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Hi Debbie! I'm a fellow diabetic and doing a low carb/Ketogenic diet in which I am usually between 20-30 carbs a day. There is a big difference between ketosis and ketoacidocis, the prior is ketones in the absence of high glucose and means your body has switched to using fat for fuel not glucose. The lower you go with carbs your meds may need to be reduced though depending on what you take, it's always better to reduce your meds in relation to your diet then the other way around.

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emoticon wow, Sara,,, no carb seems drastic.
I am on Ideal Protein, but on Facebook, I found an Ideal Protein alternative (where they tell you where to buy foods comparable to Ideal Protein, but cheaper.
I have been recording my food and find that eating within program that my carbs run about 60, that gives me decent amount of low carb veggies to make my gut happy. The fat is pretty low - also never over 50 unless I eat beef and protein runs about 80-120 depending on the day.
The last time I was on this kind of diet, I dropped all my numbers including cholesterol, despite eating eggs every day.
What did your dietician say ( you were the one seeing a dietitian right?)

And, I'm curious where everyone is from... this seems like a pretty good group of women!

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Hello, I'm new to this team and Sparkpeople. This is the year that I am determined to conquer unhealthy eating and physical inactivity. My goal for 2016 is to lose at least 50 pounds of the 70 that I need to lose and keep off!!! I had some success going low carb in the past using a modified Atkins plan. So far in this New Year I have hit the YoYo cycle that has been a recurring problem for me. It is a new day, and new year so I am moving forward with determination to accomplish my goals.
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Hi everyone, my name is Debbie and I'm glad to find this team. I am 57, married, retired, mother of 3. I am diabetic and was following the spark diabetic plan and am finding they recommend way too many carbs per day. I have lost 10 lbs. since I joined the 2nd of January and I'm glad for that but my blood sugars are still too high.
So I need some suggestions as to how many carbs I should have per day? I was told to not go below 50 per day (must avoid ketosis), so I need some advice. Spark had me eating between 200-251 grams of carbs per day and for me its way too much. Other than that though I feel good about my plan and am not hungry or feeling deprived. Thanks for your help. Glad to be a part of this team.

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Hello! I think I may have found a home! I followed KOSHIE1 here - sorry, not usually a stalker! My all-time high was 242, and I'm working on the last 25. Have been following various versions of low carb, but think my calories need to be lower to get better results. However, I'm worried about shutting down my metabolism - again. Have any of you found success with calorie cycling? If so, was there a specific pattern of days that worked? I would love to be a part of this supportive group!
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Hi I'm Sara, recently been told my blood sugar is elevated and have been advised by my dr to go on a NO Carb diet, probably won't be able to manage that so will settle for a LOW Carb diet. Will be seeing a dietician on the 24th to go over my meal plan. Also supposedly have high blood pressure - so will be under 24 hr monitoring and was told the Low Carb diet will benefit the blood pressure as well. So have joined this team for support and ideas -

Looking forward to getting to know you all!

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I'm Vicki and I've been a member of sparkpeople off and on for the last 7-8 years. In that time I've managed to yo-yo myself up about 70 lbs. I'll lose some weight then get compliant and gain it back plus more. But now I'm starting to have health issues that wouldn't be as bad if I were at a smaller size.
I don't expect to ever see below 175 lbs. again but would love to see 198 lbs. again, so this is my goal to reach. As of today I'm 258 lbs., so my goal is to drop 60 lbs. Once I manage that, then I'll decide if I want to go lower.

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Howdy Low Carb team!

I've been with SP for almost ten years, not always being healthy but I'm a team leader of the Browncoats team and can't seem to find anyone that wants to take the job away from me. I just started following the Wheat Belly Total Health by Dr Davis book. I've been wheat free for over a year with his Wheat Belly books, but this newer book has lots more than just "don't eat wheat". A major part of the new book is to not eat over 15 net carbs in a meal and don't eat any of this bunch of these mostly carbs and starches that are very similar to wheat.

As I figure out how to work this out with my many food allergies and medical needs, this team seemed most welcoming and aligned with my interests.

Like Bonny, I'm looking forward to this group.
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Hi I'm Bonnie. Not new to Spark, but new to this group. I started LCHF last year & have lost 20 lbs. I am now within weight for my height but could still lose 10-20 lbs. I retired 12 months ago. I am 56. Looking forward to this group.

