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Side Effects

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I guess I spoke too soon on Sunday. I'm now seeing the side effects of going off induction on Saturday and Sunday.

First of all, there are the physical symptoms. Yeah, let's not get into that. I'm sure you can think of what I mean. Secondly, there are the cravings that have resurfaced. These cravings caused me to eat a quarter jar of peanut butter last night and drink a couple glasses of milk. Neither of those are good for Atkins Induction.

The only thing I can say is you live and you learn. I'm not perfect. I just need to get back on track. Starting with today, which has gone great so far. I've had pork roast for breakfast, a cup of coffee with a little heavy whipping cream and Splenda, and now a big glass of water. I'll eat more pork roast for lunch, followed by a stick of cheese. For dinner tonight, I'm making my famous kale recipe with shrimp scampi (the low carb version).

I'm happy because my anxiety has been lower the last few days. I tend to have anxiety about everything, not just the bar exam - what people think of me, how I look, what's going on at work, what's going on in the world, etc. It's nice to be less anxious for a change.

I leave you with a quote: "What you allow is what you continue."

Have a great day!

  
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ACCEPTINGME73 2/12/2013 1:25PM

    I applaud you getting right back on track, sometimes that's tough when you eat carbs and find those cravings coming back. Good for you and I'm glad your anxiety levels have subsided. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/7/2013 10:17PM

    We all seem to get our heads stuck into the peanut butter jars sometimes. LOL. The stuff is too good. Good job on getting back on plan.

I'm having problems with anxiety right now and am working on it.

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JESSIG5 2/7/2013 8:50AM

    I would probably have eaten the entire jar of peanut butter; that's why I don't keep it in the house. emoticon

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WANDERLUSTROUS 2/6/2013 3:20PM

    You'll get there! You're trying to balance a lot right now. Give yourself a pat on the back for all that you've accomplished! emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 2/6/2013 10:14AM

    The more I'm told I can't have something, the more I want it! I set some really strict guidelines on my alcohol consumption and failed miserably. However, when I said I'm going to cut back a little, I ended up cutting back a lot!

Glad to hear you are feeling less anxious...
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APRILLPHILLIPS 2/6/2013 9:57AM

    We all learn from things we have done. If we don't learn then something is wrong but you seem to have seen what went wrong and are no fixing that. Way to go!!!!

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Weekend of Cheats (And I'm Okay With It!)

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't cheat this weekend while visiting my parents and in-laws. Friday night was easy as far as dinner - my parents grilled chicken and I made my quickly-becoming-famous kale recipe. Unfortunately, the other side had some apple in it, but not a lot. It was a cole slaw recipe that my mom wanted me to try. I kept my portion small and didn't eat all of it (even though I loved it). I did have some Crown and Diet Coke, but didn't even finish the entire drink.

Last night, we went to a shrimp boil with my sister-in-law and her family. There was alcohol flowing, and all kinds of foods that I can't eat. I had a piece of bread, vodka and Sprite Zero (both are no carb, but still not something I am supposed to be having during induction), a small brownie, and some shrimp with breading on it.

Then today, I had a crab cake sandwich and fries while out to eat with my in-laws for lunch. The salad that I originally planned to order did sound appetizing, but once I saw the crab cake sandwich on the menu, I couldn't turn back.

You know what? I'm okay with my decisions. I'm fully aware that they weren't the best considering the goals that I have. However, I didn't binge eat the things I'm not supposed to. I indulged, but not too much. That is definitely progress in my book.

Tonight, I'm making blue cheese cole slaw (low carb) while my husband is at the grocery store. We're also going to have some kielbasa with it. I'll drink as much water as I can until bed time, and be back on track tomorrow. I'm already planning to bake some eggs tonight so I have them for the rest of the week, and I'm also going to fry some bacon for the week, too.

After a four hour ride back, I'm exhausted tonight. It'll be nice to crawl into bed, that's for sure!

  
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LAWANDMUSIC 2/6/2013 8:53PM

    Glad to see that you were mindful!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/4/2013 9:29PM

    I think you did great. You chose to indulge on things that were worth it and it my book that's half the battle. That sandwich sounded great.

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KANOE10 2/4/2013 7:55AM

    You did a good job of eating moderately and mindfully. It is hard when you are socializing. Good luck on your induction this week.

Is your Kale recipe hard? I have not found one that I like.

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SANDYBREIT 2/3/2013 10:18PM

    I think you're doing great -- we can't always control the circumstances, and we aren't always perfect, but we CAN keep working at it! I've had about a month now of doing not great, but better than I was doing before I joined SP -- so now it's time for me to get back down to business... but it doesn't seem hopeless, as it has in the past when I "decided" to lose weight and then quickly got derailed and gave up. I KNOW I can get there, as long as I keep trying.

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-AMANDA79- 2/3/2013 7:38PM

    That doesn't sound so bad!
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DMEYER4 2/3/2013 7:36PM

  glad to see you had everything under control. keep up the good work

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Frustrated

Friday, February 01, 2013

I dropped five pounds within the first week of Induction. Now, the scale has gone up as high as 2 pounds. I've been weighing myself daily, which most of you will say is bad I'm sure. Maybe you're right.

I'm wondering if I'm actually not eating enough. I'm sure that could be a factor contributing to it. Another thing (I'm sure) is my water intake. I'm trying hard to drink as much water as possible but it has definitely proven to be difficult unless I have something in it. And I can't use too much of the drink mixes because I know they have artificial sweeteners in them, even if it is just Splenda. I'm in a tight spot!

