Joined July 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
285.0 lb
Lost so far: 75.5 lb

Current Weight
209.5 lb
Performance: gaining 7.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
173.0 lb
Still to go: 36.5 lb
I'm nearly 65, 69.75" tall, retired (2008), married (2013). Profile pic 12/16, finally have the peace and contentment I've always craved. Now, I want my health to catch up!

At 19, I thought I was "fat" at 145#. At 32 and 185#? "YUGE!" At 235#: horror. I haven't been under 200# since age 34 and hit 285 in 1992. I said I wanted to be thin but couldn't find an eating plan I could stick with. I was lying. I weighed anywhere from 215 to 240 pounds and settled in at about 235 pounds. By June 2017, I was fed up and disgusted with myself. I spent $800 on a 60-day weight loss program but I lost less than 20 pounds. "Accountability" wasn't working.

I started 2018 with reconstructive foot surgery, a result of 25 years of diabetic neuropathy and hemoglobin A1c readings bouncing between 9 and 11 percent, and was back up to 223 pounds. The anesthesiologist:"Get thee to a cardiologist!" I had early heart failure with a pathological left ventricular ejection fraction of 44 percent. That's not "borderline," my friends. That means more medication, or weight loss and exercise.

June 23, 2018: I'm down to 209.5 lbs. and will show my newest specialist I am serious about losing weight. I'm ready for "cardiac rehab" but don't want to take any more medication! I've joined a YMCA nearby so that, as soon as the cardiologist approves, I'll be swimming laps and lifting weights.

Medication Victories! Decreased Levemir, Humalog, Victoza, lisinopril, and skin ointment; no more metformin, verapamil, anti-depressant or anxiolytic!

I decided against posting my "before" and "after" pics in my underwear. I just know that they'd end up on Facebook! But I do have some good pics in clothing from my days at 285 pounds, and I'll be posting at 199.99999!

Miraculum's Weight History

Miraculum's Latest Member Challenges

  No processed foods/meats/beverages
status: Completed
ended: 02 Oct 17
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Online now wannabhealthier
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Miraculum's Latest Photos

10-2016 225 lbs
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285 lbs
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08-2000 - 278 lbs
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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

When to Weigh
kaceyhowell wrote:
I just had a qucikie, when would be the best time to weigh yourself? In the morning? afternoon? evening?

I always weigh less at about 10:00 a.m., so that's the weight I record.
posted 19 Jun 2018, 04:33
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
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LCHF: Low carb, High fat / Ketogenic Diet

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24 June 2018

As my pictures confirm, "aging" shows up most in my loss of muscle mass. My body is -- and looks -- a whole lot "softer." A loss of 70 pounds when I was ...

23 June 2018

I've decided to ease into longer intermittent fast periods this week. I completed an IF from midnight to 5:15 p.m. today (17.25 hours), stayed within ...

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

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!

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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