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AGGIETERR
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2/14/13 3:24 P

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WAHOO!! Russell -- I know you are feeling fantastic today!. Who cares how long it took -- you are reaching your goals, getting healthy and inspiring lots of us to stay motivated. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

By the way, I bought a boat with what I don't spend on medical anymore -- what are you going to buy first?

Terr

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Russell, congratulations on losing the 150! Your story is amazing. Avoiding diabetes, besides getting to a healthy weight, is the reason I decided to get on Atkins. Both my parents have type 2, and it had always had confused me why they were sometimes given high sugar things like juice and non-diet soft drinks with meals in hospital. Mom was there for hip & ankle surgery; Dad for outpatient gall bladder removal. At the time I wasn't low carbing yet but even I knew sugar wasn't good for diabetics unless they had a sudden blood sugar drop! And yet whenever I went to the nurses' station to ask for low sugar drinks like bottled water or diet soda (ostensibly for weight-conscious me, but really to replace what was on my parents' meal tray), they always had it and were willing enough to give it to a non diabetic visitor. Didn't make sense.

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2/12/13 3:46 P

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Amazing! You have come such a long way. I hope that at some point you will not have to ever go back to that hospital or at least to ICU. In the end I think it is people like you with severe health problems before going low-carb who will change the minds of even the most opinionated doctors.
Keep up the good work. Many people are watching.
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LIVINMYDREAMS
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2/12/13 3:09 P

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That is absolutely true for everyone Russell.

Faith
RTKR - 6/23/11 - 305
Sept 2011 - 315
LTKR - 7/26/12 - 257
Jan 1st 2013 - 241
Jan 1st 2014- 231
Jan 1st 2015 - goal Onederland !!!**************************** One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar!


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2/12/13 3:08 P

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Russell, this is an amazing achievement. You have saved your life!

October 2010: 345 lbs
October 2011: 215 lbs
October 2012: 215 lbs
October 2013: 251 lbs (Doh, time to get back on track)

As a famous ancient philospher once mused..."Eat a steak, not a cake!"

Don't be active to lose weight, lose weight to be active!

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- A. Einstein


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RUSSELL_40
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I am in the ICU, or CCU. No food allowed in. They don't have eggs on the premises. I did have one stay where I was on a normal floor. I had my gull bladder removed, and was there for the day of the surgery, and half the next day. This guy in my room had a knee replacement, and was eating ice cream, and cookies. He ordered 5-6 times. I am allowed 3 meals, and if I don't order enough carbs, they say I need to add more. I could just not eat anything but the fat and protein, but that would probably get me 300 calories a day. They even weigh any food I have left over, and make up the macronutrients at dinner. Plus I would have to skip breakfast entirely. Nothing but carbs. I think they are just really good at using Insulin to lower blood sugar, so they jack it up, and fix it, and then it is at the right level.

My best option is to stay out of the hospital.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

- Albert Einstein


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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN
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2/12/13 2:17 P

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Order boiled eggs, You would have a chance to receive a real egg. Keep a package of nuts, tuna package packed already in your hospital bag. Maybe that will help.

My mom "bottoms out" and has ended up in hospital so I understand that you are not "thinking" clear and can not make great decisions. She is interested in how I eat but as we are 3,000 miles apart and she is 90 it isn't easy to help her. I've tried but found out she liked to mix the diets so I stopped. She "finally" has decided to give up all bread, even the Killer Dave bread which she loves. Interesting name don't you think...

My sister lives near her and is sold on the eat candy, eat turkey, drink juice idea. She is also dealing with crazy blood issues...won't listen to her big sister...

type with you later. Junebug


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LIVINMYDREAMS
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2/12/13 1:20 P

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When I was in the hospital for my Total Knee replacements they were very good working with me to get what I needed. I first had to convinve my MD to let me have a regular diet not hight protein low fat. With a regular diet I was able to make it work for me. Eggs and bacon in the morning, burger or whatever meat for lunch, salads, etc. Meat and veggies for dinner. I always made sure I had packets of Mayo on my tray/at bedside to keep my fat intake up and to stay not hungry. It all worked out. You have to be a wise consumer even in the hospital. Most hospitals let you choose your menu depending on what kind of diet the MD orders for you.

