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Friday, May 10, 2013

Five days of Fat Fast. Started at 161.8. (I'm only five feet tall, so that's definitely obese.) Yesterday, after four days of FF I was at 160. Ok, that's not great, but I'll take it. Today, day 5, I'm at 161.2.
Yes, I'm drinking lots of water.
Yes, I'm weighing and measuring everything.
No cheats. Not a bite, not a taste.
Yes, I'm taking a good multi, plus fish oil, plus vitamin D.
I've got to start getting a little more protein.
I'm open to suggestions, as long as you don't suggest low fat and higher carb. Been there, done that.

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KOSHIE1 8/14/2013 8:22PM

    hey! I suggest you get active and find some support on SparkPeople! We miss you on the Atkins Team!

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KOSHIE1 5/19/2013 4:07PM

    So what did you try and how did it go?

Not that I've been fat-fasting, but I have been cycling between high and low calories (while maintaining LC). I've had a few screw-ups; but what I've been doing seems at times to be having a good effect. Then I screw up -- so it is hard to tell if it really can work.

And it isn't hard to do when you are using the food tracker; it is just my particular, unusual circumstances this past week that screws me up. I'll crow about it if it really does work, so keep checking back with the Atkins Team!

Comment edited on: 5/19/2013 4:12:58 PM

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KOSHIE1 5/15/2013 3:21PM

    I'm with ADZY86.
Personally, I tried easing back into normal LC eating by rigorously watching my nutrition levels -- adding only 200 calories and 5 g carbs for 4 days at a time to the Fat Fast levels. Then I'd repeat the process of adding until I got all the way back to normal -- but my weight rebounded along with it! You certainly have nothing to fear by dramatically upping your calories for a day or two.

Just don't think you can continue fat-fasting. You DO need the protein! Fatty proteins are sardines, grouper, pork rinds, Spam (sorry but it's true! And you know its salt will add some temporary water weight), and certain beef briskets. You could also try adding protein shakes -- made with some whipping cream in addition to the other liquid you use... and more macadamias!

Do keep us posted on what you try and how you did!

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ADZY86 5/11/2013 9:32AM

    No I don't think your body isn't rebelling against lack of carbs. Our bodies can survive perfecto well without the crazy amounts of carbs that are typically recommended for us. Maybe work on upping your calories some more, I'm talking pushing 2000+. Sounds crazy but I've seen it work. Good luck

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HONOURIA 5/10/2013 6:11PM

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WOUBBIE 5/10/2013 5:55PM

    Do you think your calories might be too low?

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Whew! Finally!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Back to where I was last week. It took a day or two longer than a week, but I'm glad I didn't change my ticker this time. I'm generally pretty rigorous about that sort of thing. If I get sloppy then I record the results.... the thing is that I still can't figure out what happened last week. I didn't stop exercising. I didn't blow my diet. No doughnuts. No pizza. None. Maybe additives in that store bought salad? Maybe. I guess there comes a point when you just have to let it go and forget about it.
I've been sticking with my food and exercise plan and it's working.
it's a big relief.
Whew! emoticon

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KOSHIE1 5/2/2013 1:19PM

    Is it not sick that ONE meal, ONE item even, can cause you to have to put in a week's effort to undo the damage? How unfair! It was just this realization that made me realize just how important diet is and how important consistency is!

DON'T forget about it! You worked hard for this victory! emoticon

And I hope you ARE able to figure out what happened so that that particular pitfall can be avoided in the future! (hey, it is worth a week's effort!)

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ANASARI 4/27/2013 8:56AM

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BARBANNA 4/26/2013 5:13PM

    Your weight will go up and down and up and down but eventually it gradually stays down a little and then you get the big surprise. I have lost 25 lbs and it took 8 months to do it. Be patient! emoticon

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Well, it's about half gone.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

That's a start, I guess. Thanks for the supportive comments. I think I'll just try not to worry about it, and, if it's still hanging on at the end of a week, I'll try the fat fast for a bit. I SHOULD be too old for hormone fluctuations to be messing with me, but I guess we're all hormone soup of one kind or another, huh? I'm doing all the right stuff, so I'll just remind myself that it's too soon to worry.
It's too soon to worry.
It's too soon to worry.
It's too soon ........


