I stumbled upon your team doing some background research on a diet spiel (aren't they all out there). I was pleased to find thoughtful and evidence based comments on the threads.
A bit about myself - I'm a data analyst at a hospital, working in quality improvement. My motto is "in God we trust, all others bring data", and that holds true for my diet life as well. I've run the gamut on diets, pinching a bit here and there to create what fits me. It's my second round on SP after major surgery and prepping for another one as soon as I've lost more weight.
I'm a grandmother to 2 great grandkids and love all things scientific. From geology to hydrology and statistics to physics, I haven't meet a science that didn't fascinate me. My husband is a math and physics whiz (degrees in both). When we dated we left formulas for each other as love notes. I wrote out Pi for him on adding machine tape that wound from the front door to the bedroom on his birthday one year. So - we loves our numbers. :-) I have a monster spreadsheet with charts and graphs for just about every aspect of my weight loss and I track it all. From steps to calories, carbs to workouts.
We (hubby) love to kayak, canoe and camp. Hours on the water and gravel bars are our favorite get aways. I joined SP when one fine spring I didn't fit into my kayak!!! EEEEEKKKK. Time to buckle down. I started with Atkins, moved to Primal and now am somewhere in between Primal and calorie counting. I don't do as well with wheat but love the occasional treat of sourdough or cookies. Other than the occasional cross over into treat land, I do fairly well on primal type foods.
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