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Hi I'm Carole and not new to spark people, but new to this team. Lost my way at the end of Feb. and just made it back 20+ pounds regained :( Carbs are my downfall and I need help with satisfying alternatives. I do not currently follow any specific plan-always open to suggestions.
Looking forward to getting lots of great advice and giving lots of encouragement!

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Sonoma Diet with elements of South Beach and 17 Day Diet. I also track my food using Spark People tracker or My Fitness Pal. I've found that even with low carb it's easy to eat too much and gain weight.
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New to this group, and back to Spark People after a several year absence. I started back on my weight loss journey in earnest in 2013 and after many failures along the way, I'm down 45 pounds with 47 pounds to go. LC has always worked well for me, when I stall I do some carb cycling. My biggest desire right now, other than losing the remaining weight, is to make low carb a lifetime way of eating so I can maintain the weight loss. Plus I just feel fabulous after all the sugar, flour and other carb-y junk is out of my body.

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Hi I am new. I am Linda with one sweet husband and two sweet indoor cats. I am trying the book Metabolism Miracle. The first two months you can have 5 carbs, 5 hours apart, twice a day. There are the "free" foods that contain small amounts of carbs. Almost everything has some carbs in it. So it is veggies, meat and eggs mostly. Light on the tomatoes. I found a low carb bread, Chompie's Low Carb, which is pretty good and I use that for my 5/5.
I am over 60 and need support. I have diabetes, heart disease and I did have kidney problems, but now that is straightened out, I can eat low carb. I don't eat red meat or pork, only chicken and fish. I recently had bunion surgery and the bones healed really fast.
I am feeling tired after day 5, is this normal?

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Hi,Deb from Wisconsin and a carboholic. 56 years old and empty nester who's been divorced since forever. I know carbs,sugar,all that stuff plays havoc on my stomach n intestines, yet I still eat it. No willpower nor motivation. I bought both of chris' books, they both have dust on them.Been a Spark member for years,been MIA,but thought if I needed no carb/low carb help, this is where I need to be.
Am starting,at least trying to today. Please help.

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My name is Barbara and currently reside in Arizona. I am, however, a transplant from Michigan and my heart will always be there. I work for the county here at the sheriff's office. I also graduated for Indiana Wesleyan University over a year ago with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. I have been married to my husband, Robert, for over 40 years. I think we are going on 42 years. After a while you lose track. We have three grown children and 7 grandchildren. My youngest son and he fiance will be getting married next year. I am so happy for them. She has been the best thing for him. My oldest granddaughter is graduating from high school this year as well as our step-granddaughter and I am looking forward to attending my granddaughter's graduation this month. Unfortunately, we cannot make both of them as they live in different states. I enjoy reading, cross-stitch, needle point and gardening. That is about all there is to know about me, except that I am looking forward to getting to know everyone here.


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Susie-You did so good!!! Yeah, I'm watching the carbs.

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Hello Joyce, good going on your weightloss. I was so overjoyed at each and every pound I lost. Now I'm at goal and have a new goal. Stay away from high carb foods. Carbs sneak up on you so fast that there's no reason to eat like the average unhealthy person. I'm staying as healthy as I can & just making sure that my size 4 Levi's do not get tight. I add at least one tbsp coconut oil to my coffee each morning. If my weight goes up more than 4 lbs I watch my carbs, keep at 20 gr and increase coconut oil my coffee up to 4 tbsp. Works like a charm on me. Recently did that and now had to hook my bra in tighter to fit. Good feeling to get fat off the chest area.

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My name is Joyce, I have been on low carb for a while now. Some days it is easier than other days. I have lost 44 lbs. so far, I look forward to continue on low carb.

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120 plants, well now that is some canning. I make my own sauce, soup etc also. But do use the canned ones usually. I hear you about the issues with those. :)

Try some of the other threads to meet others of us. Koshie has several threads going I think.

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Wow 120 tomato plants! Best of luck with your canning!

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Thank you, Wispy. I am also a type 2 diabetic and have high blood pressure. I would love to lose down to 170 or 175 but my goal is 150....I am 5'6" tall and this would be a good weight for me. I would love to be able to get a bicycle and ride it everywhere.....it is sad when a person is so out of shape that they cannot ride a bike very far. When I was in high school I rode a bicycle constantly and that is probably what kept my weight under control because I have always had a tendency to be heavy. One of these days I would like to get a recumbent bike to use at home....maybe next fall when the garden is done.

