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I am a carb addict. There's no getting around it. I have no off button where the consumption of carbohydrates is concerned, especially the sweet and starchy ones.

This got me into a lot of trouble around the time Susan Powter started making all her noise. That's when the yo-yoing began. And that's when I embarked upon my steady progression to twice the weight I was before I got it into my head to be "healthy."

Once every year or two, I take it upon myself to virtually starve myself in anticipation of a trip, or a cruise, or an event. And I do generally manage to get to where I want to be. A week later, I'm carb-loading like nobody's business, and three months later, I weigh more than I did when I started. Rinse, lather, repeat, times decades.

Fast forward to 2017 and my diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. I am now insulin-resistant, and those carbs I love so much could very well kill me. Fortunately, I've read a lot, and I know the stuff the ADA does in bed with Big Pharma is still illegal in some States, and oughtta be in all of them. I'm not falling for it. Instead, I'm following the guidance of Dr. Richard Bernstein, himself a diabetic, and following his LCHF diet to get my diabetes under control. So far, so good. My numbers are getting better.

The beat goes on!

Member Since: 12/19/2007

Fitness Minutes: 22,603

My Goals:
1. Normalize my blood sugars and related lab values.

2. Reach a normal BMI and then stay there.

3. Become and remain physically fit.

My Program:
LCHF with macros as follows:
A maximum of 20 grams of carbs a day, with carbs comprising 5% of my intake, protein 15%, and fats 80%. This differs somewhat from the standard keto diet, as diabetics also need to be aware that too much protein can lead to glucogenesis.

Personal Information:
Sister, mother, grandmother, wife, friend, wedding officiant, big mouthed Libertarian, envelope-pusher, and lover of critters and naps. Coffee, karaoke, and cruises are good too. That about covers it.

Other Information:
Older than dirt. Army Brat. Army Wife. German and Italian. Like my silver hair. Like my silver fox husband. Like Minnesota when it's not snowing and forty below.

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  • v BARBIEE52
    Welcome to the MN Sparks Fat Kickers Team! We are happy to have you with the team. Feel free to introduce yourself to the team, if you have not already done so. If you have any questions, make a post, and someone will answer & help you in anyway they can. Also add your birthday to the birthday list so other members can help celebrate that day with you. We have many topic choices, chat rooms, and games to enjoy!! We are here to help you in your journey to a happier and healthy "you".., so enjoy your journey!!
    Barb~co-leader of MN SPARKS FAT KICKERS TEAM
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    2204 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Thank you for the SP goodie, but moreso for your sweet, sweet words.

    This is SP at its finest. Keep in mind:

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    All the best as you continue on your journey to better health,

    2225 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Lather. Rinse. Repeat (see comment from two years ago, below -- same applies). Welcome back. The trick is to keep coming back. Too many leave and don't. You're one of the smart ones.

    Plus wickedly funny, to boot.
    2359 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2014 9:43:29 PM
    emoticon hi there. You changed your hair. You look very nice.
    Write us a blog! I miss you.

    2782 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Sneaky you! You DO stop by these parts from time to time. Being Number One on my page, I noticed something new. You changed your profile picture! Lovely indeed.

    Here's hoping that you are having a peaceful summer.
    2785 days ago
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