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WOUBBIE 4/18/2013 10:47PM

    Yup. Too soon to worry. Focus on the non-scale victories whenever you can.

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ANASARI 4/18/2013 8:50PM

    Hang in there, Auntie! :) Oh I was gonna mention something my hubby and I noticed, re: your comment about too old for hormone fluctuation: he's too MALE for hormone flux, but we've noticed as he loses weight, he goes through moody periods that didn't used to be there. We have heard that some of the estrogen-type hormones are stored in fat, so it makes us wonder if losing weight causes them to "come out of solution," so to speak, and mess with you again before you flush them out for good. Conspiracy theory science, but eh who knows, with our bodies?! :) Anything is possible!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I posted this over at one of the Atkins teams, but it's not all out of my system, yet. So I'll say it again:

Woke up yesterday AM and I was up 9 lbs. NINE! In a day!
Ok. I know, I didn't gain nine lbs of fat, and certainly not muscle. I didn't change my salt intake. Everything I ate was right in line with what I've been eating.... very low carbs. I don't really worry about calories, but they were right in line, anyway.
I'm back down four today (I've been drinking lots of EXTRA water, on the theory that when you're bloated you need to flush the system). But that still leaves me up 5 from where I was two days ago.
What do you think? Should I just hang in there doing what's been working so far? I can't imagine what kinds of changes would make any sense. Should I update my ticker with this disgusting development?

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HOUNDLOVER1 4/22/2013 4:07PM

    I just started reading the book The Paleo Coach which explains in detail why the scales are meaningless, just too unreliable to predict health nor giving a reflection of beauty. Maybe the scales misfunctioned, too.

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VHALKYRIE 4/17/2013 8:29PM

    Where do you live? I am in the South, and the 80 degree weather is causing me to retain water like crazy!

If you are in the Midwest where it is still chilly, then please disregard. ;)

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ANASARI 4/17/2013 8:02PM

    Stick with what works! Some Atkins resources suggest a "fat fast" if you are truly plateaued, so that might be something you can look at in a week if you feel like things aren't going well still, maybe? Hang in there!!

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WOUBBIE 4/17/2013 6:28PM

    Yeah, what she said. If the weight is still there after 7 days then adjust it.

I used to add a minimum of 4 pounds of water weight over 3 days back when I weighed 142. Then in less than a day it was gone again. Damg hormones.

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HICKORYRN 4/17/2013 3:44PM

    I would keep doing what I've been doing and not weigh for a week! Leave the ticker in place :)

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Nothing exciting going on

Monday, February 20, 2012

Had a little "whoosh" reading on the scale this am. Thank goodness! Yeah, I'm eating to get healthy and yada yada yada, but it's really great to see a little positive feedback on the scale, too.
Gotta get going. The foster-pups need their bedtime walk. It's amazing how I'll do for them what I've never consistently done for myself. They need walks. It's part of their healing (and no, that's not a spacy new age theory, it really helps them) so we go for walks. At least two a day. Generally at least a mile. For some of you, a mile is nothing, but I was in pretty lousy shape a few months ago, and a brisk walk around the block was really painful. A couple of brisk miles a day is HUGE for me.
Life isn't always peachy, but it's certainly getting better.

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LILBITWANNABE 2/24/2012 9:00AM

    A mile or two daily is not definitely not something to frown about. Great job!

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KAI_ZEN 2/20/2012 2:27PM

    "Whoosh" scale reading! I love that.

I'm with you that, yes, the long-term healthy lifestyle goals are paramount, but the immediate, short-term number on the scale is what's on my mind most days. The Fat2Fit Radio guys said something a few weeks ago that really resonated with me. They were talking about people being impatient over the time involved in losing weight and said, "Do you really think that after living a decade or 2 at your goal size and shape you're going to care if it took a whole year or 2 to get to that shape using a strategy that has easily kept you in that shape for all of these years?" (It was so good I wrote it down.)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/20/2012 6:53AM

    Yes it's huge!! Good for you, my friend!!

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WOUBBIE 2/20/2012 12:23AM

    Good for you! We can learn a lot from our pets!

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