Like you, I rarely eat processed foods....there are very few packages or boxes in my pantry. I do allow myself Velveeta....I know...not good....but a little on my broccoli makes it such a treat. I try to stay with fresh meats and fresh/frozen (no sauce types) veggies. I think that sticking with "real" foods that are as fresh as possible is best. I do buy some canned foods, like tomatoes, but do not like them because of preservatives and the BPA that is in the lining of the cans. I hope to can my own tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste this year....I have put out 120 tomato plants
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I look forward to getting to know everyone on the team. :)

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Hi Debbie, a warm welcome to the Team. I too need to eat fruit and all kinds of veges and low carb is what works well for me.

I am diabetic and this way of eating suits me very well indeed. I am type 2 diabetic and am controlling this so far with the way I eat - no pills yet - and hopefully never. :) I am also off pills for BP for the last few years.

I get tested regularly for the diabetes etc. and doc is pleased with my health.

I had planned on getting back down to 120 lbs when I started. I am 75 now and once I got to the weight I am comfortable with and enjoy I stopped and began maintaining about 3 years ago. I know this is the hard part and I hear that the third year is the hardest for many. Last year was my third year and I was up at the top of my maintenance weight 7lb fluctuation level. In fact for a little while I was 10lb up.

I am so grateful for being here and for the friends who encourage and support me. We are all in this together.

I use a cycling plan personally - not suggesting anyone else should do so. It works for me. So I am no longer strictly low carb. I love fruit and veges, so I cycle my days and weeks of low cal and low carb days. I also have celebration days built into my programme.

I seldom eat processed or packaged at all. I like fresh whole food whenever possible.

This year I am working on returning to the bottom of my maintenance weight. I have 3 lb to go.

Wishing you well. I too work out in the garden as much as I can. It is one of my favourite things to do. Hugs Wispy

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Hi! I am Debbie. I have been a member of Sparkpeople since 2006 but have not been very active for several years now. I have been on and off the wagon so many times that I have lost count. One thing that I do know for sure is that the only way I can lose weight is by going low/lower-carb.....but the fruit thing is really hard for me. I am ready to try a more low carb lifestyle, but will still eat fruit, in moderation. This is something that I really need to do. I am a gardener and this year....for the first time in 6 years....I am putting in a huge garden. All of that gardening will burn major calories and I will be canning, freezing, and dehydrating my own foods....I also want to depend less on commercially grown foods that are filled with pesticides. So, I am starting over, yet again.

Back in 2006 I was down 97 pounds and then I stopped losing. I maintained for about 4 years and then the weight slowly came back until I had regained nearly 50 pounds. Over the past few months I have lost back down and will be back down to that 97 pound overall weight loss in another 8 pounds. That will be an exciting day for me. I am ready to do this.....but am the kind of person that needs a good support system.

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That's so interesting, Susie. My mother, who is a vegan and not a low carber, has lately started using coconut oil exclusively to cook with. She says it is much healthier than other oils for cooking. But as a weight loss tool..wow...that is great to know.

By the way, congratulations on your weight loss! You have inspired me to keep on going....and learning....I have a lot to learn so I am so appreciative of the information you ladies are so willing to share.

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Welcome NICOLY. When I got in a metabolic rut eating low carb I just increased my coconut oil. Even now at a size 6, if my pants get too snug in the waist I just add coconut oil to my cooking, coffee and sugar free treats and my tummy flattens out in a few days.

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Thanks for the welcome Wispy. I am glad to hear everyone here is supportive of eating and diet choices. I am curious about the cycling method as I am not familiar with it (I really have been out of the loop!). I will be sure to look into it.

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Hi Nicoly. Glad to have you join us and wishing you all the very best in your new eating plan.

We work from assorted plans here and everyone is welcome. No one tries to make us eat in any special way and that is a wonderful thing.

Over the years I have kind of honed the plan that suits me and keeps my diabetes and BP in check without medication. I also do liver checks and am just fine. So one happy little camper.

These days I use a cycling method which helps to stop getting into a metabolic rut. Dont know if it works for everyone, but it suits me very well.

