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December 08, 2019
So after ten months Keto I have to change my diet.
My cholesterol won't go down, it went up again actually. So I am staying no added sugar, going to drop meat, stay with whole wheat whole grains. In am going to do a plant based Mediterranean. Wanted to go Forks over Knives but will work into it slowly as far as dropping the added oils and dairy. I had really great success with Sugar busters years ago but my family hated so dropped it. Since its just two of us its easier to do what I want. Pete is still sticking with Keto but he also has not checked his blood work so when he does he will most likely go Mediterranean diet as well. I am very thankful I did Keto, I feel like it helped me break a lot of bad habits. We never did a really high fat/butter in the coffee Keto but the meat was just too much for me. I get grossed out by meat a lot of the time so dropping meat and eating whole grain rice and pasta is totally fine with me. I love nothing more than a bowl of whole wheat pasts loaded with veggies.
I finally dropped down below 200 pounds woo hoo!

October 29th, 2019

So nine months Keto, down 19 pounds.
I am quite happy with the way everything is going.
I am not having the super fast weight loss that many people experience but my body size is shrinking, all over, able to wear clothes from years ago, my regular aches and pains are gone, no more heartburn, no more hot flashes! That alone is worth the no bread no sugar! I don't do the fat bomb\bullet proof coffee keto, I do the low inflammation, higher fat moderate protein one. We do eat like a hot dog or hamburger bun once in a while, but other than that its a big green salad with meat, or a vegetable with meat, some berries for fruits, lots of avocados and boiled eggs, pistachio nuts, cheese, bacon, just eat most of our meals at home and do intimidate fasting. I will post a link to a great site that shows what I'm talking about.


March 3, 2019

It is so interesting coming back here and reading my posts.
The struggle is real!
So, for my next trick....Keto! I finally did it, dropped all sugar and wheat, 42 days in and we have possibly moved into "fat-adaption" which for me was preceded by a nasty bought of Keto flu, which I thought I had bypassed but it hit me on day 39. I am still tweaking things a bit with a apple cider/lemon juice/cranberry mix from Dr.Burg that tastes like YUK but has helped my stomach a lot!
I have lost 6 pounds since January 20th which is amazing for me with the peri-menopause!
My husband is doing this as well so its a lot easier when the person you eat with the most is eating the same stuff!

August 3rd, 2018

Still yo-yo ing between 200 and 220
My perimenopause is the biggest issue right now, really messes things up.
Starting out once again, I am getting better, less time between "start overs" and even when I'm not tracking I am still eating good. I just need to count my calories or I eat way to much. It is also very helpful that my husband and daughter are doing the same plan as me! Basically just plain old caloie counting and exercise.

July 22, 2017

Lower carb is working really well for me. I am staying below 150 carbs a day and its simple and easy to do. I started a new job in June and my life has been crazy busy. I work from home and most of my training was also done at home, thank gawd because getting up at 5 AM to get to the office and logged in by 8 AM is a nightmare and makes me realise how blessed I am to be able to work from home for a really great company. Not to mention the hour and a half spent commuting to and from, being dressed nice, packing a lunch. Its exhausting for me due to the strokes and my CNSV condition. Before the strokes I had a crazy busy job, two young kids, was going to school, had so many commitments but I loved it. After stroke, no way no how.

The energy is limited, issues from stroke causing cognitive problems, limited use of my left hand, I have limits now, and going past them is not an option, unless I would like a relapse of my condition. The Fibromyalgia Spoon theory is part of my life. well. Anyone living with an ongoing disability or condition will understand what I'm saying.

So my weight loss has been good. I'm down under 200 again finally. I am holding right now, PMS suddenly became an issue after six months of being MIA.
I noticed since it showed up my weight is at a standstill, but that's ok, I will continue to do my thing and this plateau will pass.

I have been weighing EVERYTHING and tracking EVERYTHING. My daughter started tracking and got me motivated to get back to it.

I started January 22nd. After three months of tracking and weighing everything religiously, most importantly, honestly, I had only lost like four pounds that kept fluctuating up and down. I was supposed to be losing 1 pound and a half a week. I knew I was usually within 100 calories for my set amount, I rarely went over, I was walking over 60 minutes a day.