I'm a little nervous about going home for the weekend. My family knows I'm eating a very strict low carb diet right now, but my husband's family does not. We will be having lunch on Sunday with my in-laws, and I will make sure I have a salad or something on hand. I'm not sure if we're eating out or not yet, but I'm hoping we eat out because I know I will have more options than sandwiches at their house.

I found a delicious breakfast this morning that I'm going to start making as egg cups in my muffin tin. It's two eggs, a splash of heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup shredded cheddar, and a small squirt of the basil that comes in the tube. Then, I eat it with a tiny bit of dijon mustard. It's a wonderful breakfast that fills me up.

Yesterday I was in a funk about studying. The subject was Contracts and I just felt like everything was getting jumbled in my head. Today is making my feel better though. So far, I have reviewed the Property questions from my simulated exam and done 18 questions, of which I got 14 right. Yay!

I apologize to any of you who may be sick of me talking about the bar exam. It's a very relevant thing in my life right now, and just about the only thing I am thinking about these days. I thank all of you who have offered support and are thinking and praying for me through this. I just want to be done and be an attorney!

Have a fabulous weekend. Make good choices. I'm going to do so myself.

  
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LAWANDMUSIC 2/8/2013 6:51PM

    Oh, my. I will think about you during the weekend. I know that eating at the home of loved ones CAN throw a kink in the works. Stay focused and ENJOY!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/3/2013 4:58PM

    I don't weigh enough actually. LOL.

I drink more water if I drink ice water through a straw. For some reason it goes down faster.

I hate it when the only option is sandwiches. If so I would just eat the filling and pass on the bread.

Your breakfast sounds great!!

I've heard the bar exam is brutal. The nursing exam was not picnic. We started out with 96 nursing students and about a third of them graduated and passed boards. Studying is crucial.

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DESERTMOTH 2/3/2013 10:55AM

    It is natural to talk about something you are so invested in like the bar exam. Just keep plugging away. As for the weight thing, I go up and down a lot and I know how frustrating it can be. I did horrible this week. I did not track or workout. I slept all day yesterday. My body just hurts. We will get through these times though emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 2/1/2013 3:36PM

    Gotta get that water in! Have you tried lemon or maybe tea? I drink a lot of hot tea and iced tea with lemon. I realize it has caffeine, but not a lot compared to soda or coffee.

Just a few more weeks to go! Hope you have a fun reward planned for after the test.

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KANOE10 2/1/2013 9:12AM

    Good luck on studying for your exam. When are you going to take it again?

Your breakfast sounds delicious. Most places always have a Caesar salad which is low carb.

Good for you staying on track.

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RAPUNZEL53 2/1/2013 8:22AM

  Good Luck!

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One Week Done!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Good morning! Today is day SEVEN of induction, and I am proud to say that I've gotten this far. As I stated in one of the SparkTeam discussions, eating low carb has started to become fun for me. We've had such a variety of food - even more than when we were eating whatever we wanted to - and cooking the variety of foods has resparked my love for cooking. I love finding new low carb recipes for me and my husband to try.

I have to say, it's really nice that he's on board, too. He's extremely supportive - counting carbs and looking at sugar when he grocery shops (that's his thing), keeping things out of the house that he knows tempt me (even though he may want them), etc. I'm a lucky girl.

The one thing I did during this week was have a drink on Saturday night while we were out with friends. It was vodka with lemon/lime and it was the only one I had. After that, I stuck to water. The next morning, I still lost a pound. Honestly, though, I won't be doing that again until after induction. It's not worth the stall in weight loss that I have now, which I am pretty sure can be attributed to that.

A few things I still need to work on:

- Water intake. I have started adding a little bit of flavored water (no carb, no sugar) to help with that, but not much. I also try to drink equal amounts of water without the flavored water or flavor packets.
- Splenda intake. I like Splenda in my tea, coffee, and of course in the Bowl of Cheesecake that I have come to know and love. I know excessive consumption could inhibit weight loss.
- Track my eats. I'm bad about this. I get easily frustrated because I feel like I have to input everything myself. GET OVER IT, BOBBI!

My practice multistate bar exam was on Saturday. I was surprised that I wasn't more nervous when test day actually came. I came home and graded the test immediately. I did not score what I wanted to score, but I did score 15 points higher than I did this past summer. I'll take any improvement, so I'm happy about that. And now, after sitting through 16 hours of lectures about each question, I'm off to do practice. I WILL SUCCEED!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/29/2013 2:23PM

    It sounds like you are doing great on atkins. Everyone that I have heard of who is successful on it does exactly what you are doing. You have good support and a great attitude!

Good luck with the lectures!

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WOUBBIE 1/29/2013 1:34PM

    Win, win win!

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I Can Do This!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's day three. Last night and this morning the craving for something sweet was horrendous. Thankfully, someone mentioned the Bowl of Cheesecake recipe and I made it tonight. I ate it right after dinner and am very full! Other than that, I am staying on plan and doing a good job. I have been pretty lax about posting what I'm eating all day. I want to do a better job to make sure I'm staying under 20 carbs per day. So, that's a goal of mine. Another goal is to up my water intake. I was doing fabulous last week, but this week I have been slacking. Sometimes water is just so boring!

Saturday is my simulated test and I started getting the jitters today. I know it's normal, but I'm trying my best not to freak myself out any more than is normal. There's no reason to be worried - I have been preparing and can do this!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

  
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WOUBBIE 1/24/2013 11:44PM

    Good luck!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/24/2013 9:51PM

    Good luck with your goals and that test!!

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