Hugs Wispy

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Hello Ladies....I am going to be 53 next month and I am most definitely a female so I guess I qualify for this team :). Back in the mid 90s, I lost almost 100 pounds on the "old" Atkins diet...I never felt better in my life! But then, in 1999, I became pregnant with my last child and gained all of it back and then some. I got so discouraged and disgusted that I never tried again. Over those 15 years, I let myself be convinced that Atkins was bad for my health and I continually tried the low fat route, and I continually failed after only a few days. Several years ago, I came to the realization that the low fat thing is just clever marketing and humans are not meant to eat highly processed carb laden foods (do we need any more evidence than the obesity and disease crisis that exists in our society)? SO...I am going to give it a go again and I hope that with us supporting and encouraging each other, we will all succeed. I am doing the "new" Atkins plan. I have been on it since yesterday. I have to admit, I feel strange not worrying about fat grams but I am carrying on despite the years of brainwashing. Thanks for listening! emoticon

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Yes, now you mention it I also used a gum based thing to thicken a few years back. Havent seen it in a long while. It was kind of sticky though and not to my taste.

Have to say I love rich egg sacues. I am a big sauce person. Make a good cheese spread with three egg yolks left over from the oopsies with grated cheese, water and seaoning.
I use 6 egg whites and only 3 yolks and 1/3rd pkt cream cheese for oopsies. they work very well and are so low carb. I do make them small. For me its not the size so much as the number I seem to enjoy. lol. So pancakes and such 4 is great whatever size, and I am happy.
Also make strawberry preserve with some vinegar, sweetner and gelatin. 100g strawbs is just under 5 carbs and works out about 1 carb a serving with butter and pancakes. YUM YUM.

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I use glucomannan konjac root, carb free, to thicken. My brand is Now Foods. Older daughter gave to me for my birthday. I also use guar gum. Both use very little to thicken.

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Thanks for all the info Susie

I use the oopsie mix which I have adapted for different things. So dont use flour at all.
Occasionally a tsp of cornflour which is gluten free, but usually just just and egg to
thicken sauces.

Thank you for sharing. I am going to get some more coconut oil into the cooking :)


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I use butter too, Kerrygold grass fed. In my coffee I have about 3 tables total, not in each cup, lol. I cook solely with coconut oil. Baking I use butter and coconut oil. I have a recipe that has 3 eggs & 3 T coconut oil. That's 1 1/2 eggs & coconut oil per serving. I add about 2 T butter on top of pancakes per serving. The lowest carb option to bake with is macadamia meal, if you can get it. We live next to Loma Linda, a vegetarian town. Their market sells all nut meals that they grind there.

Susie, 56, in Redlands, California
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Initial SP Goal, 130
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3/5/15 4:26 P

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Hi Susie, isnt that interesting losing fat but not weight.

How much coconut oil are you using daily. I love it for hair and skin and sometimes cook with it - I a butter lover. lol.

Way to go on the weight loss. That is wonderful news for both of you.

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3/5/15 4:17 P

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Hello I've been eating low carb since December 2011. My daughter was 12 years old and went on this diet with me. She was 4'10" and 130 lbs. I was 5'2" 207 lbs. Now she 5'3" and 108 lbs and I'm thankfully still 5'2" and 126 lbs. By increasing our coconut oil we lost more fat than weight. Lost 2 lbs in two months and a couple sizes. I'm wearing size 6 now and she is size 3. In jeans my tummy looks flat but it's wrinkly, lol. Oh well, I'm just glad to be healthier.

Susie, 56, in Redlands, California
Max Lifetime Weight, 212
SP Start Weight, 207
Initial SP Goal, 130
Current Weight, 120
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3/3/15 5:05 P

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I'm a vegetarian low-carber - and aiming to be more vegan/raw vegan as this has worked well for me in the past. I've re-set my tracker for a lower carb range and am not worrying too much about calories or fat at the moment - just checking carbs and proteins to get the hang of it.



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2/25/15 2:53 A

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It really helps me letting go of processed carbs and sticking to veges and fruit in the main. :)

Good luck with your plan and a warm welcome to the Team.

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2/24/15 3:34 P

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53 and trying to get 12pds off..Believe I need to swich up my diet.Think low carb maybe the way to go as I get older

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2/22/15 7:32 P

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Hi Deb. Low carb is a great way of life for me. Post away. :)

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2/22/15 3:01 P

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New here! 54 yr old
My name is Deb,from Wisconsin, I know ate a big problem for me but I love em. Looking to be low carb and for help here, thank you in advance!

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1/27/15 2:53 P

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Hi there.

Well now I have kind of made up an eating plan that works very well for me.

