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Hi, I'm Linda and live in Central North Carolina, and many things have changed since I first came here in 2011. No more horse farm or taking care of my grandson. They moved to be closer to the country club and I moved into the town of Cary - where I can walk to Trader Joe's and lots of other stuff. It's been quite an adjustment and I don't really like having all the extra costs and responsibility of owning property again.

My weight loss journey was going well, even though my loss was due to a controversial method, until my thyroid went crazy in 2013 and I ended up in the hospital with atrial fibrillation. My endocrinologist was not happy with how fast the anti-thyroid drug was bringing me back to normal, so she doubled the dose, which threw me from hyper to hypo, and fiddled with things a few more times, so I felt like a yo-yo. So I gained a lot of the weight back and have not so far been successful in losing it. But I want to be healthy and that will be my focus.

Member Since: 6/17/2011

Fitness Minutes: 21,149

My Goals:
to be as healthy as possible and remain diabetes-free. I am no longer prediabetic and intend to remain that way.

My Program:
I need to get back into an exercising program of some sort. That went away when I moved. It was a very stressful time. I'm eating on a LCHF plan now and feel it's working for me.

Personal Information:
These days I hail from NC, but I was born in Philly and lived all over eastern PA, Vermont and Northern VA.

Other Information:
I love to read mysteries and have become a rabid trivia buff. I'm an event organizer for one of my Meetup groups and enjoy arranging outings for this group, from which I've made many close friends.

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    Hello, you posted a recipe for a kohlrabi soup, and left out details on the cream you used (how much, what type). I'd like to try your soup, but I would like info on the cream. Thanks for posting the recipe, I just bought my very first 2 kohlrabi, which I'd like to try out with your help. Thanks. Mie
    3490 days ago
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    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already, just by posting here, introducing yourself and sharing your story!
    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' including many with the same challenges, circumstances and goals. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!
    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!
    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.
    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. It's available in printed version, as an audiobook or as an ebook for Kindle - you can download the free Kindle reader for your computer or read it on a smartphone so you don't have to actually own a Kindle device to take advantage of this offer - I have it on my Blackberry and can read bits of it whenever I'm waiting in a line or feel like I need a 'reminder' of what I'm trying to do so check it out!!!
    If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.
    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!

    3491 days ago
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    Hi, I'm just checking out your page. Thanks for joining the Tracking challenge. Welcome to SparkPeople and to the Slowest Loser's team!
    3492 days ago
    Hello and welcome to Spark People. You've joined an awesome community.

    I simply LOVE this site. It is filled with wonderful, supportive people and LOTS of great information, resources, and tools. Since joining SP on January 1, I've already lost 59 pounds. But more importantly, I have GAINED healthy habits that will last me a lifetime.

    Good luck on YOUR Spark journey, and stop by my Spark page any time.

    You can do this!
    3492 days ago
    Welcome to Living Healthy w/Insulin Resistance/Low GI Diet. Glad you're here.

    I was diagnosed in Jan. 2010 w/type 2 IR diabetes and it is a slap in the face BUT I used it as my wake up call to get my booty moving to a healthier lifestyle. So, I didn't deny my diagnosis, but found it worked for me.

    Are you on any meds? I started on ActosPlusMet, then got down to Metformin and now am on nothing. It took a little over a year, but I did it. Weight loss IS possible with type 2 IR . . . it just takes a helluva lot of work. But I bet you're up for the challenge!!

    3500 days ago
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