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12/3/17 10:20 A

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EMVEEH,
if other folks have noticed that you are loosing weight, great!

So many folks loose weight, and want that feedback, don't get it after loosing quite a bit, and get discouraged. But it sounds like you are doing this for yourself, and that is the best motivator.

On feeling depressed in winter ... Have you thought about those "SAD" lights, SAD = Seasonally Affected Disorder. They somehow give a more full spectrum of light, more like sunlight, and someone that tricks the body into thinking its happy summer time.

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11/29/17 11:33 P

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EMVEEH, Sounds like it is working to me.
Size 16 down to a size 12!
Way to go girl. :-)


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11/29/17 11:52 A

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Let's talk about non-scale victories. NSVs in the online world.

The truth of the matter is I don't really have tons to lose, so the weight hasn't melted off like I've read that other people have experienced. I do tell everyone it's more about blood sugars than weight, which is true. But being able to wear non-plus-size clothes is a pretty big deal too.

NSV 1- My great-aunt that I only see for holiday gatherings said it looked like I'd lost weight on Thanksgiving. Always a great feeling! It's hard to see a difference yourself until you see a picture or your pants are falling off.

NSV 2- Speaking of pants falling off. I've had to walk around literally hold my pants up every time I walked anywhere. Funds are a little tight due to Christmas and my hubby being laid off, so I couldn't exactly fall into the Gap and buy up a bunch of new jeans. So, on my day off yesterday, I went into Goodwill and found a pair of 88 cent jeans in a SIZE 12!! They fit great and I don't have to worry about my hind end getting exposed as I walk up stairs with my hands full. (Luckily, my size 16s have only fallen off in the comfort of my home, carrying in groceries.)

NSV Goal- I want to be able to say I feel AMAZING. I really don't, though. I feel better, of course. Gone are the afternoon crashes after a really unhealthy lunches. Gone is the feeling of my blood sugar skyrocketing after a bag of Skittles. Ugh. I kind of feel sick just thinking about how I used to eat. I just feel more lethargic than I care to. I feel like like my food is good, but there are other changes I need to make. Especially, during this time of year when it is hard to get outside and depression always sinks in.

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11/28/17 8:52 P

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#MeToo - only here too, food addiction - it's real!!

Proverbs 31:17 She girds herself with strength,
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11/27/17 8:29 A

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EMVEEH,
I somehow missed this discussion.

What you wrote is so "spot on". When you have an issue (overweight, high blood sugar ...) then the old "all things in moderation" does not make sense. I think that motto applies when your body is in some sort of balance, but in that situation your body is out of balance, and needs a course correction.

Also, I agree with you and the others, "aw one brownie won't hurt" philosophy is just a slippery slope, too slippery, like water on ice on a hill.

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11/16/17 6:41 P

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Em you are so right. i was so addicted i opened a bakery. I'm a field editor for Taste of Home magazine..and have my recipes in quite often (my cinnamon roly poly was just featured in the Thanksgiving issue..and i have one of my cookie recipes in their Christmas cookie issue just out) so i know. and Guess what? since starting keto a year ago, there have only been two occasions i went off. 2. in a year. the girl who thinks cake is just a vessel for buttercream.
i work around food day in and day out..and i dont so much as sample a smidgeon.
amazing....totally. yeah its an addiction. noone can convince me otherwise..

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11/16/17 4:34 P

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Oh my gosh, yes to your assessment of food addiction. I have to be an avoider, because I am NOT a moderator. Even just a little bit of the carbs throws me into a tail spin as well. When I just don't, I dont want the candy, cookies, pasta, bread, etc. I just dont. Im glad so many people on SP can do "all things in moderation." I for one, cannot.

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11/16/17 1:06 P

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Thank you for all the supportive words, everyone! How lovely.

I would like to discuss food obsession. Addiction, let's be real.
We've all heard the inspirational dieting quote: Nothing tastes as good as thin feels. And to this I've always thought: Bullcrap. What about Pad Thai with loads of crushed peanuts on top and a squeeze of lime? Wood-fire pizza smothered in fresh mozzarella? Not to mention warm chocolate chip cookies and birthday cake topped with gigantic buttercream roses? All of those things have trumped thin for me by a long shot for decades. I didn't ever expect this to change.

