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I’m one of that rare breed: a native Floridian still living in Florida.

I’m a retired vet tech so I love nature: animals, oceans, beaches, forests, sailing; I also enjoy reading (a variety of genres but) mostly fantasy and nonfiction. Language and words are a joy to me, along with philosophy, theology, architecture, and arts in general. Personality typing (ie, Myers-Briggs) interests me (I’m INTx). And my DH of 37 years and I both enjoy model trains and our marine aquariums, and traveling around the state and lower southeast whenever possible.

I have a positive outlook, and am an inquisitive skeptic. I am spiritual but non-religious, and if pressed for a label would have to call myself eclectic pagan, leaning toward Druidism at the moment. When Christianity “failed” for me, I went on a search and have investigated a variety of other religions and cultural wisdoms, gleaning those which resonated with me and ignoring those which don’t.

I’m hoping to connect with others with similar goals, obstacles, and interests, and to encourage others to try the low-carb lifestyle. It’s an uphill battle, since our government and big-ag still have great influence on our nutritional recommendations. It’s why we’ve gotten in the health and nutrition fix we’re in now. It hurts me to see so many people on so many diet and nutrition sites struggling so hard and trying to do the “right” thing … and quoting all the wrong protocols: calorie-counting, eliminating any fat from their diets, "healthy grains", doing extreme or at least very strenuous exercise … and still unable to reach their weight or health goals. They assume they’re not doing “enough”, or not trying hard enough, and beating themselves up because it isn’t working. Well, it isn’t working because -IT- doesn’t work! Not because of any personal failure! I would like to try to break that cycle.

Member Since: 11/7/2011

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My Goals:
Live a healthier lifestyle, based on natural foods and supporting local producers.

Lose the remaining 100+ pounds I'm carrying around!

Reward that accomplishment with a new kitty.

My Program:
Eating a healthy low-carb diet.

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Movies I loved:

* Lord of the RIngs
* Avatar
* The Gods Must Be Crazy
* the older Disney animations (Bambi!)

Books in my "keeper" list:
* Passage
* Down To A Sunless Sea
* Hanta Yo
* The Hot Zone
* anything Tolkien

Places we like to go:
* Ormond Beach FL
* Savannah GA
* Sanibel Island FL
* Pinellas County FL - family there
* Amicalola Falls GA
(great holiday light display!)

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    thanks for reading even my loooong blog posts, LOL. Could it be that what you read about blood sugars may have been on the bloodsugar101 website, but not sure. I remember reading that actually fasting blood sugars over or even around 100 are more of a concern then post-meal in the 110's and 120's. This is in part why I did so much testing. The reason given had to do with the fact that if blood sugars don't drop much below 100 that this is a sign that the liver makes more sugar (gluconeogenesis) because there is not enough insulin to get sugar in the cells that need it. Don't want to worry you, I may have read that on the Bernstein forum, can't remember exactly. Either way, I'm going to find out for sure. I'm pretty sure the Bernstein book says that truly normal fasting blood sugars are more around 85 and that over 95 is already not great news. emoticon
    1131 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2014 2:12:45 PM
    thanks for your comment. I am wondering if the error margin on all these glucometers is bigger than I thought. I know Dr. Bernstein's website has some info on that. Haven't had time to read it yet.
    The bloodsugar101.com website is amazing. So much info...
    Have a great weekend.
    1133 days ago
    Loved that salad dressing recipe, just poured it over chicken legs and baked them. Will freeze them in my own "lean cuisine" containers!
    1136 days ago
    An Irish Blessing

    May God
    grant you always…

    As Sunbeam…
    to warm you,

    A moonbeam…
    to charm you,

    A sheltering angel…
    so nothing
    can harm you!

    to cheer you,

    Faithful friends…
    near you,

    And whenever you pray…
    heaven to hear you.

    Bless you…
    on St. Patrick’s Day
    and always!
    1139 days ago
    Thanks for the comment. I usually work 1pm to 9pm or 2pm to 10pm. Overnights are not that big a stretch, I often find myself up very late, especially if I have gone to the Y after work. On weekends I will be up at times until 6am on my own. Not every week but on occasion. I go to bed anytime betwen 1am to 4am normally.

    Nights suit me. I was on days for a few months last year and was never so sick or so sleep deprived in my life! I simply DO NOT sleep early! No matter what!
    1140 days ago
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