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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said...

...not to talk of many things, but for me to finally lose some weight.

I have now reached 188 pounds on a 4'9 1/2 foot frame.  I looked at a chart today and that puts me in the "Obese" category.

I am starting this new regimen by eliminating wheat from my diet.  Not because of any intolerance to gluten, no, it is more of an absolute love affair with bread, and pasta, and cake and pie and cookies.  So, if I don't eat wheat, I will not be eating any of the above.

I started the no-wheat routine on Tuesday after weighing in at 184 on Monday.  Today I weighed myself at the doctor's office and I had GAINED four pounds.  I am chalking it up to a discrepancy between scales!

I am walking more as well.  I walk twice a week with my friend Linda, and I took a long walk with Miguel on Wednesday.  I hope to walk at least three times a week in an effort to shift some of this weight.

So, here it is:  my BEFORE picture:

This is a picture of me in Spokane with my friend Sr. Josephine.  Observe the large belly, the big arms and the portly thighs (on me, not Josephine).  I need to lose the weight before some well intentioned person asks me when the baby is due (a question that should never be asked unless one actually is observing a baby emerging, by the way)!

So this is it, folks.  

The time has come.

P.S.: I had a fabulous time in Spokane, visiting my friend Jeanie, which I will write about next time!


  1. Good luck!

    In April of 2007, I eliminated wheat from my diet - really hard for a girl who LOVES bread. I went from a size 14 to a size 4 (I am 5 ft. tall) by April 2008. I kept the weight off until I started eating bread again.

    I need to stop eating wheat again because my size 6 pants are feeling tight.

    1. Wow! What a testimonial! I am so encouraged! Thanks, Carol!

  2. Good for you! I will be sending you positive weight loss vibes. You can do it!

  3. I gained 8 pounds over the winter.
    I need to do this too, Paula.

  4. Good luck, I hope to see less of you in the future!
    I lost two and half stone a couple of years ago and walking certainly helped me (as well as cutting down on food as well of course).


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