Start Weight:(05 May 14) 254.0 lb
Current Weight:(19 Dec 14) 215.8 lb
Goal Weight:190.0 lb
following: jmb3450's own diet
performance: losing 1.2 lb a week

Male, 56 years old, married, 7 kids between my wife and myself, 4 grandkids, was very athletic and in great shape in my youth but years of poor eating habits resulted in coronary artery disease, 5 stents in my arteries, and pre-diabetic blood sugar levels.

May 1, 2014 I got to the point where I was ready to seriously take control of my health and since have been working on eating better, exercising, and losing weight. I’ve gone from having difficulty walking due to my back injuries, to being able to walk with ease and jog with little pain. Lab work on my blood is much better than before, cholesterol levels now excellent and blood sugar is in the normal range. My initial goal weight is 190lbs, where I'll re-evaluate and maybe set a new goal.


Heaviest known weight: 279 lbs.
Weight May 1, 2014: 254 lbs
October 10, 2014 – 221.8 lbs, over halfway to my goal.

FatSecret member since: 03 May 12

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status: Completed
ended: 03 Aug 14
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jmb3450's Cookbook

cals: 130kcal | fat: 8.05g | carbs: 15.76g | prot: 1.47g
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Oven-roasted spaghetti squash makes a unique side dish or light supper.
cals: 173kcal | fat: 4.57g | carbs: 31.92g | prot: 2.06g
Baked Sweet Potato Fries II
Sweet potatoes don't just belong in a casserole on the holidays, with this recipe you can incorporate sweet potatoes into your regular dinner rotation very easily.
cals: 92kcal | fat: 1.78g | carbs: 13.72g | prot: 6.11g
Baked Zucchini Chips
A quick, healthy way to use some zucchini from your garden (or pantry).
cals: 153kcal | fat: 0.46g | carbs: 32.17g | prot: 8.63g
Green Bean Fries
Not your every day fast food fries, minus the calories, fat and all the other junk.
cals: 153kcal | fat: 1.12g | carbs: 41.16g | prot: 9.38g
Crunchy Onion Rings
Healthy, delicious onion rings.
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jmb3450's Latest Posts

What's the most you've put on after a month of letting yourself go?
I can easily gain 10 lbs in a couple days if I just let myself go, I don't want to even think about what a month of doing that would mean. I'd guess I've probably gained 10 to 15 lbs at times over times of indulgence like the holidays. A good portion of that is excess water...even so it's always harder to take it back off than it is to put it on.
posted 11 Dec 2014, 08:06
Is it possible to lose weight without physical exercise?
Physical exercise isn't a necessity to lose weight, you just need to keep calories in less than calories expended and possibly also need the right balance of fat/carbs/protein depending on your metabolism. BUT...if you can do any kind of exercise at all no matter how little, there are big benefits for you in both losing weight your health. Plus the more you do and can build up to being able to do, the less painful it is likely to be, as long as what is causing pain isn't some type of chronic debilitation that will not be helped by exercise.
posted 04 Dec 2014, 13:21
Does Wine Help With Weight Loss?
I'm pretty much in agreement with what's already been said, I can't see how drinking wine would help lose weight unless it's taking the place of food. But as long as you account for the calories and adjust, in moderation it's ok.
posted 04 Dec 2014, 09:52
I joined FatSecret about 3 years ago but didn't do anything seriously until May 2014, since then I've lost about 37 lbs, 27 more to go. I'm 63 lbs down from my highest known weight. I've had lots of failed attempts at losing weight, what's made the difference this time around is, first of all, motivation. Several health issues and also the realization of getting older and needing to take better care of myself got me motivated to get serious.

Several members here provided great information and directed me to online resources so I could determine my basic metabolic rate, get an accurate idea of how many calories I was burning each day. From that determining a realistic daily caloric intake that would allow me to hopefully lose a couple pounds a week, not be hungry all the time in doing it, and maintain lean muscle mass while losing. So I'm counting calories, logging in all my food intake, trying to maintain a high level of protein, restrict added sugars/simple carbs, and get a decent amount of fiber each day. Intermittent fasting where I fast for 16 hours and consume all my calories in an 8 hour period has also been very successful and something I've learned about here.

More recently I've been learning about the importance of exercise not just for losing weight but for maintaining a healthy body now and as we age. So while I had been getting some exercise on usually a daily basis, I'm stepping that up to do more. Per recommendations in a book called "Younger Next Year" (Draglist's recommended reading) I'm striving for cardio exercise 4 days a week, 45 minutes...35 minutes at 60 to 70% maximum heart rate, finishing with 10 minutes of 75 to 80% maximum heart rate. Then strength training/weights a couple days a week, still getting there with that.

There are many others here that have lost more and are more consistent in their journey than I have been, better disciplined. I'm learning and working on having better self-control. Maybe most importantly I'm approaching this as a lifestyle change and not a temporary diet, because that's the only way to be successful in losing, being healthier, and maintaining that long term. I really appreciate all the support and information from the people here. Being on this site and participating actively helps to keep me going, not give up, and to not revert to my old ways. After 6 months of being serious about my health I'm lighter, feel better/younger, have more energy, less pain, and have big improvements in my blood sugar and cholesterol levels. More motivation to keep on going.

posted 04 Dec 2014, 07:40
What's in a name?
My initials plus the number for my work location, which was my computer sign-on ages ago when our school system went to personal computers at the workplace.

posted 05 Nov 2014, 14:29
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20 December 2014

Wrote Christmas cards, mailed them, went Christmas shopping, then to the grocery store, then spent the rest of the day making rum balls and Grand Marinier ...
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19 December 2014

215.8 lbs this morning. It's more and more challenging with all the temptations around due to the season. This weekend we'll be making cookies and c ...
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