About Me and How I Lost 103 Pounds

I am a Social Worker living in a rural area of West Virginia. Our state is absolutely beautiful and I love living here, vacationing here, and hiking all over our wonderful hills and valleys. In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking, tolepainting, cooking, but most of all playing with my grandson. I am happily married and our two children are both grown and married. How on earth did they grow up without us getting old? haha Our son and daughter-in-law are the ones with the baby and they live about four blocks from us. Our daughter and son-in-law living in Virginia and I miss them both very much but they are happy with their lives there so I visit as often as I can.

I have been following Dr. Bernstein’s Complete Diabetic Solution ever since I was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2008Β and have since lost 103 pounds. I feel wonderful and am happy to say that I completely control my Diabetes with my diet and exercise. You can see my before and after pictures of how I lost 100 pounds here.

https://grace2882.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/100-pounds-lost/

I won’t lie and say it was easy but it was well worth it. I hope that you enjoy the recipes that I am sharing on the blog. I have tried and liked every single one that I have shared. Let me know what sort of things that you are interested in and I will try to see if I can find a recipe to convert to low carb for you.

32 responses to “About Me and How I Lost 103 Pounds

  1. I saw your post on 2Peas about basset hounds and wondered if you might be a member of the Daily Drool? I was on the list for many years but life just got too busy to keep up with it. If you aren’t a member, you might enjoy it. It’s a group of basset lovers who are proponents of basset rescue but seriously love the breed.

    I’ve got 2 bassets of my own. Love the little buggers to death!

    Kelly

  2. Hello Kelly. I am not a member of the Daily Drool but have been to their web site many times. My husband and I went to Cozumel last week and spent hours going from shop to shop looking for him a statue of a basset hound. We love the little buggers ourselves. Do you have a link to pictures of yours?

  3. I was looking for something else completely but glad i came across you. 80) I will check out your soup recipe tomorrow; it’s past my bedtime now, lol.

    Your dog Max (photo in November) is gorgeous. I have the same problem with our beautiful lurcher! I justify it by saying my husband may be her pack leader, but i’m her mummy-dog.

  4. Thank you so much. I personally think Max is beautiful too. I looked at your site and didn’t find a pic of Lurcher. Can you please help to see one? I love seeing other hounds. πŸ™‚

  5. What an omission! I’ll post one… won’t be before January, now. Much of my own blog isn’t about my ‘real’ life, but some things are worth sharing just cos they’re lovely. Thanx for visiting.

  6. I will be looking forward to seeing it. I think the Holidays are plotting against me. I am exhausted and have given up on being able to get everything completed that I need to do. I too will be making some additions and changes in my blog in January. Not sure exactly what yet but I am wanting to shake things up in my life. πŸ™‚

  7. Hello! I am a friend of Pam Lynn and she told me about your success in controlling diabetes w/ Dr. Bernstein’s plan. I too was diagnosed several years ago but have not got down to serious business dealing w/ diabetes. I’ve checked his book out of the library and I’m about 1/2 through. last week I started a 1200 calorie food plan and I’ve been successful and loosing weight! Hallelujah! My question, did you follow the diet specifically? I noticed he said no fruit. Have you restricted this in your diet? Also, I know he says no bread, but I did notice your recipe for chicken enchiladas using 10 carb/torillas (I’ve also seen them and used them in the past at Krogers, although I believe they have hydronated oil in their processing). Anyway, I am loosing the weight and my sugar levels have come down in only a week. I am restricting all bread, pasta, potatoes, corn and sugar. I’m feeling better and optimistic that someday I will be apart of the 5% that can manage D2 through diet and exercise! Thanks for the recipes and I’ll be checking back. I’m also a mental health worker in West Virginia (Charleston). Have a great weekend!

    • Welcome. Pam is such a wonderful woman. I am glad that I have gotten to know her.

      Now to answer your questions. I did not follow the diet plan totally. I used my glucometer to help guide me through what worked and what didn’t work for me. Each person’s body is different and what one person can eat another can’t. I highly suggest getting a journal and keeping track of what you eat, when you eat it and what your glucose levels were 2 hours from the time that you started the meal.

      I also advocate weighing daily too. I know some doctors will say to only weigh once a week but I found that certain foods caused me to have water gain the next day but two days after eating them I had lost it and was fine. Had I not weighed daily I would not have figured out which items caused this.

      I always put four hours between my meals and four hours between my dinner and bedtime. This allowed my body time to digest the food and my glucose levels to balance out. Try to eat your meals at the exact same time each day. Even on the weekends. I noticed that if I didn’t do this my glucose levels would jump around and I had difficulties concentrating.

      The low carb tortillas that I buy are either 4-5 carbs each depending on which ones I buy at Krogers. The ones that I bought tonight were 4 but the ones from last week were 5. Depends on what is available. I do not have any problems with these spiking my levels but if I used the regular tortillas I would.

      I am so glad that you are seeing such positive results within the first week. You can control your Type 2 Diabetes but you just have to be very organized to do it. But then again you know that you are worth taking that time to get control of it. Don’t you? Isn’t it amazing how as women we take care of everyone else but seem to put ourselves last? I am glad that you have made the change. Feel free to ask anything. Any friend of Pams is a friend of mine. πŸ™‚

  8. I am enjoying your lifes evente and your receipes. I have been wanting to make the pumpkin pie. My problem is I am having a difficult time finding Davinci’s sugar free french vanilla syrup in our stores. I can buy it on line for $9.00 plus shipping. Is this something I should do because I will use lots of it over time? Or can you recommend a subsitute for it?

