Welcome...Glad you came out of lurking. Me too. I registered but never participated in any discussions. I kept reading Marks blog though and gradually understood what it takes. I experimented with carb levels. I measured myself. I got blood tests. I read more blogs.I dropped sugar and starchy carbs. Then I dropped grain. Then beans. I began to try to be in Ketosis in August.I've lost 18 =19 pounds in the last 4 weeks. If you've been lurking...jump on in. This way of life appears to be the truth...at least for me. I wondered why I waited so long. After the first three weeks of carb with draw, I seem to feel better, and have no cravings of far less cravings. Good luck to you.