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Old 08-25-2013, 05:35 AM   #31
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I have had many, but the last binge on sugary carbs just disgusted me not only physically but mentally as well.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:29 AM   #32
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Yes, I did, although it has nothing to do with weight loss. Got my blood work done last month and it was baaaad. High cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high glucose, elevated liver enzymes and too much calcium in my blood. Some dangerously high, others just slightly elevated.

Instead of going on several meds I decided it's time to do something about my eating. Weight loss would be a nice benefit...I do need to lose quite a bit... but that's not why I'm doing this. It's been less than 2 weeks and I've already lowered my blood pressure meds to a 1/4 dose (I'm monitoring my BP carefully).

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Old 08-25-2013, 10:55 AM   #33
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I never had a "last straw" but I did once have a "last chance" moment as I was thinking about starting yet another "fad diet" that I learned about on a late-night infomercial. I told myself if it did not work I'd never try to lose weight again because yo-yoing was too unhealthy.

That "fad diet" was Protein Power...and it changed my life.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:08 AM   #34
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I felt like I was going to die very soon. I got short of breath and was in a lot of pain just walking across a room. But what really did it for me was Disneyland. I had to rent one of those scooters to get around. I was only 51 years old. I knew if I lived I'd be dependent on others very soon.

We went to Disneyland again this summer. I walked everywhere from 9 a.m. to midnight. My feet hurt, but so did everyone else's at that point. I felt 1000 years younger this time.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #35
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Last summer (2012) this time I was a faithful low carber; I was lean, toned and had lost all the weight I had wanted. For whatever reason I got depressed after I stopped losing weight and exercising (I should have never stopped exercising, I know better, it's my anti depressant)

Fast forward to 2013 I had lost muscle and figured if I just used the calorie in calorie out principle I coould eat whatever I want, yeah right.

After a summer (2013) of commitment to exercise and calorie counting eating whatever I want. Sure I lost weight, but my body is no where as lean as when I was low carbing.

I may not alway be super strict, but I will never stray from low carbing again.

I am once again trying to achieve something I already had. Long sigh.....

I am a good weight but, now it's time to eat and get the fat burning started.

I felt so much better after 3 days on low carb and now I'm on week 2 and I feel great!
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:38 PM   #36
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Yes, I did, although it has nothing to do with weight loss. Got my blood work done last month and it was baaaad. High cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high glucose, elevated liver enzymes and too much calcium in my blood. Some dangerously high, others just slightly elevated.

Instead of going on several meds I decided it's time to do something about my eating. Weight loss would be a nice benefit...I do need to lose quite a bit... but that's not why I'm doing this. It's been less than 2 weeks and I've already lowered my blood pressure meds to a 1/4 dose (I'm monitoring my BP carefully).
This was very close to my epifany. Blood tests showed I was becoming diabetic. I had recently burried my sister-in-law and two other close friends due to diabetes. I absolutely refused to go down that path. Its not a pleasant way to go losing toes, kidneys, eyes, etc. in the process. I am here for the duration. Feel 100% better and look better and I can now find a ladder that "fits" although it is still pressed to the max.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #37
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Went to a hockey game in March and literally had trouble getting out of my seat with my love handles scraping both sides. So disgusted with myself started low carbing a few days later.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:39 PM   #38
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It was a picture taken at my brother-in-laws birthday party. I saw a picture of this fat woman sitting in a chair eating a piece of chocolate cake. I was absolutely stunned when I realized the fat woman was me! I cried.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #39
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Mine happened in stages. Back in March of this year, I was heading down the stairs of my house, and had taken 1 step down when I stepped on our (dwarf) cat. I'm not sure exactly what happened and why I didn't reach out to protect myself -- it still all seems hazy as to why I fell the way I did -- but I went face first all the way down the entire flight of stairs. My head actually went through the dry wall and my entire body flipped around the curved part of our stairs. I ended laying feet first on the floor in my dining room. I felt and heard a snap in my neck, and was scared to death to move. My daughter called 911, and the paramedics put me on a stretcher. I was so scared they would drop me, and they assured me they would not, but they actually had to call for lift assistance, and one man warned the other "be careful, she's heavy." I was so mortified. I laid in the hospital emergency room for 2 hours in pain and the Dr. and nurses didn't even act like they cared.

