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Old 08-28-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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It only took 11 years!!

After 11 years I have finally made my goal weight!

I started LC in August of 2001 and in a little over I year I went from 257 to 165. Over the next 9.5 years I bounced around between 175 and 165, occasionally dipping down to 162☺.

Over the years I stopped even trying to get lower and just accepted that I wasn’t ever going to make my goal of 150. I was happy that at least I could maintain my loss as long as I stayed LC. I stayed off the scale, ate organic and pastured, and generally was okay about my weight which stayed in the 165-175 range. In 2008 I worked out like a fiend and cut my intake drastically and was able to get down to 162 for my wedding. By the end of 2008 I was right back at 170ish and just happy that I wasn't heavier.

Things changed a little over a year ago when I was diagnosed hypothyroid (I’ve probably had it for many years, but life circumstances brought it to the forefront). I began a search for proper treatment and the right doctor that took almost a year. Around the same time I developed chronic sciatica pain which was finally resolved in January of this year with surgery to remove a cyst from my lumbar spine.

After the surgery I was determined to getting the hypothyroid treated properly. In March I found a new naturopath, got more extensive testing, was referred to an endocrinologist, and finally got the correct dosage of thyroid hormone in June.

Around the same time I read Jimmy Moore’s blog post about nutritional ketosis and decided to give it a try. I read both of the Art and Science of Low Carb books, sent away for my free ketone meter and started making changes in my diet. I was already LC, but I lowered protein and replaced it with fat while limiting my total intake. I also came back here to LCF--the support that I've gotten over the years has been invaluable. You guys really are the best.

I was 175 at the naturopath’s office in March. Yesterday I hit my goal weight of 150! I am planning to use my meter and nutritional ketosis guidelines for maintenance. I have to say I'm a bit worried about being able to maintain this new low weight.

I have a few pictures to share from over the years. I don’t have a full-body shot right now. Hopefully I can get my DH to take some over the long weekend.

I will say that I started out a size 22 and when I went shopping last weekend I was an 8-10. 10 was my goal size! I have never worn an 8 in my adult life--yet I wore size 8 slacks to work yesterday.

Me at my highest 257 pounds in about 2000:


Pretty early on after I started LC:


During my long stall-I was probably around 165:


At my wedding in 2008, around 162:


And 10 days ago:
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February Nutritional Ketosis...Are you in the zone?
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Original weight 2001--257 Maintaining 165-175 from 2002-March 2012
March 2012 to August 2012--175/150 Made Goal 8/27/12!
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:11 PM   #2
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You are an inspiration to us, Kristn! And you look absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing your story, and for being so kind and supportive to others in your posts, especially on the nutritional ketosis thread. I'm sure that you are helping many other people not give up after long, frustrating stalls.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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You are absolutely amazing. A true example of determination and self love. Congratualtions! I too hope to share such a success story.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:29 PM   #7
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Thanks so much you guys! I am always so inspired reading other people's stories--it's great to be able to post one of my own.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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OMG, what an inspiration you are for so many of us. I've been hanging at 160-170 for over 2 years and you give me hope. I've started eating Paleo this month as well. I'm so happy for you! And so glad they finally got your thyroid meds at optimal dosage to allow you to drop on down to goal weigh! WAY TO GO!!!
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #9
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:17 PM   #12
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Wow! This is the kind of story I love to read. I totally respect those that have dropped pounds, be it short or long-term, but to see this lifestyle change for over 11 years is simply inspiring. My hats off to you. Oh, and don't we just look as happy as we can be. I am so happy for and proud of you!

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Old 08-28-2012, 07:17 PM   #13
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Wow that is awesome! I just posted a thread asking what the secret was to losing the last 10 lbs, so this is perfect timing!

How much of your final push do you think was due to the ketosis and how much due to the thyroid? I went to an endocrinologist last year and he said my thyroid was fine, but I have my suspicions that something could be off. He was also not at all informed on the low carb lifestyle - which surprised me given that he's an endocrinologist - but he was rated well in the area.

I will be sure to read up on your ketosis thread - I have looked at it a few times but it is verrrry active.

Congrats again!!!

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Congrats, and you look outstanding in the photos! A huge kudos on your willpower and strength to stay at it 11 years even with many years of stalls in there.

Keep up the excellent work!
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Congratulations! I've got to tell you, you look pretty darn cute at 165!
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #17
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Thanks again everyone! It's funny but I never even thought about quitting. I just didn't want to go back to where I started and I figured that not reaching goal was still 90ish pounds down.

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Wow that is awesome! I just posted a thread asking what the secret was to losing the last 10 lbs, so this is perfect timing!

How much of your final push do you think was due to the ketosis and how much due to the thyroid? I went to an endocrinologist last year and he said my thyroid was fine, but I have my suspicions that something could be off. He was also not at all informed on the low carb lifestyle - which surprised me given that he's an endocrinologist - but he was rated well in the area.

I will be sure to read up on your ketosis thread - I have looked at it a few times but it is verrrry active.

Congrats again!!!

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Thanks! I think that getting the Thyroid worked out made it possible, but I wouldn't have dropped the pounds without the nutritional ketosis.

