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Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Not sure why I'm so happy today! I have nearly gained back all of the weight I lost for the cruise! :( HCG is powerful, but when you go off, the weight can pile right back on and twice as fast.
I miss the appetite depressant effect but I can't live on HCG. I need to find a way to exist and have a healthy lifestyle without temporary fixes.

My sister and bil lost a significant amount of weight on their own version of Atkins so I am finally trying to do the same. I didn't do Induction b/c I didn't feel that I could quit bingeing on all the goodies cold turkey. So I did a modified Atkins for the past few days and have slowly gotten off of sugar and starch, while loading up on meat, cheese, veggies and nuts and good fats. It's been challenging esp while my mom was in the hosp (and my sister & bil were off low carb for the holidays).

But I was determined and stuck with it and lost approx 3 lbs in 6 days. Should have taken my measurements before, b/c I feel like I've lost several inches as well. It feels good. I made a list of things I have been putting off and have also been using my Tummy Tuck girdle and exercises. It sounds ridiculous but struggling in and out of this torturous contraption 2x a day is actually making me feel quite virtuous and victorious and keeps me from raiding the fridge at night. I can't wait until it actually fits me comfortably which is at least 10 to 20 lbs away! One size DEFINITELY does not fit all!

We saw the Secret Life of Walter Mitty yesterday and it was GREAT! I highly recommend this feel good life affirming movie esp since there are so few to come by!

My goal is to lose 10 lbs a month. I have 6 months to go until my next work cruise and am very motivated. I would LOVE to hit Onederland this year.

Mostly I have let the stress of work completely derail and overwhelm me. I want health and balance above all. Wish me luck folks!! xoxo Wen

  
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SUEPERWOMAN 1/5/2014 10:10AM

 

Good for you, Wen. You can do this!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/2/2014 9:42PM

    I am really trying hard right now too after way too much time getting nowhere. I wish you great success on your goals!!

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/1/2014 2:53PM

    Atkins works really well, but you need to make it a lifestyle, not a diet. Many people do well starting with about 50 grams of carbs/day so you may not have to do induction to have success. If you don't have food cravings you are doing well.
Cheers,
Birgit

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Making Progress...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I realized I was going nowhere fast so I reordered HCG at the end of January. I've lost 43 lbs in 4-5 months. It's been challenging but worth it. I am taking my 1st break from it so that I can stablize and go on my work cruise / convention and eat a bit more liberally. So far so good. I started a moderate Atkins Sunday. The 1st 3-4 days were hard b/c I wasn't used to having an appetite. HCG has a fairly strong appetite depressant effect. But I am adjusting. Need to start exercising more and working out to balance out the extra fats & calories I'm consuming and to also tone my body and stimulate my metabolism.
It will also help with my stress levels which are quite high due to a recent promotion. I am thrilled with the extra $ but have been pretty overwhelmed & working very late hours most nights. I have a huge drawer in the office fridge as well as in my office with some snacks which helps. I need to restock and start cooking some more interesting things. I was on auto pilot for a few months having shakes and salads most days and WAY too much chicken!
I'd love to take another 35 lbs off or more by the end of this year. My major goal is to lose another 55 total. That will be the best feeling in the world folks! Wish me luck! I am very determined to finally do this. This is my year! :)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/17/2013 9:32PM

    Wow, GF!! You have done amazing!! I hope you enjoy yourself on the cruise. Congratulations on the promotion and on all that weight loss!

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HOUNDLOVER1 6/14/2013 12:56AM

    I have not heard anything good about HCG, but don't know enough. I do know that low-carb if done right (combined with high-fat) will work just fine by itself and the extra fat will not make it necessary to exercise more. In fact, it should just increase your energy level (after the first two weeks) to where you feel like being more active.
You might find some more helpful info on the low-carb team threads. emoticon

Cheers,
Birgit

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SISSLIM 6/13/2013 10:46PM

  HCG?

