Joined July 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
222.5 lb
Lost so far: 14.0 lb

Current Weight
208.5 lb
Performance: losing 1.8 lb a week

Goal Weight
172.0 lb
Still to go: 36.5 lb
I'm 64-closing-in-on-65, 5'8.75" tall (down 0.75" with age), retired (2008), married (2013). Profile pic 02/17, finally have the peace and contentment I've always craved. Now, I want my health to catch up!

At 19 and 145#, I thought I was "fat." At about 185#, I saw a picture of myself on a picnic bench in shorts, shirt tucked in. "YUGE!" At 235#, I caught sight of myself in a store window and was horrified.

I married at age 32, at 185 lbs. I haven't been under 200# since age 34 and, 100 lbs. later, that disastrous 18-year marriage ended in 2003.

Mid 2018: Recovering from reconstructive foot surgery (done 01/2018) for a major complication of diabetic neuropathy (Charcot foot); regained 11.5# since surgery and set a modest goal of breaking out of the TERRIBLE TWOS and into ONEderland; ultimate goal 172# ("normal" BMI range).

UPDATE 05/21/2018
I was diagnosed with T2DM in 2001, already having been taking Rx's for hypertension, high cholesterol, gout, and advancing arthritis for years.

I lost 75 (25 at a time over the next two years on a low-carb low-fat diet) and then "stalled" (ignored my diet!) between 210 and 235 until 2017. Last year, I lost 28 lbs. on a LCLF high-protein diet, then regained 15, again "stalling" (eating whatever I wanted!).

I said I wanted to be thin but couldn't find an eating plan I could stick with. I was lying.

In early May 2018, after a lifetime of playing around, trying everything for short periods of time, and ever-increasing weight, I began researching LCHF diet with moderate protein and overnight intermittent fasting (IF). In three weeks, I've lost 11 pounds, reduced all my meds, and feel satified. If I'm hungry, I eat LCHF food -- REAL foods. If I'm not hungry, I don't eat. I'm committed to seeing this through!

Miraculum's Weight History

Miraculum's Latest Member Challenges

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Miraculum's Cookbook

cals: 119kcal | fat: 7.10g | carbs: 8.81g | prot: 5.51g
Crab Salad II
A healthier but yummy take on a crab salad.
cals: 257kcal | fat: 10.74g | carbs: 2.76g | prot: 36.06g
Tuna Bites
Delicious small tuna cakes packed with flavor and good nutrients, that are very low carb.
cals: 242kcal | fat: 18.66g | carbs: 10.59g | prot: 10.09g
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Grated cauliflower instead of rice is both delicious and low carb.
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Miraculum's Latest Posts

Weight Loss Bar Graph Help
Neither could I find the exact percentages for weight loss progress through the "status colors" (red, then orange, yellow, anf green, and, finally, blue). If someone is at or near their goal weight (LSG417 is a great example!), their profile weight loss graph can give you an approximate "color scale."
posted 16 Jun 2018, 10:45
I’m Not Feeling Welcome Here
Maggotbrain, your profile says that your journal posts are only visible to "Followers" but no one is "following" you, so no one is "seeing" you.

I'm posting for everyone not "feeling welcome."

I find it much easier to navigate Fatsecret on its website from my laptop, even though I have the app on my smartphone, because things just seem to be more "spelled out" on the website. (I also hate trying to input one key at a time on my phone.)

Go to your Food Diary page and click the little "gear" icon (upper left, above Breakfast). "Change Your Preferences" to "Share my weight, journal, and calendar" from "With my followers" to "With everyone." (You can always change it back if you don't like it.) Many more people will see your posts.

As part of your weight program/recovery, resolve to post to your journal more often, to share your journey. Also, decide how often you want to "Weigh in" -- daily, weekly, etc. When you weigh in, you can scroll down that page and write a journal entry. Let people get to know you a bit.

Keeping a food diary can be one of the most effective FS tools if used consistently. You'll see patterns and be able to plan your meals in advance, to minimize indecision while you're standing in front of the refrigerator.

You can use the RDI tool (link at the bottom of the Food Diary page) as it's set up -- inputting your data -- and then play with the numbers. If you find you're losing weight too slowly or too quickly, customize it for yourself.

