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I'm in my 50's and 5'8" tall. I've battled my weight since I was about 15 years old. My highest weight was 217 pounds and is now on its way down.

My initial target weight was 168. I achieved that but still had some obvious fat on my belly and kidney areas. If there is fat on the outside of you then your body couldn't put any more fat on the inside of you and continued on the exterior. So my goal is to loose the exterior fat. My new goal is 155.

From about November 2012 until the present I've been eating low carb but not the Ideal Protein products (well probably 2 per week rather than 3 per day when on the plan). My weight is steady and my type 2 diabetes is under control. My doctor was very happy with my HGA1C test that shows about a 3 month blood sugar average.

April 2013 - I'm now beginning my last 10 pound loss. I'm at about 165 lbs. I'm maintaining well and happy with what I'm eating, though it is different than before I started Ideal Protein and then low carb eating. I'll be happy if I do this in 10 weeks.

July 2013 - My weight is unchanged, still 10 pounds away, but diabetes is still under control and that is a big victory in addition to the rolls of fat being gone. Also I'm basically eating the quantities of food that I want to eat, that is not a struggle. I just have to choose low carb things to start with.

April 2016 - my weight is about the same as July 2013. So 3 years of maintanence. It is now 4 years of no diabetes medication and good blood sugar control. HURRAY!

February 2017 - Now over 5 years of no diabetes medication. I expect and A1c result at the doctors office shortly. Floating around 170 pounds in weight. One thing for sure, I'm not gaining it all back.

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  • v DARCY-B
    Thank you for the words of wisdom and kindness that came with it. I appreciate it.
    195 days ago
    Thanks so much for your comments, advice and wisdom on my Keto blogs, I really appreciate it. I've learned so much just in the last week.

    On another topic, it turns out that we were perhaps colleagues at some point in the past. I worked for IBM for 40+ years, before retiring in 2009. Had stints in programming, management, forecasting, and, my favorite, project management. My work sites included White Plains, Kingston, Raleigh, and Southbury CT. Enjoyed the work for the most part, but honestly feel like I'm making a much bigger difference in the world now, working as a volunteer at a local food pantry! Go figure.
    201 days ago
    So, yes, am making another run at keto...or at least as low carb as I can manage.
    I really love this WOE and appreciate all I have learned here and at dietdoctor.
    I use the pee sticks to check for ketosis when I feel close....thirsty and lack of hunger.
    I really barely get into it but am pretty sure when I am is when the leg cramps start up at night...ouch!
    I am taking calcium with D and magnesium supplements...will try doubling them by doing morning and night doses.
    I feel like I get plenty of salt...never been afraid of that as my BP is so good and eat some pickles every day, even sip the juice now an again.
    Do I really need to switch to the Himalayan pink salt, do you think?
    Probably drink 8 cups or more of water daily.
    So, I have to hop out of bed and walk around for a minute and the cramps go away, but I am such a light sleeper that then I have a hard time getting back to sleep.
    What do you think?

    209 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog, James. You've put a lot of work into eating well. I'm getting more comfortable with keto. I feel good eating this way and don't miss feeling foggy self-contempt while eating sugar and carbs. It's good to have others on the road I'm traveling, fighting the good fight. Have a wonderful day!
    211 days ago
    Thanks James for visiting my blog. RHR (Resting Heart Rate) may change through the day depending on activity, but that it should be checked just before getting out of bed in the mornings. What it is, the heart is a muscle and when you have a low RHR the muscle is working correctly. emoticon
    213 days ago
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