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Fighting even harder!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Boy this weight is coming off slower than I thought it would. In spite of all the challenges and temptations, I have never followed Atk so closely and still, I have days and days where there is hardly any movement on the scale. I finally took my measurements but unfortunately w/o astarting #'s I won't see a change for a while. :0(

Still, 10-14 lbs in a month is not bad and I do feel a LOT better. Its tough weighing every day and seeing all the tiny fluctuations but I had a bad experience a couple of months ago with a workout regimen that forbade weighing for the 1st month and I gained 3-4 lbs!

I think I will calm down after a few more weeks and be able to start weighing once a week again but I'm just too nervous to do it now. I am SO much more active, am drinking SO much more water and am eating almost NO sugar of any kind so this has got to work.

Normally I jump right into OWL but this time I am doing just a slightly more generous version of Induction since I have so much weight to lose. I am going to increase the excercise even more, track my calories for a week, and decrease salt, nuts, cheese and dairy and see if I can blast my way off this plateau.

I also need to rely less on shakes and bars and avoid the new ATK entrees, as they have a VERY high sodium content. I had my first yesterday, a Tex Mex bfast scramble w/ Chiorizo sausage that I did not enjoy AT ALL and it had over1000mg sodium and repeated on me all mornng! YUCK! I can cook WAY better than that--just need to get up earlier! :0)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/24/2012 10:54PM

    I like the atkins bars for an occasional treat but don't do the shakes. I wondered about the meals. Sounds like too much salt for me too. You have done excellent on the weight loss!! Congratulations!

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/20/2012 8:57PM

    That is a HUGE weight loss for one month. Congrats on that! Good for you to ignore the Atkins processed crap. I agree, Dr. Atkins would be shocked if he knew.
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PEZMOM1 12/20/2012 5:04PM

    A loss of 10 - 14 in a month is great.
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WOUBBIE 12/20/2012 3:24PM

    I like an idea of SIMPLEMAW's - weigh daily but add them together and take an average for the week. I mean, hey, you can gain a half a pound from weighing yourself right after a shower! Loss over time is more meaningful than day to day fluctuations.

Also, do you have some "measuring clothes" you can use? A pair of pants that fit you perfectly right now that will be loose in 2 weeks and a pair of tight pants that will fit better in 2 weeks?

You're right about all the processed Atkins junk food. The poor Doctor would be fuming to think of his patients eating chemically laden crud!

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Fighting hard

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Well this is a pretty tough season to begin a serious low carb effort--but I couldn't face another pigout and another gain or buy any more large stretchy clothes!
So I am about 2.5 weeks in and have dropped about 14lbs. I'm a little iffy on my start weight b/c I kind of backed into the low carbing and hadn't been on the scale in a while. ( I need to change my weight/tracker b/c I forgot to enter my start weight instead of my current weight. )
The hardest part has been being 100 % strict during the fundraisers, office parties, etc. and seeing a few days of plateaus or slight gains. My pattern seems to be to lose a lot at once--like 3-4lbs and then stay the same or have 0.2 -0.4lb gains and then after 3-5 days have another large loss. So now I know to be patient and not freak out if I don't see a loss. I know there will be a payoff soon enough. Not that I will continue at this rate or speed. But at my current weight and considering all the junk I was eating, I do expect to lose the first 25lbs or so pretty rapidly.
The first 7-10 days were the hardest b/c I was so severely addicted to carbs and felt ravenous and craving all the time. I don't remember having that hard a time previously on Atkins. I am trying to follow it pretty strictly b/c I don't want to have to struggle with rebound cravings and slow weight loss. I've added nuts & seeds and have given myself an extra emergency fund of 5 grams for 'special occasions' but other than that am sticking pretty closely to induction foods. So I'm gonna have to get pretty creative. I have tried a couple of the new atkins shakes (LOVE the caramel latte) and bars (LOVE the hazelnut one) but try not to overuse them either--just for those rushed crazy days.
Bought some of the new frozen atkins meals but haven't tried them yet. I was hoping they'd do something a lot snazzier like swedish meatballs and creamed spinach or Quiche Lorraine and cauliflower mashed potatoes. I don't really need a hamburger and green beans as a convenience food for petes sake. Oh well, hopefully more is on the horizon. Wish they'd come up with some decent, ready made, high protein muffins for 5GR that I could use for bfast or a snack. That's the dream, anyway!
Am feeling less foggy and more energy thank goodness. Will probably try to get some low carb treats from the low carb store for myself for Christmas eve. They make awesome cheesecake bites and such. I like that they're single servings, too, so I can't overdo it. I am looking for a low carb version of egg nog but with no raw egg in it. Guess I'll need rum flavoring, cream, almond milk, nutmeg and low carb ice cream to thicken it a bit. Sounds pretty decadent and totally worth the 7-10 carb splurge! Gotta make this work, folks! :0)

