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Old 01-15-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Two years down and the rest of my life to go……

Two years down and the rest of my life to go……

Today is a great day! Today I start my third year living and eating low carb. I first learned about low carb from reading “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes and “ The Diabetes Solution” by Dr. Richard Bernstein. And to this day when I have questions I grab either or both books to find the answer.

First let me say I am not one who would normally share this type of information but I feel I must. This forum had been a great source of information and inspiration to me since I discovered it in April of 2011. It has become a touchstone for me to come back to whenever I need some basic information or moral support when things don’t seem to be working.

Without going into my long medical history suffice it to say when my cardiologist wanted to know exactly what I was doing so he could share it with his father, I knew I was doing the right thing. All of my doctors, yes I have four I see regularly, have been as supportive as possible. All they asked were to be kept informed as to my progress and of any possible side effects, good or bad, that I may be experiencing and to have blood work done every three month. And their consensus is keep doing what I’m doing because it’s working.

So the results after two years:
1. From a beginning weight of 215 to 165 - a 50 pounds weight loss and maintaining for the last year
2. From many border line blood test results to almost all in the normal range
3. From no exercise at all to daily exercise on the treadmill and weight training four days a week
4. From four long acting nitro pills a day to NONE, not even the occasional fast acting sublingual pill during exercise
5. From an A1c of 6.1 – 6.2 to an A1c of 5.1 – 5.4
6. From what I would now call a daily high carb mental stupor to a clarity of mind that is wonderful
7. From a daily injection of Victoza and 2000mg of metformin, for diabetes to…drumroll please…NONE. My doctor and I have concluded with diet and exercise alone I can maintain a healthy blood glucose. (A shout out to David Mendosa at mendosa.com for his common sense knowledge)

There are many people on this forum who will never know how much I have learned from them and I will try to let them know as I continue. There were some, when I first started, who are not active now and I hope they are doing well.

As I have stated in other posts I still have some limitations I will never overcome but even at the age of 63 I feel like I have been able to stretch their boundaries further than I ever thought possible. Thanks to all of you and keep spreading the word.
"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:33 AM   #2
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Great job Ralph! Very inspiring!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I did not "lose" weight. I evicted it. It is gone and it ain't coming back!

JUDDD cares about calories. JUDDD does not care what you eat. Your body probably does.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:40 AM   #4
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Way to go Ralph!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:40 AM   #5
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Congrats! Very inspirational post!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:50 AM   #6
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How wonderful, Ralph!!!

Keep up the good work!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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Congratulations on your success, and thanks for coming back to tell us about it. Stories like yours are inspirational, and it has to be said that the only place I see people reporting such long term success is on low carb boards - I have yet to see such results on low cal or low fat forums, despite the fact that many people do have some success losing weight using those methods.

I am convinced that low carb will be seen as THE way to fight back against the obesity epidemic (and associated diseases), given a few more years. Surely all the evidence has to count for something? It's hard to believe we still have to convince so many people, when the results speak for themselves.

The fact that there are still so many nay-sayers out there puts a lot of people off 'admitting' that they eat low carb, because of the 'eek, your kidneys will fall out and your heart will explode' reactions. I think we should be proud of our WOE - which is why I love seeing posts like yours, Ralph - evidence that it works!

All the best for your 3rd year, and thanks again for posting!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:08 AM   #8
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Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing. It is encouraging
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:10 AM   #9
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Wow, you are a great inspiration! Thanks for sharing your many successes with LC and exercise.

I think a lot of us are looking to improve our health more than anything, and you're living proof of how much can be accomplished by sticking to it.

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #10
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you are an inspiration! congrats!

First started Atkins April 1, 2002.
Lost 40 pounds back then and maintained for almost 8 years...then carb creep crept. I've always been low carb, but went hard core again in March 2012.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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WTG Ralph!!!!

My Journal

1-Mar Down 20 lbs
20-Mar Down 30lbs -NYC TRIP
3-Apr Down 40lbs!!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #12
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Great job and thank you for sharing!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:10 AM   #13
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~Sara~ I've gone from size 14 jeans, down to a size 4 with JUDDD/5:2IF! Now in maintenance with 16:8IF and the occasional potato hack. My 3 year maintenance anniversary is in April

October 2015 Blood Work Results
-Total Cholesterol 167: HDL 69 LDL 97
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no triglycerides number given this time, but blood work this past spring put them at a 49
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:29 AM   #14
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Wonderful job! Thank you for sharing and for being a positive example for people here and for your doctors (and the people who consult them).
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:40 AM   #15
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:41 AM   #16
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Great job...stay true to yourself and you WOE.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:04 AM   #17
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Awesome! Inspirational! The story that all these fitness magazines and tv health shows need to hear!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:42 AM   #18
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Thank you for sharing your story! I'm on way too many pharmaceuticals right now and it's just great to hear about the path off of them.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:37 PM   #19
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You are such an inspiration!!! Way to go
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:41 PM   #20
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Excellent! Such amazing progress in less than two years.

Thank you so much for posting your thoughts.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #21
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:24 PM   #22
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Meats' meat and man's gotta eat!

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No more fat roll hanging over my ring!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #23
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Well done Ralph!! KUTGW!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #24
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Congratulations Ralph - you are an amazing success story
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:09 PM   #25
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You and your success are truly inspiring. Your signature quote is also something I will take to heart. Congratulations and best wishes for your future.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:34 PM   #26
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Congratulations Ralph! Thanks for sharing. You will never know how many you have helped by doing so.you are a Real inspiration to all! LC works and can be for life
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #27
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Ralph, congratulations on your positive health changes. I am so happy to hear your docs all support your LC eating and can see the benefit in it.
Nothing right now can possibly taste as good as thin will feel!!!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:10 PM   #28
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Way to go Ralph! Your before and after avatar look like two completely different people! Keep up the great work.

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #29
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Congratulations Ralph, wonderful story.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:26 AM   #30
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Very inspirational story! Congratulations!
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