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Week 1 of the 5% Challenge - Results and Recap.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Starting on March 17th, the first week of the 5% Challenge has come to an end. Today is the start of week one. Things I have learned over the past week...

emoticon I CAN stick to my diet! I thought, after so many attempts and failures, that I was almost a lost cause. Then, I started my new job and found "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution" book in the break room last weekend. I have successfully completed 3 days and have embarked on the fourth without straying off the diet. I have also somehow found the energy to walk every day, despite having felt so tired from work before this week.

emoticon I CAN lose weight! I am down 4.5 lb. so far, and this is only day 4. I have lost 7 lb. since reaching my highest weight not too long ago.

emoticon I AM changing my habits! I feel my resistence muscles strengthening. I am resisting the peanut butter cookies I made for my husband (not hard, I don't like cookies), the Nickle's donut twirls that are sitting in the kitchen (I hate donuts, but these things are like the crack of donuts and the exception to my rule of donut-loathing), and the carb-laden foods in the pantry. I am eating more vegetables than ever!

I am not going hog-wild on bacon and whatnot, but I am certainly eating whatever I want, when I want, according the the rules of the diet. I am concerned about the egg cholesterol and whatnot, but I plan on returning to the doctor to get my blood drawn at the conclusion of this diet to see what kind of impact the increased fat has had on my cholesterol and other measured aspects. I have a poor result to compare it to. Despite my relatively "healthy" eating all of these years, I have followed the standard lower fat, higher-carb form of dieting for my whole life, and how has it worked for me? This is the first time I have really committed to a low-carb way of life. I tried South Beach for like a day or so, and couldn't do it. I have passed my usual fail-point, and I am so motivated about it!

I am rethinking my goals for weight loss. Dr. Atkins wrote in the book that the "ideal" weight goals for someone my height and frame are less than I considered attainable. But now, having tasted initial success and feeling more motivated than ever, I feel like I can really attempt to reach a goal from a past weight that I know I looked good at, and with my smaller frame, I should be able to be comfortable at. I will see how this progresses, but I am reaching for the stars! Or, the emoticon (Starfish, my Spark challenge team!).

Another benefit of this diet and my new job are that I have eliminated alcohol easily. I have been so busy and also now, alcohol is not even ok in moderation on Atkins, and I don't even miss it! I have been drinking a TON of water, and I feel so much better!

Wish me luck and continued success, and good luck to you all on your healthy endeavors

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/26/2012 6:33PM

    way to go on a great first week, starfish!!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/25/2012 9:25AM

    Sounds like you are off to a great start! I have found it interesting that obesity rates increased when society started pushing low fat diets, which translated to higher carb. I haven't read the Atkins book, but I try to stick to natural carbs and keep those levels lower. I made a rule that I have to eat veggies at every meal, and eat more veggie servings than fruit servings each day. This is my first spring doing this, and the strawberries are just starting to come on sale in the stores, so we'll see!

Lets go, emoticon

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BEATLETOT 3/25/2012 8:59AM

    Good job!!! I wish you luck with the Atkins. My mom did it a couple times, and it made her CRAZY, but she was also going through the change, so....I dunno. I'd never do it just because of that, but I definitely believe in the benefits of a lower-carb lifestyle! Congrats on your first week!

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COLLINSCJ2009 3/25/2012 2:21AM

    Talk to your doctor about what a good goal weight would be for you because there are many factors beside your BMI. Way to go with your Atkins diet.

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MIKEYCO 3/25/2012 12:42AM

    emoticon Sounds like you are off to an amazing start. Keep that momentum going and you will have great results.

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FITGRL124 3/24/2012 5:35PM

    You sound like you're doing an excellent job!!! Good for you!!!

I can't do low-carb, no-carb. I just love eating healthy grains too much but if it's working for you that's great!


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So Far, So Good.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Today is day 3 on the Atkins diet. It is going fairly well. I am trying to eat less fat on this diet, but it is hard. Mostly eating animal foods is causing me to eat higher cholesterol, saturated fat, and fat in general. I am working on it. The increase in meat and whatnot is also leading to higher sodium. I just today was able to keep it under 2000 mg, barely! But I have lost a couple of pounds already. I think that I will be successful as long as I stick to it. I think I can do that!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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FITGRL124 3/23/2012 11:58AM


I hope you have a GREAT weekend!!!!


P.S. Thanks for stopping by my spark page! You're the best!

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STARSOFJOY 3/23/2012 11:48AM

    Don't be afraid to eat fat on Atkins. Fat fills you up so you will be less hungry.

