12-year Atkins-versary

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It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve posted anything, but today is my Atkins-versary and it seems fitting to check in and review a bit how things have gone over the years. The pic is me today – in the bathroom which is where all obnoxious selfies are created.

Why has it been so long since I posted? There are several reasons, not the least of which is I have spent time, effort, energy in getting back to practicing my Orthodox Christian faith, which means working out the details of what ‘fasting’ looks like for a low-carber.  It’s been an interesting year or so and I won’t claim that I have this all figured out and am doing it well, but I continue to struggle. (Which is a good thing, if you’re Orthodox!)

Twelve years ago I tried this low carb thing out of desperation – a Hail Mary, so to say. I was about 240 lbs (my highest known weight, not that I spent much time stepping on the scale at that point) and sick. See the ‘about’ section if you’re interested in my LC beginnings. My goal was 150, and I got there in about a year and a half.

Recent labs showed my HDL at 92, Triglycerides at 52.  Blood pressure has been steady for years in the 90s/50s range.  My weight has varied a bit over the years with the highest probably 158 and lowest (this a.m.) at 144.

Maintenance of weight loss requires daily vigilance. Those times when I’ve lost my focus have been those times when the number on the scale creeps up and I need to pull the “fat pants” off the closet shelf.  How to keep the focus? My work an a nurse practitioner helps.  Also I try to keep up with what’s going on in the LC community, via social media and the recent LC San Diego conference, for instance.

So here’s to my Atkins-versary! Here’s to being 50 with better health (and my husband would say better appearance) than at 38. And here’s to the next 12 years!

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