Joined July 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
234.5 lb
Lost so far: 15.0 lb

Current Weight
219.5 lb
Performance: losing 3.5 lb a week

Goal Weight
199.5 lb
Still to go: 20.0 lb
I met my husband online in 2008 and have the peace and contentment I've always craved. Now, I want my health to catch up!

03/17/18 update: I'm 64, recovering from reconstructive foot surgery (done 01/02/18) for a major complication of diabetic neuropathy (Charcot foot). After a 90-day FS hiatus, I returned on 3/13. I'm 5'8.75" tall (down 0.75" with age), retired (2008), married (2013). Profile pic 02/17.

At 19 and 145#, I thought I was "fat." I began gaining weight in my early 30s but ignored the mirror and wore elastic-waisted pants and skirts. At about 185#, I saw a picture of myself on a picnic bench in shorts, shirt tucked in. "YUGE!"

At 235#, I caught sight of myself in a store window and was horrified. I hit 285# in about 1992. My disastrous 18-year marriage ended in 2003. I lost 50 pounds and hovered between 215 and 235 before rejoining FS in July 2017. I haven't been under 200# since age 34.

I regained only 11.5# (counting my cast!) since surgery and have set a modest goal of 199.5# -- breaking out of the TERRIBLE TWOS and into the WONDERFUL ONES for the first time since age 34 or so. My ultimate goal is 172# ("normal" BMI range).

"You're going to get it down pat before long. You're complicated. The human body's metabolism is fluid and dynamic. Do not be discouraged. Do not be swayed from your work. There's no other way to look at this. Everyday when you get up, you focus and think about the plan of action for the day. How are you going to spend your calories to get the most bang for your buck! Boring protein always has to be first. Why can't you have a Ice cream and cheesecake day? Because you just know you can't. Sometimes, reality sucks. Sometimes, it's wonderful."

Miraculum's Weight History

Miraculum's Latest Member Challenges

  No processed foods/meats/beverages
status: Completed
ended: 02 Oct 17
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Online now Fritzy 22
last weighin: losing 4.2 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 1.0 lb a week Down
last weighin: losing 3.8 lb a week Down
last weighin: steady Steady

Miraculum's Latest Photos

10-2016 225 lbs
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60+ with 50-100 lbs to Lose
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285 lbs
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60+ with 50-100 lbs to Lose
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08-2000 - 278 lbs
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60+ with 50-100 lbs to Lose
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Miraculum's Cookbook

cals: 257kcal | fat: 10.74g | carbs: 2.76g | prot: 36.06g
Tuna Bites
Delicious small tuna cakes packed with flavor and good nutrients, that are very low carb.
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Miraculum's Latest Posts

How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Since 07/01/2017, I've been weighing myself every day, about an hour after I get up. I found that that's when the scale registers the lowest for the day. The "scallop" pattern with a slow-but-steady downward trend, coupled with my food diary, reinforces my motto: "It's a marathon, not sprint!"
posted 15 Aug 2017, 14:49
Rhills, what's the peelable secret to HB eggs?
posted 08 Aug 2017, 23:48
Exercise Ideas for the Disabled
Research is showing that inflammation is responsible for many disease processes in the body and that fat consumption is not the cultprit we were told it was for generations!

My husband and I both suffer from arthritis in our thumbs, knees, and back. Reducing carbohydrate consumption to about 75g/day, for both of, has resulted in weight loss but, more to the point here, a dramatic reduction of joint pain! My husband reduced his Aleve consumption from 600 mg/day to 200 mg every other day!

Sugar is not a friend!
posted 07 Aug 2017, 19:03
Looking for Buddy
JMA312, after you "followed" me today, I looked at your profile and bio and found that, a few weeks ago, you were looking for a "60+" buddy. Well, I'm younger than you (by 7 months, 3 weeks, and 6 days), but I'm glad that I caught your attention anyway. Bad Grin

I'm a member of the group "60s with 50-100 lbs to Lose" where there are probably several people with whom you could identify despite having less weight to lose. I invite you to join!

On another note: Parkinsonism with dementia, stroke, and other fatal cardiovascular conditions run in my family. I have T2DM, hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides, arthritis, and an auto-immune skin condition. Lots of reasons to get this excess weight off.

MY symptoms have responded well a "relatively" low-carb (not "ketogenically" low, but I'm thinking of trying it) for the past five weeks. I've lost 20-21 pounds and dropped metformin and drastically reduced my injected insulins (T2DM); dropped atorvastatin (high cholesterol); and dropped verapamil and cut lisinopril by 75% (HTN). It's amazing!

My research on metformin substitutes yielded info on berberine. Among its beneficial effects scientists are finding that it may reduce the growth of amyloid-beta in the brain, which is related to Alzheimer's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.

I've been taking berberine for three weeks now (1000u/day) without any side effects, although I'm not normally over-reactive to medications. I thought you might be interested in berberine for its benefits in the brain given your parents' conditions.

posted 07 Aug 2017, 14:21
Food Delusions
Fritzy 22 wrote:
well, it had protein and fiber in it. Wink

Oh, Fritzy, you're a laugh riot!
posted 06 Aug 2017, 18:28
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