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Trying something different/Atkins Day 1

Monday, July 26, 2010

Well, it's been a while since I wrote. Everything is the same old. School of course is kicking my rear, and I'm still on the hunt for a new job. What has changed is the manner of which I'm losing weight. I was on a weight loss medication, but as of June 1st, I tossed it. It was giving me crazy side effects and it increased my blood pressure pretty bad. My doc says since I'm hypothyroid, low carbing it might be a good option, so as of today I'm trying Atkins. No, not the 1972-eat-a-whole-cow and still lose weight version, LOL. So today is my first day of "induction". Each day I'll post a blog with what I have eaten, how I felt, what workouts I did, etc. At the end of the 14 days, I'll post my weight loss (if applicable). If I've lost any weight and I feel fine, I'll continue. If not, back to the old drawing board. So here goes:

Atkins Induction Function Day #1


3 egg omelet with 1/4 cup cheese, (2%) peppers, and onions
2 turkey sausage patties (homemade)
Glass of water

Snack 1:

1 medium tomato sliced with salt, pepper and cayenne
1 oz 2% cheese cubes


Poached salmon
Mixed green salad with oil and vinegar dressing

Snack 2:
1 oz 2% cheese cubes
sugar free jello


Roasted Moroccan chicken
Mixed green salad with oil and vinegar dressing
Sauteed spinach

Alright, there we go. Let me know your thoughts, suggestions, opinions, whatever.

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SPATTERS3 7/27/2010 8:03AM

    you can eat tomato on induction ? salad ? wow... that is a different Atkins, for sure. Check out the South Beach diet for maintenance. The only things I didn't like about Atkins were the crippling leg cramps and the constipation. I found that taking magnesium, vitamin E, and calcium +d supplements and drinking LOTS of water and metamucil cured all that. Best of luck !

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SERENITYKC 7/27/2010 12:06AM

    I did Atkins for a couple of years...sorta. Basically I did induction until I couldn't take it anymore (usually about three weeks), then ate whatever I wanted for a couple of days, then went back on induction to repeat the cycle. I loved it. I was single then - couldn't do it now that I'm married with kids.

Anyway, I always found day 4 the hardest - that's when you've used up all your stored glucose. So if you can make it past day 4, you're good to go.

Looking at your food log makes me miss Atkins. Eggs and cheese - YUM.

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JBLW2KIDS 7/26/2010 9:41PM

    Hey! I am hypo, too...and my doc suggested low-carb for me. I did almost two full weeks of induction, and felt fantastic! I only lost about 8 pounds, but how I feel has made the difference. I do not crave carbs at all...none, zip, zero. And my favorite foods of all time are sandwiches!!! I have stayed away from all "white" foods. I hope you find what you are looking for, and please don't hesitate to ask any questions!


Here's a link to a great website for recipes:

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SHARKAR02 7/26/2010 6:34PM

    Hope it does well for you. Just make sure you keep your doc updated. Yeah, I know I sound like a whiney mommy, but I remember the old Atkins. Just be safe!!!

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HISMANNA 7/26/2010 6:33PM

    Good luck...rooting for you!! emoticon

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HISMANNA 7/26/2010 6:32PM

    Good luck...rooting for you!! emoticon

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HISMANNA 7/26/2010 6:32PM

    Good luck...rooting for you!! emoticon

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ROCKYJAY 7/26/2010 6:16PM

    I hope this new plan works out for you. The roasted moroccan chicken sounds delish! Do you have a recipe for it?

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Ups, Downs, Rants and Raves, Dom Style

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I haven't written a blog in a couple of weeks, which is beyond me.

Ups: School has been going incredibly well. I don't feel overwhelmed like I did last semester. With any luck, I can come out of both classes with either a low A or a high B. Either one is fine by me (although I do love A's).

Downs: I feel as if my "best" friend and I are pretty much drifting apart. We don't have anything in common anymore. She has a baby on the way -- I have no idea on how to even change a diaper. She's been acting really snooty - she's Ritz Carlton, and I'm Ritz crackers. For the past year or so, we've just ran out of things to talk about since she doesn't want to listen to me talk about exercise, dieting or working out but wants me to listen about sonograms, her mother criticizing her about her weight, and her need for 300 dollar crib sheet sets. Oh well.

