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In 100 weeks of low carbing, I have learned:

- Bad breath is good.

- Some things actually are too sweet.

- There really was something wrong with me. I was addicted to carbs. I am insulin resistant. I can/will never go back.

- Spaghetti squash is quite versatile.

- A little fat (olive oil, butter, nuts) goes a long way. It keeps me satisfied.

- It's a lot easier to climb the stairs to my apartment without those extra 63 pounds.

- Cheesecake is diet food.

- Other people's opinions are fine, but not always accurate (or even nice.)

- “Read the book.” Having only partial information is detrimental to progress. Know what you are doing and why you are doing it. I'll say that again - whatever program, diet, woe you choose - Read the book.

- Support is necessary. For me it came from on-line, in-person and from with-in.

- I can exercise outside.

- There is no magic bullet – you have to stay focused and motivated and being healthier.

- You can eat, just not everything. A whole bag of pork rinds is still a lot of calories!

- Ricotta is yummy.

- Patience.

- The scoffers will soon come around, especially when their doctors tell them to go LC.

- Way-of-Life means that there are occasional indulgences. I am free to take an occasional taste as long as I don't make an ongoing habit of eating those foods. It's not a free day or a free weekend where you start again on Monday. It starts with the next bite of food.

- Water quenches thirst.

- I can lift weights!

Those are just a few of the things I have discovered as I am in my 100th week of this WOE.

I used to eat huge amounts of food. I would prepare a pound of pasta, portion some out for a meal and box the rest up for lunches. Within the hour, I would be raiding those lunches. I was unstoppable. I would be crying while doing this. I had no idea what was wrong with me. I knew I had will power. I quit smoking, didn't I? (Yes, I had.)

I was walking last night and realized that over 2 years ago, I could not get myself outside to exercise. I was so embarrassed by my appearance that I literally could not go for a walk. I bemoaned this many times to my therapist (whom I haven't seen in over 1 year.)

I probably knew that I could not get very far since I had just quit smoking about 6 months prior so I had little lung capacity and had no muscle strength other than what it took to haul my fat butt up the stairs to my apartment.

Like I stated above. I'll never go back.

Thank you all for your support. This board has been a daily place of support for me. Your encouragement and knowledge are unparalleled.

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