Since the "calories in calories out" was failing, I did some research with the end result being me identifying with a body type called "Endo-Meso" with a carbohydrate sensitivity, which led to me reading about carb cycling and low carb eating. Low carb eating never interested me, ever. I like bread and pasta, I did not want to give them up!

After reading about low carb and ketosis, which you reach by eating from 20 to 50 carbs or less a day the carb cycling sounded feasible. High carb days, switching with low carb days. But further research showed it to be just too much for me to deal with. SO, I picked 150 carbs as my limit for the day, with a "higher" carb day here and there just to keep my body from hitting a rut. The 150 was chosen because the bodybuilder calculator said that it would work for me to lose weight.

So I'm not low carb, I'm moderate carb. I don't miss the pasta because I had mostly cut it out due to it being small portion high calorie, not worth eating. Now I make zucchini pasta, which is delicious!

I started the lower carb seriously on April 12th weighing in at 216. On May 1st I weighed 210. My weight was steadily going down, no fluctuations. I lost 6 pounds in 18 days.

I paid for an app called "Carb manager" to help me with the net carb thing. Its figuring the "real" carbs minus the fiber. It really makes a surprisingly big difference doing the net carbs. The app is not the best, it is kind of clunky. It is really annoying to start out with another app after using Lose it for so long, I have to build a new food base.

The cool thing is, the carb app dumps into the Apple health app (shares info) which then dumps into the Lose it app, so I won't lose my 105 day logging streak, plus I have friends and challenges on that site. Just like I have here on Sparkpeople. I need all three sites to keep me on track and moving forward!

I am just so happy to find what works for me, finally after years of trying and losing, gaining it back, losing it, gaining it back depriving myself to lose a couple more pounds.

This is pretty simple. I like what I eat, I have a crazy amount of energy, no more heartburn or indigestion, which I do get when I eat stuff like oatmeal. For the first time in my dieting life cycle I truly believe I can reach my goal of 130 pounds. I never really believed I could. I tried, but losing weight was just so difficult for me, I just kept trying and getting nowhere. My "fat" clothes are back to being lose again. Soon I will be back to 190, where I was at two years ago when my son had the accident that basically was the beginning of the falling off the wagon that ended up with me being 225 again! I hate going backwards!

As long as we get back up and move forward it's not a fail, just a setback!
I learned for me, it's about how much I eat in combination with what I am eating. The calories in cannot be high carbohydrates!

Member Since: 2/25/2010

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My Goals:
My highest weight was: 280.
My starting weight with SP was: 226
My goal weight: 130

I want my wedding rings to fit again!

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Using Carb manager to track food and carbs
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Personal Information:
I'm still waiting to feel like a grown up!

I'm a wife, mother, sister, daughter.

I'm a stroke survivor.

I've been married to Pete for many many years

We have a daughter who a son who are adults, no babies here.

Cancer has reared it's ugly head my life in many forms. My dad died from a brain tumor in 1992.

My mother lost her voice box to cancer & also had breast cancer.

My MIL passed away due to lung cancer in 2012.

Life is short, enjoy each day for the blessing it is.

Other Information:
I had 2 strokes in 1999 when I was 32 caused by a condition called Central Nervous System Vasculitis. I was already 25 pounds over weight when I got sick and between medication and my balance issues I gained a lot of weight.
I was 280 pounds at my highest weight.
I have some disabilities from the strokes so my exercise is somewhat limited to mostly walking.

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    1083 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. We can do this
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    Thanks for leaving a comment on my page. I just read the story of your journey. You have been working with persistence for many years, and I admire that. I look forward to our 5% challenge together. emoticon
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    We miss you checking in on the Perimenopause Team. Hope all is well! emoticon
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  • v DEB9021
    I enjoyed reading your comments about carbs. I habe naturally lowered carbs with my focus on healthy eating, but have never looked at the numbers or set a limit. I do love bread and find that it is very easy for me to overdo. Going to watch these #s.
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