  
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MIRAGE727 12/18/2012 8:08AM

    Hang in there! I'm wondering where you are in your exercise and cardio. You might want to ramp it up slightly to see a steady burn. At the same time, I'm not sure where you're going with a low carb plan. Is it due to a health situation? As a male, I do carbs as a runner for fuel. My wife is working to become a racewalker and her carb load for fuel burns faster as well. I think that putting as much regular exercise into a healthy plan is something many forget. In any case, stay focused and remember to change your plan up. All the best...
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/17/2012 10:27PM

    Congratulations!! That weight is really peeling off!

I have not seen the Atkins food yet but I love the Atkins bars and am looking forward to more offerings. I really love the choices you are making. You are really on a roll to making this work.

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/16/2012 10:58PM

    I think planning ahead will help you a lot. Be careful about the Atkins frozen. They are still relatively high in carbs if you eat more than one, and with the calories being that low you may need to. Many people find that all of the processed Atkins foods stall weight loss.

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SHIRLANGEL 12/16/2012 5:56PM

    I like the way you're making your plan work. I'm starting Atkins induction during this tough season too - tomorrow. Wow, they have frozen Atkins meals - that's very convenient. I'll have to look for those. Your suggestion for some Atkins frozen meals sound really good - Swedish meatballs and creamed spinach - yum!. Congrats on your 14 lb loss. emoticon emoticon

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Hope Springs Eternal

Friday, December 07, 2012

I have been lamenting lately, and I guess it is the same for all addicts:

"Why cant I just eat 'X" like a normal person?"

I am sure any addict can fill in the blank with their own personal struggle...

Why can't I drink wine, beer or liquor...?
Why can't I go to the casino...?
Why can't I go shopping...?

Maybe we don't get to know why this side of heaven. All I know is that I don't eat "X" like a normal person. (Bread, sugar, simple carbs) and I am dog tired of trying to figure out a way to do it. Just bone tired!

I gave up completely 10 days ago and have lost 10lbs in 10 days. After working my butt off for a month literally and gaining 3-4 lbs.

So I am firmly back in the low carb camp. I will just need to work really hard to keep it do-able, portable, and interesting. Ok, it really doesn't have to be all that interesting. Just tasty.

Starting during all the holiday hoo ha has been challenging. But I just could not continue to eat on another 10-20 lbs. I felt a sense of complete adrenal exhaustion and that diabetes was not far behind me, if not at my doorstep.

I've got a long way to go but at least I've made a good start.

  
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MIRAGE727 12/8/2012 11:30AM

    Keeping firm on your nutrition and properly tracking what you eat is essential. Getting rid of all the garbage food in my kitchen was critical. I replace it all with healthy fruits, veggies, and energy foods. You might want to increase the inensity of your cardio, and add strength training. That needs to be a part of the plan as well. Men & women rid themselves of weight differently. But what I described for you is universal. My wife and I have been very successful at it now for some time. Stay strong, focused, and embrace the lifestyle!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/7/2012 4:21PM

    WOW, GF!! 10 pounds in 10 days! That's wonderful! And before Xmas too. I need to do the same thing you are and for the same reasons!! Keep this up! You are on a roll.

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EMMACLAIRE5 12/7/2012 1:10PM

    Good for you for deciding to just do it and not wait until after the holidays! You deserve to feel good and enjoy yourself rather than letting things go on the way they were - way to go!

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