Will post it as a separate thread in case anyone else is interested. emoticon


Edited by: -WISPY- at: 1/27/2015 (15:32)
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1/27/15 10:38 A

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Thank you for the welcome and I'll have to try cutting back on the cheese. I also LOVE cheese. I just need to find that "something" that is now allowing me to lose. It certainly is not due to a high calorie intake or lack of exercise. Something is "stuck". I just keep telling myself I need to hang tough until I can figure out what that "something" is so I can make a change and get things moving in the right direction. I think I am going to try cutting back a bit on the straight protein (meat, cheese, etc.) and replacing some of it with low carb veggies. Maybe it is a lack of "green" food stuffs. Think I will make some cabbage vegtable soup, no carrots or corn to keep the carb impact low and use some of that to fill full and yet not intake a lot of calories. Ummmm.... just rambing thoughts. When you carb cycle what do you change and how often do you make the change for?

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1/26/15 5:55 P

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Hi there Willow. I find carb cycling helpful when I hit a plateau and also have tried cutting back, or cutting out cheese altogether . My main passion. :)

Happy you have joined us.

Hugs Wispy.

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1/26/15 8:20 A

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Hello. Just joined the team. Not new to Spark or low carb eating. Just wanted a bit of support and to share wisdom of others out there on the same type of eating plan. My biggest challenge is hanging in there when I don't seem to lose anything, but I am at the gym at least 3 times a week and sticking to my eating plan. Hoping this support will help me stay the course! Hope you all had a great weekend.

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Hi there Tammae and a warm welcome to the Team. Your life sounds very interesting and varied. How great that your DH is also into low carb. Sure does make life easier not having to cook separate meals. emoticon

Good to see you jumping on in on the chat thread.
I count carbs also. To keep me on the straight and narrow.

Some of us can eat more carbs than others and still lose, so finding my own "magic" number has been a great help.

Wishing you well. emoticon

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Welcome Tammae. Those carbs are sneaky. I concentrate on seeing if my daily calorie count - which hopefully have made before I eat it shows at the end of the day that I did 5-10 % carbs (some of that will go away when Fiber is subtracted), 15% protein & 75-80% fat.

I added to the tracker (Carbs for a low carb diet) and when you add it it will show up at the end of the nutrients etc.

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Fat 129-174 g; (80%)
Protein 55-73 g; (15%)
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Hello...new here but not new to Spark or Low Carb. My name is Tammie and I live in Southern Missouri. I am a retired art teacher with a booking part time job. I also have a kiln and love to create jewelry and bird feeders with clay. My husband and I are both low carbers (which makes it easier when I cook).
I am trying to eat LCHF during the month of June to see if that will jump start my weight loss. I've tried Weight Watchers and lost 20 lb but was always hungry. Two years ago I started Atkins and lost 20 more lbs. but haven't lost any since. This month I am also tracking my food to help me see any carb creep that I know has been stalling my weight in the past.
I'm glad to find this group and look forward to discussing low carb and life!

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Hi Donna, welcome to the team! I live in Montreal, so not too far from you. :) I try to cut sugar and flour in my version of low-carb, but allow myself a few treats. Like you, I'm tweaking as I go along. I find that logging what I eat is the biggest help right now. I'm just finishing up my first week and will be weighing in on Saturday. Depending on how that goes, I will review my food logs and decide whether and how to modify. Post any questions you may have as you go along, we may not have the answers but we can have fun discussing them.
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Hi there Donna and a warm welcome to the Team.

Delighted your friend is doing so well.

We are on several different plans on this team so however you choose to do your low carb is fine. Tweaking is a great way to go.

I started four or five years ago and this last couple of years have got it down to how it suits me.
For the first time in my life I intend to stay with this way of eating.

Maintenance was always my problem. I looked forward to when I could eat "normally"again.
Now I have a plan that works just fine for me. I am off bp meds and so far have not had to go on the diabetes pills thankfully.

Looking forward to getting to know you on the threads.

Hugs Wispy

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Hi I am Donna. I'm 56 and live in the Northwest corner of Vermont. I am new to the low carb lifestyle but have heard about it for years. A Spark friend started a pretty restrictive version . . . no sugar and no starch in January and has lost 40 lbs to date after not losing and gaining for the past year. I know I don't want to be that restrictive so I have made my own plan to start with based on lots of reading and I'll tweek it as I go along. I have to lose about 40 lbs . . . 45 would be even better and 50 would be my dream weight. I am only 5'3". Looking forward to getting to know all of you and learning new things.

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