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RTKR - 6/23/11 - 305
Sept 2011 - 315
LTKR - 7/26/12 - 257
Jan 1st 2013 - 241
Jan 1st 2014- 231
Jan 1st 2015 - goal Onederland !!!**************************** One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar!


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NAYPOOIE
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2/12/13 1:06 P

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Never having had to spend much time in the hospital, I never really had to deal with that. I am appropriately grateful.

I would definitely have gone for the food delivery system. I have visions of myself throwing the plate of carbage across the room, which would not be good. Better you than me. And definitely incentive to stay out of the hospital.


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WOUBBIE
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2/12/13 12:56 P

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I seem to recall Suzanne having her husband bring her her food, since the hospital food was absolutely hideous and inedible.

Pray for Ukraine... Slava Ukraina!


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HOUNDLOVER1
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2/12/13 12:41 P

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Ouch, that hurts. Maybe you could buy a big box of Macadamia nuts and do a fat fast when you are in the hospital, supplemented with some natural beef jerky or something. Then you could ask for salad with dressing on the side. Seriously, that is totally ridiculous that they refuse to give you food that is healthy for you. Hopefully you doctor can help. Maybe you and your brother can set up some kind of food delivery system for each other for cases like this. Even some Mc Donald's hamburgers minus the bun would work in an emergency and be way better than hospital crap.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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RUSSELL_40
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2/12/13 12:26 P

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They don't listen Naypooie. I have explained it to the nurses, but when you are in the hopsital a week, you may see the doctor twice. Also at that point my arguments are weak, since I am not feeling well, which is why I am in the hospital. The nurses, and the people making the food only listen to doctor's orders. yelling at them is not much help. They are only doing their job.

I will probably see if I can get it put into my chart that if I am in the hospital, I eat low carb. My cardiologist knows I eat that way. I don't know if they have any food that is low carb though. Every dish seems to be coated in " healthy " gravies or sauces. I think my cardiologist is impressed that I am off diabetes and cholesterol meds, and that my last echo showed a tripling of the strength of my heart, but she still isn't willing to prescribe it.

The food at the hospital is horrible of course, and if I scraped off the meat, it would still be just 3 ozs of meat. They don't have real eggs available. I hate eggbeaters. They told me I could have eggs, and I was ecstatic. Then those nasty, rubbery things showed up. I skipped breakfast. I can't survive on 6 ozs of meat a day, so by starvation they tend to force me to eat the food. Of course, then I am starving again in 2 hours. So, low carb may be impossible. Plus I eat 2,500 calories a day, and they keep me below 1,800.

Hopefully, I stay out for a while..lol.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

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NAYPOOIE
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2/12/13 12:10 P

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Russell, did you ever tell them that you're not going to eat that crap because it spikes your blood sugar?


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LIVINMYDREAMS
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2/12/13 12:10 P

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That is awesome Russell! That is my goal to lose at least that much also. You are an inspiration.

Faith
RTKR - 6/23/11 - 305
Sept 2011 - 315
LTKR - 7/26/12 - 257
Jan 1st 2013 - 241
Jan 1st 2014- 231
Jan 1st 2015 - goal Onederland !!!**************************** One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar!


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HOUNDLOVER1
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I'm so glad you posted on the diabetes team about that book, the one by Atkins I hadn't read yet. I will put it on my list. I'm trying hard to change things over on the heart health team, it's an uphill struggle, so much bad info out there.
Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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Hard work! Dedication! Persistence! Confidence! Knowledge! Smart choices!
Way to go, Russell!!!!!