Rants and Raves

1. Thyroid - I still hate my thyroid. I think it and my metabolism have conspired together to make me angry. For ten days my weight stays the same give or take an ounce. So I sit down and decide to change my workouts or eating patterns -- anything to help the weight loss stay on track. I then decided I'd make an appt to see my doc to discuss getting blood work done to see if my thyroid meds are still working. I set up my little home "gym", jump on the scale expecting to see the same number and what do I see? A loss of 2 lbs. I'm thinking, "yeah right...this is crazy". Get back on the scale the next morning and I lost another pound. This has went on for 4 days, with me losing almost 6 pounds in that time. Now, don't get me wrong -- I'm tickled and thrilled at this. It's just amazing how the body works. When I kick butt working out, my scale barely moves. But as soon as I get frustrated, slack on the quality or frequency of the workouts and throw my hands up in the air, the weight falls off.

2. Teams/Challenges

I LOVE participating in teams and challenges, especially the ones on SP. I've met some great people and have had a lot of fun interacting and getting to know everyone. While I understand that things happen (trust me I know), what I don't get is how a big number of people go through all the motions of joining a challenge and then just back out later with no explanations. A simple "got things going on, sorry" would suffice. It sucks because there are usually people waiting to participate and have to sit out because the challenges get full.

3. "Easy Breezy Weight Loss"

Weight loss isn't easy. Better yet, this is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Getting a PhD is a cake walk compared to losing weight. There's no magic drink, pill, or formula that will require you to put in little effort for big results. What gets me are folks who tell me "oh I couldn't do that...count calories?" "No way". I had an acquaintance tell me my diet was "too restrictive" but they needed to lose about 100 pounds. So they decide to go get some type of a shot and eat 500 calories a day to lose it really fast. 500 calories a day? How much food is 500 calories? A bowl of cereal, a piece of grilled chicken and a salad, maybe. What about vitamins, minerals, fiber? Yet me doing 1,200-1,500 calories a day with one meal a week being whatever I want is too restrictive? Well, after two days on the 500 calorie "diet", they didn't lose weight, got sick, and gave it up. When asked if they were going to try a sensible diet they said, "no, takes too long". Well, alrighty then LOL.

Well, that's about it for now.

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CERIUSLY 5/17/2010 3:27PM

    Love your rants and raves! I agree about the challenges, and people not participating. I wonder what happened to 2 of our leaders from the Spring Challenge, who are conspicuously missing. Burnout? Any way the challenges help to keep me focussed and motivated too.

Good luck with the thyroid problem. Those medications can be difficult to get just right. Have you tried any alternative therapies? Friend of mine had much success with acupuncture.

Your weight tracker shows an awesome loss! emoticon emoticon

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CAROLDEDOO 5/17/2010 10:16AM

    emoticonYou really let it all out! Well, probably only "SOME" of it out! LOL I got a kick out of reading it all...a good rant is good for the soul! (I always say...LOL)

Keep on Sparking!

Carol emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/16/2010 11:20PM

    Your acquaintance WAS takes too long? does. And?

I also have thyroid issues, so I relate and sympathize there. Sounds like you are doing GREAT though!


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SHARKAR02 5/16/2010 7:18PM

    I really enjoyed your blog. One of the things most of us here have in common is that we are making lifestyle changes, we're not looking for quick fixes. Again many of us have tried those quick fixes with no lasting results and sometimes actual additional problems. Hang in there and hopefully some of these "too restrictive" people will see your results and decide they need to follow through! Also, with the challenges, I need this extra umph to keep me going and really enjoy the involvement in them.

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MICKEYMAX 5/16/2010 5:37PM

    You have a great attitude and I appreciated reading your blog!

