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JPL1957

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Hello from Dallas, Texas! I'm glad to find you and to get plugged in. I'm 60 (hard for me to admit it!) and work in the security field. I'm a veteran of the US Air Force, having served as both an enlisted member and an officer. When I was enlisted, I was stationed in Washington, D.C. and served in the Presidential Honor Guard. Very little weight gain was tolerated...and so, I started running then, in 1979. And ran consistently for 20 years. I primarily ate salads, pasta, and chicken, but also enjoyed all kinds of fruit. Then one day, I stopped running and proceeded to gain about 100 pounds. A couple of years ago, I changed to a plant-based diet and lost about 60 pounds (and I started running again). I was alone in this effort and copped out; I started eating a very poor diet and again gained that weight back. But now I have a granddaughter! Talk about precious! And I want to stay around to see her grow up...and so on April 6 of this year I goaled myself to loose 60 pounds in 6 months, when I would celebrate my 60th birthday. And I became vegan...once again. Three days before turning 60, I achieved my goal of losing 60 pounds! I'm now down around 70 pounds and run 30-35 miles per week. Again, I'm very glad to be here and look forward to learning from and with you.
 
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Congrats to you! Funny how kids can change things. I have had issues with weight, mostly from having 2 children and the weight never leaving. But it has been my kids (now young adults) who convinced and helped me go vegan and I have already lost 25lbs. I hope to get to the 60 mark like you!
 
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That's awesome! My mom is in her seventies and wish she would be vegan! She doesn't like to admit her age either.
 

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Happy Christmas everyone and thanks for your story JPL and best of luck to you!
 
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Congrats to you! Funny how kids can change things. I have had issues with weight, mostly from having 2 children and the weight never leaving. But it has been my kids (now young adults) who convinced and helped me go vegan and I have already lost 25lbs. I hope to get to the 60 mark like you!
No doubt you'll lose the weight! I was so glad to hit the goal as I was becoming obsesses with the dadgum scales! I've not weighed in since...and don't plan to do so. Neither do I plan to go the doctor to get a blood test...just as a precaution! Instead, I'm going to purify my vegan diet (yep, I want to get completely off oils of any sort and be free from the junk).

I'll be paying attention to your success! You can do this...so naturally!
 
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That's awesome! My mom is in her seventies and wish she would be vegan! She doesn't like to admit her age either.
I looked up one day and was no longer 30 but 60. It went by so quickly. Now I want to make every moment count with a good mind in a strong body. In fact, both of my parents passed away in 2015; one from Alzheimer's and the other with a lesser degree of dementia. As a result, I want very much to keep my mind and body strong...and am reading all I can on this matter. I'm always open to new books or articles...so, if you can recommend any to me, please do. Thanks!
 
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So sorry about your parents. There are so many diseases in this world :confounded: it's horrible.
 

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No doubt you'll lose the weight! I was so glad to hit the goal as I was becoming obsesses with the dadgum scales! I've not weighed in since...and don't plan to do so. Neither do I plan to go the doctor to get a blood test...just as a precaution! Instead, I'm going to purify my vegan diet (yep, I want to get completely off oils of any sort and be free from the junk).

I'll be paying attention to your success! You can do this...so naturally!
I have been trying to get rid of oils as well. There does seem to be a few road blocks but fortunately I have blogs, facebook and Pinterest to help. Giving up the oils has been harder than going vegan.