go and get more of a personal training experience. It's going to be hard but well worth it.

Plus, his place of work is having a contest for the month of January; all steps, diet tracker all recorded on FitBit which we have on our phones. We're in. Plus he works in a restaurant - over 200 people - it will be fun.

After the renovation, I need to get serious about financial goals but the above 2 are needs not wants so I have to do them.
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by 4khansen View Post
It's finally time . . . .

1. I'm quitting my part-time position sometime, hopefully, this fall. After working as a secondary teacher for 33 years and now 8 years for one of the local community colleges -- it's finally time. Wife was elementary teacher for 34 years and retired in 2013.

2. We have tentatively sold our forever home in Iowa (well isn't that what we all say one time or another) and will close this fall.

3. Moving to Arizona to a 55+ community in the west valley of Phoenix. Both of our children live in the metro Phoenix area -- it's finally time!

4. Packing, selling and disposing of some of that stuff that we thought we needed to keep. I'm not too attached, maybe my wife is -- it's finally time!

5. Being kicked off my local individual health plan when I move to Arizona, will need ACA then -- please be available, now more than ever!

We are excited and nervous for the transition . . . . we have never lived outside of an Iowa address since the 1950s when we were born.
I DO hope you have visited outside Iowa!

Phoenix sounds nice, but i think its too expensive for us.

I hope the ACA is around too, my OH has no insurance from either job, so ACA exchanges is it. I think NY will continue it. Good luck to you there.

Best to you for retirement...

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Old 12-29-2018, 04:37 AM
Location: Arizona
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Originally Posted by jaminhealth View Post
Change the date on some checks to 2019, otherwise the same as 2018, manage health and work to improve my joints.
You should be able to roll a decent joint by now.
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:38 AM
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Continue to slog along in trying to increase vigor and exercise.

Get a horse life going here in Colorado (see if the therapeutic riding program is ramping back up, find out about leasing a horse for my own riding)

Continue to push myself out of my solitary comfort zone and be more sociable with groups/gatherings (have always been more comfortable one to one with new people)

Get more involved with development/fund-raising with two organizations where I've dipped my foot in

Use my new pedal kayak if the drought is over in the state park

See how transcribing audio files from home works out financially
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