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RONIE11 5/16/2010 4:11PM

    I agree about the challenges... so many of us sign up and only a few follow through. I just feel strong knowing I started. Participated, and finished it I even got biggest looser one week thats a big woo hoo for me... As far as all those people looking for quick fixes I was there and my Doctor(s) continued to say eat right and get some exercise thats the only way to do it. They were right I just had to wrap my brain around it to do it. It is slow but steady and I'm getting double takes in town from people noticing.. granted its a small town so its more noticable. We all see each other all the time but it sure feels good. I also am not loosing muscle. Last time I did a crash diet I was sagging like crazy because I lost muscle and water. Not fat... this time its fat I'm loosing Yay!!!!!

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TRACY180 5/16/2010 3:41PM

    i work at a drug store and hate when someone sees me stocking the vitamin aisle and asks me which diet drug works. I don't know what to say since I think counting calories and exercising regularly is the healthiest way to lose weight. I usually say that I don't doubt know. If I'm not watching my mouth, I might mention that I am counting calories and exercising. I know a lady who seems to have tried almost all of the fad diets. I wonder how hard and consistently she has tried a slow gradual diet like we do here.
I try not to judge her though because she has been trying to lose weight for a lot longer than I have. This is only my second time of ever trying to lose weight in my life.
I suspect that the thyroid problem would drive me nuts too. Luckily for me, my thyroid tested normal when I was diagnosed with depression.

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CARAMELANGEL247 5/16/2010 3:22PM

    Lol. Those people crack me up. Thats too hard but drinking this one shake three times a day is perfect!!!

I get such a laugh at these people inside my head though I can't usually do it outloud since it tends to be a friend.

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DRAKON9 5/16/2010 3:14PM

    Hi Dom,

I'm right there with you on the thyroid problems. According to my doctor, there is nothing we can do but sit around and wait for it to die off. Forgive me if I don't find this a viable option, lol. Time to take my health into my own hands. It does make losing weight a tricky process.

Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I have followed your journey since the Spring challenge started. You have been an inspiration to me.


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A weekly update

Saturday, April 17, 2010

This week hasn't been too bad. I started my classes Monday and I *may* end up surviving the semester without pulling my hair out and running in terror.

I weigh myself every day. I know some folks don't like to, but I weigh every morning and log it to see a trend in how my weight losses (or gains) work. I've noticed something about me. I tend to stay the same weight for 3, 4, even 5 days in a row, and have a big weight loss "jump" at the end. It hasn't failed yet in the two months I've been tracking it. I'd love to know what is causing that, but who knows, really? It's a love-hate relationship. I'll rant and rave about how my weight has not changed in x amount of days and then the next day I get on the scale, that "jump" appears.

My metabolism is on life support. I am in the process of buying a GoWear Fit to see just how many calories I am burning. I'm sure I know the answer though -- not many. Hypothyroidism sucks. I need to figure out what ways I can help boost my metabolism. I've tried all the usuals -- eating breakfast, working out, strength training, etc. I'm even taking a B vitamin complex to help, but nope, not really working like I'd hope. I'm hoping the GoWear Fit can help me figure out what activity or exercise I do burns the most calories so I can do that more often.

I see my doc on Tuesday. Hopefully he's all thrilled with my progress as I am.

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SHARKAR02 4/17/2010 11:35PM

    Hang in there. You're doing really well!!

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This week's ups and downs...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This week has definitely been challenging and rewarding at the end.

Our puppy, Cassie, got really sick all of a sudden. We took her to the vet and they couldn't save her so we had to put her to sleep. emoticon She was only 7 months old and we were very attached to her since we had her since birth. We still don't know what happened to her. Our other two dogs (her parents) are fine. I miss that little munchkin like crazy.

