Welcome Peaches and StarchBeet! I have visitors here! That's exciting, because I don't feel so much like I'm talking to myself. StarchBeet, you're doing great. I never am able to get any weight loss unless I'm 100% compliant, and that's not always easy. Peaches, my oatmeal is steel cut, and I don't know if your's is steel cut or regular. I know with regular my serving would be 1/3 to 1/2 cup before cooking. The steel cup expands more.
Well, I'm feeling good, and feeling in control, which is important. For some who don't know me, I'll give a little background. I'm 65, I'm a retired preschool teacher and director, and I've been married for 44 years. My husband and I have 8 children, two that we had (homemade) and 6 foster children that we adopted. We did foster care for years, and had about 50 foster children. Five of our adopted children have (or had) special needs, but all are independent except for one who lives in a group home (she is mildly retarded). Some of the special needs sort of faded into the background once the kids finished school. One son, who is now 34, was severely learning disabled, and couldn't even get a regular high school diploma. He really wasn't college material. Now, he is executive chef at two clubs, is happily married to someone with a masters degree, and is one of the smartest people that I know. He's the one who invented Paul's Two Cup Soup! Another daughter was labeled mildly retarded, and is now labeled with mild autism. She lives on her own, drives a car, works full time as a dog groomer, and plays on a highly competitive roller derby team. They play at the civic center, and it is a big deal. She has to pass very difficult derby testing, and is usually studying with professionals ( accountants, grad students, nurses, teachers). We're very proud of our kids, and I consider it my part time job to help the younger ones learn independence. Our kids range in age from 27 - 42. We have 5 wonderful grandchildren. Also, two of our children are black and one is biracial, so we have a lot of variety!
Let's see, my husband still travels a good bit with work, so he's often not here. He is not anywhere close to vegan - he loves meat, cheese, etc. I'm usually traveling to see grandkids, or having huge groups of kids/grandkids/relatives visit. I work for one month of the year in an orphanage in Tanzania. Right now, our youngest son has just moved back here from Australia. He is a hip hop singer, and has finally realized that he needs to supplement that income. He is staying here temporarily and is planning to go to training soon to become a long distance truck driver. It's funny, because that's what he told us that he wanted to do when he was 4 years old!
I have a huge extended family, and am very close with siblings, nieces, nephews etc. My father died at 65 of prostate cancer, and my mother died last year at age 90 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Somehow, my older brother (two years older) and I are the oldest in the family. I seem to have moved up to that position very quickly!!
I really want to lose the rest of this excess weight this year. My difficulties include food addiction and travel, lots of travel. I seem to always be compliant enough to have very healthy blood work, blood pressure, bone density, etc.
I'm hoping that this journal will help me be very compliant, and I'm hoping that anyone here "visiting" me will help. I appreciate all of you so very much. I think that Dr and Mrs McDougall and Jeff are amazing, and I am so thrilled that our star McDougallers are willing to help the rest of us. I also appreciate everyone who works on these boards (like you, Jim). That can't be an easy job. Welcome all and take care, LauraA
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on Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Take care, LauraA
"ON PLAN, AND PLANNING TO STAY THAT WAY!"