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I do want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Cricket. When I was born, my father told his friends I was the ugliest baby he had ever seen and sounded just like a cricket (I was born with the hiccups.), so yes, I have been Cricket for a very long time now. I live just outside of San Antonio, Texas, and spend most of my free time outdoors and exploring the back roads. When it cools in late autumn, I disappear from the world for a bit for camping trips, exploring, and hiking.
I honestly don't remember when my initial journey began, probably back in the days of the Atkins diet, to lose a few extra pounds, but that didn't last very long because I hadn't yet learned how to make it a lifestyle instead of a DIET.
In 2012, I was in the best shape of my life and walking an average of 5-10 miles a day when I suddenly woke up in a hospital room. The doctor was talking to me about diabetes, and I was trying to explain that he clearly had the wrong room because I was not diabetic. I was sure I had simply fainted or something.
He didn't have the wrong room...
No matter how carefully I followed their recommendations, my meds increased with every appointment. At one point, I reached 2,000 mg of Metformin ER daily, along with ridiculous amounts of Glipizide ER, high blood pressure meds, etc. Instead of getting better, I was getting sicker and sicker. When the doctor told me it was time to move to insulin, I knew it was time to change. It was time for ME to choose to begin to take personal control of my health. This was was when things started to turn around for me.
I began following the Keto/LCHF lifestyle almost by accident. (Trial and error!) and knew I had found the answer that worked best for me.
I won't tell you the journey has been easy. It didn't take long to realize that I can't enjoy a cheat day now and then because ONE cheat day can turn into a year or two (for me) to get back on track. (Apparently, I am an all-or-nothing kind of gal.)
Being part of this community will be invaluable for keeping me accountable.
I am looking forward to getting to know all y'all!