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I'm in my 50's and 5'8" tall. I've battled my weight since I was about 15 years old. My highest weight was 217 pounds and is now on its way down.

My initial target weight was 168. I achieved that but still had some obvious fat on my belly and kidney areas. If there is fat on the outside of you then your body couldn't put any more fat on the inside of you and continued on the exterior. So my goal is to loose the exterior fat. My new goal is 155.

From about November 2012 until the present I've been eating low carb but not the Ideal Protein products (well probably 2 per week rather than 3 per day when on the plan). My weight is steady and my type 2 diabetes is under control. My doctor was very happy with my HGA1C test that shows about a 3 month blood sugar average.

April 2013 - I'm now beginning my last 10 pound loss. I'm at about 165 lbs. I'm maintaining well and happy with what I'm eating, though it is different than before I started Ideal Protein and then low carb eating. I'll be happy if I do this in 10 weeks.

July 2013 - My weight is unchanged, still 10 pounds away, but diabetes is still under control and that is a big victory in addition to the rolls of fat being gone. Also I'm basically eating the quantities of food that I want to eat, that is not a struggle. I just have to choose low carb things to start with.

April 2016 - my weight is about the same as July 2013. So 3 years of maintanence. It is now 4 years of no diabetes medication and good blood sugar control. HURRAY!

February 2017 - Now over 5 years of no diabetes medication. I expect and A1c result at the doctors office shortly. Floating around 170 pounds in weight. One thing for sure, I'm not gaining it all back.

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    ….. emoticon ….:::I appreciate you taking the time to read and post on my blog: "Things that don't really matter." …. Spark friends like you do, so have a great day and stay well! (I enjoyed all you had to say)… (I also used to say to our youngest: "Things are meant to be used---but not people." ...
    44 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, and relating your personal experience.
    98 days ago
    PS what is the story about your banner photo????
    132 days ago
  • v DARCY-B
    Thank you for the words of wisdom and kindness that came with it. I appreciate it.
    148 days ago
    Thanks so much for your comments, advice and wisdom on my Keto blogs, I really appreciate it. I've learned so much just in the last week.

    On another topic, it turns out that we were perhaps colleagues at some point in the past. I worked for IBM for 40+ years, before retiring in 2009. Had stints in programming, management, forecasting, and, my favorite, project management. My work sites included White Plains, Kingston, Raleigh, and Southbury CT. Enjoyed the work for the most part, but honestly feel like I'm making a much bigger difference in the world now, working as a volunteer at a local food pantry! Go figure.
    154 days ago
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