They did not find any fractures, but my neck and back have still not healed. If I sneeze, the pain shoots from my back to my sternum, and I literally cannot breath. I started trying to lose weight immediately after that, but did not switch to low carb. I went from about 307 to 291.4. Then, within a few weeks, I had a Dr. appointment, and when I went in, despite my best efforts, I had gained almost all the weight back, and was about 305.

I cried about it that night, did some soul searching, and made the decision to change. I started low carb after talking with my niece and trying to decide whether or not to have weight loss surgery. This is my last attempt. If I fail, I am having the surgery.

By the time I got weighed at the gym, I was back down to 294.5. I was 291.6 this a.m. I'm hoping and praying to see 289 very soon.

I never want to go back.

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:58 PM   #40
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:55 PM   #41
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Stacie, I wish you the very best. Losing weight certainly is not easy, but LC makes it at least achievable.. I had tried most everything but could not get past continuous, uncontrolable hunger. LC gets past that for me by allowing me to eat enough to keep my hunger under control and allows me to eat satisfying meals while still losing weight.. Without that long time weight control would make life very unpleasant.

You have lots of friends here to give you the encouragement to achieve your goals and answer the inevitable questions along the way. It is no question that this is a battle, but it is one that you can win! The rewards for success will show up quickly and grow more apparent with each pound you shed in improved self-image, health, energy, and general well being. Good luck, and hang in there.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:34 PM   #42
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Suzanne, your post struck a chord with me. Blue is plagued me for 10 years of my life, once to the point of anorexia. The last binge purge I did was when my ( now 10yo) was a baby. The almost exact same thing happened as you describe. That stopped the bulimia for me...but not all the other over eating issues

What did it for me...several things.....having a really light/unhealthy menstrual period ( made me realise my body had got to a place where it couldn't even support a pregnancy), hearing my 5yo tell me he couldn't wait to be big so he could eat bags of lollies like me, and the realisation that I was avoiding being in photos with my kids. There will be years of their lives with no pictures of me in them :'(
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #43
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I was at the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans in 2012, and I was so aware of how big I was. Then they were talking about offensive and defensive linemen who were only 25-50 pounds heavier than I was, and they were 6 feet tall and going to be paid lots of money to play in the nfl.

But, the real trigger was when a friend on Facebook said that she read the Taubes book and it changed her life. I downloaded it to my kindle that night, read it before I fell asleep, and started the next day. I am so grateful to her for that post, because I was in the right mindset when I read it to get started right away.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:36 AM   #44
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I just had a last straw moment when it comes to stupid addictions even LC ones. This goes along with the "I can't trust them" thread. So, I was craving a HWC Latte today from Starbucks.. probably because I just had one yesterday. Drove to the Starbucks that always made it correctly since Target is closed today. My drink sucked because a new person made it even though it looked right and it was the right person in the window. I thought it tasted wrong to me because I just brushed my teeth but no, it sucked.

Then on the way back.. even though it was only 20 minutes from where I live, I hit a storm..pitch black at 1pm and can't see anything but mist. Everyone slammed on their brakes on the highway and lucky me I was in a puddle..so I ended up braking and swerving over the rumble strips and onto the grass. I ended up on the side of the guy that was in front of me.

Yeah, all that for a stupid drink that didn't even taste good. I guess this was my last straw moment. I feel like the alcoholics that cross state lines for the 24 hour bars and liquor stores. If I wasn't still shaken up I would've just hit the store on the way back for a carton of HWC.

