My name is Nicole and I started Atkins on March 13, 2004. In that time I've lost 102 lbs and am still going strong, though the weight loss has slowed down these last few months, I'm not letting that get me down. I feel so much better than I did at this time last year, nothing will put a damper on this way of eating for me.
I'm 54 and menopausal, though the symptoms have been very minute, alot to do with low carbing I'm sure, it would seem starches and sugars encourage hot flashes and other unpleasant things that happen when one is going through this. I don't get any hot flashes nor headaches which are a common occurence for some, no mood swings either.
I've been married 33 years and have two grown and gone children, son 30 and daughter 26. She got married last fall and is working on making me a grammy, looking forward to that.
Hubby is retired and is a wonderful cook, he's taken on the challenge of learning to cook low carb and he's really great at it, let me tell you a nice home cooked meal to come home to each evening is a blessing, the leftovers usually get taken for lunch the next day. I work full time in a teaching hospital, with 3 more years to go before I can take my early retirement, really looking forward to that as well.
My only health concern is osteo arthritis in my knees, something being overweight most of my adult life contributed to. I've recently had to come off the cox inhibitor Celebrex that I was on and I'm feeling the stiffness alot these days, I'm sure alot less than I would have 100 lbs ago though.
This seems like a great and fun place for support, hope to meet others with 100 lbs or more to lose and compare notes.