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Old 12-31-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Happy Belated 10th Atkinsversary To Meeeee!!!

Dear LC Friends Family,

I know I don't post much but I had to come celebrate my Belated 10th Atkinsversary with the people who know what it likes to struggle with obesity and poor health! As of December 27th, I've been living the healthiest, most physically fit DECADE of my life...all thanks to Dr. Atkins and the science behind this WOL! Thankfully, through healthy LC eating, consistent exercise and the commitment to treat my body the way it deserves, I've beat the odds and KEPT THE WEIGHT OFF plus made a liar out of those who say this WOL is IMPOSSIBLE to stick to long-term without "ruining your kidneys" or having a heart attack! Just in case anyone is wondering, I had annual labs drawn on 8/20/12 and here are some of the results:

Total cholesterol: 211 (my doc wasn't concerned at all, because of the next #'s)
Triglycerides: 73
LDL: 95
HDL: 101
Chol/HDL Ratio: 2.1 ("Below average cardiac risk factor" is <3.3)

Kidney Function:
BUN: 8 (normal range, 9-23)
Creatinine: 0.7 (normal range, 0.4-1.6)

Blood Pressure: 114/70

Here's an updated before/after pic: The one on the left was taken in December of 2000 or 2001, at a Christmas party (and those were size 28 leather pants...honey, I was FIERCE but sweating like nobody's business) and the one on the right was taken at my Dad's house in Arkansas this Thanksgiving, as we were on our way to a college football game (I'm representing with my sorority hand sign), in size 12 jeans!!



As much as I can, I tell people that THIS is the WOL that worked for me, above and beyond my WILDEST DREAMS! From day one, I've been cheat free yet extremely satisfied and never hungry! Since February of this year, I've been a pescatarian low carber but, other than that one change, I primarily eat lean protein, veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts. My "treats" are lentils, sweet potatoes, low carb lemon pound cake and higher sugar fruits like raisins and bananas. At the same time that I gave up other meats, I also gave up diet soda (only Jesus knows how I was able to do that) so I drink water and lots of different teas. I also still live and breathe the "old school Atkins rules" of eating full-fat dairy, real butter & mayo and I don't treat exercise as an option! For me, MOVING IS KEY and I've fallen in love with Zumba and hiking so I'm blessed to do one or the other 4-5 days per week.

If I can get one thing across, it's to HANG IN THERE and KNOW that you can also change your life and not look back! Make the choice, daily, to honor your body and don't let anyone, especially yourself, make you believe that it's not worth it!! *raises diet green tea and says...to 10 more years*

Happy New Year, All!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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Sorry for the HUGE pics, peeps! I'm on my iPad and can't resize them on Photobucket because this thing doesn't run "flash"!
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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This is an INCREDIBLE story, ebonyeyz28. Ten years! I definitely hope to be looking back when I'm 34 (good grief, is that a weird thought) and have ten years of healthy, low-carbohydrate eating behind me as well. It's been a little bit over a year since I started eating this way, and I don't foresee that changing anytime soon.

I'm healthier, happier, and more energetic than I have ever been in my entire life—not to mention lighter.

This is just an awesome feel good story to end the year. I hope many struggling men and women see this and decide to make 2013 the year that they change their lives for good with healthful, wholesome eating. Good on you for ditching the soda, too. It's an incredible money saver! I ditched the sodas in May this year and have no doubt saved a TON of money. I definitely do not miss being addicted.

Gosh, so many warm fuzzies. HAPPY NEW YEAR! And thanks for posting such an awesome tale for all of us.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:45 PM   #4
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Congratulations on a healthy decade! Thanks for all the wonderful posts - you've inspired a lot of people. Happy New Year - and on to the next healthy decade!
Cheers!
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:48 PM   #5
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I am so glad you posted. It is reassuring to know there are people out there that can stick to this way of eating and thrive. Have agreat new year and post for us more often.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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Happy New Year, Ladies!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:33 PM   #7
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Thank you!! Happy New Year to you.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:10 PM   #8
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Congratulations Shelby - you look so happy and fit and YOUNG! Your numbers tell the story but your smile says it all!
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:34 AM   #9
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Thanks for the inspiration!!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:55 AM   #10
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Happy Anniversary!!!!
You are a fantastic inspiration to us all!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:43 AM   #11
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Dang you look Awesome!! Happy Atkinsversary!!! What an inspiration to us all!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:59 AM   #12
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and a great big CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for sharing that it can be done and done well!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:03 AM   #13
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Wonderful!! A true inspirstion
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:23 AM   #14
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:28 AM   #15
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:21 AM   #16
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Thanks for being a inspriation for us all!! WOW 10 years now that is A WOE!!!! HOpe to do the same in around 9 more years, lol!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:40 AM   #17
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Thank you for the update! You are indeed an inspiration for all of us.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:23 PM   #18
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Congratulations for sticking with Atkins for 10 years, you look GREAT!!!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:06 PM   #19
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gosh, has it been 10 years??? I remember you starting... I started then too. Congratulations!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:18 PM   #20
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:28 PM   #21
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:50 PM   #22
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #23
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:46 PM   #24
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Shelby, it is so great to hear from you! You look amazing girl and what an inspiration you are! Congrats on your success.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:22 PM   #25
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Take that, all those "experts" who think Atkins is too hard to stick to!
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:57 PM   #26
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #27
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:06 PM   #28
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Shelby - you look amazing! SO BEAUTIFUL!!

You look younger now, ten years later!! What an accomplishment!!

Thanks for sharing your story - when I hear about others doing this low term and staying successful, it makes it seem like maybe I can do it also! You are an inspiration!

Happy New Year!
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:14 PM   #29
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Very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:22 PM   #30
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THANK YOU!!!! For sharing this incredible accomplishment!

Your story will inspire many Congrats and here's to another 10 healthy years!
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