On the "My Fatsecret" tab, click the "Notebook" icon to the left of the date box. That will show "Recent Activity," and you can choose how wide (or narrow) to cast your net -- from "Everyone" to "Me." You can respond to posts or just "support" people who are posting.

Good luck and best wishes on your journey!
posted 03 Jun 2018, 19:43
New member ... dieting education needed!
SoCalPam wrote:
Our 30-year-old neighbor was recently diagnosed with diabetes and food affects her very differently. She can eat all the bread she wants, all the cantelope she wants, plus other foods that are normally diabetes "unfriendly". However, there are some "safe" foods she can't process at all.

"Type 2 diabetes," by definition, is a breakdown of the body's ability to process carbohydrate appropriately, efficiently and effectively. No diabetic can eat all the carbohydrate s/he wants. Period.

I have a morbidly obese diabetic friend who doesn't test her BS (or even own a glucometer). She takes one anti-hyperglycemia pill and eats whatever she wants. It's blissful but deadly ignorance.
posted 01 Jun 2018, 05:07
New member ... dieting education needed!
You're welcome, Lanny! I'm not new to T2DM but brand new to the LCHF/keto WOE. As a lifelong learner, it's fun for me to pick up a whole new area of knowledge. I really dive in! And I've been interested in adult education, no matter what the subject, so sharing this is great fun for me, too. Since I'm retired, I have the time. Glad to help!
posted 28 May 2018, 22:41
New member ... dieting education needed!
Been there, done that!

The medical/dietary advice I've been getting for 17 years has failed. I'm 64, 5'8.75" tall, and now 212 lbs. I have T2DM with advanced peripheral neuropathy in my feet and early heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides, gouty and degenerative arthritis, and early glaucoma. I take a ton of medication.

I must get this weight off and get healthier, or I'm going to be an invalid for years before I then die too young.

Your doctor is applying the very same conventional low-carb/low-fat/calorie-restriction wisdom that has made me, like millions of Westerners, fatter and sicker for decades now. It fails for many reasons. The statistics back this up.

Studies are proving, and doctors are confirming with clinical experience, that a low-carb/high-fat -- "LCHF/ketogenic" -- diet, with moderate protein, works with the body instead of against it. (Note: "Ketosis" is not "ketoacidosis," a dangerous condition for type 1 diabetics.)

Please watch "The Food Revolution," a talk by Andreas Eenfeldt, M.D. You will be amazed! Then go to his site, DietDoctor.com, and get all the details on the LCHF/ketogenic say of eating.

I've been doing LCHF since May 6, 2018, and it's working:
-- my average blood sugar dropped 90 md/dL;
-- I've lost 10 pounds;
-- my chest and waist are measurably smaller;
-- my arthritic knees and fingers are nearly pain-free;
-- I no longer crave sweets and chocolate;
-- I'm no longer hungry; and,
-- I've dropped half my diabetes meds and three-quarters of my hypertension meds.

I've gone from skeptic to believer by doing my homework and then stepping out in faith. I invite you to do the same! When you click my picture, go to my journal entries since May 20th for more info and helpful links to a lot more.

Try it! You'll like it!
posted 28 May 2018, 00:50
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LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet

Miraculum's journal

17 June 2018

Oh, NIRVANA! I made my first keto pizza: "Italian Sausage" on a Cali'flour Italian-flavor crust, thin and crispy, topped with a low-sugar pizza sauce ...

17 June 2018

Holding steady on my weight... It's surprising how much carbohydrate is in just a little fruit -- 10g in 3 oz. of raspberries. I avoided Carolina's fresh ...

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Keeping up with ketosis
People on a low carb and high fat diet and want to go into ketosis (body using fat as energy rather than carbohydrates)

Keto For Beginners
A friendly and supportive group for ketogenic diet beginners. All are welcome! Come lose weight with us!

Ketogenic and loving it!
Passionate about healthy food, the impact it has on your body and assisting anyone in need of some nutritional education.

The Ketogenic Diet Group
A group for Ketogenic diet begginers and Pros! Come lose weight with us!

Yes... I have Diabetes
This group is for anyone who is in some way affected by Diabetes. Past, Present, or Future... You or a loved one! Come join!

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