When people argue that food addiction is a fabricated tale created to make fat people feel a little bit better about their inability to stay away from McDonald's and KFC. When I stopped eating carbs (and you know the ones I mean) cold turkey, it was a rough first week or so. But after that, I was shocked to find that the obsession disappeared. I've had horrible food issues for as long as I remember and now it's lifted.

My mom came to town and the last thing I cared about was what we would eat. I didn't even think about sneaking a piece of my kids' Halloween candy. All the baked goodies that are constantly brought into work haven't even tempted.

For the first time I'm looking at food as a vehicle for nutrition and satiety instead of as a happy pill that will give me a quick high. I've always said that I was addicted to food and it was harder than quitting other addictive substances because those you can quit cold turkey. You HAVE to eat.

This diet is me quitting cold turkey. No flour. No sugar. No bread. No starchy vegetable. Just not at all. For some reason, this is what works for me. Moderation does not work for me. My brain goes into a tailspin if I convince myself to eat just one. If I give an inch it takes a mile, begging me to make it two cookies or slices of pizza. Might as well just forget it for today. Well, next week we'll get back to good behavior. And next week just isn't a good time for healthy eating.

And perhaps one day I will be able to have just one. That's a possibility. But for now it's cold turkey, one day at a time. And it's going fine.








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11/15/17 11:23 P

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Welcome! Im so glad you are here.

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11/15/17 6:02 P

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Welcome! I have had a weight problem for about 30 years now! So glad you have achieved onederland! Having a supportive hubby will keep you going. Keep up the good work!
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11/15/17 3:48 P

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Welcome!! and how wonderful! you are doing GREAT!

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11/15/17 12:41 P

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Welcome!

My name is Avery
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11/15/17 10:46 A

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Well Yayyyy! I'm happy to hear the Keto is working well for you! And we love to hear epic stories! It's hard for me to write a short message too so don't worry about that!

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11/15/17 10:28 A

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Okay, quick backstory. I've been overweight my whole life, since about 8 years old anyway. I grew up with my dad weighing me weekly and putting me on diets and refusing family photos with my (also overweight) brother and me. Needless to say, this was not positive for my self-esteem (HATED myself) or my food issues. I got up to 260 pounds and a size 24 by high school graduation.

My first husband told me I was beautiful every day and I stopped hating myself, but the food issues persisted. I got pregnant with my daughter and was told I was a Type II Diabetic at 24. I was angry at the world. I managed it well during my first pregnancy, but in the early days of my pregnancy with my son, my sugars were out of control and he wound up with SMMCI, which caused him to be in the NICU for the first couple weeks of his life. It still affects him to this day (at age 10) and it's directly linked to my inability to eat right and control my Diabetes. I have to live with that.

Over the last ten years, there have been diets and medication and workout regimes, but my food issues have always won. Life without my favorite foods was too depressing to even consider. Any event I attended: holiday parties, vacations, weekends away, visits to my mom, all I thought about was the delicious food that would be involved. It made me so happy and then I felt like I was in a carb coma. It was a vicious cycle I felt powerless to stop. My weight had settled into a place in which I fluctuated between 210 and 220 and a size 16. As a tall woman most people don't even consider me to be very overweight, but they can't see how unhealthy I actually am.

Finally, I noticed an old friend posting constant updates on Facebook about how well she was doing on the Keto Diet. I was aware of the diet, had read all about, but it seemed too extreme to me. Perhaps extreme was what I need. I spend a week preparing myself. Research. Research. Research.

On October 8, 2017 I jumped in to the deep end of the Keto Lifestyle. I weighed 207 pounds. For some unknown reason, I had gradually lost about 10 pounds over the summer by making some small changes. Once my mind was set on the diet, I had no issues with willpower. I stubbornly powered through the first week or so of my body adjusting to the lack of carbs. I felt like poo. I was spacey and tired and just yuck.

I've continued to try new recipes and do lots of research over the last month. The weight has slowly begun to come off and my blood sugars are better than I've seen in ages. I am now at 198 and am super-excited to be under 200 for the first time in quite awhile.

My husband is supportive and has come a long way from his initial thoughts of carbs=candy=everything else is fine.

That was clearly not a QUICK backstory. My apologies! I could write forever about different aspects of this and that is why I am here.


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