If you suspect thyroid you should check out the thyroid board here and also the Stop the Thyroid Madness website. I see that you're in Seattle! I would start with a Naturopath rather than an endo. The Naturopath who set me on the right track was Wendy Ellis who's at the Tahoma Clinic branch in Seattle. At the time I saw her I was pretty strictly Paleo and she was very supportive. After pretty extensive testing she sent me to the endo (Robert Murray at the Polyclinic) when my testing revealed very high cortisol. I've been happy with him for my thyroid, but probably wouldn't see him for an initial diagnosis or LC diet support. Dr. Ellis started me on supplements for the cortisol and a few other small hormonal issues which have since resolved. I'm happy to have them both helping me.

There's also a low carb doctor blog which lists LC doctors who might be helpful in testing if you're stuck. I was particularly intrigued by Integrative Medical Weight Management in Seattle. She's a nurse practitioner but it looks like she does a lot of testing and is LC. If I had known about her earlier I might have started there.

And please join us on the nutritional ketosis thread! Everyone is welcome.
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I just had to come back to thank you for this thread! After first posting I went to Jimmy Moore's and read about nutritional ketosis and then I went to Amazon and ordered the two books! This sounds so interesting and it might be what I need to get off these 15 pounds that have crept on from no where.

Are you still doing Paleo? I'm doing Paleo and have eliminated dairy from my diet. It sounds like Jimmy Moore gets a lot of his fat from dairy. How did you up your fats? I'm thinking coconut oil and avocados, but I'm not sure what else to use.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:58 PM   #19
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I just had to come back to thank you for this thread! After first posting I went to Jimmy Moore's and read about nutritional ketosis and then I went to Amazon and ordered the two books! This sounds so interesting and it might be what I need to get off these 15 pounds that have crept on from no where.

Are you still doing Paleo? I'm doing Paleo and have eliminated dairy from my diet. It sounds like Jimmy Moore gets a lot of his fat from dairy. How did you up your fats? I'm thinking coconut oil and avocados, but I'm not sure what else to use.
I'm so glad that it was helpful!

Come take a look at our Nutritional Ketosis thread here on LCF (link is in my signature). And please feel free to join in!

I'm not 100% paleo, but still eat pastured meats, organic produce, and lots of coconut. I had eliminated dairy, but have added back some cheese while getting into nutritional ketosis. I also use coconut oil, coconut cream, and EVOO. I plan on adding back in avocados soon.

Take Jimmy's posts with a grain of salt. The key to nutritional ketosis is finding your right gram level of protein and carbs and then adjusting fat to lose weight. The authors of the books say that this will be about 65%-85% fat depending on your goals--going too high with fat can stop weight loss. Jimmy is stuck on 85% fat but on our thread we are achieving nutritional ketosis and weight loss at a slightly lower level (I've been 70% to 75%).

There is a great recent interview on Jimmy's blog with Stephen Phinney about breaking long-term stalls and nutritional ketosis.
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Girl, you look amazing! What a fabulous job you have done. I think you will be able to maintain just fine, its all about finding your happy place and I think you have found yours! Congrats!
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Thanks! I think that getting the Thyroid worked out made it possible, but I wouldn't have dropped the pounds without the nutritional ketosis.

If you suspect thyroid you should check out the thyroid board here and also the Stop the Thyroid Madness website. I see that you're in Seattle! I would start with a Naturopath rather than an endo. The Naturopath who set me on the right track was Wendy Ellis who's at the Tahoma Clinic branch in Seattle. At the time I saw her I was pretty strictly Paleo and she was very supportive. After pretty extensive testing she sent me to the endo (Robert Murray at the Polyclinic) when my testing revealed very high cortisol. I've been happy with him for my thyroid, but probably wouldn't see him for an initial diagnosis or LC diet support. Dr. Ellis started me on supplements for the cortisol and a few other small hormonal issues which have since resolved. I'm happy to have them both helping me.

There's also a low carb doctor blog which lists LC doctors who might be helpful in testing if you're stuck. I was particularly intrigued by Integrative Medical Weight Management in Seattle. She's a nurse practitioner but it looks like she does a lot of testing and is LC. If I had known about her earlier I might have started there.

And please join us on the nutritional ketosis thread! Everyone is welcome.
THANK YOU for such great advice, including the Seattle referrals! I have already spent 2 hours reading the ketosis thread and am only on page 6 of 16. I actually started the ketosis thing around the time your thread appeared and had good initial results, though I've cheated a few times and it set me back BIG.

I've been using the keytostrips but am having the NovaMax FedExed to me right away! I am going to check the NovaMax first and then go to a naturopath if I plateau again. I've tracked my food for a few days and have been in the 70%/26%/5% range so I think I am good, but maybe I need to up the fat and drop the protein just a bit more. I tend to have my coconut oil in a protein shake 2x a day so that could be the problem. I am definitely in the .6 to 1g per lb of LBM range but my calories tend to hover around 2k so maybe they are too high.

I will keep at it and greatly appreciate the referrals. I can't wait to finish catching up on the other thread too!

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