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LOL. I am hardly a hero, Lindsay. I am happy to see you so close to goal, and if any advice of mine helped you get there, I am very happy. I lost the weight for purely selfish reasons, I wanted to live.

Birgit, they didn't learn their lesson, they didn't see anything wrong. They had no idea why my blood sugars jumped up to 180 in the morning, but a simple Insulin injection solved it. No problems! They do the same thing every time I go in. Starve me for a day, then put me on the " diabetic diet ". They used to just give me extra of the oral medications, but now I take no meds, so they just use Insulin. They got me down to a 38 blood sugar one night, and came rushing in to make me eat a turkey sandwich, and 2 packages of crackers. An hour later it was a " wonderful " 145. Problem solved.

Since the diabetic diet keeps blood sugars stable, they are at a loss to explain why it doesn't work, why diabetics all over are strictly monitoring their food intake, and keep getting blood sugar reading that vary like a weather vane in a hurricane. I used to go through this, and would finally just fudge the numbers. Better than the doctor thinking you cheated. Of course my hemoglobin A1C always proved me a liar..lol. Then I would get depressed, really cheat, and have a 500 blood sugar.

I see this daily on the Managing Diabetes team page, and know that if they just gave the original Atkins diet 2 weeks, they would get their diabetes under control. They have us so afraid though of Atkins, that people would rather die eating a diet that is a failure, but supported by the AMA, than try one that works, and is said to be dangerous.

I can't think of anything more dangerous than starting with diabetes, and moving on the heart disease, and cancer, maybe with a bonus amputation, or blindness along the way. Also want to point out that while kidney damage is not proven amongst low carbers, it is irrefutable amongst diabetics. It happens. Still fear keeps them from saving themselves.

Amazing that doctors can claim success, with a 100% failure rate. I am reading the Atkins Diabetes Revolution, and he had a bunch of patients who go off all meds. Their stories mirror mine in every way.

"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

- Albert Einstein


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DIXIEDOODLEDEAN
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2/12/13 11:29 A

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Russell..you are the man..it helps me to know that it is possible. God bless you..and keep on keeping on what you do right.


type with you later. Junebug


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emoticon I'm so happy for you. I know you will succeed. I just want to beat up those doctors who put you in a situation where you needed insulin again. I sure hope they learned their lesson.

Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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NAYPOOIE
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2/12/13 10:59 A

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Way to go!


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And I know you will keep it off too, you make good choices.




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Congrats Russell!

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WOUBBIE
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Great job, Russell! Hope it doesn't sound stupid, but I'm really proud of you!

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Pray for Ukraine... Slava Ukraina!


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that's just ONEDERFUL!!! good for you. it's folks like you that keep me trying. I fall off the bandwagon so often.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is just amazing! You are an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. You give me encouragement to keep at it!!!


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Way to go, Russell! That's fantastic!



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Russell that is totally emoticon . I am so happy for you. Onederland here comes Russell emoticon

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do!"


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WOO HOO!!! Congrats!! Also, thank you for all the advice over the last year, you're really a hero!


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Today I woke up, and I am down to 210.8. I am not sure of the ozs., but I was over 361, when I weighed in at my highest at GNC. I couldn't find a scale to weigh myself at home.

So down 150.2 lbs! Just 50 to go. I plan to lose 200, then bump back up to 164 which is 25 BMI for my height. Might as well be able to say I lost 200, if I am that close.

I started in May 2009, so this took almost 4 years, a couple of times I quit low carb, or was knocked off track by hospital visits where they forced me to eat more carbs, then gave me Insulin shots. Of course, day to day, I no longer take any medicine, so they mess me up so bad I end up on Insulin. Need any more proof that diabetes is caused by carbs? I regained 65 lbs. just last year.

Next goal for me is Onederland by May 1. Eleven lbs. in 11 weeks. 199.8



Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 2/12/2013 (07:13)
"We can't solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them "

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