    • I would just substitute pure vanilla for the Davinci’s Syrup. I bought my syrup at Sam’s club but I have also seen it in coffee section at krogers. It isn’t a must but if you can find it locally I would suggest getting it. I have found it in many recipes that are online and low carb. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to order it online. Just use pure vanilla. It would work. πŸ™‚

  9. You are such an inspiration! So glad I stumbled here πŸ™‚

  10. Hi,
    My name is Carolyn and just now discovered your site. First, let me congratulate you on your weight loss. I was diagnosed with prediabetes 3 years ago and am trying to control it with diet and exercise. I look forward to trying many of your recipes. I also have Dr. B’s book and have gained lots of info from that but am not following to the letter.
    Am going to make the pumpkin pie today.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful site.
    Carolyn

    • Welcome to the blog Carolyn. πŸ™‚ It is always great to meet fellow Diabetics that are taking their condition seriously and getting healthy. Please stick around and join in whenever you can. I love comments. πŸ™‚

  11. Grace, You know I am so proud of you! Not everyone has the spunk and discipline you have had to get done what needs to be done. Way to go girl! You look awesome!

  12. Grace,
    Thank you for the nice welcome. Tried the pumpkin pie recipe and it is wonderful and will be trying a lot more of your recipes. Hopefully, with all of these wonderful recipes, I will be able to keep my blood sugar in control.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    Carolyn

  13. Hello! I am a friend of Pam Lynn and she told me about your success in controlling diabetes w/ Dr. Bernstein’s plan. I too was diagnosed several years ago but have not got down to serious business dealing w/ diabetes. I’ve checked his book out of the library and I’m about 1/2 through. last week I started a 1200 calorie food plan and I’ve been successful and loosing weight! Hallelujah! My question, did you follow the diet specifically? I noticed he said no fruit. Have you restricted this in your diet? Also, I know he says no bread, but I did notice your recipe for chicken enchiladas using 10 carb/torillas (I’ve also seen them and used them in the past at Krogers, although I believe they have hydronated oil in their processing). Anyway, I am loosing the weight and my sugar levels have come down in only a week. I am restricting all bread, pasta, potatoes, corn and sugar. I’m feeling better and optimistic that someday I will be apart of the 5% that can manage D2 through diet and exercise! Thanks for the recipes and I’ll be checking back. I’m also a mental health worker in West Virginia (Charleston). Have a great weekend!
    +1

    • Welcome to the blog and congratulations on the weight loss. I did not follow his diet to the letter and still managed to lose. What I did that he recommends is keep a journal and keep close track of your glucose levels and what you have eaten that may have caused a spike. What bothers one person may not always bother another. Also the amount of exercise that you get also depends on how many carbs your body will process and the speed of which they do. Now that I am doing a very physical job of walking all over a hospital all day I have had to increase my carb intake a bit. I was losing too much weight. My levels are down and I have maintained for a year now. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and give Pam a hug from me. πŸ™‚

  14. Hello. . .I feel so grateful that I found your blog today. I was looking for low carb recipes. I have been on many websites looking at recipes. I have to say that your recipes are the most realistic and are easy to follow. They don’t require products that are loaded with chemicals or products that are hard to find. Just good, easy to find food. I like that. I have bookmarked your website so I can come back and make many of your recipes. You have done an awesome job and I love it!!!

    Lori

    • Welcome to the blog and thank you for your kind words. I hope that you are able to find what you need. If there is anything particular that you are looking for let me know and I will see if I can find it for you. πŸ™‚

  15. I am excited about your blog. I linked with intentions of helping find diabetic recipes for my father-in-law and I see where I can benefit as well. You are such an inspiration and your recipes sound wonderful.

  16. Well done on loosing 100 pounds, keep going and if you are ever upset talk to me also thank you for inspiring me to lose weight and maybe I will see you at the top of the hills one day.
    B-)

  17. Hi I just found your blog thru pintress. I am not diabetic, but have 100 lbs to loose. I know that I feel much better eating low carb, and am now trying to get serious. Your recipes look great! And the fact you have lost 100 lbs is very inspiring. Thanks for the blog. Looking forward to trying the recipes and following your blog.

    • Welcome Sharon. If you need help or just want to talk feel free to post here. Are you over with us on Facebook yet?

  18. I stumbled upon your blog today via pinterest.
    I was so surprised when I saw a “WV” floating on the page. I have no idea what the context was, but it didn’t matter — a little piece of home for this displaced Mountaineer.
    I love your recipes, and thank you for bringing the homefires of WV a little closer to Pheonix AZ for me.

  19. I love your simple recipes with real food that we mostly have at home.could you include the serving size ? I’m new to counting carbs.I was counting g points on weight watchers before to keep my weight on track but I’m borderline diabetic and would like to keep it under control through diet. Thanks

  20. Hello Grace! I stumbled upon your web site and I am more than glad I did. I am learning how to cook low carb dishes for myself and my husband. Personally, I have to lose sixty pounds and your weight loss endeavor has given me inspiration. I am trying your recipe for Pizza Pot Roast tonight πŸ™‚

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