My classes started this week, and while they don't seem that bad, I know that I will need to work ahead or I'll get frustrated and fall behind. I'll be spending the first part of this week working ahead and reading chapters. Hopefully, I can do it! I'm telling you, every beginning of the semester I am so focused on my classes and by the middle I'm shedding tears and wondering why I am pursuing a PhD in the first place. emoticon

You know what amazes me? How people always want to try to make you feel bad because you're trying to lose weight. A "friend" of mine came by yesterday and thought it was funny because I turned down fried chicken strips. I told her that I was trying to get to my first goal of 25 pounds lost and she laughed and said "a few ounces don't matter". Well, it matters to me and I would have loved some support. She's 7 months pregnant and also very overweight. She's swearing up and down that she'll try to work out after she has the baby, but I'm not sure. She's a fad dieter. She wants the quick fix and hates working out. After about two weeks, she whines and gives up. I guess that's what she's expecting me to do. That's not happening! It's becoming a way of life for me to input my calories, weigh and measure food, and cook more at home. Plus, I've grown to like working out. When I don't work out, I feel sluggish and blah. Working out gives me that extra energy boost. If I could only find a way to keep my hair from turning into an afro after I sweat, I'd be in heaven!!

Speaking of boost, I've been at a major plateau this week, but I think I found the culprit. After looking through my food journals, it seems that I stopped losing after I stopped eating breakfast, which is a big no-no. My metabolism is already on life support because I'm hypothyroid. Not eating breakfast was pulling the plug. So, I'm back to eating breakfast. Usually it's something simple -- two eggbeaters, two turkey sausages, and a piece of wheat toast. I also decided to take a B vitamin complex to help boost my metabolism a little bit. It seems to have worked -- the plateau is over and I'm back to losing weight at a comfortable rate.

Well, that's about it for now.

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SHARKAR02 4/11/2010 10:35PM

    You hang in there. You're doing great. Maybe when your friend sees how well you've done, it will entice her to really try.

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FATHOMGREEN 4/11/2010 12:42PM

    I can completely sympathize with you about school, and I'm only getting my BA. I go through the same roller coaster of being focused, falling behind, and tears. It will all be worth it though. Education is the most reliable way to get and keep a successful job.

With this recession I've seen that this is true more than ever. So many people have been laid off, and it's the ones with education who have been able to bounce back.

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JDYJMM2000 4/11/2010 12:42PM

  Sorry about your puppy. On the "diet" front I think your friend is unable to diet so maybe she is just jealous to see you doint so well. Keep on track and know you are doing the best for yourself and no one else., You can do it!!!!

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MORGANLAFEE 4/11/2010 12:35PM

    I guess breakfast is important. Sounds like you have things figured out. Ignore people that try to discourage your goals.

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EMMA579 4/11/2010 12:18PM

    What a roller coaster!! I am so sorry to hear about your puppy. My baby has liver cancer and we're one day at a time. It's so hard to lose a member of the family.

I'm impressed with the classes - I don't have the discipline to go to school anymore (hated it all my life despite doing okay). You can take pride in a tremendous personal accomplishment when it's done.

Try to ignore the people who don't support your weight loss (or any personal goal for that matter). Sometimes it's ignorance, sometimes jealousy, and sometimes it's just a misguided sense of helping. You can stay strong and meet your goals.

Congratulations on beating the plateau! Keep forging ahead. Good luck next week. I hope it's a little calmer for you...


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Highly Upset (Updated)

Monday, April 05, 2010

I called the manager of the payless this morning and the first thing I asked her if they got a lot of returns on the fitness shoes. She stated that not only did they not get any returns on the shoe, but that they were the fastest selling items at the store. Therefore, the clerk had no reason to say what she said. The manager is the one who sold me the original shoe and she remembered me. She was highly upset and said she'd have a word with the cashier about her actions because they were tacky and uncalled for. She asked if I would shop there again. I told her I had no plans of shopping at that location anymore for the time being. So, I feel better today, and now I know that the clerk was just rude.

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WICCANCHICK73 4/6/2010 10:33AM

    Hopefully the cashier is now unemployed as well.
I was a waitress for a total of 9 years.....
When you deal with the public....rude, is rude. And uncalled for..... in ANY circumstance.

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SHARKAR02 4/5/2010 8:51PM

    You handled this situation very well and hopefully this will keep the same thing happening to someone else at that location from not occurring.

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CARAMELANGEL247 4/5/2010 11:29AM

    Good, Im happy you alerted her boss to her behavior. Too many people get upset and then just leave and never report thier actions so they dont get into trouble for it.

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MRE1956 4/5/2010 11:24AM

    Heh, heh.....that'll teach 'em (hopefully)!


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