My name is Kathy and I live in Mill Creek WA just outside of Seattle. I just got the book in the mail yesterday so I am a true newbie. I have done some no grains/paleo type of eating but not well. I was a vegetarian for over 20 years but gave that up about 6 years or so ago. I was naturally very thin most of my life until I was in an unhappy marriage. That seemed, along with getting older, to kick in my polycystic ovarian syndrome and I started gaining weight. After I got divorced, I took up kickboxing. I got into simply truly amazing shape....until after a few years. Then my back started hurting and my hips would ache. It got so bad I could barely get up off the couch. I had to stop kickboxing. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. I had my ovaries out instead of chemo for a number of reasons. I didnít really get just how sudden and severe the insta menopause would be. Now I am quite overweight and physically and even emotionally and intellectually, I feel like a different person. I really need to get my life back on track because right now I just go to work for very long hours each day and then watch TV at night and thatís not living. I hope to find some sage wisdom, wry humor and fun friendship and support here and hope eventually I can offer the same in return. Nice to meet you all.