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Old 09-02-2013, 10:57 AM   #45
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In the last year I just haven't been able to go over 3 or 4 days without benging. Well today may be 6 days in a row without a benging, haven't started losing weight yet but
my goal was to just first stop the crazy eating. Maby the turn around came because
I am just so short of wind now. It's odd at 300lbs I can walk for 1/2 an hour or a little
longer fine but up at 315 lbs. I get winded in just a couple of minuts. Besides I am almost afraid to wash my new jeans again fearing they will shrink just a little and be to tight.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:00 AM   #46
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I had a last straw when we flew to Florida last Christmas for our cruise and some time at WDW. I was 1 inch away from needing a seatbelt extender. I was also struggling to even walk and keep up with my family and even avoided some rides because I just couldn't be sure my tummy wouldn't be squished by the safety bars.

I came home and was in a funk and started to try to figure out how to lose the weight. I have PCOS and Insulin resistance and my gp had told me there is no cure for PCOS just maintenance with meds.

Come April I went to a wedding that my brother was in and he gave me a business card for a doctor who specializes in PCOS and Weight Loss. His ex wife (who he is currently dating) and her friend both see this dr. and have lost weight and he thought it would help me. I called the next Monday and made an appt. I constantly thank my brother for giving me that card. It has changed my life.

My doctor is a Bariatric specialist and is a LC'er herself. She is part of an association that includes Gary Taubes and Eric Westman and has attended conferences with them.

As of this morning I am down 30 pounds from when I started on May 25, 2013! I fly to Florida again on Sunday and I am looking forward to seeing how much better I fit in the airplane seat.
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My story is not as dramatic as some. I do congratulate those who have made a tough decision and stuck with it, especially during the times things don't work well.

I found myself on the upward slope to having metabolic syndrome. My doctor wants me to start taking statins since my cholesterol is a bit high. My weight was the highest it had ever been. While not obese I had crossed over to the overweight side of the BMI index years ago. Finaly, I found that I again needed to buy trousers with a larger waist size. This was despite already buying 'roomier' cut pants in my current size (talk about deceiving oneself - fuller cut clothing is just another name for a bigger size). So, I tried the low-fat restricted calorie diet and failed at it because I just got too hungry, too soon, between means. I felt terrible on that diet.

So, I came across Taubes' NY Times magazine article "What if it's all a big fat lie?". After reading that I started researching low-carb eating. I finally started with my own version, and fine tuned it for a month or two.

Remember N=1, I had to experiment to find what worked best for me and was sustainable. Being sustainable was a huge issue for me, since the low-fat diets were not sustainable. Anyway, I found what works for me, and have slipped down to the waist size I had 10+ years ago. It's still a bit snug, but 5-10 more pounds lost should fix that. And, I am no longer closing in on that 40 inch waist - another marker for metabolic syndrome bites the dust.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:18 PM   #48
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I think mine was yesterday.

I mean, I've had them before, but yesterday I was at the office with my husband setting up my office. I was going down in the elevator and glanced to my left to see a heavy, older, woman staring back at me. For a split second I didn't realize it was me.

I was alone in the elevator!
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Daisy, I had a few of those...there was a photo my youngest son took and at first glance I was like, who the heck is that fat lady sitting in my chair? I looked closer and saw it was me by the time I found that photo, I'd lost around 30lbs and hadn't really been able to see the difference in myself. Seeing that photo and one taken at my son's high school graduation in June made me realize there has been a major change Now, I catch a quick glance in the mirror and have to double-take...wow, that's ME! but in a GOOD way! LOL
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There have been so many.

Being told I'm diabetic and...

Watching my husband faint (each incident his heart had stopped). It took them months to figure out he needed a pacemaker (they thought he had epilepsy, ugh). He already had heart valves replaced a few years prior due to radiation treatments many many years before I even met him. I realized he really really might not live long enough to see our daughter grow up. Both he and I were over 300 pounds. I had terrible anxiety over this. I realized the whole family was going to be relying on me to take care of them. I had to do something. He has since passed away; he didn't survive the artificial heart transplant. He made it to see my daughter through to age 17. She is 19 now. I have to see her through college and her start in life. We have almost no family; she needs me.

