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If you are new to me and my blog, four years ago I found out I was pre-diabetic. I immediately went on a super low-carb/paleo/keto diet and started exercising. I lost 54 pounds and have kept it off (well mostly). I have also made my pre-diabetes go away without medication. This is my yearly check in to share how my path is going.


    Year 4. Well I will confess this last year has been challenging. Pretty much after my 3yr anniversary my peri-menopause really kicked up it heals. In a short time I gained 10 pounds, even though I was exercising and eating as I always do. I have to say it's really hard to have you body just go up in weight while still eating right and exercising. I felt depressed, I had a pity party and then a talk with myself. I have been able to loose 8 of the 10 pounds and am gaining a lot of muscles ;-) 

    Also I traveled this last summer (which I rarely do), it was a great challenge for me because I was with a group of people and could not just eat wherever I wanted. You see if I eat too many carbs now (like let's say more than 10 taco chips) I get really sick. Living in the bathroom :-O So this was my first time trying to juggle my body's needs and being with others who do not eat the same as me. I was frustrated I could not just set my diet aside and just have a fun trip.



    As you can see this past year has not been as easy for me. But you know what, I just kept on doing what I do. So what if I gain 10 pounds? Do I stop doing what I do? NO! I have worked too hard to give up now. I have made some changes in my diet to support my body. I use to work out once a week for 1 ½ hours. Now I work out 3 times a week for 50 minutes. Half strengths training/half walking (as fast as I can). I am seeing the results. I also think it took time for my hormones to get in balance again. Therefore my body is now working more efficiently.


So what have I learned this past year?

First, our bodies change and that can affect how you lose or gain weight.

Second, gaining weight is not a failure. It is just a pause, you readjust and keep going.

Lastly, numbers do not count. All I can do is the best I can. I cannot let the scale dictate my thoughts or actions. Weight will go up and down throughout your life but you do not give up. This life-style change is about being healthy, not skinny. So even though I have had moments this past year where I felt like a failure, I have kept pushing through. Let's see where next year, my 5 year mark, puts me. Thank you for letting me share.





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Bernideen Canfield

This is a wonderful post as it is honest, straight talk and yet hopeful.


Love, love, love your attitude and advice. Keep doing what you're doing, you're an inspiration.


Hi Clarice!

So proud of you!! We really do beat ourselves up way too much don't we!? It is a life long process, and we can make it as miserable as we want it to be...I choose to make it a way of life! Onward and upward!!



Well done, Clarice! You've had an amazing journey and you encourage me to "stay the course." Hubby and I have been doing the Whole30 plan and it's been so good for us. We got a little out of wack with our eating, but we feel on track now and we want to carry on with this style of living from here on out.

Onward, dear Friend!

Deanna Rabe

Such a good post Clarice! So much truth. We just need to keep doing the best we can, move forward!

Congratulations friend!

Bernideen Canfield

Congratulations! That's a hallmark!

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