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You know, this is a wonderful discussion on the need for annual pelvic exams for women. Just as important as mamograms, routine check ups can detect any number of potential "silent" problems. If anyone feels that something isn't right, go see a doctor. And if you aren't comfortable with the results, seek another opinion. You only have one body and one life. Reproductive health is something that no one should take for granted. Also, if you are under 35, please go get a mamogram. The earlier you do this, the better "baseline" you will have. If you are under 35, you should have one every 5 years. Ovarian and breast cancers if caught early are very treatable.

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Thanking God that you both had positive outcomes, even though Sheryl was left with a disability she has a healthy respect for life and living it to the fullest and Natalie as well, with a desire to help others. I love this forum, it helps us to remember these things. As someone who works in the healthcare industry I have to agree with the other posters, PLEASE do not be one of those people that has to be forced to go to the doctor, with the technology available today, so many more positive outcomes are coming as a result of early deteciton of don't put off getting check ups and taking care of yourself, you have furbabies that are depending upon you

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Hello! Congrats on your success and good luck in the future.

I have recently started a diet regimen of my own. It follows the Adkins diet very closely with some of my own modifications. I eat NO bread, sugars, pastries, pastas, cereals, canned fruits w/ syrup, candy, chocolates, and no breaded or organ meats.

I eat meats and greens, plus I have my own recipe for certain foods, and I will be glad to share this with you AT NO CHARGE (I don't solicite funds in any way) and I will email you my diet plan if you are interested. I started Mon. Jan 03, 2005 and as of Sat. Jan. 08, I've lost 8lbs and feel great, sleeping better, not as fatigue feeling as I have been and I'm not going to stop there. It is a good idea to take a multivitamin and a glass of metamucil a day while participating in this diet.

My wife lost 40 lbs last year on it, maybe it was easier for her because in Sept. 03 we had a baby and she got up to 160, then in Jan. 04 she started this diet and prior to Thanksgiving she was 122, now she is 116. HEAVEN FORBID IF SHE READS THIS!!!!!!! LOL
But what I'm trying to say is that whether or not she had participated in this diet, she would have lost some anyway as most women do after having children, but without it I doubt she'd lost 40+ lbs.

A woman I work with lost 62 lbs last year on this diet.

I didn't do it because I have a history of being diagonsed as hypoglycemic, and when I did it my blood sugar would bottom out. I don't know why it's not bothering me this time, but my wife says that it is a mental thing. :excl:

My experience so far has been losing what I describe as a swelling in my extremities. I used to would wake up in the morning and my fingers be so swollen (yeah I'm from Kentucky, don't laugh at how I talk), that I couldn't adjust my wedding band because of the soreness, or even get it off. My ankles would swell in the morning. I've noticed a difference in just 8lbs.

I am expected to lose between 1 to 1 1/2 lb a day for the first 14-18 days. Then into the 3rd week, my weight loss it gradually slow to approx. 3lbs a week, flucuating to less or more by a pound or two each week. I'm 6'02, started monday weighing at 263. I'm not fat, my height proportions my weight fine, but I do have a little "pudginess" in areas like my upper arms, and thighs.

Night time is the best time to weigh because that is when you weigh the most during a day's time.

I would LOVE to share this with each of you, especially those of you like me, have failed attempt, after attempt, after attempt, diet after diet, those money stealing diet pill after another... etc.. you know what I mean.

My goal is to get down to 200-210 by the end of the year, and by the end of the year, I mean just prior to the holidays. This diet that I'm doing is not as mentally challenging as I thought it would be, but I have noticed that I do have a better keen sense of smell. Example: my little boy was eating dry cereal the other day, and I could smell it about 10-15 feet away from him. Tempting: NOPE

Anyway, anyone interested just let me know and I'll be glad to email you things that I eat, don't eat, and as I learn more things to eat and not eat, I will be glad to continue to share it with you.

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Originally posted by scottchelf@Jan 9 2005, 06:49 AM
Hello!  Congrats on your success and good luck in the future.

I have recently started a diet regimen of my own.  It follows the Adkins diet very closely with some of my own modifications.  I eat NO bread, sugars, pastries, pastas, cereals, canned fruits w/ syrup, candy, chocolates, and no breaded or organ meats. 

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Scott, great job with the diet. I also am prone to hypoglycemia and the key for me is to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index. Are you familiar with the GI? For those who aren't, each food is rated on how long it takes to be processed in your body. A food that has a very high index, such as white bread, goes through very quickly, thus you feel hungry very soon after eating it. I sometimes refer to this as eating "air", as you really don't feel like you've eaten anything after about an hour. Other foods very high on this index are sugar, white flour pasta, and rice cakes.

I try to stick with foods that are low on the index and that "stick" with me for a long time, thus not getting that low blood sugar feeling.

I have been involved in learning about nutrition for probably 30 years, including taking a college-level nutrition course, subscribing to Nutrition Action Newsletter published by the respected Center for Science in the Public Interest and regular monthly one-on-one meetings with a PhD nutritionist who trains doctors in nutrition.

The diet you're on reminds me of many sound diets such as Weight Watchers and South Beach. I think by not eating all of the junk (empty calorie) foods you mention, that you are definitely on the right track. I think any diet that has fresh fruits and vegetables, a reasonable amount of protein, fat and whole grains will keep us healthy and at our ideal weight. Of course we do have to watch calories.

To keep accurate track of what I eat, I use a computer program called Diet Power Diet Power Web Site I highly recommend this program. It has a large dictionary of foods and food values and you can track all nutrients, protein, carbs, calories, etc. A weight graph is also included... all very easy to use via your computer. They offer a free trial. The program only costs about $50.... no other monthly or yearly fees.... you own the program.

I'm not in any way associated with this company but I am enthusiastic about it because it is very easy to use, very well put together and it helps us track our food intake, which is a known contributor to diet success.
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