I am afraid of sugar now. He was not a big eater, not big into starch, but he had a problem with sweetened drinks and orange juice. I think this caused his cancer when he was 21. I am afraid for my daughter now that she could be susceptible to sugar and cancer.

I know people think I am over the top about diet and losing weight and desperately trying to find a way to kick insulin resistance, but I have to.

There have been so many other painful incidents of seeing pictures of me, of being treated as less than a person, of being socially rejected to the point now that I don't really know how to interact socially now that strangers are so polite and nice.
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Watching my husband faint (each incident his heart had stopped). It took them months to figure out he needed a pacemaker (they thought he had epilepsy, ugh). He already had heart valves replaced a few years prior due to radiation treatments many many years before I even met him. I realized he really really might not live long enough to see our daughter grow up. Both he and I were over 300 pounds. I had terrible anxiety over this. I realized the whole family was going to be relying on me to take care of them. I had to do something. He has since passed away; <snip>

I am afraid of sugar now. He was not a big eater, not big into starch, but he had a problem with sweetened drinks and orange juice. I think this caused his cancer when he was 21. I am afraid for my daughter now that she could be susceptible to sugar and cancer. <snip>
I am sorry for your loss. You are doing the right thing. I believe I read somewhere that European doctors believe sugar feeds tumor growth, so that would be another benefit of limiting sugar intake. Juices are a killer, so to speak. Dr. Lustig tells a sad tale of a very young and very obese boy who got that way because his mother fed him a gallon or more of juice every day, thinking it was 'healthy'. You are right to be on guard.

A good diet is a good start. We don't have to sit back and just let it happen to us.
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Juices are a killer, so to speak. Dr. Lustig tells a sad tale of a very young and very obese boy who got that way because his mother fed him a gallon or more of juice every day, thinking it was 'healthy'. You are right to be on guard.

A good diet is a good start. We don't have to sit back and just let it happen to us.
I don't think juices are a killer. The problem there is that the boy was given 1+ gallon of juice- such a huge amount of any food/calories will be problematic. A brick of cream cheese a day or cups of hwc are just as bad as a gallon of juice.

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I am sorry for your loss. You are doing the right thing. I believe I read somewhere that European doctors believe sugar feeds tumor growth, so that would be another benefit of limiting sugar intake. Juices are a killer, so to speak. Dr. Lustig tells a sad tale of a very young and very obese boy who got that way because his mother fed him a gallon or more of juice every day, thinking it was 'healthy'. You are right to be on guard.

A good diet is a good start. We don't have to sit back and just let it happen to us.
It was probably processed, bottled, sugar filled fruit juices.

People that into raw juicing believe the nutrients/enzymes/stuff in raw fruits in vegetables actually kills cancer and tumors and do all kinds of crazy juicing fasts.
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Friend started LC

When she started to tell me about her latest diet, I realized she was low-carbing. Two days later with hubby's encouragement, I decided to join her. Nothing else I've tried has been nearly as effective. I am the poster child for insulin resistance, with family history on both sides (apples abound).

I started out this time with a 3-day fat fast to get a quick, motivating start. A friend of ours also started around the same time and we've been supporting and encouraging each other.