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Embrace the Cheese!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I am still here, I promise! After over a week-long blog hiatus, I am back. I am on day two of my new attempt at weight loss. I am on the Atkins diet. I don't plan on being really strict with it after the first two weeks, but I have never done a low-carb diet for more than a day or two one time in my life. I worked a lot this past week, so I haven't posted a blog, but I have kept up with my tracking. I haven't exercised much, save for a walk last night with the hubby after dinner; I consider that better than nothing! Only a bit over a mile, but every step counts! I am down to 144, which is 5 lb. down from my highest weight ever (which I was a few weeks ago). I am hoping this new plan goes well. I am going to give it a try.

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QUEENDEBRINA 3/22/2012 1:59PM

    Good luck with Atkins - I'm doing South Beach. It's less restrictive and you slowly add complex carbs back to you eating plan and see how your body responds.

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Food and Fitness Blog

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

This is yesterday's intake. Just got home from working third shift, and I am exhausted!

Calories eaten: 1587

Way too much sodium and fat, but oh well.

Exercise: 2.1 mile walk, and 5 minutes of circuit training.

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    Good job on the exercise. Sodium is a big problem for me too.

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KAYECAN 3/13/2012 7:18PM

    Trust me.... I know all about third shift, but I actually work a combo 2nd/3rd shift from 6pm to 6am and I do 7 nites on and 7 nites off, so I know exactly how you are feeling. It wrecks havoc on your sleep, your will to exercise, your will to eat healthy......all the wrong hormones are fighting for control.....it's a real battle field inside you!!!! Us niteowls just do the best we can when we are working and try to do a little extra when we aren't. Hope you find what works best for you. Just don't put too much pressure on yourself to get everything done. Find some balance and you'll be fine.
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HOPEFULHIPPO 3/13/2012 4:30PM

    sodium seems to be a big issue for me too...bleh

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KTBDAY 3/13/2012 9:15AM

    The third shift sounds hard, I hope you'll adapt to it quickly and enjoy your new work :)

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MICHELLESMILES_ 3/13/2012 7:39AM

    I'm ALWAYS over on sodium! Great job on the calories.

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Cheese is my Kryptonite.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Well, I have been MIA for a week. I started working last week, and just completely blew off SP. I tried to track a bit on and off, but failed miserably. I tracked today, and I work my first 3rd shift tonight! 11 pm to 7 am - I am totally going to be all on a weird sleep schedule! I walked 2.1 miles today and attempted to do the "30 Day Shred" a few minutes ago. I did 5 minutes and stopped. I ate something I shouldn't have eaten and I think it threw me off.

I have this addiction to butter-cooked, home made hashbrowns, onions, eggs, and cheese all mixed together. I ate that earlier. I could not resist. I *DID* track it, though. Usually that is the point which I blow off the tracking. I have been better about tracking unplanned foods, compared to my usual long, long fall off the wagon.

I still want to do the food and fitness blog. I think HELLO118 has it right: it is best to track it all in the blog AFTER the day is already over! I never know what unplanned things could happen between 5 pm until bedtime. At least, for me!

If I stick to what I tracked, I will be in my range for calories. High in sodium, but well, tomorrow is another day. Who knew cheese had so much salt in it? emoticon

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FITGRL124 3/12/2012 9:22PM

    Cheese as a TON of sodium!!! I actually eat "Smart Balance" cheese slices a lot because they only have 180mg of sodium per slice which is better than most cheeses. Yogurt (especially plain greek yogurt) is a great way to get in some dairy and some protein without a ton of sodium. I love plain greek yogurt with 1tsp coconut extract in it. Delicious!!!

Yes - much better to somewhat plan but then post at the end of the day. If your days are anything like mine; you never know what is going to happen.

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KAYECAN 3/12/2012 6:43PM

    I don't know why God made something so good like cheese and then loaded it with all that other stuff. They say a serving is like a pair of dice or something crazy like that...... who only eats one tiny cube of cheese anyway!!!!
I try to plan out my meals in the morning and then track it all down so I can tweak my foods to fit in my nutrient ranges. If I don't, the kitchen becomes free grazing land for me. That is what I like about this site, you can see what works for other people and then try it out and find what works best for you.
Have a great day and fill it with lots of good healthy choices!!! We can do this!!!
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NEEDS_MUST 3/12/2012 6:09PM

    Salt is something I'm having to avoid - at least in the quantities I used to have it in. For years, when I was checking nutritional labels, I only looked at the calories. When I started paying attention to sodium, I was stunned at how much is in restaurant food. Dairy is a big culprit for sodium, but I try to just have milk or yogurt instead of the yummy cheese all the time. Everything in moderation, though!

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