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I've been dieting since I was 12. I have tried every diet from Atkins to the Zone, lost and regained hundreds of kilos. I had my only child at the grand old age of 45 and I'm fed up with people asking me whether I'm his mother or grandmother. I have various health issues but I want to be around to see grandchildren so I have to get my weight under control, and keep it off this time!

Member Since: 5/8/2007

Fitness Minutes: 125

My Goals:
To reach my ideal weight, and more importantly, to maintain it.

Started Spark 24.VIII.2010
Weight: 81.9kg
BMI: 30.2
Body Fat: 37.8% (31.0kg)
Waist: 112cm
UK size 22

Started AIP on 1.IX.2016
Weight: 75.5kg
BMI: 28.1
Body Fat: 35.0% (30.0kg)
Waist: 110cm
UK size 18

Started Dukan Diet on 14.IV.2018
Weight: 79.5kg
BMI: 29.6
Body Fat: 33.0% (Tefal scales)
Waist: 110cm
UK size 20

My Program:

Previous plans used:
*Dukan Diet
*Dukan 2 Seven-Step
*Sarah Ballantyne's Paleo Auto-Immune Protocol
*Weight Watchers
*Fat Smash Induction
*Bodyline Institute
*South Beach Phase 1
*GI Diet 12-Week Action
*Gallop Family GI Diet
*Fuhrman Eat to Live
*Special K 2-week
*MediPrinou Institute
*The Idiot-Proof Diet "from pig to twig"
* The Mayo Clinic Diet
* The Harcombe Diet
* The Virgin Diet
* South Beach Diet Gluten Solution
* Intermittent Fasting
* New Atkins
*Eat Your Heart Out Diet (cabbage soup diet without the soup!)

Personal Information:
I'm Australian, married to a Greek, with a son. I am a linguist, teacher-trainer and examiner, all part-time so I can be home as much as possible for my child.

Other Information:
Hobbies include cooking (500+cookery books), preserving, making liqueurs; knitting; reading; languages. I have a cat, a dog and two canaries.

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  • v no profile image MORTICIAADDAMS
    I remembers things that are unique and certain people like you. I'm a science major so I don't believe most studies as the scientific method is no longer used and studies relying on peoples memories and not taking in variables are very flawed. I don't believe in one size fits all diets. I don't get into any severely restrictive diets and really never did other than when I was a vegetarian in high school and it didn't work for me. I did diet counseling for a while so I know a lot of diets for different medical conditions. I like meat but not a lot of it. I have never been like these people who eat more than one piece of meat. A serving is enough for me. I prefer fish, seafood, and egg whites. I eat lots of veggies as I love them and I get in my 3 fruits a day, plus seeds and nuts, olive oil, lean meat. Occasional legumes. I don't tolerate most grains or dairy and don't think either one is all that healthy so if I eat them I do it as if they are a condiment more than the main dish. No milk but a little real cheese. I used bone broth before it ever became a fad. I don't tolerate things like yogurt and similar products. I'm not that crazy about sweet potatoes. I have had testing and have done elimination diets. I go to a specialist. I mostly avoid unhealthy foods. I try to do clean eating to some extent. There are different concepts of what the term means. I eat minimal processed foods, less sodium, less artificial sweeteners, and less omega 6 fatty acids. I avoid transfat, nitrites, nitrates, hormones, antibiotics, additives, chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, dyes, junk food, fast food, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, farm raised fish, cured meats, caffeine, MSG, alcohol, soy, gluten, foods that come in tins containing bisphenol-A, microwave popcorn that contains perfluorooctanoic acid, low fat foods, diet foods. I do very well when I stay on the diet.

    Kids grow up so fast! It is quite and adjustment when they go to college in the states as high school lets them slide through. They struggle to get organized and used to the heavy work load. Does you son know what he wants to do?

    Hubby and I are both exhausted from having too much to do. I'm hoping my hubby will retire at 65. Over 3 years to go. We are slowing down. Wanting to downsize. Enjoy our senior years. I need to make some goals toward that.

    What are you up to?

    817 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2019 11:17:48 AM
  • v no profile image MORTICIAADDAMS
    Of course I would remember you!! You are one of the only people I know who was on the Dukan diet in the past. And some diets I have always wondered about. You used to have lots of cookbooks like me. Do you still collect them? How is your son doing?

    Right now I have had gut issues so my diet is not what I want it to be. I still try to do a High Protein, Lower Carb, Moderate Fat, Gluten Free diet with Intermittent Fasting. It works best for me when I can do it.

    So nice here now as it is Spring here. My favorite season! Have a good day!
    818 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/7/2019 9:03:50 AM
  • v no profile image MORTICIAADDAMS
    Hi Sunny!! Glad to see you back. I'm having some health challenges, hubby too, but we are working on them. Have a great evening!!!
    820 days ago
    WELCOME to the Eat to Live sparkteam! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Jump right in to the Chat thread - I don't get notifications of new posts but I check the sticky topic threads daily!
    826 days ago
    Ton of carbs in the salad Om eating right now but I’m feeding the good bacteria in my gut! My #microbiome loves fiber!
    873 days ago
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