Really hoping the third time's the charm, but as I say that I know that luck has nothing to do with it. It's all about doing what I already know works, and focusing on what I CAN have, rather than what I can't. That is what got me both times. The first time I also WAY overtrained and burned out. You could not have paid me to go back to the gym! I have learned, I think, to keep exercise in its proper place. I truly love lifting heavy and what it does for my body, so I've gone back to that.
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Really hoping the third time's the charm, but as I say that I know that luck has nothing to do with it. It's all about doing what I already know works, and focusing on what I CAN have, rather than what I can't. That is what got me both times. The first time I also WAY overtrained and burned out. You could not have paid me to go back to the gym! I have learned, I think, to keep exercise in its proper place. I truly love lifting heavy and what it does for my body, so I've gone back to that.
Wow..same thing happened to me. I burned out and couldn't lift anything and quit..which somehow made me super depressed and I didn't care what I ate. I don't want to be a flabby mess when the rest is gone so I just started up again and I found someone to help me once I get my strength back where it was..so I'm going that route.
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There have been so many.

Being told I'm diabetic and...

Watching my husband faint (each incident his heart had stopped). It took them months to figure out he needed a pacemaker (they thought he had epilepsy, ugh). He already had heart valves replaced a few years prior due to radiation treatments many many years before I even met him. I realized he really really might not live long enough to see our daughter grow up. Both he and I were over 300 pounds. I had terrible anxiety over this. I realized the whole family was going to be relying on me to take care of them. I had to do something. He has since passed away; he didn't survive the artificial heart transplant. He made it to see my daughter through to age 17. She is 19 now. I have to see her through college and her start in life. We have almost no family; she needs me.

I am afraid of sugar now. He was not a big eater, not big into starch, but he had a problem with sweetened drinks and orange juice. I think this caused his cancer when he was 21. I am afraid for my daughter now that she could be susceptible to sugar and cancer.

I know people think I am over the top about diet and losing weight and desperately trying to find a way to kick insulin resistance, but I have to.

There have been so many other painful incidents of seeing pictures of me, of being treated as less than a person, of being socially rejected to the point now that I don't really know how to interact socially now that strangers are so polite and nice.
Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss (my Mom raised me when I was a teen after my dad died of cancer, and it was just us -- no family. I know how hard it is). You always come off as humble and sincere, and your intense quest for weightloss and battling insulin resistance is personally inspiring. All the best to you Key Tones!
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I went to Cedar Point back in May. Despite having ridden it twice already during the same vacation, I nearly got kicked off of Wicked Twister (a roller coaster there) because one of the ride ops didn't try. Another one came by and snapped me on. I BARELY fit it. I love roller coasters, and getting kicked off because you can't fit is the most heartbreaking thing you can go through (next to getting dumped, cheated on, or disowned by your family, that is).

But that wasn't really my last straw moment. My last straw moment was because I was entering my 30s, and someone on another board I frequent told me to create the new definition of me and be better in my 30s than my 20s. So yeah, I want to create that new definition of me by shedding this weight that has plagued me for years now.
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Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss (my Mom raised me when I was a teen after my dad died of cancer, and it was just us -- no family. I know how hard it is). You always come off as humble and sincere, and your intense quest for weightloss and battling insulin resistance is personally inspiring. All the best to you Key Tones!
Oh, I am so sorry for your loss! I know how hard it is for my daughter. Her friends don't know what to say, and she sees them with their dads or hears them talking about their dads, and I know it hurts. It makes me so sad

It is nice for me to be able to come here and talk about it once in a while. Thank you for listening.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:09 PM   #59
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I don't think juices are a killer. The problem there is that the boy was given 1+ gallon of juice- such a huge amount of any food/calories will be problematic. A brick of cream cheese a day or cups of hwc are just as bad as a gallon of juice.
I agree with you. I should have said "excess quantities of sugary juices".

Many 'poisons', such as sugar, are dose dependent. Oxygen is the best example I can think of. A 100% oxygen atmosphere at sea level pressure would kill us, assuming the fire storms didn't do it first.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #60
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But that wasn't really my last straw moment. My last straw moment was because I was entering my 30s, and someone on another board I frequent told me to create the new definition of me and be better in my 30s than my 20s.
We older folks here will tell you that at 30 you have plenty of time to turn things around. Even if it takes 10 years (worst case scenario) you will still only be 40. That's pretty young from my vantage point.
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